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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

Today's blog post is a little impromptu. An off the cuff emotional splurge, if you will. 

A few weeks back I booked in to have some photos taken with the insanely talented Catherine Harbour. I'm signed with MiLK Model Management, (to their digital influencer division, may I add) and whilst I'm not a model, my lovely manager, Lucy, assured me it'd be worth having some new shots taken; just to show a slightly different side to Wonderful You (or whatever)). 

And I'm SO chuffed with how they came out - but that's not really why I'm writing this post. 

This is a post for all the bloggers out there who want to step in to themselves. Actually scrap that, this is for all the WOMEN out there who want to step in to themselves. 

I've been blogging for a year as a full-time job, and within that time I've been bloody lucky to have some incredible opportunities, from TV campaigns to being a brand ambassador - they're experiences I couldn't have dreamed for myself. But they're not opportunities that I find easy to grab on to. 

Because SPOILER ALERT: I'm not a model. 

Or particularly confident, for that matter.

The thing is, I don't know the exact measurements of my body and I don't really know my best angles and I'm not 5'11. I'm confident enough to take a selfie, sure; or have my friend take my blog photos, but asides from that? I have no idea what I'm doing. And a lot of the time, the opportunities that arise, well, they're throwing us in to model territory, and for me, that's petrifying. 
NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

I was awake until the early hours of the morning on the day of the shoot with Cat - these photos aren't even for anything, they're just for me, and yet I couldn't sleep for worrying. 

I was booked in with two other models and all I could think was 'Cat is going to think I'm a knob and that I don't know what I'm doing' - and that made me anxious because, well, if that's what she'd thought, she'd have been right. 

But then, receiving these photos today and from the words of people I love most, I had a realisation, that actually it doesn't *matter* that I'm not 5'11! Or that my bone structure isn't perfection or that I don't really know what makes my body look 'good'. 

Because these opportunities, that come through this little blog, they're not because I'm model material. They're actually in-spite of that. They're because I'm me. I'm not what a brand have asked me to be, I'm not playing a part. 

And these photos, these experiences, they've helped me realise that it's okay to step in to the opportunities that are presented to me, I'm not less worthy of them just because I haven't trained to be a model. I needn't compare myself if I find myself rubbing shoulders with the most glorious women I've ever seen, because, because we're all bringing something different aren't we? 

And I think that's okay. 

I think that's really bloody great, actually.

It's just remebering that, isn't it? 
NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.

NOT MODEL BEHAVIOUR with photography by Catherine Harbour.
Photography: Catherine Harbour
Hair & Makeup: James Michael Butterfield

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16 comments:

Tereza Kohutova said...

Your makeup in that white outfit is insane. JUST INSANE.

Also I know what you mean - I can totally relate. I've been working on an amazing campaign over the past month or so and one of the parts was that I had a professional photographer follow me around taking pictures in various shops (mind this included the people in those shops). I was so uncomfortable that after a couple of shots I was sweating profusely apologising to absolutely everyone and all I wanted was to curl up in a ball. I was so lucky that everyone involved was the loveliest and made me feel very comfortable!

Well done on your photos and everything you've done, you've come SO FAR and I can still remember your very first posts!!:) Proper inspiration you are! xx

Holly White said...

YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! You're soooo right too - it was my blog and Instagram where my modelling agency scouted me from, which is still so crazy to me now! Our blogs can lead us anywhere and like you said, I think it's sooo important to grab these opportunities and not be afraid to try something out of our comfort zone just because we might not know what we're doing or whatever! YOU GO GIRL! haha xxx

Megan said...

You are so pretty Meg. The way I see it, don't let anyone tell you what you're not and what you can't do. You've come incredibly far, and you're an ambassador to all girls and women. You're amazing! :)

Josie Brownlee said...

You are absolutely right with this message and tbh no one would guess that you aren't confident or that you have no idea what you're doing because you're an absolute natural and ooze confidence and class!

These pictures are stunning, you look absolutely incredible and we're all winging it really (it's not just me is it?), even the most famous models didn't really know what they were doing at first - as with us all with pretty much anything! You've accomplished so much, and like you said you've had some amazing opportunities that are all down to you and your hard work and abilities so you are so worth any opportunity that comes your way!

JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

Patricia B said...

Your images are unbelievable Megs! I definitely don't visit blogs on my laptop enough - currently swooning over your whole blog aesthetic, you're killing it girl! X

Alice Young said...

You look exquisite!!! xx

Caroline Innes said...

A really lovely post - thank you for sharing! And you look amazing in these photographs, congratulations on everything!

Amy said...

Meg, these are stunning. You're seriously smashing it lady! xxx

Jessica VG said...

Meg, you look amazing in these pictures, as always!!!!!!!! xxx

Jessie-Ann Lewis said...

You may not be a model but you sure are ROCKING these photos. You're such a beautiful person inside and out :) xx

Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

Emma Harrison said...

Yes! I bloody love this post lovely - I've always been a little bit timid, a little less self assured in comparison to my friends and as a result I've never pushed myself, put myself in the spotlight or took centre stage and chased my dreams. But recognising that that that shouldn't stop me has been so liberating and now I'm taking the world on, one step at a time though obviously!

Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

Megan Lillie said...

Such a lovely post Meg! I sometimes can't fully grip onto experiences and opportunities due to me thinking that people will think I'm shit! These photographs are absolutely breathtaking, you really are a natural!

Megan xo
Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

Lauren Britton Loves said...

These shots are bloody incredible - I feel the same, and it's one reason I went behind the camera, I don't feel model material but something like this where you can play and have fun, it really gives you a boost <3

Lauren x
Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

Lauren Maria said...

Go you! These are wonderful photos and you're so right to grab onto every opportunity that comes your way and make the most of it
Lauren
livinginaboxx | bloglovin

Hannah Lucy said...

You look amazing!

Hannah | Oh January

Frock Me I'm Famous said...

Lady, I don't know HOW you think you're not a model... you are just SO beautiful and you absolutely rock just about anything!

Hayley xo
www.frockmeimfamous.com

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