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Exclusive Interview With Photographer & Model – Alexis Havana

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

In today’s video we’re gonna take you behind the scenes for an exclusive video interview with model for today’s shoot


All right so here we are this is Alexis and she’s the model for a shoot shoot that we’re doing today she has kind of a niche background that most people don’t kind of have because she’s a model and also a photographer so definitely a unique perspective that we’re gonna kind of have an interview her today on I guess her her I guess who really reminds that when it comes to other photographers reaching out to her for work because that’s kind of what I did you know I reached out to her I was like hey I like your your your style and your vibe it’s like that she’s

great work too as well but yeah I like that and I reached out I was like yeah I saw one of my friends who shot her just kind of published for work and I was like whoa who’s that mom was like gonna reach out to this girl not knowing she was a photographer right so that was interesting but yeah so yeah that’s kind of a little bit about her background but I would ask her a little bit about her mindset because again she has that kind of duality that most models won’t have they’re not going to be photographers as well and have that that background and be shooting and kind of understand the workflow that we kind of go through but I definitely want to ask her a little bit about her mindset when it comes to other photographers reaching out to her for her to then be a model which is very very interesting so Alexis the first question I have for you what do you look for when you’re reaching out to a new photographer so say you’re just like okay I want to build my modeling portfolio I don’t really want to shoot myself and do self-portraits but I want someone else to shoot me that has a certain vision or I like their style what are you kind of looking for since you have that kind of background as a photographer already like what do you would you kind of look for sure I’m looking more for just a unique again or remove that I know that I wouldn’t be able to convey myself so I don’t necessarily consider myself like

a pro photographer or it’s certainly not like a portrait I’m not a photographing models per se so for me really it’s just kind of reaching out in a creative sense of just appreciating the work and and not necessarily being like moved you know tremendously but I do want to feel something when I look at their photographs and if I do approach a photographer I feel like it is an extension of you know my respect and obviously you know to capture my image in a way that I think would be cool you know necessarily flattering like sometimes with certain by photographers too like it’s it’s either weird or really moody and I still respect that as well mmm I said you’re saying yeah so yeah you want to kind of put your own twist like with your with you as a pencil you as a subject in that in that kind of person’s vision I’m just yeah something

that like pops out as far as a photographer is concerned yeah and their style Wow that’s awesome that’s cool so the next question do you like when photographers have a mood or concept boards or do you think it’s better to improv and that kind of goes with your style a little bit as well it’s with the way that you shoot like what do you what do you kind of prefer you prefer us having mood boards or when we reach up to you or you reach out to us and we’re starting to kind of build that okay like this is what we’re doing this day when we or shoot like wouldn’t you

kind of how do you feel about that I like mood boards and I kind of relate it to music – right like you put yourself in a mood if you’re listening to you know a certain song and I I think the creativity as a model which I consider more like a catalyst or someone’s vision right I feel like it’s at least in my part my duty to kind of execute with that and almost like acting almost like film like you’re taking on this role and the mood board helps you kind of develop that but whatever idea in your head I mean my idea may be different than the photographer’s even though yeah but

I appreciate the mood boards I was supposed to just kind of winging it although winging it could be you know insanely fun yeah I think really cool could come out of that as well so yeah I would I would say for me like III agree with that it’s just like it’s important to have like a mood board maybe for the first shoot and then you wing it it’s like okay like I’ve connected with this person and I kind of know how they work in their style and their quirks a little bit and then directions may change as well as fun too so it could go into something completely different but I like the you know the setting the tone that we and it’d be imaginative and do my own part when it comes to that okay yeah I love that that’s awesome okay so do you think it’s important to meet with a photographer prior to shooting like that’s photographers you didn’t meet me there’s a caveat we did not meet prior to our shoot today so sometimes that doesn’t that someone for the models that I’ve shot it’s very rare but it’s it’s happened yes yeah no I don’t feel it’s necessary again the the essential meeting was really kind of looking at your work and you

know wanting to go into that and for me not to say that like the personhood is auxilary right like it’s I do care about the photographer as a person as well but I think what they have to say is through their art form yeah and I don’t think it’s necessary to me it doesn’t make me feel more comfortable like I’m not uncomfortable meeting you for the first time in a shoot right yeah I just thought their location out the shoots yeah I don’t think it’s necessary oh that’s pretty cool okay if a photographer reaches out to you how should that initial first matches its sound I mean my message was this is kind of casual I am sorry works like that and you’re just like basically asking what’s the idea like what’s the mood it’s kind of how we started six super casual but like but like say it wasn’t mean like they’re you I didn’t have this grandiose I don’t have a grandiose

like work flow or whatever like on my Instagram or whatever I don’t have a like a huge catalogue of work but say if they didn’t really have something like that they’re super established and they’re reaching out to you and you’re like what would that first message kind of sound should we start with like compliment like hey and we like this is this here’s our idea so we just go right to the idea like yeah if they didn’t have a set kind of I guess like a style you know yeah they still developing that um I don’t know I feel like I approach most I guess meetings or or

approaches in that sense very intuitively in the sense that you know if someone’s reaching out if I like something about their work something even if it’s not a next you know portfolio I feel like I don’t know intuitively I really don’t have an answer for that right like as long as they seem professional and it’s not just like hi like let’s shoot like that’s it right you know like having a sort of premise or like I like this about your look that way I can know that I can also contribute to the working relationship of the potential shoot if that makes any sense yeah okay yeah so you

just like grab onto something and you’re like let’s give its person shot as long as they’re not like weird keas well or at least approachability yeah if a photographer’s new what do you think would help them when it comes to reaching out to models for a first time um I think people should put themselves out there in any sort of art respect um as far as reaching out I don’t think someone needs to be I don’t I don’t think they should approach anything with trepidation I think they should go completely all out for it so as the model you know or just reach out to

them honestly just reach out do I feel like because I models obviously enjoy modeling and maybe they’re looking for an opportunity to do something creative maybe they’ve just been doing something blase or like just agency work is not I guess appealing to their their sensibility right or negativity and just reaching out maybe to a chance I feel mm-hmm yeah but then again like as someone who takes pictures I don’t approach necessarily models so I do yeah I don’t necessarily shoot people yeah okay I like that yeah just going for it yeah this company I didn’t it’s

cool yeah yeah is that the message mmm-hmm laughter I’m not saying it is the numbers game but you can look at it that way there’s a numbers game especially when you’re starting out it’s just like just go for it you have nothing to lose you only have something to gain it right after a certain point because you just have to get started except no you’re gonna be bad in the beginning just accept that you’re gonna be bad yeah and I think it’s in any again art form or realm I’m really surprising how how people will engage that right like how do you never know they

want to work or no they want to just experiment for fun yeah exactly yeah and that’s kind of what I’ve realized too it’s just like you just do all sorts of crazy ideas just to try them just because it’s new for everyone that’s involved in it’s just so it’s a unique experience at the end of the day so as a model where do you think are good places for photographers to find local models or people potentially shoot so we just go with model me and I’m like you know we just keep on going down that trail what it’s like Instagram I only know right well social media is very

interesting yeah additionally I feel like there’s a lot of beauty and people that necessary isn’t necessarily broadcasted through like being in an agency or being a professional model right like some I feel without photographers can approach models in the sense of like we’re trying to find a model and sense of like just trying to find beauty whether it’s on social media agencies again like mixers or just putting yourself out there as someone who isn’t necessarily social I mean I’m giving advice on something I’m not really you know keen on but yeah yeah as someone who is Mona I guess when people reach out in any capacity whether it’s through social media in person through friends through what have you willing to do again engage that too so I don’t know where photographers find models but mm-hmm yeah honestly sometimes you just go

to the mall sometimes you just even someone cool yeah actually most of the yeah most famous models were found in that way it was at an airport yeah you know she wasn’t even signed and she became the biggest nineties model so yeah exactly where you never know it’s I mean I guess that raises another question like if you’re new you may not have a business card so there’s that whole graer of like developing your brand and your selling yeah you know you have to kind of go through that as well but once you kind of get established and you have a style and you have it creative I guess you figure out how is it creative and you express yourself then after that point yeah you can totally just meet people anywhere really honestly right yeah because you never know what comes from that and people are just sometimes exciting to just do

something like you’re talking about so as a model what are some of your pet peeves or your turn offs with working with any photographer things are just like describe your second did that yeah I would necessarily say that I have any other than stoicism trying to come off as to pool or to professional doesn’t it doesn’t bother me I just like you know the the working relationship so I like feedback I like direction when photographers kind of hold back from that again like whether they’re just trying to be cool or stoic I just feel very uncomfortable right like I want you to

tell me if you don’t like it I want you to tell me if you like it or if you need me to do something I work very heavily off of direction yeah so I wouldn’t say it’s a pet peeve or anything but when people don’t give direction or don’t you know our vocal I’ve done a couple models – yeah they a lot of people do like direction yeah they like that insight into what we’re thinking in that moment you know and what we’re trying to capture you know and how you guys can fester that that vision basically was it comes down it comes out – so yeah I like that that’s true everyone

struggles with the Localism – it’s like because like when you’re shooting you’re not really sure either everyone has to go through a grey like awkward phase when your start shooting especially it’s like just one look or you’re it’s the first time you’re working with someone new and you have to go through that awkward phases part of it it’s just part of that happens when you when you shoot with someone new every single shoot is like that you like the best photos that I’ve ever gotten are from look two three four they’re never from look one that’s just the truth is because we have to like everyone has to get comfortable that to figure out the vibe they kind of could go through a little bit awkward nice they have to kind of get in the mood you know they kind of have to loosen up a little bit and then from there then you can start to create but that that sometimes that that process right there could be a half an hour an hour of shooting oh dami so it’s a gradual work yeah you there’s a very long warmup time out but then after that you’ve worked out the kinks then you can create the images that are in and all this stuff it’s totally

doable but it takes a little bit of persistence right to get to that point so that’s definitely what you gotta work yeah it’s something not easy but yeah the communication I feel like develops through that process you know as you kind of okay like this is where we’re doing today here’s kind of the checkpoints you know we’re gonna get food here and they like kind of recycle and we set ourselves and then we’ll go back in and that’s that’s what then leads to more communication as everyone warm something is for the silent communication again like that kind of awkwardness ah yes during the first I don’t know maybe a few minutes of the shoot yeah kind of gauging each other’s style and way of kind of shooting and modeling yeah yeah I love that that’s that’s great I love I love that mindset and yeah you have a very unique mindset because

you do shoot so you fill it with some of the camera things so you know you have a little bit of insight on like you know as a photographer I know you don’t see portraits and stuff like kind people but yeah you have a little bit of insight on that process because like yeah you’re creative in that way your visual arts person as well in that way and most most poeple don’t have them that perspective it’s very unique to be like okay you know I have my whole portfolio too but like I’m trying to put the model up and I’m building that as well and he had these duality which is super unique most people don’t have that I don’t know like a handful of people that are doing that very very rare out of most Amada so that’s that’s awesome but yeah those are the only questions that I have so I hope you guys added this added some value to guys interviewing her and it was awesome I really got some really great insight as well out of that and you know if you’re new here please consider subscribing if you haven’t already we’d love to have you as part of the team and join the family I’ll leave it a like and a comment down in the description below

if you want me to you know reach back out to Alexis and ask her anything specific questions that you think that we missed you know I only ask so many questions here we like so much time but if you want me to follow up with her by all means absolutely let me know when it comes down below and Devon Linux here photography px your host and catching the next one peace out my friends

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.