FemmeXposure® Magazine interview with model, Annalee Belle TX, USA
Hello Annalee and, welcome to FXM®! When did you get started in modeling and, what inspired you to get started? I started modeling in 2009. Nina Ross, was starting a clothing line called Toxic Kitten and asked me to be one of her models. I agreed to do it happily, and it snowballed from there.
What do you love most about modeling? Gosh. Narrowing down is difficult, but I suppose it would have to be the creativity that goes into a shoot. Everything from the styling to the post work.
What do you dislike most about modeling? I dislike the most the few crazies out there who make it hard for everyone else in the industry. Personally, I’ve been fortunate in not having to work with any too closely, but the stories I hear are nuts.
What modeling genre classified you best? I’d have to say alternative for sure. I have bright red hair and a lot of tattoos. Most people generally think of me as a pinup model for some reason. It’s odd to me because I’ve probably only done 5 fully styled pinup shoots total. Lol.
Have you had any formal modeling training? Never ever. I picked up tips from working with photographers, watching other models move, and by looking at photos mostly on Model Mayhem.
How did your first nude photo shoot go? It went incredibly well! I’ve always been comfortable with my body and a bit of a nudist at heart, so with the help of a great photographer at the time, it was much easier than expected.
What can make a model more comfortable with a photographer during a nude photo shoot session? Oh man. A ton of things. The model going in with an open mind, being comfortable with her body, bringing a friend, and asking questions if they have any. The photographer staying sober, not being touchy, and being honest are helpful things too. A lot of girls, including myself, are not comfortable doing spread leg work, meaning they don’t want anything in the crotch area to show. Sometimes when posing, it gets hard to make sure the goods stay covered and I don’t think I appreciate anything more than when a photographer lets me know I’m showing more than I am comfortable with. That shows a lot of character.
What are your favorite snacks/drink…etc. you like to have by during a shoot? Water!!! And anything light and healty. Fruit, some veggies and sandwiches are lovely.
What can you advice new models coming in the industry about nude modeling in general? You do not HAVE to do it! Lol. Contrary to what some photographers will tell you. If you want to only do clothed work, do it. Just realize that you won’t make as much money if you are trying to get paid work. If you do decide to do it, be sure to check references with anyone you work with, keep your body in shape and well groomed, and have a good attitude.
What is your opinion on TFP/TFCD? It is perfectly good as long as both parties are benefiting. I’ve had some photographers who are clearly beginners try to get me to trade, and that upsets me. I’m a photographer also, so I have higher standards on who I will trade with. Not only that, but I’m a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, so I spend double the amount of time getting ready making sure I look perfect to save the photographer time in post work.
What is your opinion on bringing an escort to a photo shoot? It should ALWAYS be allowed. I realize that escorts can be a problem, but when I see that a photographer “under no circumstances” allows an escort, they pretty much go on my crap list. There’s nothing wrong with bringing someone if it makes the model feel more comfortable. Again, as a photographer, I would never tell anyone that they cannot have someone come with them.
How do you handle photographers that don’t deliver as promised? I ask them about it and tell anyone who asks about them my experience in working with them. I never exaggerate how bad it was. I am simply honest.
What is your opinion on photo shop and retouching? I believe it is just as important to know the ins and out of basic retouching as it is to know your camera settings, unless you use a retoucher.
How do you stay in such great shape? Healthy eating and tons of gym time! Les Mills classes are a lot of fun and an awesome workout.
Posing 101 what advice can you give new and aspiring models entering the industry on posing? Flex your stomach, push a hip out, and keep what you want to appear smallest away from the camera! If you want to learn quicker, find a more experienced model to train you and shoot as often as possible.
Facial expressions how important are they? They are just as important as the pose. They’ll make or break a good photo.
What has been your most memorable experience you have had as a model? Overall, the amazing people I’ve been able to work with. I’ve been traveling a good bit with model Charlie Kristine, and let me tell you, she’s awesome!
What has been your worst memorable experience as a model? As I stated previously, I’ve been pretty fortunate to not have had bad experiences. The worst is that I shot with one photographer 3 or 4 times in one year, which was about 10-12 sets, and only got back I think 7 photos or so. I drove a total of 4 hours each time, and it was for trade. He started out as a great friend and I totally trusted him. It’s been a disappointment to hear all his excuses.
Have you had the support of family and friends during your modeling career? Yes, I sure have. I live in the Bible Belt of Texas, so they don’t care for the nudes much, however. Oh well!
What are your goals as a model and what would you like to accomplish next? My goals have changed quite a bit recently. I’m trying to focus on getting more published work and being more creative overall, rather than making as much money as possible. I miss having the fun in it! I was recently published in the second issue of Licked Magazine, so I think I’m on the right track.
Anything else about yourself you would like to share with us? Well, I’m not some crazy party girl as some people think with all the nude modeling and traveling I’ve been doing this past year. I’m pretty down to earth and enjoy the simple things in life, like being around good people. If you’d like to keep up with me, follow me on Twitter or Facebook!
Thank you, Annalee for taking the time to interview with FXM® Continue success! We look forward to working with you in future editorials and FXM projects. Congrats! on your FXM® Digital Magazine Cover & Pictorial!!
The photographs of Annalee Belle featured in this editorial photographed in ascending order by: Quinton Myers Studios, Jose Luis, Jose Luis, Missildine Arts, Jake Belanger, Studio PMV, KillaSnapShot 1, Peter Gonzales Photo, R dWater Photography, CDH Photos Tulsa , Jeff Medlin, CDH Photos Tulsa , Studio PMV, Studio PMV, K & R Imaging, Erik McCormick , On Purpose Productions
Video & Editing: David de Lara
model: Annalee Belle
Photos from this shoot can be seen at http://www.daviddelara.com