Selina Hall: I enjoyed being in front of the camera as a young girl
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how did you get into the modeling world?
Hello, my name is Selina Hall and I started modeling five years ago of March 2022. I’ve always had a love for looking at magazines and admiring all of the fun poses, flashy clothes, and beautiful models. I enjoyed being in front of the camera as a young girl and being photogenic was my thing. I decided to finally enter the modeling world after being laid off from a good job and leaving a relationship. I felt I needed to go after one of my dreams before I get older and regret not doing so. Here I am today.
How would you describe your modeling vision?
I love fashion and editorial the most! Posing is a passion and expression of self for me. Combining all of the amazing designers, hair & makeup, and eccentric posing to convey a story and sell it to the consumer is fascinating to me. I’m very versatile and have done many different types of modeling, but my heart desires fashion work. That’s just how I envision myself. One day I will get there.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Honestly, I do not have one in the sense of feeling completely awed. Many of my memorable moments are from how I felt on set with the people I’ve worked with. Those are moments I do love a lot of the time; good energy and epic end results.
In your opinion, what are the ingredients for success as a fashion model?
I always preach professionalism is key.
Taking the time to sharpen some of your tools will help you maneuver in the industry. Things that seem small such as using greeting expressions or your email signature are actually big and will reflect well on you. It is your first impressions and knowing how to present yourself shows what you have to offer as a professional. This doesn’t start & stop at emails. DMs on Instagram and text messages too! Always be formal. Being prompt and on time and kind!
How do you balance your style with a photographer's vision?
All photographers have their own style of shooting. It’s good to be really attentive and communicate with them. Some photographers like to shoot models continuously moving and being fluid, some like you to be a lot slower and change pose only after the shutter goes off, etc.
I believe most are shooting with someone where a concept was discussed, to mix the both of model, photographer and/or team’s vision. I make sure to plan or communicate before shooting.
What role does social media play in your business?
Social media is an important factor these days. It has helped my career generously. Most of the time, Instagram or other sites are used as a “portfolio.” If you utilize it the right way, it could help you get scouted by agencies, booked for jobs, referred to clients, etc.
How do you get yourself inspired for a photoshoot? Where do your ideas to shoot come from?
I am inspired organically because this is my career and passion. If you go into a shoot with no energy or care to be there, the photos will reflect that. It would be a waste of everyone’s time. A lot of my ideas just happen, however I am also inspired and have many moodboards of poses, outfits, location ideas, etc. Pinterest and Instagram are awesome to use.
Could you take us through the typical planning process for your photoshoot?
Planning and preparation for me starts as soon as every detail is set in stone. This could include if I need to have certain things or wardrobe for the shoot, I make sure I have those things and if not go out and get them. Whatever the case may be, up until shoot day I am taking care of them including manicures, pedicures, making sure I’m groomed, hair is cut, the whole nine yards. This just makes the day of the shoot easier and more fluid.
What would be your advice for aspiring models wanting to get into the industry?
Always put yourself in the best light, whether it be through your professionalism, promptness to all auditions/fittings/bookings/etc., and have courteous behavior to everyone you meet (you never know who could be the client, or your next opportunity! I have more tips for aspiring models here: Instagram.com/sovlbeavtifvl
Where can our readers keep up with your work and get connected with you?
You can find me on Instagram @_soulbeautiful and this URL which contains all of my links :)
Model: Selina Hall @_soulbeautiful
Retoucher: Stephen Tran @stephentran23
Photograoher: Steve Marshall @dallascreativestudio
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