I began July by volunteering at the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) summer sports camp. I put on a one day hurdle clinic and had a great time spending my time coaching the kids and sharing time with them in the Lord's word.
I had a few gigs here and there, nothing too interesting but early July I got to shoot with a great photographer friend of my Ray Gutierrez.
One thing many people may or may not know about modeling is that it is an artistic expression. Chuckle and say what you will but I have been living in this industry making my living in it almost full-time for nearly 7 years. I continue to do it because I'm passionate about it. There are people who look great in person and look like crap in a picture or visa versa...I tend to think I'm on the flip side haha, I look better in pictures than I do in person, but I don't feel bad about it. In fact, I'm proud of that in a weird way! I have the artistic ability to emote and become someone else in front of the camera...I come alive, it's like I'm in a different world. I know it may sound cheesy but it's the truth. I get a great sense of joy from the artistic expression of modeling.
Why am I telling you all this? It's because I mentioned Ray Gutierrez. There are your every day, let's-make-some-money-and-pump-out-the-shots photo shoots and then there are those photo shoots where you and the photographer are perfectly in sync. Step for step, click by click....timing, positioning, lighting, expression...I wish I could explain it better but there's a chemistry there that is exhilarating when you have a great shoot with a photographer. It's like when musicians gel in perfect harmony and rhythm or athletes play so well together they seem to be doing a dance on the playing field reading each other's cues like the slightest changing direction of a summer's breeze. It's magic....I love shooting with certain photographers for this very reason, and in all the shots I've had...there are only a handful of photographers I can say this about. I love shooting with Ray. He's easy going, artistic, funny and easy to be around. Here are some of the shots we got from that shoot.
In late July I traveled up to San Fran for a convention with my girlfriend Laurie! We had a great time at the show and got to spend some much needed girl time together:)
Early August Ryan and I went up to Telluride, CO for my friend Jamie's wedding!! We had a great time mountain biking and partying with our friends!
Shortly thereafter we went on a trip to the Philippines!! There is so much to say about the Philippines that I am going to do a separate entry.
After the Philippines I came back and did an infomercial for the "Perfect Sit Up" from the makers of the "Perfect Push Up". It was awesome and I got to work with some top-level fitness models. I'm still waiting for the official video but you can catch some glances of me in this YouTube video:)
I shot another commercial for a product called "The Truth About Abs", one for LA Boxing, as well as one for a car dealership in Florida....all of which I have yet to see haha. I left for Dallas Texas in the middle of September for the long stretch known as Texas State Fair. The largest state fair in the nation and the longest job I have each year....26 days straight working the fatty fair of Texas:) I love it, I really do. The big Texas personalities, the crazy characters that come through our booth EVERY DAY, the inability to find any food that isn't fried within a 5 mile radius....what's not to love? And while I do dearly miss my husband and my animal babies back at home, I get to spend some quality time with my auto show teammates having fun dancing it up at Red River Dance hall in Dallas:)
Dancin' it up at Red River!!
Well I will do a separate entry for the Philippines but that about does it for Q3 2010!