Rebecca Louise

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My name is Rebecca and I am a Yorkshire based model. I have been published internationally and also have photography experience and run an events company that shoots around the UK and Europe. I have worked in a wide variety of styles, including catwalk and video work. I particularly enjoy bridal, boudoir and fine art fantasy concepts.

1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a model?

Since my teens, people had always recommended that I should start modelling but I was never sure on whether I had the right look or where to start. After moving from Hertfordshire to Yorkshire for university, I decided to take a leap of faith and sign up to an online portfolio site and within a week I had my first paid booking.

2. At what age did you first start modelling?

I was 19 when I began modelling.

3. What was your first big break and how did it arise?

I'm not sure I would ever say I have had a big break, but that I continue to work hard and dedicate myself to my art which has allowed me to grow as a model and achieve more each year. I have worked around the UK with a large number of photographers, and now have publications internationally, have won several competitions, held a national pageant title, coached new models, and now run a successful photography and modelling events company.

4. What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

I am particularly proud of Through the Looking Glass Photography Events. This is a company I started from scratch by myself which has now shot at venues around the UK, and will be doing its first tour abroad in 2019. I have worked with some incredibly talented photographers, models, MUAs and designers on these shoots and believe my most successful and creative pieces usually arise from these events. I also enjoy the chance to watch others at work, socialising with like-minded creatives and travel to exciting and unique venues around the country and further afield.

5. How do you like to stay fit?

I particularly enjoy cycling and also run regularly. On top of this I also hula hoop to keep my waist toned and sculpted. I am also a trained ballet and contemporary dancer so I believe in stretching regularly to work on my flexibility and keep supple which allows me to create more dynamic and aesthetically pleasing shapes. I also enjoy hiking and hope to climb Ben Nevis this year.

6. What’s your favourite food?

Does Pepsi Max count as a food?
I do have a sweet tooth I must admit so pretty much any sweets.
I also enjoy paella though.

7. Any advice for people wanting to start modelling?

Don't be lured in by these so-called "agencies" promising you work but then asking for large amounts of money to shoot your portfolio or add you to their books. Be realistic about what you want to achieve when starting out, and don't be afraid to ask for references from a photographer or take a chaperone to a shoot to help you feel more comfortable. Find a few photographers that shoot in a style you like and approach them about helping you to start building your portfolio.

8. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

I once got left up a tree in the middle of the woods in the middle of a shoot because my photographer had left something in another clearing we had used previously. Afterwards we went for a drink at a local restaurant, I had ivy wrapped all through my hair and an extravagant poison ivy inspired make-up look, which did attract a few curious looks!

9. What’s song best describes you?

At the moment I love the Shania Twain medley - From This Moment On/You're Still The One - by Caleb and Kelsey.

10. What would you be if you weren’t a model?

Alongside modelling, I am also a Masters student, a full-time Mum, a photographer and an events co-ordinator.

11. Tell me something about you not many people know?

I have a beautiful little baby boy who I am very proud of, which explains the slight gap in my modelling portfolio.

12. What do you like doing in your free time?

Reading, cycling, travelling, mountain climbing, ice skating, make-up artistry, shopping.

13. What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?

I have a First Class degree in Music and I am currently studying for a Masters degree in the Psychology of Music.

14. What was your nickname at school?

I didn't really have one, but I was generally known as the clever one of the group, so I guess any names I was called tended to relate to that.

15. What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?

1) Determination - It takes time to become successful in this industry, and along the way you'll likely receive rejections and have down days, but perseverance is key to doing well.
2) Confidence - Believing in yourself, not being afraid to really go for a role or concept on set, and just having fun and letting loose. It always shows in the final images if a model was totally relaxed and comfortable on set.
3) Other people - Without the inspiration from models you admire, or photographers you'd eventually like to shoot with, it's hard to know where to start. Without the photographer that took a chance on you when you were just starting out, you'd never have started building the portfolio you have today. Without the creatives you've worked with along the way, it's impossible to create the images that tell the story of your success.

16. Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island what's your one must have beauty product or accessory?

Tinted moisturiser.

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Photographer Credits/Mentions

Stacey Clarke
Ed Hall
Glenn Wallace
Richard Goring

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