Model: April Berry
Make up and styling, and hair:
T.H. Taylor, Laura Miller
Photo assistant: Laura Miller
How did you get started in modeling? What brought you to it?
I got "spotted" by an affiliate of SuperShoots while employed by a local fast food restaurant. SuperShoots is a well known recurring photography workshop. I spent the weekend shooting and fell head over heels in love with the industry.
Do you consider yourself: Pro, Semi Pro, Hobbyist, Amateur, Something Else?
I am a professional full time model.
How did you find Model Insider and what do you like best about it?
Model Insider was suggested to me by Roger Talley (emeritus). I love that the site is run by actual photographers and models. There is a great sense of community that other sites seem to lack. The chat feature is pretty sweet, also.
What is your usual genre? Favorite genre?
I have an immense appreciation for all genres. Lately, I have been very interested in shooting fashion and beauty. Glamour shoots are, however, my bread and butter.
How do you find photographers to work with?
I use social networking sites so that photographers are able to find me. Surprisingly, most of my bookings come from networking on FaceBook.
Do you do your own styling and makeup? Do you work with a preferred MUA?
I will typically do my own makeup and styling. I love having the opportunity to work with MUAs. It just depends on the shoot. Sometimes it's all done for me and sometimes I'm responsible.
Where do you see yourself going in the next year, artistically and business wise?
Within the next year, I would like to continue accumulating tear sheets and working with the very best photographers. I take things slow, a step at a time. I am happy as long as I am booking shoots and remaining extremely active in the industry. I am, also, hoping to host more modeling workshops, as my first attempt was very successful.
Do you shoot both in studio and on location and do you have a preference?
I shoot both in studio and on location. My preferences change with time. If I feel I have been shooting a lot of location, then I'm ready to hit the studio, or vice versa.
Do you travel?
I travel for shoots constantly. It's somewhat necessary considering my base location. Central Illinois is not exactly a mecca of modeling.
Anything else you'd like to tell Model Insiders about yourself?
Oh yeah, I'm legally blind, by the way.