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Henna N

Henna N

Model Insider Spotlight - Henna N - MI 3806
Photo Credit: Photographer: Joshuava

How did you get started in modeling? What brought you to it?

A couple years ago a friend of mine mentioned at a party that she had gone to a model and photography meet and greet. I asked her how she had heard about it, since I had been curious about getting into local modeling but I didn't know how to go about it. Thats when she told me about Model Mayhem. She helped me sign up and that pretty much started it all. That site taught me a lot about modeling, as did some of the amazing models on there.

I've loved fashion and beauty for a long time, and I really wanted to see myself photographed in high fashion looks. I started out doing more of the fashion, glamour and commercial stuff, but gradually I started doing more and more art nudes, and now that is one of my main genres that I work in.

Do you consider yourself: Pro, Semi Pro, Hobbyist, Amateur, Something Else?
I suppose I consider myself a pro, but I don't do this full time because I don't travel. I work as often as I can, and modeling is my only source of income. But if you compiled all the hours together, it would not equal full time. I've been at this for almost 3 years now, and I've learned a lot. I still have many things I can learn, and I love improving and seeing myself become a better model. So I would say I'm very experienced but I can always learn more.

How did you find Model Insider and what do you like best about it?
I found out about Model Insider a while ago, but I'm not sure how. It might have been from another model or from a photographer. I really like that they give you so much without asking for a ton of money in return. There are far less limitations for the free account here than for the free account at Model Mayhem. And the owners of Model Insider seem to actually care passionately about what they do. Its not just a business to them.

What is your usual genre? Favorite genre?
There are two genres that I normally work in, art or glamour nudes and fashion. Nude work pays the bills, and I actually consider art nudes to be one of my favorite genres to work in. There's so much you can do with the nude form that you can't do with clothes on. You can express a lot of themes about humanity and all that we go through with nudity. I really do consider it an art form.

And fashion, well fashion was my first love and I will always adore it. I really love doing editorial/fashion/beauty work and its really thrilling to be able to submit to magazines, wear the clothing of local designers and wear crazy makeup. There's a lot of creativity in the fashion world, and it inspires me.

How do you find photographers to work with?
I find photographers to work with by using sites like MI and Model Mayhem mostly. Although occasionally photographers have found me through my tumblr page or through my facebook fan page for my fashion work:

Do you do your own styling and makeup? Do you work with a preferred MUA?
It really depends on the shoot. For most of my nude or fetish or conceptual shoots, I do my own styling. I've been a fan of makeup ever since I was a young teenager, so I like to think I'm pretty good at it. But I'm definitely not a pro (and I only know basic hair), so I love working with makeup artists and hair sytlists. When I have a fashion, beauty or editorial shoot however, I really do need a MUA and Stylist. Those genres focus much more on how the face and hair looks and how skillfully the makeup is applied, and I think a having a good MUA and Stylist really helps make the shoot a success. I do not have a go to makeup artist, but there are some that I really love working with including LaT, Carolyn Berry, Liz Wegrzyn and Elle Sherrod. And Danielle Jackson is definitely one of my favorite Hair Stylists, her hands are magic!

Where do you see yourself going in the next year, artistically and business wise?
In the next year, I plan to continue to model as much as I can. I really want to submit to more and more magazines. I also really want to improve on my art nude work, and take more interesting and dramatic photos, including ones with crazy poses, cool lighting and powerful emotions. Additionally I want to do more artistic bondage work and shoot with more animals. I plan on making at least one trip back to NYC to work with people there. Business wise I hope to still make money from modeling, but I might get a summer job. During the school year its too hectic to have to work, model and go to school at the same time. I can only do 2 out of the 3 at once! :P

Do you shoot both in studio and on location and do you have a preference?
Yes, I shoot in studios and on location. I really like doing both, but for different reasons. I much prefer shooting in a studio when its cold outside, as I chill very easily. And studios are nice for fashion and up close beauty work. But shooting at an interesting location just can't be beat. I especially love doing nudes outside in nature.

You mentioned you don't travel, why is that?
Unfortunately I don't really travel much. I am a full time student, and school really limits my ability to travel. But I do go all over the Metro DC area, and I'm trying to plan a trip to Philly in the near future. Last summer I was in the Syracuse, New York area with my boyfriend, and I did a lot of great shoots in that region. I'm planning on spending all of next summer in Central New York again, so I plan to work more in that area.

I really wish I could travel more, and maybe after my undergrad is over I can go more places.

Anything else you'd like to tell the Model Insiders about yourself?
My main goal with modeling is to create fantastic images and make great connections with people. I really try to be fun and easy going at my shoots, thats the way I think it should be. I've made some great friends doing this, and had some great experiences that I will never forget. I really can't wait to meet and work with more photographers, models, MUAs, Hair Stylist's, etc. Please reach out to me if you would like to work with me, I don't bite. :)

Also, any photographers who will be in the Baltimore area next weekend should check out this workshop that I'm going to be a part of: Figuratively Speaking... a Figure Nude Workshop.
It's a four hour workshop with three great models (Candace Nirvana, myself and Elizabeth) Its all about lighting the figure nude, and it will be a really great experience for beginners and advanced photographers alike. The location for this is a historic building and will be awesome for figure nudes.

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