Emily Doll is an internationally published model and a blogger. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with modeling?
I’ve loved it since I was young. I love the art of it. The beauty. Creating the energies you see in your mind into the photograph for whatever you are shooting and nailing that energy is so amazing. I never wanted to be a model though, I wanted to be a photographer. It’s still a huge passion. I discovered the art of pinup modeling though and fell in love with it. I made a pretty bug name for myself in the pinup industry and still specialize in it. It’s my passion now.
A lot of my modeling consists of me on both sides of the camera. I shoot myself a lot. I love everything that goes into creating that ad for a brand or an exciting review. It feeds me.
How were you discovered?
I don’t know if I would say I was ever discovered. I think I worked really hard to create a brand around my own freelance modeling and with that and sharing who I am I think people were drawn to it and that’s what got me where I am. I’ve been featured in countless magazines and features. Model or writer for articles in such. I’ve had some really amazing opportunities and been honored to work with some amazing brands, magazines, designers, photographers, but I wouldn’t say I’ve been discovered.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
I was chosen out of a ridiculous amount of the most good looking girls in Oklahoma to do a swimsuit shoot and feature for a local magazine. I wasn’t expecting to be picked because I was so different than their typical pick but I wanted the experience with my best friend who was also shooting a feature and chosen for a second year in a row, so I did it. The first shoot was a group shoot with all the models. We all sat together getting ready for probably two hours or more before actually shooting which took five minutes lol. But I remember sitting there totally judging myself and comparing myself to these gorgeous girls and when I started listening to them and their stories i realized we were all exactly a like. Just girls trying to live their dreams all with the same self confidence issues and fears. It was a really beautiful thing to see
How would you define your personal style?
My personal style is pinup/rockabilly mixed with a laid back alternative chick. I wear a lot of vintage inspired looks. Then I have a big t-shirt and jeans side.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in Cerritos California, spending my summers on Huntington Beach. I grew up with my grandma as my biggest influence and she was always bring me home old movies from Costco. Judy Garland films, Marilyn Monroe films, Lots of musicals, but always old classics and my favorite thing was always the amazing elaborate wardrobes the women wore and now that vintage side of me is in my wardrobe big time
Who is your style icon and why?
Probably Audrey Hepburn. I’m totally a Hepburn lol. I love how she wore what she wanted and she made it hers. And her body type wasn’t favored back then but that didn’t stop her from dressing how she wanted. That inspired me.
Who is your favorite photographer and why?
This is always a hard one for me because I love different photographers for different things and some of those things are from the model side of me and some from the wanna be photographer side lol.
But, I’m going to answer from the photographer side of me and say Karen Jerzyk. I discovered here on Instagram and just fell in love. Her work brings out a lot of different emotions for me but what I love most is how she mixes the beautiful with the odd and the strange and evokes this energy with her work that really draws my attention.
What advice would you give to aspiring models out there?
Be careful and don’t sacrifice yourself to be “known”
Even in modeling you need to be doing what you love. You have to love modeling and have real passion in it to fuel you. Use that passion and never lose it. But don’t ever sacrifice what you want for yourself to get something faster or because it seems like it won’t happen for you. Just keep working hard and you will get there.
Do you edit your own photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
I do edit my own photos. I don’t own a real camera. I always make jokes saying I’m a professional smart phone photographer lol. I have a ln LG V30 and I do a lot of auto adjusting in the camera on that and then I just use some simple editors like Adobe. I love an app called Polar for filters if I’m feeling extra creative. Sometimes I use an HDR camera app of I’m doing outdoors shots, I love the feel it gives. For me, the editing is a huge artistic part of photography and modeling in my opinion. I’ve done some artistic conceptual beauty looks on myself and when I shoot them, I can see what I want them to look like when I’m done, what energy it needs to make the concept make sense and a lot of that is done in editing sometimes for me. It just depends on what I’m shooting. But as far as my professional shots, they were all edited by the photographers.
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