Today we’d like to introduce you to Raven Blue.
Hi Raven, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Well, I started Modeling in Seattle, Washington in 2013. Modeling was never really a dream of mine. It just kind of landed in my lap… a photographer approached me to do a shoot, after my first shoot I saw how beautiful they looked and that’s when it all started. My focus is to accept and celebrate all sides of me and show the world exactly who I am, with no shame. So I use it more as a creative outlet to explore different sides of me. It has been a very liberating experience to say the least. I was very shy when I started and just decided to jump in. After many years working in front of the camera, I also started working behind the camera. I never really considered myself artistic in any way but throughout the years I have crafted myself into an artist in my own way. I tend to work on the more artistic side of things and collaborate with artists and photographers to create something beautiful.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Modeling is not as glamorous and easy as everyone thinks. It’s not just standing there looking pretty. Many factors come into play. Everyone has to come together to make the shoot work. If there is one mishap, things can go downhill quickly. You have to be confident in who you are and have strong boundaries in this industry. Posing can be hard. Staying in one pose as my muscles shake and sweat pouring down my face and body during a figure drawing class, not so fun. Another struggle is that I am an older model. There are not a lot of jobs for older models. That and I’m short and have tattoos, so I am limited on things I can do. The biggest struggle through all my years of modeling was, what would people think? What would my family or friends think? In the end, it doesn’t matter what people think.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I tend to lean more towards artistic shoots. I am pretty adventurous and don’t shy away from much, well, unless it’s acting. I’m not good in front of a video camera. My favorite type of shoots are dark gory gothic/latex fashion artsy shoots. Or on the opposite end, victorian burlesque/pin-up/boudoir style shoots/artistic nudes.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.ravenblue.org
- Instagram: raven.blue13
- Other: http://www.modelmayhem.com/Ravenblue
Burlesque photos are by Raven Blue and the last B&W photo is from Catrina Hall & Hollis Hall.