Since Justin was about 8, people have been telling him he should be in pictures. He’s got that innocent face, but also possesses an exotic look. He got his dad’s good looks and facial structure with my Asian eyes and lips. I like to call him “Little Dave with an Asian flair.” A few months ago, Justin expressed his interest in trying some modeling.
We jumped on this and hired Benjamin Benoit Photography to take headshots. We thought if Justin could build some confidence for himself, it would help him with the growing pains that come with adolescence. The tween to teen years are so tough. Trying to figure out who you are and to fit into the world, all while having your body and face change so fast. Remember your youth? I do. Mine was stormy. I wish I had role models and more positivity when I was younger. I am so glad Justin has people to look up to all around him.
One of my closest friends, Pauline Saltzmann is a fashionista extraordinaire (She is also a frequent author of the Style section of Oz of Salt). She went shopping with us to pick out some outfits for the session.
She picked a few looks: 1) Edgy 2) Sophisticated 3) Trendy 4) Preppy. Zara has a great selection of boys clothing, so we were able to find all our outfits there. For shoes, we picked up a pair of Vans and flip flops and were good to go.
Jun from Kasai did a great job.
Day of shoot. Winds were 25 mph so we weren’t sure how this was going to go. But Ben said it would all work out, and he was right. Ben is not only a photographer but is also a successful model. He was able to coach Justin how to stand, where to look, how to hold his head and the way to smile. Justin was loving Ben’s tutelage.
And Fashion Director, Pauline Saltzmann was, of course, on site to manage Justin’s look.
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We ended up with some great shots, thanks to Ben! Brand Talent was the agency we were hoping would sign Justin. They loved his look, so we met with them in the beginning of May and it was a success. Justin is now represented by Brand! Justin is so excited. Look out world. A model is born!