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I am currently a student who has a passion for creativity! I love modeling in photos and creating beautiful images that make people feel something. There is something so wonderful about looking at a photo and becoming inspired by the work everyone creates putting into it. I also have a passion for education, helping others, my faith, and my friends and family.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Delaney. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Something unique about me is that I love the unique things about other people! One of my favorite things to do is figure out people's quirks and get to know people for who they truly are. This is why I love modeling so much! There is something so fun about seeing people's uniqueness captured in an image.
Delaney, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started as a model this year when I began taking photos with a photographer my friend introduced me to. It was amazing creating gorgeous images while having intentional conversations. Photoshoots as a whole serve so much purpose in my life because of the life and beauty that is created from them, both from the images and from the conversation. I love posing and creating expressions that make people feel and think.
Who is your inspiration in life Delaney? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is my small group leader, Leah. She is gorgeous inside and out and has a heart for other people. She is one of the most creative people I know, and she is someone who loves endlessly, is selfless, brave, and truly lives an honoring life. I stay inspired by getting to know people, spending time with family and friends, music, movies, and my faith.
We all make mistakes Delaney, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I wish I would have been more confident and believed in myself more from the beginning. After being in an abusive relationship, it took time to realize my worth and my talents. A photographer told me how beautiful and strong my face was, and I disagreed with him, and completely talked down about myself. This is something that I wouldn't take back, however, because it taught me that throughout time, I was strong enough to learn to love myself, flaws and all, even if someone I loved couldn't do the same for me.
Delaney, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I am extremely organized and am never late. Furthermore, I love looking at photographers work and adapting my style to theirs. It should be a collaboration, not a one-sided show. Plus, it's so fun working on different sides of me that wouldn't normally be seen unless if that photographer used that particular style.
Please tell us, Delaney, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
Balancing two jobs, a small group, and going to school full time. This was extremely difficult trying to strategically schedule my days throughout the week and prioritize my time. I love working hard and thrive under pressure, so while this was difficult, it taught me how to work hard and use my time to the fullest.
Delaney, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I work at a police department part-time. This has been known to be a very military style working environment, where beauty/ fashion obviously not taken very seriously. My coworkers know I model, and it's been interesting showing them how you can have a tough, assertive side to you while having another side that loves fashion and photography.
Delaney, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
When I first started modeling, my self-confidence was very low and I had a hard time being myself in front of the camera. My third shoot, a photographer named William Mazdra shot me and I will never forget what an amazing day it was. We photographed in a gorgeous garden inside in downtown Chicago in a red dress that I felt beautiful in. He let me do my makeup and hair how I wanted to do it, something that was kind of new to me. When I arrived, he said I looked absolutely stunning. We went to the garden and began shooting and something extraordinary happened. I felt so completely comfortable in front of the camera. I felt my walls beginning to come down and my comfort zone opening up. He continually reminded me of my inner and outer beauty and I felt valued and empowered. The photos I received from that shoot encaptured the type of woman I always want to be - a strong, loving, confident person who believes in herself.
Delaney, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Once at a shoot I realized how much I was struggling with posing, so I decided to act completely out there and just do whatever felt right. I ended up really impressing my photographer, although I felt absolutely terrified and ridiculous because I didn't want to look crazy. It made me realize that photography doesn't have any rules. Art doesn't have any rules.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
Believe in yourself. Every human is beautiful and unique in their own way, as cliche as that sounds. If you have the opportunity to create something gorgeous, do it! The world needs more beautiful art and people in it, to create. Listen to your photographers and learn from them, become inspired from whatever makes your heart bloom, and never give up. Never, ever give up. My father tells me this every day. You will have photographers tell you how you could be better, prettier, slimmer, sexier. However, you're enough already! You're not broken or need to be changed, you're you and you're enough. Work hard, exercise, sleep well, and be kind!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I love working with fashion and glamour because of my love for clothing and makeup! However, I would be interested in anything.
Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognized. Please fill this out properly,
(Name and Instagram @Username)
William Madra @williammazdra
Doug Baxter @dmichaelphotography
Manuel Xabier @manuelxabier