Update on Life | Journal

It has been awhile since I've blogged a journal post, and if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you have probably seen a lot of photos and posts about Kansas City Fashion Week. If you aren't already following me on social media, click here. Lately I've been getting a lot of questions about what I am doing with modeling, how I find photographers to work with, etc. Read on friends and lurkers, I am about to address these issues. 

 Photo:  Mira Visu Photography  (2012) 

Photo: Mira Visu Photography (2012) 

When I started Luna Elise nearly a year ago, I definitely didn't consider myself a "model," just a girl with an overdeveloped closet. However, ever since I started shooting with Rebecca from Mira Visu Photography way back in 2012 (see pic above for a throwback to my first ever photoshoot!), she was insistent on my "model status." For those people asking how I get professional photos done--the answer is, start by having photographer friends. For most photographers I've encountered, photography is their passion and they welcome a model with open arms to try out new locations, lighting or styles of photography! Remember, you should NEVER have to pay for modeling images--there are so many talented photogs willing to trade creative time!  

 Dave Gillispie and me! :)

Dave Gillispie and me! :)

At this point you are probably saying, "come on Elise, you can't have THAT many photography friends!" To that, I say, yes that's true. I don't even have that many friends in general (too stressful). Once again, Mira Visu's Rebecca has been instrumental by adding me to a photography group on Facebook. I have met so many great photographers through that group who have been excited to work with me. The point here is, value the connections you make, AND learn how to recognize good connections. That guy in your Instagram DMs who wants to shoot in his basement at night=no. Photographer setting up a shoot through a Facebook private and pre-vetted group=yeah man! When you work with a photographer you like, make a friendship with them, and you never know what could come from it. I shot with Dave Gillispie for the Women of K-State Swimsuit calendar in 2012 and we are still friends who shoot together to this day. 

 Top:  shopthelocale.com  Shorts: One Teaspoon Shoes: Adidas Bag: Alexander Wang

Top: shopthelocale.com Shorts: One Teaspoon Shoes: Adidas Bag: Alexander Wang

My location has made a huge difference in my blog. I live near KC now and I take full advantage of that. I try to get into the city at least once a week to work with a photographer, meet friends or check out an event. You never know where you're going to meet people! 

 Model Selection Photo for TRBrown Fashions

Model Selection Photo for TRBrown Fashions

After a year of blogging, I turned my perception of myself as a model on its head by getting involved in Kansas City Fashion Week. I tried out for the runway and will be walking in three of the four shows in March! This achievement has been HUGE. I've gotten to meet so many amazing designers, models and photographers--and fashion week hasn't even happened yet. I won't lie, I'm slightly nervous for my first time on a runway, but I am excited to push myself out of my comfort zone and take my blog modeling to something next level! Get tickets to see me walk the runway HERE

 Photo: Jason Atherton MUA: Sophia Binder Designer: Atelier Samosi 

Photo: Jason Atherton MUA: Sophia Binder Designer: Atelier Samosi 

When you book three shows your first season of fashion week, you get noticed and people want to book you. I was honored to be chosen to represent the first launch of the new Moda Shoot collaborative sponsored by the Kansas City Fashion Council! More on that (and all the photos) in another blog post. 

 Behind the scenes:  Shop the Locale  photo shoot 

Behind the scenes: Shop the Locale photo shoot 

The more I have put myself out there, lately I have had photographers approaching me instead of vice versa. Last weekend, I did a fun commercial shoot for ShoptheLocale.com shot by Jerry Wang Photography. It is interesting to try out the commercial side of photography and fun to meet even more fashion and photography friends! 

I am also dabbling in the design end of fashion...but that's all I have to say about that, for now. :)

So, to summarize this tutorial-turned-explication--I am at an exciting point in a process that started years ago when Rebecca first wanted me to style and model a shoot I'm using my resources, feeling things out and having a great time doing it. If photo shoots, runway fittings, and red carpet charity events sound out of reach...don't be so cynical (rich words coming from me, I know). I never in a million years thought I would find these types of opportunities in KC, but you never know until you try. Unfortunate news for the extra lazy out there--you have to actually work to make it happen.

Living Passionately | Journal October 7, 2016

Let me start this off with a disclaimer--this isn't going to be a cute outfit post. When I started Luna Elise, I wanted it to be a fashion blog, but I also wanted it to be something more. I feel like I haven't really explored the "something more" side of things enough. I've been more focused on gaining followers by posting outfit pictures. While I am still going to be doing that (on a weekly basis as much as possible), I have been blogging for over six months now and I am finally settled into the routine and I want to try to get more than one post up per week. Devoting one post a week as a sort of journal is both helpful to me to just freestyle write and also will help you feel like this blog is more than just a bunch of commercialized images. 

If I had to describe the way I live in one word, I would say passionately. Passion moves my mind and body, makes me see the world with such depth that I'm not sure everyone else sees it with. I love with all my heart and constantly explore the fascinations of the world both physically and in the depths of the human mind. However, passion is sometimes a misunderstood word. When we think passion we see red roses, embraces in the rain and maybe a deep devotion to a craft. What we don't see is the flip side of the coin. Passion doesn't mean living life behind permanent rose-colored lenses. Feeling everything so deeply means feeling the depths of sadness at an intensity that is overwhelming. For example, when I fall in love I am floating and lost in bliss one day and then the next I am cut with a knife considering (for no logical reason) how much it will hurt if I someday lose this person. 

 Sometimes my mind feels like a beautiful cage. 

Sometimes my mind feels like a beautiful cage. 

One of the redeeming things about being dually passionate like this is that while you can be crushed or even moved to tears over the painful side of passion, you also have the extreme highs--the "romantic" mindset that is traditionally considered. When I do put on the rose tinted glasses, they are VERY heavily tinted and everything is so beautiful. Somedays colors seem brighter, events woven more intricately, falling in love an all-consuming high. Being in love with a passionate mind truly fills up empty spaces. I thrive on relationships (let's not get this confused with NEED them to survive) and when I love someone that love is not fleeting--it sinks its roots in hard and deep. This has one hundred percent led me to stick in the wrong relationships for too long--but that's a topic for another blog post. 

Sometimes passionate dreamers like myself can be perceived as living with their heads in the sand. We "aren't realistic," "need to get our shit together." What people don't realize is that our heads aren't in the sand, they are in the clouds most of the time. It can get exhausting living in the passionate mind. Trust me. I know I will never be a power career chick. I'm an artist. My mind is always in a million different places. I'm working on too many projects right now, and when I'm not actively working on them, I'm thinking about them. 

One of the biggest dangers of living passionately is being perpetually lonely. This may seem counterintuitive, especially if you think of passion simply in the one-dimensional romantic sense. However, when there is SO much going on in your mind and you are feeling things on a level many people can't even begin to fathom, you are naturally misunderstood. For the longest time, I felt superior to people because of the way I thought, but as the years went by this changed to loneliness. It is a constant battle I fight to let those I am close to into my mind. It is scary and unnatural to let some of these thoughts out; I never know whether they will be met with rejection, scorn or even anger. The biggest first step to combatting any of these feelings--superiority, loneliness, anger--is awareness. Know who YOU are and be confident in it. Never expect everyone else to be the same as you, but don't let that be your downfall. 

For all of you out there who feel the same as I do--and I KNOW there are more of you--challenge yourself to take your passionate mind and let it inspire you rather than bring you down. Believing in yourself is easier said than done sometimes, but believe in the beauty of your passionate mind. I absolutely believe that the most beautiful works of art in this world come from people like us. When the little voice in the back of your mind says, "That's absolute crap. I SUCK." Don't listen to it, push forward, count to 100 in German (if you're me), and forge on. The world deserves the beauty of passionate minds. 

 And remember, some days, you just need a glass of wine. TGIF :)

And remember, some days, you just need a glass of wine. TGIF :)

*None of the photos used in this post are my own and I claim no rights or ownership to them.