I first met Ayla Skye at a wedding a few years ago, when we first met, I was already aware of her work as a photographer, which is absolutely beautiful, little did I know then that she would become one of my closest friends.
As a photographer, it's so awesome to have a friend that regularly models for you - and looks amazing doing it!
With the launch of her new site - aylaskye.com, I thought it would be a great time for everyone else to get to know how amazing she is.
Hey there! My modelling name is Ayla Skye, I am a 32 year old South Eastern Suburbs (Melbourne) based model.
I am a single Mum to 4 crazy full on but beautiful children. I am also a photographer. I am a very passionate person and I love long walks on the beach
What first got you involved with modelling?
I did a little when I was younger, some photogenic competitions and posing for sketch artists etc. and then life took me on a different path for a while, getting married, having babies but then after some time I felt the urge to get back into it. I guess it's always been a part of me though. I have always felt the need to express my creative side through modelling, singing, dance, drama, photography. So my heart has always been in the industry.
What is your favourite aspect of modelling?
Just the opportunity to express myself creatively and even I guess in some aspects to "pretend" to be someone else for a moment, someone more confident and free. Hence the reason why I use a different name for my modelling. I love how after a shoot I always feel so empowered and excited to see how the final artworks will look.
What style of modelling is your favourite?
Hmmmm that is a tough question to be honest. I love so many types. I guess lingerie has been my main one but if I'm completely honest I prefer to be more creative and have hidden meaning within a shoot. So my favourite would have to be the ones where people can look and really feel the emotion within the image. I am a bit artsy that way.
What/Who are some of your inspirations?
My biggest inspiration for any shoot is emotion. I don't like just shooting for the hell of it, there has to be something there to make it interesting. I find so many people inspiring, Marilyn Monroe for being so curvy and confident and paving the way for strong, proud women. Samii La' Morte for nurturing and supporting me, driving me to shoots and making sure I was safe all the while I was in complete awe of how this beautiful creature holds herself within a shoot, she has so much I could learn from. But there really are so many people that inspire me, I feel completely blessed there.
What is the most difficult part of modelling?
I guess it can be physically challenging at times when trying to get into a particular pose and having to hold it for a while, I do get cramps in my back for a few days after. Or sometimes it can be cold. But it's all worth it in the end.
How do you prepare for a shoot?
I guess it starts with the concept and building on it in my mind, getting the outfit ready, deciding on locations with the photographer, mentally preparing and then of course the day of the shoot there's a bit of time spent in the bathroom being all girly haha. Shower, shave, hair, make up etc… All the fun stuff. I like to play music and sing while I get ready to get me in the mood.
When selecting your favourite photos from a shoot, what are you looking for?
I guess like any model I am looking for my best side…. No, not really. It depends on the type of shoot. Sometimes I prefer the photographer to choose to be sure they got what they wanted/needed from the shoot. But if I am choosing I just go for the ones that best show the mood of the type of shoot and if that co-insides with my more flattering aspects then that's a bonus too. Like any female I do have my flaws and parts of my body that I'd prefer to hide. But generally when posing I think about this so as they don't stand out later.
Do you have favourite piece of clothing or accessory you like using in a shoot? What is it?
I kind of try to make each shoot different so don't really wear the same thing again. The only part of me that really stays the same is maybe a ring I wear on my right hand that I love and rarely take off. But I do love wearing lingerie and have quite an extensive collection happening now.
Where do you see your modelling headed in the next 3 years?
I don't really know. I am happy just to see what life throws at me really. I would love to have a few more publications to my name too but really just enjoying meeting new people and having fun with it.
Any advice to aspiring models?
Be inspired! Don't get sucked into the superficial world that this industry can be, remember who you are and why you are doing this. Always be safe, don't do anything you don't feel 100% comfortable with and most of all have fun!
How do you like your photographers to behave on a shoot?
I do like to relax and have a bit of fun too and in fact I think this is important to ensure that you get great images but I do expect that the photographer should never expect more than you're willing to give. I have only had the one bad experience here and have been really lucky and grateful that everyone else I have worked with has been so amazing. Most of whom I have become friends with later. I do like to have some silly fun and giggles while shooting too of course.
How did you first discover Sam Dickinson Photography?
I met Sam at a friends wedding actually. He was totally not what I was expecting, I had heard about him a lot - all good things of course. But I had in my head an idea of what he would be like and then when I met him I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome he really was. We have become great friends and I hope that friendship is life long.
What is your favourite photo that we’ve taken together?
Oh soooooo many great ones that's just too hard for me to choose just one. But if I have to narrow it down I guess I loved the dreamy lingerie couch shoot we did at my place because I didn't feel too good that day and still you managed to make me feel amazing and the images came out so well. But I also loved the Cleopatra shoot so much and oh I loved the silly ones we took together too. I love them all who am I kidding.
Any parting words?
Sam you have always guided me in the right direction and supported me 100% in whatever I have decided to do. I can never thank you enough for your kindness and time. I am so very glad I met you that day at the wedding. I have also loved watching you grow as a photographer and your work has just blossomed into your very own unique style. I am so proud of you and proud to work with you.
I look forward to seeing what we come up with in the future!!