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Model Dakota Snow Interview

Posted on August 22, 2016 by
Model Dakota Snow Interview
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Photographer Matt Evans

Dakota Snow: As a model I seek to inspire passion and creativity in the people I work with. I use modeling as a creative outlet and consider myself an artist and muse. I seek to create images that are striking, sensual, empowering, thought-provoking, disturbing, bizarre, unique, authentic, and/or a host of other exciting adjectives. I love working with people and concepts that challenge me and help me to grow as a person and advance my abilities as a model.

FETFAN: How did you get started with modeling and how long have you been in the industry?

Dakota Snow: I've been modeling for about 2 years now, but only in the last few months have "gone pro". Prior to the last few months, all of my shoots weren't really taken seriously as a "photo shoot" because it was more photographer friends of mine that reached out to me for a specific project they wanted me to work with them on. Kind of like "Hey I'm doin' this thing...wanna be in it?" I never thought of myself as a model per say. I got into it professionally after a trip to Philly for a shibari photo shoot, and decided if I'm going to travel I should probably ask for some compensation. A model friend of mine recommended I join Model Mayhem. So I gathered all of my photos from previous shoots to create a portfolio on MM and Bam! Started getting paid work right away, and the rest is history. Happy

Photographer Stan Freedman

Your work is definitely unique, how did you decide or how did you discover this side of you as a model?

It's just who I am. I aim for authenticity as a model, so I go into a shoot presenting my most authentic self. It's not something I "discovered" so much as a style that I naturally express, does that make sense?

FETFAN: What is your favorite category to model and why?

Dakota Snow: I guess alternative modeling. I don't have a ton of piercings or rainbow hair or a ton of tattoos, but I feel like things that are edgier, darker, weirder, just images that are more interesting to me fall in the "alt model" category. I like weird because I am weird, so I feel most inspired working within the category of "alt modeling".

Photographer Billy Strange

FETFAN: Do you have an hidden talents?

Dakota Snow: I'm good with a whip. Like, a single tail leather whip. I think they are beautiful and the first time I held one in my hand I knew I had to learn how to wield it. I have just one, a 4' single tail, but I'm saving up for a bullwhip.

FETFAN: Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?

Dakota Snow: Nah, not anymore. I used to, but I got over it fast.

FETFAN: FETFAN Magazine is an alternative fine art nude magazine, but at the same time allowing artists to express themselves through their art. Fetishes are one of these forms. Do you have any fetishes that you have modeled or personally find interesting?

Dakota Snow: Um. Yes. I've modeled for foot fetish stuff (just pictures that focus on different angles of my feet- easy peasy!) and I model for shibari as often as I can. I've modeled for FemDom. As far as personal "fetishes".....well.....let's just say....oh boy...yeah I have personal fetishes, obviously rope being one of them, but for the rest? I'll plead the fifth. Haha let's just say I am into some stuff I'd rather not have everyone know about.

Photographer AppealPhotography

FETFAN: Nudes, fine art nudes, how do you feel about the concept and how do you prepare for this type of shoot?

Dakota Snow: Absolutely fine with fine art nudes, and because of my elegant aesthetic, it's what I'm most often hired for. I'm pretty much a nudist, so have no issue whatsoever being naked. In fact I find nudity empowering. How do I prepare for the shoot? Idunno....shave? Hah. I prepare for a fine art nude shoot the same as any other shoot: get an idea of the concept of the shoot and practice or research what I want to do before hand. For example: for one shoot I knew I was posing nude in a chair, so I practiced in front of a mirror posing nude in a chair. I ended up not using any of the poses in the shoot I liked while practicing, but it still helps to practice if I can so that I am more fluid in my movements and I have poses to "fall back on" if I get stuck.

Photographer MagiccImagery

FETFAN: Throughout your modeling I'm sure you have been to many different places, which have been your favorite and what kind of project were you working on?

Dakota Snow: I have yet to travel far as a model. I'm going to Austin, Texas this July and Colorado in early Sept, but otherwise the furthest I've traveled is Philly. I "travel" to Baltimore all of the time.....60 miles away from me so I'd not consider that "local". I LOVE shooting in Baltimore. Love it. I don't have a specific shoot as a favorite, but rather a favorite place: The Copycat Building. Oh my God. Love shooting there. Have shot with a couple photographers at Atomic Canary, and once at Studio Murder. That whole building inspires and fascinates me. So many amazing artists work and live there! I just feed off of the creative energy of that place and adore everything about it. Need to get back there ASAP.

FETFAN: Is there anyone who has inspired your work?

Dakota Snow: Anyone specific? Yes. There is a local model, her name is Katya Zvantseva. When I first saw her work I was just blown away. She is so elegant and beautiful and I just adore her work! I've never met her in person but I've heard she is an amazing model to work with. Her images are just stunning, and she is definitely an inspiration of mine.

Photographer Stan Freedman

FETFAN: When at a photo shoot, what do you love most about the experience and what do you find challenging as a model?

Dakota Snow: I love the creative energy of a photo shoot. Vibing with a photographer and working together to create something amazing! Igniting that fire in the people I work with and seeing how excited they are when we shoot together....I find that extremely fulfilling. Most challenging.....hmmm....multitasking! Hah! Honestly there is a lot of planning and conceptualizing just for ONE photo shoot, and sometimes I'll have 5 in one week! So it's multitasking my everyday life with the amount of time I dedicate to planning for a shoot. I'm still learning how to efficiently manage my modeling priorities with my everyday life priorities of being a mom and a wife and all the other aspects of my life that need a lot of attention.

Photographer DOK Shotz

FETFAN: How would you best describe yourself using just 3 words?

Dakota Snow: Passionate. Strange. Loving.

FETFAN: Five things you can't live without?

Dakota Snow: My son. My husband. Adventure. Good food. Freedom.

FETFAN: Favorite movie?

Dakota Snow: Man......this is tough because I love so many films. Okay....Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back.

FETFAN: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dakota Snow: Thai Curry.

FETFAN: What do you think your strongest feature is in modeling?

Dakota Snow: My authenticity.

Photographer Kyle David Byron

FETFAN: At the end of the day when all is done what are you most proud of?

Dakota Snow: Being viewed as good at something that is deeply fulfilling to me as an artist; having a creative outlet that I am passionate and being able to express it, often.

Photographer Dave Myles Photography

FETFAN: If you would like to add a few words or anything else you would like to tell your fans please do so.

Dakota Snow: I just want to express how grateful I am to be a model, and all of the positive feedback I have been receiving. Every day I count my blessings. Being able to do something that ignites that passion within me....well...I am lucky! Words cannot express how happy I feel to have worked with so many amazing artists, and will continue to do so.

Photographer Billy Strange
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