How I Got Paid to Model in Las Vegas


Want to learn how to become a model? Learn how I did it in this post!

I spent this past week modeling in Las Vegas and it was absolutely amazing! I got to reconnect with my favorite photographers, meet new people, and of course, create stunning photographs. I’ll add a few of my favorites throughout this post, but let’s start with how the heck I was paid to model in Las Vegas!

Photographer: Matt Milam, Hair and Makeup: Anne Hudson


Let me start by saying that I’m not a professional model or signed by an agency. I just like being in front of a camera and getting pretty pictures! I started modeling with DigiSmiles through their senior rep program and then they took me to Shutterfest with them. Shutterfest is a huge photography conference in St. Louis where no one sleeps or stops shooting. I promise I’m not exaggerating.

Photographer: Tom Sevart, Hair and Makeup: Anne Hudson

I’ve been attending for the past two years and this past year I had a shoot that ended at 2 am and my next one started at 6 am which meant I was up at 4 am for hair and makeup. Needless to say, I did not sleep for those few days. I think I got maybe 6 hours of sleep in three days. Then, I took a red-eye home to make it back for class – modeling doesn’t count as an excused absence for some weird reason and my profs take attendance. I got back, took a nap, went to class, took another nap, did my french homework, and then slept for 12 hours! 

But hey, that’s Shutterfest! And it was well worth it because I received some amazing pictures!!

Photographer: Douglas James Studio, Hair and Makeup: Carlee Hebert

Project Lunacy

After attending Shutterfest for two years, I was invited to Project Lunacy as a model and I got paid which is gold for any college student! Project Lunacy is a little more relaxed than Shutterfest, but I got just as many amazing pictures! My call time for makeup and hair was 10:30 am each day (which was a welcome change!) and we shot from about 2 pm to 6:30 pm. Then I got with a few of my favorite photographers to do after hours shoots.

Before the conference started, I was able to explore Vegas a little. I walked around all the hotels which was very, let’s just say interesting and ate lots of overpriced but really good food. It was fun and I’m glad I did it, but I’m not sure I need to go back to Vegas anytime soon. After spending five days in Vegas, I’ve come to the conclusion that Vegas is like that one friend who doesn’t have her life together at all and she’s a mess, but she’s entertaining and a great cook so you keep her around! Freemont Street is when that friend gets drunk!

The night before the conference, I did a photoshoot outside of Paris and the Bellagio Hotel. People walking down the street would stop and take pictures of us. It was pretty funny until we got kicked out of the Bellagio Hotel since apparently only their photographer is allowed to take pictures. Anyways, we got some awesome pictures and I can’t wait to see more.

On day one, I wore a blue dress with ruffles and called myself Cinderella. The second day, I wore a long, flowy yellow dress and called myself Belle. Sensing a theme here?

Photographer: Warren McCormack, Hair and Makeup: Carlee Hebert

Photographer: Randy Dickey, Hair: Daisy from @daisy_loveshair

The final day, I skipped the princess vibe for a sassy, black and white dress. I later changed into a black romper and cutout hoop skirt with thigh high black boots. We strung fairy lights through my skirt and I held some in my hands which created some magical photos.

Photographer: Melissa Stiefel, Makeup: Lorina Parra

I got to meet so many amazing photographers, models, hair stylists, and makeup artists through this photography conference! Since I will be studying abroad in the spring, I will be missing Shutterfest this year which I am really upset about. Thankfully, a few of my photographer friends love to travel (shout out to CJ) and I’ll get to do a shoot in Paris!

Follow me on Instagram to see more of these photos and BTS of all my photoshoots!

Are you into photography or modeling? Have you been to Shutterfest or Lunacy? Let me know in the comments below!


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