A Decade of Joceline

A Decade of Joceline

17 posts
18 June 2013

Hello everyone! This is a long post, sorry.

 

 

'In November 2003, I took the advice of a splendid photographer called David Linaker and put an embryonic modelling portfolio up on the big site of the day, OneModelPlace.com.

 

I expected to get a shoot or two a month, to give me a chance to use my dance training (which I’d had to abandon due to injury) and to supplement my tiny income resulting from being one of many young actresses living in London.  Immediately I got a week’s worth of paid bookings (I think the industry absorbed new-comers more quickly 10 years ago) and I quit my temping job.  By January ’04 I’d started describing myself as a model rather than an actress, and was flabbergasted to realise I could make a living from doing something fun, without having to take human statue gigs and typing jobs to get by.

 

10 years have flown by, and I’ve never stopped feeling lucky.  I know I probably started modelling at a great time, maybe even the ‘Golden Age’ of internet modelling.  Having a USP seemed less vital than it feels now - being pretty and friendly with a good figure and a comfort with nudity seemed to be enough to guarantee plenty of bookings.  I’m not sure it’s as easy for models launching themselves into this career in 2013.

 

And I’ve certainly seen plenty of changes.  The necessity to to publicise ourselves feels like a big one; for the first couple of years of my career I hardly even needed to update my portfolio with new pictures - I probably only did it once every 6 months but it was enough to have a full schedule of bookings.  But as time’s gone on I’ve become anxious about being left behind by the industry’s progress, which has resulted in my having profiles on 6 or 7 modelling websites worldwide, Facebook pages, a Twitter feed, and my own website and blogs (which I never have time to post on).  Honestly I don’t know if these things are really necessary, and they definitely suck up my precious time off, but having a constant internet presence feels as though its more or less expected, in a way that it didn’t in 2003.  

 

But in other ways, my feelings about this beautiful industry have remained the same.  The tremendous, courteous and thoughtful studio owners who provide dressing gowns and cups of tea.  The other models I get to meet, who are often so intelligent, imaginative and ethical in their approach to their careers.  And of course, the photographers who support us.  I’ve lost count of the number of photographers I’ve worked with, but bad experiences stand out only because they’ve been so very scarce.  I’ve met such a lot of lovely people, and I’ve found many of my friends (including my husband) from the seemingly endless pool of photographers who’ve been happy to take the risk of inviting me to their studios and hoping that I’ll be worth it.  Thank you thank you to all of you.

 

This is beginning to read like a retirement speech, I’m snapping out of it now.  I’m not retiring.  I’ve just been promising myself that I’ll mark my 10 year anniversary in some way, and if I don’t do something about it now, I’ll get booked up and it’ll pass without my celebrating it.


I'm hoping to create a 10 Year Comparison Project

 


 If you photographed me in 2003 or 2004 I’d love to try and recreate one or two of the original pictures we did then so they can be exhibited side by side.  Obviously the pictures would belong to the photographer , but I’m hoping they might allow me the right to use them in an online exhibition (probably on my blog) with appropriate credits of course. 

I’d love to see what 10 years really has done to my face and body!   I see lots of discussion about people casting for specific age groups, and my internal jury is out on the subject really.  I suppose that most of all I believe that the person doing the hiring has the right to word castings however they like.  But I’m hoping that my 10 Year Comparison project might be illuminating in some ways, even if it illuminates the reason why art nude photographers sometimes want under 25’s for their pictures!

And I want to say ‘thanks’ to the people who took a punt on booking me when I was a complete unknown (as opposed to only semi-unknown) so I'm planning to reduce my rates for everyone from the start of my career who books me again.  And of course there'd be no obligation to recreate images; when the photographer's paying he or she should get to choose what they do.

 

I'm going to put up a casting call separately, but I wanted to share my feelings about 10 years in this industry here first.  Hope it's interesting to someone, and I'll hope to post the results on the forum in case they're of interest. 

Thanks for reading!

Joceline

Posted 18 June 2013
w4pictures
Photographer
w4pictures
Its just good to read such an up-beat post. Congratulations on reaching a decade! Joscade?

Posted 19 June 2013
GSC4X
Photographer
GSC4X
Wow, what a lovely story.  I have had the pleasure of meeting you twice, I hope there will be a third and fourth........  
Posted 19 June 2013
paulcase
Photographer
paulcase
What a nice positive post and such a welcome change. Congratulations on 10 years
Posted 19 June 2013
IainT
Photographer
IainT
The legendary Joceline was one of the first Professional models I shot back maybe 2005/2006 Joceline came to my house in the Highlands, I thought I was being visited by royalty, because even then she was modelling royalty I think that was the first time I took myself semi-seriously as a photographer.
Posted 19 June 2013
matt
Photographer
matt
Here's to another successful 10 years
Posted 19 June 2013
parafotos
Photographer
parafotos
Dearest Joss,
Is it really ten years that we've been working together? I know it is because I recall our first shoot together in in 2004 in our book, Charlie's Angels ~ Naturally, the cover on which you appear in one of our memorable photographs. In the chapter about you I wrote: 'It was clear right away that we were fortunate enough to be in the company of an unusually talented, articulate, graceful and enchanting lady whose wicked sense of humour is a priceless part of her endearing charm.' Nothing's changed! In the last ten years we've worked together in this country countless times and in France, Spain, Portugal, California, Fuerteventura and Mallorca during which time you've starred in 14 of our films and given us ten magazine cover photos. At the end of our chapter about you I wrote: 'No matter how I attempt to finish this chapter, it's unlikely that I can find the words to do justice to this amazingly talented, resourceful, and beautiful lady. I've lost count of the number of photographs I've taken of her and there hasn't been a duff one amongst them. There have been, however, a number of absolute crackers for which I take little credit - she deserves all of that herself for her creativity, sense of humour, adorable smile, patience and total professionalism. Joss, I can't tell you how fortunate and proud I am to count you as a trusted colleague and friend.' Beautiful Lady, I salute you and with my love as always, Charlie
Posted 19 June 2013
Edited by parafotos 19 June 2013
orsoncarter
Photographer
orsoncarter
Congratulations, ma'am.  

It's been a privilege to work with you. I've worked with a lot of very good models, but you're in a league of your own. (And unlike a couple of Prima Donnas I've been dealing with recently, you're so bl**dy nice!) 

[Here endeth the smoke blowing. Normal service will be resumed shortly. smiley]




Posted 19 June 2013
cziiki
Photographer
cziiki
Brilliant idea, not a lot of models manage 10 years and even more impressive stay just as gorgeous and classy all the way through. 2003 was the year Canon introduced the EOS 10D which was the first proper digital SLR so you are the definitive Model of the Digital Age I guess!


Posted 19 June 2013
mph
Photographer
mph
cziiki

 2003 was the year Canon introduced the EOS 10D which was the first proper digital SLR........


And you look more up to date than that does now.  But it too is an oldie and a good'un!  smiley

Posted 19 June 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
cziiki

2003 was the year Canon introduced the EOS 10D which was the first proper digital SLR so you are the definitive Model of the Digital Age


Wrong, there were quite a few before that (the first I remembered was the Kodak DCS in 1995).  The 10D was simply Canon's re-alignment of their dSLR range to cope with future nomenclature.

The D30 was earlier than that (2000) and that was the one that started the ball rolling as it was 'affordable' and within the reach of (wealthy) amateurs and was a complete consumer product made by Canon themselves rather than a botch job as in the case of the Kodak.
Posted 19 June 2013
Congratulations Joceline.

Never shot you back then as I was not taking pictures.
Love Shooting you in the past two years since I started.
I would say that you are the reason that I continue to shoot.

On another note, a friend of mine is looking to start to shoot models. I wanted to hire the very best model too shoot with. Therefore I suggested Joceline and we have booked her for next month.

I recommend Joceline without reservation.

David

Posted 19 June 2013
pompeytog
Photographer
pompeytog
I have never met you Joceline but may I congratulate you on a very successful 10 years and wish you all the very best for the next 10. Lovely post by the way.
Posted 19 June 2013
Horray! You have always been an inspiration to me (and I think you know how much I adore you) I think I almost cried when I finally got to meet you!! I hope I'm still going in 4 years when its my 10 year anniversary and I hope I love it every bit as much as you still do. Keep up the fabulous work sister
Posted 19 June 2013
Chrissie Red! You are brilliant! You'll probably do something fantastic for your 10 year anniversary, can it be a great big party with a giant scone? Can it? Thanks everyone for the kind words, I love this industry and I'm proud to have been part of it for a decade. I hope I'll make it to my 20th; I have an ambition to model stair lifts one day if they'll have me
Posted 20 June 2013
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