December 2015 Featured Model
In “Red Sensuality”
I am only the publisher and co-founder of Soft Screams Magazine, the fastest growing Erotic Photography Magazine in the United States. I only review about 8 to 10,000 images per week in search of what’s trending, the beauty and artistry of Erotic Photography, and photographed about 1,000 different women myself, personally. Why would anybody ever think to ask me ” What talents and qualities compose a great model”? Even though Damali Conceptuals is going to be my future “baby’s daddy” my beloved partner in crime has never once asked me. The problem is, that this month’s featured model Vivian Beck literally has the most important qualities I believe in the making of a true superstar. So all sarcasm aside, I can longer sit around and wait for one of these writer’s or editors to ask me my opinion. Vivian Beck has provided me the opportunity to speak on it, and I plan to run with this like a starving cheetah with a pork chop. What Vivian Beck possesses is:
and most importantly.. the ” IT” factor.
I will be publishing an article based on the above qualities for the January publication of Soft Screams Magazine and our first paper edition of the magazine. I could write an entire thesis paper on the qualities above, but for this article as it pertains to Vivian Beck, I will focus on the most important quality listed above and which coincidentally Vivian Beck possesses more than any model that has come across my desk thus far, the “IT” factor.
Nobody could possibly describe “IT”. “IT” doesn’t have a name. “IT” cannot be seen with the naked eye. “IT isn’t something that you can be coached or develop. Nobody on this planet can force “IT” into you. “IT” isn’t something that cannot possibly be taught, you have to be born with “IT”. There are no grey areas, you either got “IT” or you don’t! Look at these images of the sexxxalishus Vivan Beck. The first thing that draws you into her is that she’s got “IT”. The second thing you will notice is Vivian’s versatility. She fluidly delivers coy, to sensual, to reflective beauty, to salacious slut, to sizzling bi-sexual, to a vulnerable woman sitting in a window sill, glowing.
The rest of the qualities on the list, you will find that Vivian Beck has them in abundance by reading her interview. An interview that is without a doubt, the greatest artist interview in the history of Soft Screams Magazine. If she doesn’t have enough talents to to pull from already, she is also without a doubt one of the greatest writers I have come across in a very long time. I am beyond thrilled to death to present to all of you our December 2015 featured model/artist The Vivian Beck in “Red Sensuality”
Belladonna Del Rio
What’s your background in modeling? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?
It’s actually kind of funny, I honestly fell into modeling. I hired Scott Church in May of 2015 to do a series of photos for my husband as a birthday gift. The shoot went so well, Scott invited me back to his studio to be a model for one of his many photography workshops. I was able to work with a number of talented photographers that day and many requested to work with me again. I figured I would give it a shot! No regrets!
How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?
The two biggest things I prepare are my wardrobe and my hair. After corresponding with the photographer and understanding what direction the shoot is planning to take, I usually lay out everything to be considered for my wardrobe on my bed. I could spend hours debating everything I want to take to a shoot… Between all the lingerie, vintage clothes, handmade tutus, props and tons of shoes, I usually end up packing too much! I like to be prepared for wherever direction the collaboration might go.
The next morning, preparation for my hair is a delicate science. My hair makes me sound like a diva or a prima donna. I wish I could say I was joking, but having such curly hair requires attention and, believe it or not, research. Redheads are notorious for having sensitive skin, so I am selective with the products I use. My curls are, for lack of a better term, wild. I love my hair; don’t get me wrong! My hair is part of my look photographer’s love. It’s just tough sometimes to tame it for shoots.
Who are some of your favorite models?
As far as mainstream models go, Angie Everhart takes the cake. Can you say hot?!? She’s beautiful, commands the camera and… IS A REDHEAD! Ginger Power!
However, I admire anyone who steps in front of the camera, whether they are famous or just doing it for the art. I enjoy being a part of the experience and making new friends along the way. In fact, one of these new friends, Bianca Rose, who was featured in your magazine recently, suggested I submit to Soft Screams.
Besides modeling, what do you do for fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I know some of the readers might say “yeah, right” but one of my oldest hobbies is crocheting. I learned to crochet when I was 7 and I still use it as a way to wind down after a long day. I make hats, scarves and blankets as gifts every winter! I’m also an artist, a painter actually. I enjoy painting the female form and love working in oils as my medium.
This doesn’t have to be a model, tell us who is your role model? Why?
I would have to say Ellen DeGeneres. She’s a kind-hearted woman who makes people laugh… Who wouldn’t want to be like that? She dances everyday, she’s happy in her own shoes and wants to help people. If that isn’t someone to look up to, who is?
What photographer have you dreamed of working with and why?
Laura Dark of Laura Dark Photography in Columbus, Ohio would be my choice. The way she combines beautiful wardrobe and styling with dark and foreboding background immediately captured my attention and makes my imagination run wild. I routinely check her work on social media.
This is my favorite image in this feature, can you tell me why?
This was my first time working with a tub as well as one of my first nude shoots, and I had been anticipating this shoot for weeks. After over 8 hours of shooting in Arthur Steele’s studio, this was the final set. I had to balance myself on the edge carefully, already soaked from shooting in the full tub. I love the delicate position of my feet and I believe viewers enjoy the angle and lines they create for the photo. The lighting highlights my skin and tattoos, while the shadows give a dark, brooding feel to the capture.
These photos are all beautiful. Which one image in this collection brings back the most positive memories and feelings? Why?
That’s a very difficult question for an artist. Each of these photos is tied to a creative experience. The interaction with all of these photographers has helped me grow as a model and I’ve enjoyed each one immensely. However, since you’re asking for the photo that had the most positive impact, it would have to be Kenny Lee’s photo of myself in the coral pink lingerie and pearls. Kenny was the first photographer after Scott Church’s class that said, “I want to work with you again.” Kenny understood I was brand new to modeling, but saw that I was willing to work hard and take instruction. He made sure it was a positive learning experience and I left the studio that day feeling exhilarated.
We noticed in your body of online work, your images are simply awe inspiring. However, we noticed that you only published maybe 10 different photographers. Is there any particular reason for this?
Yes, as I mentioned before I am still rather new to the modeling scene. Each time I work with a photographer, they open the door to other creative minds to work with. By this time next year, I expect to have a very deep portfolio with varying photographers and genres. I know being part of Soft Screams will certainly help in that regard!
Share with us your funniest or most embarrassing modeling moment?
I worked with Toney Tapia and Jam Packed Studios on his “Wicked and Raw Clown Series”. The other model and I answered the door for our pizza delivery woman in full clown makeup. Surprisingly enough, she took it all in stride and the whole creative team laughed afterwards. I guess pizza delivery people really do see it all.
What do you dislike about modeling?
As a model, one of the most frustrating issues is people, regardless whether model, photographer or MUA etc, not showing respect for the other artists by cancelling the day of the shoot or just not showing up. Most refer to these people as “flakes”. Modeling is the only industry I can think of where “flaking” is not only expected, but has to be planned for in advance. Each person on the creative team put in time and effort to make the collaboration a success. It really gets under my skin that an individual can make all the hard work and planning fall apart by not respecting the others involved.
Vivian, tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career? Explain to us how?
You mean other than being in Soft Screams? In January, Scott Church will be hosting his annual Legacy Show in Lebanon, PA. This will be my first time attending his gallery, as well as having some of my collaborative work with other artists, hanging in the show. To have only started 6 months ago and already have artists showcasing your work together is pretty surreal. It helps reaffirm my choice in pursuing this dream.
What is Vivian’s superpower? Or Spirit animal?
You can tell from my tattoos that I love birds, songbirds and finches to be specific. I would say the Gouldian Finch is my spirit animal. The dream of being able to fly is one I have often. Birds have always been integral in my life, helping my mother care for exotic birds, when I was young. I used to watch the Gouldian Finches all day, mesmerized by their colors and beautiful songs.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give today, to Vivian Beck, the day before her very first shoot?
I would tell myself to relax, don’t doubt what you are doing and go get it.
What would you warn Vivian about?
Stretch before and after shoots. You will be sore. To get the right shot, sometimes you go past comfortable posing. Flexibility is key to be able to create the perfect lines.
What are Vivian’s top three core values?
I would have to say humorous, passionate and adventurous.
Tell us what is Vivian’s favorite book and why?
I know I will sound like a total nerd, but I love Harry Potter. I enjoy reading the entire Harry Potter series, but my favorite is the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Growing up reading the series and watching the movies, fueled my imagination. For those who are wondering, I prefer the books to the movies.
What was the last movie you saw? How did you like it? Why?
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I thought it was very entertaining. My friends and I had a number of good laughs. It was a classic action spy movie with a good dose of humor and situational awkward romance. Not to mention the two leading male roles were pretty hot, so it was easy on the eyes.
Vivian, where DON”T you want to be five years from now?
To look at where I don’t want to be means I’m focusing on the wrong type of energy. I go for broke and try not to look back. Worrying about what may or may not happen with a negative light, I feel, is a waste of time. I want to do what makes me happy until I can’t do it anymore… Whatever “it” may be.
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