And here is another one of those shots that I have visualized for a few years now.
I never really pushed the whole “Fishing + Sexy” thing, mainly because the Outdoor Industry, as a whole, just doesn’t get it. To them, it remains a foreign concept, which is pretty sad.
I fished professionally for almost 4 years, but had to leave the tour because of complications that I had from a cervical disc surgery. The last thing I wanted to do was upset or “turn off” potential sponsors, which is one of the reasons why I chose to totally separate my feminine side from my “Professional Angler” side.
I was also fishing an all female national bass fishing tour. Word travels quickly within the fishing community, and word got out that I had some pretty risque pics on my website. Instantly, I was judged and had some horrible accusations made against me just because of these photos! I have modeled on and off since I was 16 years old, I just didn’t understand why these images upset quite a few of the women fishing the tour. It hurt me, because I am the LAST person to ever judge someone based on their appearance.
But in those years that I fished professionally, I proved my skills and my passion for fishing with my performance. My rookie year on the tour, I finished in the top 20 (out of almost 130 anglers). The next year, I finished in the top 12, which qualified me for the Championship.
Doing well on the tour was extremely important to me because I was bound and determined to prove once and for all that ALL kinds of women love to fish and are very skilled at it as well.
As the women and the general fishing community got to know me, they slowly accepted the fact that I can be “sexy”, AND know how to fish at the same time.
Slowly, I began to re-upload the modeling photos that I had deleted, but still, NEVER mixing the “sexy” and the “fishing” together. There was “sexy” and there was “fishing”….
Well being 1 month shy from 46 years old, I decided that it is time to show the world me, in all of my different forms. I want to inspire women of all ages to explore fishing and the outdoors. I want young ladies to always believe that they can do anything if they just try. I also hope to inspire women to embrace their feminine side and live life for themselves, and not for everyone else.
So basically, by posting this photo, I am going against the industry “grain” and just going for it.
No need to hide the “womanly” side just because I fish…. Not anymore.
I am me. I am a woman. I can be sexy. I can be playful. I can be Tomboyish. I am confident. I am intelligent. I am passionate. And… Fishing is my life.
Funny… I almost have the feeling like I have just “come out of the closet” by posting this photo…
But ya know what? I have spent the last few years of my fishing career, drawing a very distinct line between the “sexy” me, and the “fishing” me. When I really sat down and analyzed why I did this, I realized it’s because the Outdoor Industry does not give the proper recognition or deserved respect to female anglers as it is. Because of that, I worked VERY hard to maintain the “Professional Angler” image.
But by doing that, I left a big part of my femininity behind, which in hindsight, was really goofy. I am me. Take me as I am or don’t take me at all.
I CAN fish and I CAN be sexy.
Now… getting back to the actual photo…. lol
While I did not actually push the button to take the photo, I believe it would be considered a “self image”, as I did set up the shot. Basically, I did everything except push the button.
During post editing. I removed a few artifacts from the background, and used the color dodge technique to lighten up a few shadowy areas and color burn to add some color. I do all of my post editing in Photoshop.
There ya go! My first image of mixing the “sexy” with the “fishing” in one photo :-)
Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement.
Location: South Chagrin Reservation, Ohio
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ28