MEET THE MODEL:
Amanda Lilienthal | @amanda.lilien
Perfecting the everyday: Activity, hiking, outdoors, swimming, coconut oil, yoga
Undergarments are key: to be honest, I don’t wear much.
Redress the mannequin: I like to change my style and mix it up. Its fun, you don’t have to stay inside the box. Variety is the spice of life
What's the most memorable pickup line you've ever heard? “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven.” Really dude?
What's one thing you think all men should know? Yes means yes, no means yes, no also means no, yes also means maybe, but maybe means no….just be patient. It’s confusing for us women, too.
What's your idea of the perfect date? Scary movie because I love to be comforted, and having the guy cook dinner for me because I don’t cook, haha! I’ll help him boil the water.
On an average Saturday night what are you doing? Chillin in the neighborhood and indulging in my favorite vices ;)
If you could get to spend one day with someone who, why, when and where would you spend it? Sophia Loren. She was one of the classiest and sexiest of her time. She has been and will continue to be a huge inspiration for me. I’d love to go back in time to see her working on set. I think it would give me a new perspective on the industry. Obviously things change over the years, but her beauty is timeless, understated, and nostalgic. I feel I could learn a lot from her. Sometimes going back to the basics can really improve your craft.
Do you have a favorite behind the scenes story from a photo shoot? For my first beach shoot in California the photographer had me kneeling in the surf. I started getting bit by sand crabs while I was trying to pose for the shot. It’s kind of hard to be sexy while being eaten alive but hey, beauty is pain!
The industry: Its great when you find a photographer who shares the same vision as you. There are a wide variety of people in the industry, and they aren’t always….professional, if you catch my drift. So, when you find a real artist, it’s a total blessing. I obviously like to be sexy in my shoots, and sexuality is often misunderstood and misused. So, it’s nice to work with artists who understand how to use sexuality and work hard to open close minds.
I shoot with: Canon 70d and plethora of lenses
I’m an: interesting person with layers, like an onion…and Shrek. Most people think they have me figured out in a few seconds, some just by looking at my photos, and pretty much every one gets it dead wrong until they’ve had a good conversation with me. I like it that way.
Something you don’t know about me: I’m very shy. How I became an entrepreneur...I have no idea. I guess I just don’t like people telling me what to do, and I just figured out how to make it work.
How it began: I was introduced to the arts as a semi-professional actor on and off broadway. I think my first production was at the age of 5 or something. My mother grew up in the theater district of NYC and felt it important to introduce her son’s to the arts at a young age. I picked up a camera in 7th grade to produce a music video for a school project, and soon started getting paid to make promo videos for local businesses. I took a step back into photography to hone my craft, and fell in love.
The best advice I’ve been given: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will always remember how you made them feel.” That goes for professional and personal relationships. As a photographer I rely pretty heavily on my network, whether that be models, business owners, or fellow creatives, so I make sure that people like working with me. It is impossible to make it as an entrepreneur without a strong network, and that is built partially on skill and professionalism, but largely on personal relationships.
My favorite thing to shoot: Anything that makes me feel. I started with landscape because I love to feel connected to honesty and complexity of nature. I moved to lifestyle because I love being able to capture those special moments that are otherwise fleeting. And I love glamour photography because at the end of the day we are all sexual beings and there is something to be said about being able to capture those feelings in an artistic and tasteful manner. It is a huge challenge, but I love creating that tension and lust while still leaving the details up to the imagination.
The industry: The industry will test you and separate the talkers from the doers. Especially where I live, in San Diego, the industry is flooded. There are a ton of people trying to make it, from photographers, to models, to stylists and HMUAs. Being that I am one who does not back down from a challenge, I feel like it really pushes me to be the best version of myself every day. It forces me to have a ton of confidence in my craft so I can separate myself from the pack, but also be humble enough to recognize that there is always something else to learn. I am always setting the bar higher, and simultaneously going back to the drawing board and studying my strengths and weaknesses.