Janelle King is a staple of all things Wichita. President of the Douglas Design District, owner of The Workroom, and one of the pioneers of reigniting civic pride here where the rivers meet. Photographing her for VIP Wichita Magazine was an honor – getting to know her while doing so is why I love my work.
Building a portfolio for a new model is an exciting job. It’s a day full of playing different roles to explore several sides of someone who has never been in front of a camera before, and it’s a great way to assess a model’s natural ability and her ability to take direction.
Dean is a 63-year-old retired rancher-turned-banker who recently became a bodybuilding fitness competitor and decided to pursue modeling. If that sentence doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.
For his portfolio, I decided I wanted to inject his life experiences throughout and tell the story of Dean the person rather than just creating samples of Dean the model.