Model Citizen: Fredau Hoekstra Wallace

Fredau Hoekstra Wallace

Fredau is known in the art-photography world as one of the most well-respected and professional models around.
She was born and raised in The Netherlands as the oldest of 4 sisters. After high school she went on to study Communications and this brought her to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for a while. It was in this beautiful city that she met her now husband, drummer Chris Wallace. After finishing her bachelor degree she decided to permanently move to Edinburgh. While frantically searching for a decent job there during the credit crunch, the opportunity arose to do some modeling work. After about 6 months of doing a few shoots here and there, she made the leap to go full time and never looked back. In the following years she managed to gain herself a respectable reputation in the art-photography scene, specializing in portrait and artistic-nude photography. In these years she was lucky enough to travel Europe and later word-wide and work with many amazing and well established photographers. In December 2013 Fredau moved to Toronto to start a new life in her husbands native Canada but continued to travel the world to pose.
Fredau retired from her traveling life in the spring of 2017 and now uses her vast knowledge and experience in the industry to coach models and photographers. She is teaching beginning photographers about model/photographer interaction, focusing on how to best communicate with models to create a professional and safe work environment. In this capacity she gave a very well received talk at the Canadian Camera Conference at the end of June 2017 in Ottawa. After seeing her talk Brian Mazur from Ottawa wrote: “I found Fredau Wallace to be an engaging speaker, and I left her presentation with a wealth of practical information and an enhanced appreciation for the challenges that working models face. I can heartily recommend her presentation to both beginner and experienced photographers alike.”