Archive for April, 2010

April 30, 2010

Charity Fashion Show: July 24

I’m walking in another charity fashion show this year!  The show is called Electrify Your Future 2010 Fashion Show and all proceeds will go to The Live Out Loud Charity.  I’m very excited to be a part of this show, and can’t wait for it!  Not only does it look like it’s going to be a wonderful show, but the charity is a great cause!

Show Details:
Again, the show is July 24, 2010.  It will be held at Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd, Aurora, IL 60502.   The show starts at 7P, but doors open and hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6P.

Ticket Info:
You can purchase tickets directly through me… I have 10 available!  Prices are $20 for students, $25 for general admission, and $30 for a VIP ticket.

About Live Out Loud Charity:
Live Out Loud is a non profit organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention through core character development.  Sherrie Gearheart, founder of Live Out Loud started the charity because her life was affected after after a childhood friend took his own life at the age of 19.  Sherrie, and the Live Out Loud charity, strives to make a difference in the lives of young people and to shine light on this pressing issue, as suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst our youth.  This fashion show is the first annual fundraiser event for the charity.

More About Sherrie Gearheart:
Sherrie Gearheart is Miss Glen Ellyn International, and is also the Editor in Chief of Tiara Magazine, Founder of Miss Georgean Pageantry, and President of the Live Out Loud charity.  Sherrie is also a QPR Certified professional able to handle suicide prevention. This fall she will become a paraprofessional in suicide intervention.  Sherrie works hard to make a difference in the pageant and modeling worlds, but also in the lives of youths across America.

Sherrie Gearheart’s Website:
Sherrie’s Blog:
The Live Out Loud Charity Blog:

April 23, 2010

Study Finds Makeup ‘Testers’ Regularly Tainted By E. Coli, Staph & Herpes


You know that sharing makeup is a no-no, and for good reason.

“If a woman has a cut on her lip and borrows lipstick from someone who has a cold sore, she’ll get a cold sore. You can pass herpes [the cold sore virus], conjunctivitis [pink eye] and all sorts of things through sharing makeup,” says Dr. Zein Obagi, a dermatologist based in Beverly Hills.

Now imagine sharing your makeup with a few thousand or so of your closest friends when you sample makeup in testers in stores. If you don’t insist on practicing safe hygiene, or insist that the workers behind the counter practice safe hygiene when they’re applying makeup to your skin, it can get ugly fast.

Dr. Elizabeth Brooks, a biological sciences professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, conducted a much-quoted two-year study on public makeup testers when she was with Rowan University in New Jersey about five years ago. “We went to department stores, specialty stores, drugstores — everywhere,” she says. Her researchers found staph, strep and even E. coli bacteria on makeup testers. “Wherever you see E. coli, you should just think ‘E. coli equals feces,’ ” Brooks says. “That means someone went to the bathroom, didn’t wash their hands and then stuck their fingers in that moisturizer.” Brooks says that when they tested the makeup on Saturdays — the day with the most traffic at cosmetic counters — the percentage of tainted makeup was 100%.

Read the full article here: LA Times Reports: Handle Those Store Makeup Testers With Care

April 21, 2010

Shoot Results: Ice Falls

A couple years ago a local photographer started shooting nudes at the frozen waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park in near-central Illinois.  One of the things that bugged nearly everyone who saw his shots was that the always had the models in boots of some kind.  His argument, when this was mentioned in critiques, was that a barefoot model would stick to the ice.

Enter local photographer Greg Kolack, who agreed with me that that wouldn’t be the case.  So we planned to shoot at the very same frozen falls, with me going barefoot.  I wouldn’t be nude, but we agreed that a black leotard, short tights and a flowy skirt would look great there.  Greg and I also agreed that instead of standing in front of the ice falls, I’d dance as well as interact with them however we saw fit once we got there.  We planned and planned, but for nearly 2 years we couldn’t get our schedules (and the weather) to cooperate.

Things finally worked out this past February, early in the month.  Because I’d had so much time to plan, I did a little research and found FootUndeez, which are lyrical dance “shoes” that slip over the ball of your foot and places a suede pad between your foot and the ground, providing a bit of extra traction.  They’re designed to not show much and not cover the entire foot.  I picked up a pair figuring the traction would be a good idea, that the tiny suede pad wouldn’t make much of a difference with the cold, and that worst case, there might be minor photoshopping to be done to remove some lines.

When the day finally rolled around to shoot, Greg and I met in Joliet and carpooled to Starved Rock from there.  It was a beautiful crisp sunny winter day with temperatures in, I believe, the 20’s with minimal wind, which was optimal.  I brought a blanket, hand warmers, heavy-duty winter boots, and wore lots of layers, because although it wasn’t super-cold out, we’d be hiking for quite some distance to get to certain falls.  Under everything I wore my leo and tights, so that changing would be (relatively) easy.

Anyway, we shot in two locations, with the first being slightly disappointing because the water wasn’t frozen enough to cross, meaning we weren’t able to get up close and personal with the specific falls, so we had to alter our idea slightly.  As anticipated, the FootUndeez didn’t make a difference when it came to the temperature, but definitely helped with traction on the ice.  Worth noting, however, that when I put my heels down on the ice, there was no danger of sticking to the ice at all.  Even at the second location where I went right from hiking to standing on ice, I wouldn’t have stuck if I was 100% barefoot (though I would definitely have slipped and fallen on my ass).

The second fall was 100% frozen up to the two columns of water though, which made us happy.  There was also significant ice at the base of one of the falls, where the column had broken and fell due to higher temperatures the week prior. The only downside to being able to get up close and personal with the falls was the fact that there was still running water on the inside of the columns, which managed to splash its way outside of them, making both the columns and the ice around them very wet.  Wet ice means not just slippery ice, but also higher temperatures.  When your hands and feet are dry, they react less to the cold and it’s easy to temporarily forget about it.  When they’re wet, it’s hard to do that because they get very cold very fast.  It’s also much easier to slip and fall if, say, you’re climbing around large ice formations, even with the extra traction from the suede pads (which most certainly lessened when the FootUndeez got wet).  Good news is, I wasn’t hurt when I fell (though I did have some wicked bruises), and the placement of where I was when I fell ended up working out haha!

After shooting, Greg took me to dinner where I had a few cups of coffee to warm up, fried pickles, and a grilled cheese sandwich.  Nommy!  Good news is, I left Starved Rock with all fingers and toes in tact, yay! 😉 In fact, I didn’t even go numb until the very last set, which was surprising given my suspected Raynaud’s Phenomenon.  The next day, I was sore as hell, both from the movements I was doing (despite stretching, though I think the cold affected things as well) and the fall I took.  But it was so worth it!

Anyway, here are some pics!  I’ve pulled the color ones, though I have nearly all of these shots in B&W as well.  There are more than this, but these 4 show off all of the various locations pretty well.  You can click all of the thumbnails to view the full web-size shots.  All of the below shots are copyright Greg Kolack.

The top right shot is location number one, where I danced at the top of an active fall.  There was a bit of bare rock there that was perfect, and the photographer shot from down below.

In the second shot (top left), I’m down near where the photographer shot the first set from.  The water there was frozen 100% solid (and 100% clear, which was neat) in some places, so I stood on that as well as on some of the rocks there.  In the shot above, I’m standing on the ice.  You can see where I was in the first shot in the background.

In the bottom right shot, I’m standing next to one of the two columns of ice.  You can see part of the incredible hollowed out rock at the base of the pool.  If you look close, you can also see my reflection, as the ice I’m standing on there is rather wet.

And in the bottom left shot, I’m actually sitting in part of the ice formations made as a result of a combination of the fallen ice and the new ice that froze when the temperatures dropped.  This is one of the shots that was taken after I slipped and fell in the formation itself (I was, at one point, standing in there).

All in all, I’m very pleased with the results, and plan on making up a few prints to hang in the house (once I make up my mind).  And yes, I’d do it again… in a heartbeat 🙂

If you’d like to see more of Greg’s work, check out his ModelInsider portfolio or his ModelMayhem portfolio.

April 16, 2010

365 Portrait Project

I’ve started a new blog for the 365 Portrait Project.

The premise of the project is to take a different portrait every day.  As I understand it, creativity, method, mood, etc. are all up to the individual.  It’s going to be a fun, interesting ride!

Here’s my blog dedicated to the project:

April 15, 2010

Object of Lust: Nook

I’m totally obsessed, and I haven’t even gotten a chance to play with it in-stores yet!  I just snagged a pamphlet on the way out a couple weeks ago, and did some research.  I most definitely want one!  I’m thinking of maybe seeing if I can get one before heading out to Maui… the way I read, it’ll be far easier (and lighter-weight) to take this along versus :does the math: the 4 or 5 actual books I’m sure I’ll read while there/traveling to and from.

The Barnes&Noble Nook eBook Reader.

April 14, 2010

Random Mini-Updates

Articles for Model Insider
So it looks like I’ll be writing some articles for at some point.  Both some new content, and converting some of my blogs into articles.  Neato! 🙂 Should be really awesome.  Articles I write for them, I’ll likely partially post here and link there, so ya’ll can read them… but I gotta see what the agreements are and whatnot.

Print at Bridal Shop
Took a print that Laura Ann made for the bridal shop I got my wedding dress at, Doris Bridal in Highwood, IL.  They were beyond thrilled to have the matted print, are looking at framing it, and will display it in their shop 🙂 Laura and Christin (the HS/MUA who rocked the shoot) will both send them business cards to have on hand as well.  Pretty sweet!  Here’s the shot:

Workshops Galore!
This weekend marks the start of what will hopefully be
a lengthy course of workshops through 2010 and beyond.  Not including, of course, the first modeling workshop from last year whenever… but yea.  I’ve partnered with Studio 2 Imaging in Lake Zurich to do workshops, and we’re starting out with Boudoir Bootcamp, which is designed to help photographers looking to get into the boudoir market make their clients look their absolute best.  The following weekend I’m working with photographer Jim Jurica to bring “Makeup for Photoshoots” to models and photographers interested in learning how to apply makeup specifically for shoots.  Both will be great, and at this point we’re planning on doing a second Boudoir Bootcamp, because space is limited at Studio 2 and there are a lot of interested folks.

If you’re interested in reading more about the workshops, getting updates on when we’re doing more, and even RSVPing to the “Makeup for Photoshoots” one (RSVPs are still open), check out the MeetUp group I’m an Organizer of, Chicago ‘Burbs Mayhem.

Long-Awaited Honeymoon
Looks like Hubby and I are finally going to get to take a honeymoon 🙂 Thanks to the generosity of both sets of our parents, we’ve got a flight to and from Hawaii and a week at a resort in Maui!  Wooo!  Keep an eye out for EDS sets based on that trip (I know, I’m behind)!

The 365 Portrait Project
Someone made mention of this project, which is essentially taking a portrait a day for a year.  I think I’m going to start this at some point soon.  Self-portraits.  Going to be fun methinks 🙂 I just gotta wait until… sometime not now. Our “little” camera is on the fritz, so I’m thinking of picking up a P&S for the honeymoon, as a surprise to Hubby.

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