Archive for January, 2011

January 24, 2011

Upcoming Interview

I was just contacted by Ron over at www.photographerandmodel.com.  They want to interview me for their Podcast! 🙂 Supercool!

We’ll be recording February 11, and the episodes are released every Thursday at 1A.  So you’ll probably get to hear my spot Feb 17th or so.

I’ll post more about this as it gets closer, but if you have any questions, feel free to add them to the comments and I’ll see if Ron and co-host would be willing to ask them.

January 22, 2011

Changes For Someone Else In 2011

Good friend and photographer Laura Ann has rebranded herself for 2011.  As she’s the one who’s image is gracing my header here, and I’ve written about her before, I figured I’d share her new website and Facebook fanpage.

Laura has gone from being “Laura Ann Photography” to being “Fleur de Lis Photography”.

Her new website: http://www.fleurdelisphoto.com/
Fan her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fleur-de-Lis-Photography/182458691787869

Laura not only works with models, but does great family and senior portraits, as well as shoots some incredible wedding work.  It’s been a pleasure both working with her as a model, as well as watching her grow as a photographer.  And she’s one helluva a friend too 🙂

Hey Laura… do you hear that?                                                                              BEEP BEEP!

January 21, 2011

Time to Get Dirty!

A couple months ago, I submitted 4 of my self-portraits (from the original, failed, 365 study) to a group called S.W.E.A.T (Society for Women in Erotic Art Today), for consideration for an upcoming exhibition.  I had no idea what the exhibition would be, and was pretty sure my self-portraits wouldn’t be accepted.  After all, though I did my best to choose 4 shots that fit the “erotic” theme, none of them were nude, and none of them evoked the word “erotic” to me.  “Sexy” maybe, but not “erotic”.

But apparently, someone found one of my pieces worthy of the show, because the piece below (titled “Open”) was chosen to exhibit with the S.W.E.A.T group at the Detroit, MI Dirty Show!  I’m super excited, and honored, to have been selected to be a part of both the show, and the group of women exhibiting at the show.  This is my first ever gallery show, both as a model and a photographer, so it’s an incredible opportunity for me.

I went today and had the print (which I titled, signed, dated, and numbered) framed.  Shout out to Blue Cube Imaging for the amazing printing and matting, because, as expected, the work was top-notch!  Here’s the print in it’s frame, as well as a close up of my title and signature.

If you’re interested in purchasing a matted print like this, let me know.  I’m selling the framed one at the Dirty Show for $175, but would be willing to do $150 for the matted print without the frame.  I will only print 50 of these, and since I’ve printed 2 already, there are only 48 more 11×14″ (matted at 16×20″) signed and numbered prints available.  You can email me at blog@modelracheljay.com if you’d like to purchase one.

I do plan on going to the show, but I am not sure when I’m going yet.  I’ll likely be posting about that when I make my plans.

From the press release about S.W.E.A.T and the Dirty Show:

For the first time ever the Society for Women in Erotic Art Today (S.W.E.A.T.) will be participating in an exhibition to showcase their artists – a group of females who specialize in the visual art of erotica.  In this historical debut, more than thirty S.W.E.A.T. artists from around the world will be featured by The Dirty Show® with a special exhibit in its upcoming Detroit show from February 11th through February 19th, 2011.

“Women are traditionally expected to be the subject of erotica – or at least part of the scene – an expectation usually held by both men and women who view erotica,” Gilcrest says. “It’s an interesting phenomenon that we tend to be surprised when we hear that a woman has actually produced erotica and even more surprised when we see that many women portray erotic scenes in a much different way than men.”  Gilcrest went on to explain: “S.W.E.A.T. was designed to promote women in a field they’re generally underrepresented in and we were thrilled when The Dirty Show® approached us to offer a venue to recognize our artists’ erotic works.”

“There has always been a substantial female presence on the walls at The Dirty Show®, but with the addition of S.W.E.A.T. artists the mix will be a lot closer to equal,” said Jerry Vile, Dirty Producer.  “For all I know, this time the males may be a minority in the show (we don’t keep tabs).  I think this is going to turn out to be something important – and like most things that become important, you might not know it was until years later. I am proud that The Dirty Show® is where they decided to debut.”

More info:

Check out S.W.E.A.T at www.sweatartists.com/boards
Visit the Dirty Show’s website at www.dirtydetroit.com
Order prints from Blue Cube at www.bluecubeimaging.com

January 20, 2011

Back To Where It All Began…

Come on out to an old fashioned M&G.  A chance to network with other like-minded folks, all for no charge (unless you decided to order food from the restaurant, and then you’re on your own)!  In the past, these events were a blast… let’s make the first one in well over a year be even better!

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/chicagomodelphotographyinsiders/calendar/16113156/

Check out our awesome venue here: http://www.mrbeefpizza.com/

January 19, 2011

A Break From The Break

Laura Ann Photography came up to visit me over the weekend, and we did some shooting while she was here.  Of course.  We shot 2 looks at the frozen beach in Highland Park, IL, followed by shooting a little on the train downtown, as well as while we walked to our destination downtown (ok, walked to get a cab to our destination LOL).  The next day, we shot at my apartment, took a break for lunch with Greg Kolack, and then shot some more at a top secret location.  Here’s a couple shots from the beach, as well as one from the set at my place (another of which is featured in my new header).  I imagine more will come eventually… I know Laura’s been pretty busy with editing 🙂

Shoutout to Christin C who did my hair and makeup for the first 2 shots! 🙂

January 18, 2011

Changes in 2011.

One step at a time.  But changes nonetheless.

I’m starting with cutting deep fried foods out of my diet.  Largely, this will limit what I eat from fast food chains, and will hopefully result in me going to healthier places, and maybe even making my own lunch every once in awhile.

I’ve also made a decision to not attend any group shoot events in 2011.  I didn’t attend many in 2010, because while fun, I didn’t get much out of the ones I attended in 2009.  I have decided that I am at the level that I do not need to attend TF* group events, and should only work TF* with very limited photographers of my choice.

Which brings me to another change for 2011.  I’m going to be even more selective with the TF* work I do.  No more “only with people I’ve worked with before”.  I need to concentrate on very specific stuff this year, and need to make sure that the people I work with can deliver the quality and type of work I need for my portfolio.

I’m also not going to walk in fashion shows without being paid, regardless of how I feel about the charity.  Last year, I walked in a show that, while fun, was a huge waste of time.  Not only was my entire day tied up waiting for no reason at the show’s venue, but I also had to attend practices and seminars that I didn’t feel were necessary to walk in a charity show.  Plus, much of what I was promised as a model wasn’t delivered, which wasn’t really fair.  So, no more of that.

I may also be re-evaluating using MeetUp to run my group, the Chicago Model Photography Insiders.  MeetUp is a nice tool, but it’s rather expensive, and there are other options out there for both event registration and group management.

Past that, I have other plans in mind for 2011, but I’d prefer to keep them quiet at this point 🙂

January 13, 2011

Spotted Again!

After my wedding in June 2009, I shot a Vogue Bride set with Laura Ann Photography and Christin C. We fell in love with numerous shots from the set, but this particular one stuck out to us:

So Laura had Blue Cube Imaging print and mat a copy of that shot, which we brought over to the bridal shop I got my beautiful dress at, Doris Bridal in Highwood, IL.  As you can imagine, they loved it, and put it up behind the desk right away.  I went by a few weeks later with some of Laura’s and Christin’s business cards, and it was still up 🙂

So today, I was grabbing their address for someone, and decided to browse their website.  And what do I find on their About Us page?  ME!  In the shot they’ve taken to show off their space, you can see the print Laura and I delivered, prominently displayed.  Pretty cool!

January 12, 2011

Spotted on the Internet

A friend of mine was looking for ideas for a boudoir session she has coming up and she spotted me here: http://boudoirbyamybeth.com/index.php?page=2&gallery=1#3

Here’s a screenshot:

This is the first time any one of my friends has come across a photo of me on a website (one I didn’t know about no less) and told me about it!  How cool is that!?

January 11, 2011

Trouble on MM…

If you’re having issues connecting to MM, or other weird stuff is going on, check out Pat Yuen’s blog… it might help you understand what’s going on.

Model Mayhem Suffers Second Security Breach in Nine Months

FWIW, I logged in earlier today and, before I realized I wasn’t me, I posted in the forums as a different user, from a different account type.  Scary!

January 11, 2011

Platinum

New look.  This one’s going to stay for awhile.  I totally dig it.

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