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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 🙂

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October 26, 2010

Taking a Break

I’ll be taking a break from modeling from December 1, 2010 until March 1, 2011.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be active on the modeling sites or available for questions, advice, whatever.  I might also be hosting some workshops during this time as well.  I haven’t decided if I’ll be available for pose coaching still or not, but feel free to ask.

Just a heads up.

 

September 10, 2010

Upcoming Stuff

First, and most exciting, I’m working on scheduling a group shoot 🙂  The event will be October 2nd in Chicago, IL.  It will also be a charity event, with the proceeds going to a local breast cancer awareness group.  Awesome!!

Second, I have an awesome shoot coming up tomorrow that’s going to kick some major ass.  It’s WAY different from anything I’ve ever done, and I’m pretty excited for it 🙂  It’s with Christian Carlson and Christin C too, which means it’s just going to be a ton of fun!

More details on the group event soon… I’m getting some stuff finalized and will be posting a link soon 🙂  Keep your eyes peeled!

August 7, 2010

Changin’ in up a bit…

New header and layout.  Figured it was about time.

My header image is by Christian G Carlson.  If you’re a fan, become one on Facebook 🙂  Oh, and my awesome hair and makeup?  Christin C did that.  You can fan her too 😉

August 5, 2010

Check out my first Examiner article!

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-62802-Chicago-Modeling-Examiner~y2010m8d5-Local-Networking-Groups–Events#

It’s about local modeling and photography networking groups, and how to go about joining one.  It also highlights a few of my favorite local groups on MeetUp.  Check it out, share it with your friends, and then let me know what you think!

August 5, 2010

I’m Now A Chicago Modeling Examiner!

That’s right, I’m not writing for the Examiner as the Chicago Modeling Examiner!  I’ll be looking at some of my older blogs and revamping them for the site, as well as writing a lot of new content for the site.  I haven’t yet published my first article, but I’m going to start with some great stuff 🙂  So bookmark now, people, and head there often to read more great stuff from me.

http://www.examiner.com/x-62802-Chicago-Modeling-Examiner

Oh, and don’t worry, when I post new stuff there, you’ll see it on here, my facebook, and my twitter 🙂

June 24, 2010

Wish

So I’ve updated my Wish List, for those looking to bribe me with stuff 😉 I added a couple links to stores I shop at, as well as a link to my item-specific WishPot list.  Check it out 🙂

https://racheljay.wordpress.com/wish-list/

April 14, 2010

Random Mini-Updates

Articles for Model Insider
So it looks like I’ll be writing some articles for www.modelinsider.com 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.

February 22, 2010

New Page: Inspiration

I’ve added a new page to my blog!  It’s called “Inspiration” and is an ever-changing list of sites where one might find inspiration for shoots, wardrobe, and more!

Check it out: https://racheljay.wordpress.com/inspiration

February 1, 2010

Updates

I’ve been swamped at work, and doubly so with my vacation coming up and needing to make sure I’m ahead on projects and whatnot.

That said, on vacation, I’ll be updating a lot, finishing up some drafts and posting some much-requested stuff.  So keep an eye out, starting towards the end of this week, for some great new stuff! 🙂

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