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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

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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 4, 2011

Great Opportunity for New Models

Intro to Modeling: Learn the basics from an experienced model while building your modeling portfolio with one of the most talented local photographers.

Workshop Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
Workshop Length: 3 Hours (12P to 3P)

Limited Space: 6 Models
Cost: $75

Hosted By: Studio 2 Imaging in Lake Zurich, IL
Instructed By: Rachel Jay
Photography By: Walter Bilinski

Details & RSVP: CLICK HERE

What You’ll Get: In addition to learning valuable information from experienced hobbyist model Rachel Jay, you’ll get one-on-one pose coaching from her while you shoot with Walter. You’ll receive 5 to 7 edited photos from Walter on a CD approximately 2 weeks after the workshop. You can use these to start your online portfolio. We’ll also provide you with a list of resources to check out, as well as some articles to read later on.

Photographers, please do not RSVP “Yes” for this workshop. This workshop is for models only!

Feel free to pass along this link, repost the banner, etc!

September 27, 2010

Saturday!!

The event is coming up FAST!  And boy do we have a lot going on!  Here are some of our most notable updates:

  • We’ve opened up 3 more all day spots for photographers!  Hurry up and register now to secure one of these coveted spots!
  • Stiletto Squad is bringing their Pink Label out to shoot with some of our models!  Exciting! 🙂
  • Videographer Steven Hiller will be donating his time and expertise to video the entire day’s events!
  • We have raised over $900 at this point, and with 17 spots available at $30 each and 3 at $45 each, that’s an extra $645 (minus Eventbrite and Paypal fees) to be made!  Even if we just fill half of those spots, we’ll easily hit our $1000 goal!

So please, continue to help spread the word and help us book up these last 20 model and photographer spots for Saturday!

September 23, 2010

8 days to go!

8 days out.  $876.22 raised so far. Before paying for food and drinks for the day, of course.

Goal is $1000 donated.  We are so close!  SO CLOSE!!

We have the following spaces still available for models and photographers:

  • Photographer Shift 1: 9A-12P — 6 tickets
  • Photographer Shift 2: 12:30P-3:30P  — 5 tickets
  • Photographer Shift 3: 4P-7P — 4 tickets
  • Model Shift 1: 9A-12P — 1 ticket
  • Model Shift 2: 12:30P-3:30P — 3 tickets
  • Model Shift 3: 4P-7P — 3 tickets
  • Stylist – All Day — 8 tickets
  • Stylist – Partial Day — 2 tickets
  • Designer – Partial Day — 5 tickets

Sign up now at http://shoot4awareness.eventbrite.com and help spread the word by blogging, tweeting and posting on facebook!

Thank you all for the incredible support!

September 16, 2010

“Pink for October” Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Group Shoot

For more information, or to register, visit
http://shoot4awareness.eventbrite.com

If you have questions about the event, feel free to email me at shoot4awareness@gmail.com 🙂

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 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 🙂

July 28, 2010

“Electrify Your Future” Fashion Show Video!

I walked in the 2010 “Electrify Your Future” fashion show, benefiting the Live Out Loud Charity.  Here’s a short video featuring some of the models from the first part of the show (I come in at about 5:17) 🙂

Click here to watch the video.

You can also see a bunch of photos on the Tirage Studio Facebook Page.

Thanks to all who came out to support the Live Out Loud Charity!  It was an incredible event!

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