Monday, September 24, 2012


Painting by Fred Fields

The majority of my shoots are with photographers whose end goal from a shoot is to create photographs, but on occasion the photographs are just one step in a long creation process. Time is elusive, but a while back I worked with an artist who took reference photos for his paintings. I was immediately impressed with the quality of his work - gorgeous whimsical scenes with fairies, plants and animals - and had a feeling great works of art would be created from our photos.

You can learn about the step-by-step progress of this painting by viewing his blog.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Central Park

Tomorrow morning I will be modeling in Central Park. Please do not tell the police.
While toplessness is legal in NYC, being completely nude is not, but with a handy dress that goes on and off quickly, a pair of panties I can claim I was wearing if need be, and a bit of stealth, I think the photographer and I will get away with this. Last time the two of us shot together, I was naked on the Brooklyn Bridge.

 Photographed by Andrew Kaiser
Sauvie Island, Portland, Oregon - Summer 2012

I awoke today about 30 minutes prior to my alarm, which was a glorious way to begin the day. I also felt miraculously rested. Of course this faded and I am currently running on my second cup of coffee as I have a late night shoot planned (ought to be low key and experimental as shoots with MC tend to be). I was in New Jersey for the entirety of the day, shooting in Greg Price's studio for the first time ever (he's known for throwing huge workshops with an abundance of photographers and models running around with various amounts of nakedness and a vast array of cameras), then modeling in my friend's home for a few hours. I have safely returned from that state (the state of New Jersey that is, although the state of disarray might also apply) and am ready to fuel up with sushi then carry on with my last portion of my NYC trip. By tomorrow at noon I'll be on my way to Boston. This week has flashed by.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dragging my home

Photographed by Audie C Photography
Washington DC - Summer 2012

Presently I am truly homeless. Sure, I use the term nomadic and could have a home if I chose to, but with the rapid pace of my current schedule and my impending departure out of the country, renting an apartment and setting a base seems impractical. My car has three homes in several parts of the country - Texas, North Carolina and now Massachusetts as well. As for my possessions, they are either carried upon my back or in my arms, stowed away in my car, splattered throughout my legal residence in Texas, and there are certainly a few items which are strewn across the universe of photographers' and friends' homes.

These past four days I have slept on 4 couches in NYC and have been carting around my suitcase on a daily basis. I am relieved to finally have a place to stay for the next three nights. This place is precisely where I am perched with a bowl of thai leftovers for a much needed dinner. I spent the morning walking with my backpacks (yes, two) on my back and chest and sincerely believe I walked about 4 miles. The decision to walk far, when public transportation is an option, is a habit that is not too uncommon for me and likely is a contributing factor to my leg muscles and leanness).

I under anticipated the craziness which is NYC and wish I had longer, but can find some consolation in the fact that I will be returning for another quick week in October.

Last night making the trek to Manhattan from Brooklyn did not sound appealing at midnight when a long shoot which involved me looking very 1960s and ironing in pin-up garb came to an end, so I camped out where I had shot. This was not my first time for a spontaneous stay over on a couch (clearly) and I was adequately prepared sans contact lens case. Fortunately a bit of ingenuity involving tea cups and way too much saline solution allowed me to keep my contact lenses hydrated all night. At least I remembered my toothbrush (or one of them - the other I had left at another photographer's home the other day).

Turtles are one of my favorite animals. Perchance there is a connection...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wrapping up with Nude Photography

Photographed by Klaus Kampert
Dusseldorf, Germany - June 2012

I'm thrilled that a series I did with Klaus Kampert in Germany has been featured on F-Stoppers.Com. When first presented with the idea for the shoot, I was excited, as getting to play with an incredibly long and think piece of fabric, with a photographer who truly knows his light and art, seemed like the perfect equation for great photographs. You can see the full series in this article.


Models: Marcus and Keira
Photographed by Marcus Ranum
Morrisdale, PA - Summer 2012

A month has passed and I have not stopped by here to write. Shame on me. I shall bend myself over for penance. I have been posting more in tumblr than here, as I feel people are more drawn to the endless stream of images than sitting down and reading the words nimbly typed out by a mere model. I enjoy sharing my images on that site, and always hope to see images of mine reblogged by someone with great exposure, but something in me has a little disappointed in the effects tumblr. Images which may have taken great effort to create are lined up and scrolled through like pages in a cartoon flip-book. 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Photographed by MC Film

These are my two most "popular" or "liked" photos on tumblr. One would have to be blind not to notice the common theme.