I have been pretty quiet about this on my business pages, business social media and blogs but for the past 8 weeks I have been unable to shoot due to a bad back injury. It stems from an injury I sustained when I was 18. I was walking a horse who reared up and flung me 6 feet in the air & I landed awkwardly on my back. I partially crushed my L5 vertebrae. Ever since then I have had issues with my left side from my hip to my knee and have gone through injections, physical therapy, pain meds, nerve meds and muscle relaxers to fix the damage. 2 years ago, through yoga and medical massage 1-2x a month I went off all pain, nerve and muscle relaxer medication. Then I stopped going to yoga a few months ago since our teacher was no longer available and slowly the pain and muscle issues have reemerged but now on my right side and much worse. Something is going on above the damaged vertebrae in the L2-L4 vertebrae. It’s been incredibly painful, femoral nerve was damaged, and I had been unable to walk for 6 weeks & am in excruciating constant pain. Over the past 2 weeks Physical Therapy and massage have been helpful and I’ve regained some movement in my right leg but I still can’t lift anything over a few pounds without being in severe pain. I have my MRI results drs appointment tomorrow with a spine surgeon and hopefully I will be given the all clear to shoot & lift things again. It’s been incredibly frustrating to miss my entire busy season of holiday boudoir clients but I’m grateful that I have kind and understanding clients that know I would photograph them if I could, even if I’m not supposed to be shooting. Right now, per drs orders, I am not allowed to shoot, lift anything or move anything.
It’s kind of ironic that a few months before my back injury my friend Elizabeth had a similar injury that forced her to give up her day job that involved a lot of lifting and movement and instead focus solely on her landscape paintings. She was forced to follow her dreams of being a full time artist. Many of you don’t know this about me but my degree is a BFA in Studio Art (painting) & Creative Writing (poetry). I spent most of my childhood and young adult life creating art & writing. I haven’t picked up a paintbrush since 2005. I painted daily before that. One of the mediums I have always wanted to explore was encaustics but it also kinda terrified me because it’s so out there.
What is encaustics? Encaustics is painting with wax. You can do traditional painting with wax pigments or oil sticks with wax layers or you can use wax over photographs to create a ghostly film, in mixed media pieces and really anything, it’s incredibly versatile. I have always wanted to incorporate it into my photography. While I love boudoir I am also incredibly drawn to fine art photography and how creative and loose you can get with it. Well, this injury is the perfect time to embrace my forgotten fine art side. I am currently learning about mixed media collage and encaustics and playing with old fine art images I took when I first got into photography. But I would LOVE to have some new images to work with (especially since my skill level as a photographer has drastically improved). Once I get cleared to shoot I will be photographing fine art & boudoir clients.
I also feel, as a woman, a feminist and someone who wholeheartedly supports the empowerment of women that I need to create art to empower women, challenge perception and encourage other women to embrace their inner divine feminine. While boudoir can help heal wounds of abuse, assault, negative body image and low self esteem I feel like I can be doing MORE.
So. I am putting out a call for models. I have a couple different projects I want to do with encaustics, including very simple fine art portraits with layers of wax over top to larger scale projects like creating a woman out of detail images of different women all on small wood blocks to really getting creative and exploring mixed media collage encaustics. Some of the images will be full nudes, some will be implied nude and some won’t have any nudity, just bare shoulders or body parts like arms and hands and detail shots of faces. You can sign up at your desired comfort level.
It is very important that you understand that by submitting to be a model and signing a full model release that you accept that your image/likeness will be used in my fine art and will be on display. If you aren’t comfortable with that please do not sign up. If you need to consult spouses please do so before submitting to be a model. This is not something you can take back once the art has been created. Encaustics is an expensive endeavor as an artist & I’d hate to spend a lot of time & money on a piece and not be able to use it or show it to anyone. The end goal is to submit to galleries or have a solo gallery show.
Don’t want to sign a release but want a fine art encaustic portrait session? Click here to book a fine art session with 1 encaustic art piece. I’m offering 30 minute, 1 hour or a mix of boudoir & fine art for these sessions.
Once I have narrowed down my selections for the first round of shooting you will get an email with 2-3 dates and times that I have available. If you cannot do those days/times and you have been selected as a model I will put you on a list for round 2.
What is required of the models:
-nude, implied nude, bare shoulders or detailed anonymous body images
-a full signed model release
-15-30 minutes of photography time in my studio in SW Charlotte
-desire to be empowered and emboldenedPlease email a headshot (can be a selfie!) to email@example.com with the subject line ENCAUSTIC MODEL after applying with your name in the body of the message
-Please email a headshot (can be a selfie!) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ENCAUSTIC MODEL after applying with your name in the body of the message