On a cold, windy morning, Janna and I drove out through the fog to North America’s largest sand dune. The wind was biting and made your eyes water. Working through the emotions brought by the environment, Janna brought this truly heart-touching performance to this portion of our shoot. Janna’s response to our shoot? “They turned out AMAZING!”
In the second half of our shoot, we changed locations to a dry waterfall and a its surroundings perched on a cliff overlooking a beautiful gorge. Here’s what Jessie Jane had to say:
Legit, when I went out in these rocks near a cliff, it was pretty scare. I was definitely collecting my courage on this part of the rocks. My hands tingle as i remember it. As I relaxed and knew I would never be put in any real danger, I formed with the rock around me. Working in the tunnel made me want to reach high in all things. What will your history be? Of inspiration and beauty or opposite? I very much enjoy being a canvas for art. So fun and it sets my heart free. I want to take a moment and thank Jason for this shoot. It’s done nothing but bring me out.
This was Hannah’s first shoot. We found an amazing old dairy barn to shoot in as well as some sweet meadows and waterfalls. As you probably know, I LOVE waterfalls!We even managed to find a hot spring.
Jesse Jane wanted an opportunity to to reclaim what was hers, that is, her femininity — her rights to herself — and she thought shooting with Genesis Modeling and Photography was just the ticket to freedom. I couldn’t agree more. Here’s what she had to say about our shoot:
Sometimes you need to take a break from the world. Be yourself. Love yourself. Accept yourself, your natural beauty, go back to the basics.
On that day it was as if these rocks were perfectly molded for me, the water was beautiful (and chilly but hey), but on that day I was more than just a model. I am someone who finally loves and accepts herself. I cannot go on in life without positivity.
No words can explain how amazing the view was where Jason took me to shoot. Oh the nature around me ❤ I can look over this beautiful world and know that my artistic ways don’t stop here.
One funny thing I was thinking after seeing the results was, ‘I’m proud of my athletic bootay!’ 😉 and I can always work hard and always improve.
I became one with nature that day, I accepted myself and had to face the truth that I am who I am. Wanting to be like anyone else just made me sad. I am of worth, and made with beauty and I couldn’t be happier ❤.
So feel the beauty, be the beauty, become the beauty. This is where I let my heart free, and allowed my soul to fly. I know my worth and it has never gone away.
Ashley is an overcomer who isn’t afraid to face her challenges, organize them and tackle each one until she is victorious. We shot in an abandoned rock quarry in January — just the place for sunny, snowy, fur-lined fun photos. And she rocked it.
Briahna and I explored the Boise River to get these epic body paint shots. Here’s her thoughts, post-shoot: “Thank you. It was super fun. Took Forever to wash the paint out of my hair but it was worth it!”
An Excerpt from an article by the New Zealand Herald by Vera Alves (c) New Zealand Herald
Why are we so hung up on the unclothed human body?
Does any major trauma come from seeing a stranger’s intimate body parts? If the answer is yes, you’ve really got to start asking yourself why.
[A] woman who spotted the naked swimmers in Taupō said she was “horrified” at the sight.
We need to get horrified at horrific things – and there’s no shortage of those around. Get horrified about child cancer, sexual abuse, climate change and the threat of deadly pandemics.
Nipples and penises should be the least of your worries right now. “But won’t someone think of the children?” I hear the Karens wonder in the deepest recesses of Facebook.
Yeah, Karen, I’m thinking of the children. The children who are soon going to be adults and grow up with some really messed up views of what bodies look like, if we keep restricting them to the bodies they see on porn sites or in fashion magazines….
This repressed and archaic view of the human body as something to be hidden and ashamed of is nothing if not a form of oppression – and there are far too many people going along with it without questioning it. Ask yourself: why do you have such a big issue with seeing people naked? “It’s just not right” and “it’s not the done thing” are not good enough answers.
You’ve been predisposed to think bodies need to be hidden and nakedness is wrong – but here’s the good news: you can change that way of thinking and absolutely nothing bad at all will happen. Your children will not grow up to be depraved – if anything, they might just grow up more confident and empowered – and isn’t that a risk worth taking?
Besides, you’re getting upset at the wrong thing. The problem is not nudity. The problem is the over-sexualisation of the human body, which leads to all kinds of issues. But a non-sexualised naked body – and I think we can all agree there’s nothing “sexual” about breastfeeding a child or going for a swim on a hot summer’s day – should not be a cause for concern, yet it all gets dumped in the same “lewdness” basket.
In fact, “normalising” the regular human body can be a really good thing. If our children are to grow up with healthy views of what a normal human body is, we need to shed these archaic taboos.
If your child sees someone naked, they will have natural questions. It is part of your duty as a parent to ensure you address these properly. It gives you a golden opportunity to talk to them about things like boundaries, consent and respect for others.
The human body is not immoral – stop making it so….
There’s a classic junk yard with vehicles ranging from the 20s to the 70s and I’ve wanted to shoot there for years! Finally got my opportunity with a couple of great ladies. This is Riley. She’s a dancer, an artist and she loves caring for animals. I love how she jumped into this shoot with such enthusiasm.
Sometimes a model’s friend will decide to tag along on a shoot. This was one of those occasions and, as often happens, both girls end up in front of the camera. Ellie and Megan and I had such fun on this shoot. It’s just great to experience nudity in nature, just as God intended.
Here’s an interview I did for an art magazine recently.
Tell us about your brand.
I photograph Strength in Vulnerability. I believe in truly shameless body-positive photography — that the human body was made by our Creator to be seen and appreciated. I began shooting artistic nudes in 2006. I love to bring out the soul and strength of my models. I call my company Genesis to point us back toward the original innocence and strength of our naturally nude first mother, Eve and a return to our natural humanity.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
I remember even from childhood how something seemed “off” in a society that seemed to treat women as trophies or possessions, rather than fully articulated humans. I knew one day I wanted to do something to show that women could stand on their own two naked feet and point their chins high without fear of shame or reprisal.
What do you like most about what you do?
Many times I work with first timers who have never modeled nude before. There are so many potential insecurities and societal/family baggage issues that can be a challenge. I find it amazing that I’ve gotten to see so many transformations! I have seen those insecurities and shy feelings melt away and a truly powerful fully-alive woman appear before my lens in the course of one of our shoots. It’s hard to put into words — it’s like a tremendous feeling in the air. I’ve seen former models go on to accomplish bold objectives in lots of areas of life. Some continue on in modeling or acting, others cherish their photos more privately and make a positive, quiet difference in their communities. Every heart that is changed makes a difference.
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?
As a photographer who only shoots nudes, I have had so many people who have wanted to shoot with me but are afraid of what others will think if they follow through. As a male photographer shooting mostly female models, I deal with lots of inappropriate comments, slurs and sexual innuendos. People have been so conditioned to associate nudity with sex, it’s like some Pavlovian bell that when someone is naked, they must immediately have sex! It gets to be pretty ridiculous in my Instagram DMs. I’ve had unsolicited penis pics sent to me from around the world from guys who think that a random penis is a proper way to say hello. And yes, I’ve had women send me sexual nudes, too. Is this what people do now?
The way I overcome this is by trying to educate people that the body is good and that sex is something we choose to do with our bodies, but it is not the only thing we do when naked. It’s actually been very interesting to me to have this type of conversation with people from all over the world and to see them consider an alternative to what they were previously taught.
If your phone could ring right now with your dream opportunity, what would that be?
My dream opportunity would be to do 25 photoshoots on each continent — to bring Strength in Vulnerability all over the globe!
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
I want people to remember me as someone who helped change their perspective a little and who brought a little extra beauty into the world.
This is a shoot I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but it takes the right kind of adventurer to pull it off!
Busy library? Check. Potential to get busted? Check. Ready to do it? Check! KC and I hit the library stacks to get these classic and beautiful juxtapositions of the human form contrasted with tomes of literature and science. Enjoy!
Nicole agreed to hit up the Camas Prairie Nature Preserve with me to see if we could find some of their famous purple flowers for our backdrop. What we found is that we were too late for flowers, but it was windy and we took advantage of the plentiful swaying grasses for our bodypaint shoot.
I just got back from an experience like I’ve never had before: the 2018 edition of the World Naked Bike Ride.
Portland is about a 7 hour drive from Boise. A couple friends and I jumped in the car and made the drive and it was absolutely worth the time invested.
It turns out that of all of the WNBR events worldwide, Portland has the largest one! They’ve been holding the ride for more than a decade and this year’s estimate was that over 18,000 people participated.
It’s kind of remarkable if you’ve never been. We biked across the city from our host’s home to the staging area and had about an hour and a half to soak in the evening sun and listen to a great fusion jazz band (High Step Society) before the ride began.
The whole thing is voluntary and run by volunteers: no tickets, no demands, no clothes! AND there were no incidents of violence or sexual assault– just people truly being people.
It was an atmosphere of simple joy — it was quite relaxing — and I couldn’t stop feeling happy being there!
About half an hour before the ride, the crowd was starting to grow and the band was getting their groove on. I don’t it on video, but later the natural amphitheatre filled up with nude dancers having a wonderful time. You’ll have to watch the video to see what I mean, but when someone says “naked people dancing,” what do you think of? Maybe a darkly lit nightclub and a pole?
This wasn’t that. This was people having carefree fun in their skin.
I didn’t have my DSLR, but I did capture a few candids of people enjoying the pre-ride festivities, getting body-painted and managed to get just a few during the ride itself. Maybe next year a GoPro will be in order?
As I rode the 6 mile course through Portland’s beautiful neighborhoods and along a bluff overlooking the river, there were two things that really stuck out to me:
Riding a bicycle naked feels just like riding one with clothes on. Really! No, I didn’t get sore or chafed, but Yes, it was actually less sweaty and cooler because there weren’t any clothes to collect all that body heat.
Along the whole bike route, parents brought their children outside on their driveways where they cheered us on, waving and ringing bells and welcoming us to their neighborhoods. It was such an emotionally positive experience!
I would definitely do this again and I hope you’ll come with me next year! Here are a few photos: