Grow Where You Are

MODEL / NICOLE
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

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.

Dreaming Out Loud

MODEL / E B
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

It was 15 degrees. The streets were frozen solid and we fishtailed around every turn, but we made it to this magical parkland and knocked out some stunning shots in the snow. Even saw a deer!

 

Sing This to Me Slow

MODEL / ALLY
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Ally asked for experimental body paint and hot springs. In this post, I’ll share the body paint section. It turned out really cool!

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Life Begins at the Intersection

MODEL / Meagan
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

In a little place I like to call Burnt Creek.

Here’s what Meagan had to say about her shoot as a first-timer:
“Participating in a nude shoot is one of the most freeing, yet terrifying experiences… but only because it’s doing something you’ve NEVER done. Being comfortable in front of a camera with clothes can be challenging, so a nude shoot really opens your mind to many possibilities. The human body is beautiful and is only sexualized because we body shame and hide ourselves away, constantly. I am grateful for clothes during the right circumstances, (like weather conditions or formal gatherings) however, I strongly believe hiding ourselves so much and all the time, has in truth also enabled us to hide away… not only our unique bodies, but also our minds. Allow Beauty TO BE SEEN. EVERYONE IS UNIQUE!”

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Awaken All My Soul

MODEL / Katie H
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Along the banks of the Boise River, enjoying the peace and solitude with Katie…

Katie says:
My shoot was amazing. I was definitely nervous because I had never done that kind of concept before. I felt anxious driving out to our location, and when I pulled up at the park, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily, you arrived right then and I was reassured to see a normal, nice guy get out of the car. We introduced ourselves and made some small talk and I could feel myself relaxing a little bit. Like from an 70% stress level to a 50%. We talked through some outfit choices and posing ideas and I steadily felt more confident.
The location was so beautiful! The park was just like a forest with a gorgeous river and lots of plants and stuff. I felt like some kind of Pocahontas or something and it was really fun. But there was definitely some part of me that was holding back. My whole life as a woman I have been trained to behave modestly. To hide my body for fear of offending someone else .
 It was insanely hard to fight this internal battle throughout the shoot. I know this inner struggle made me more difficult to shoot. But you were great the whole time. Reassuring me, helping with my posing, and most of all having the patience to help me embrace my most natural self. Your final product is stunning, I can honestly say this is my favorite shoot! ❤😊
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Shadows Hiding from the Light

MODEL / NOELLE
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

In a beam of sunlight… We shot this in an ancient golf course clubhouse that had burned down in the 1940s. The forest had grown up all around it and it wasn’t that easy to get into. The light from the sun still managed to find a way through the trees. And you never know who you’re going to meet! Noelle came along as a friend on a different model’s shoot. Before long, she was in front of the camera too! It never hurts to ask.

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Breathing In

MODEL / Taylor
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

This was my first artistic nude shoot. Great memories. Ask me to share the story with you sometime.

For the Kingdom Come

MODEL / Leia
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Leia had never climbed a tree before in her life. Turned out she’s a natural and, of course, a natural beauty!

You Alone can Break my Fall

MODEL / MAYYE
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Mayye is one of the spunkiest fun people I’ve worked with. We had such fun working the shores of this lake.

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Yesterday is a Wrinkle on Your Forehead

MODEL / BRIGETTE
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

I like to use this shoot as an example sometimes of how you can work through your own emotions as a photographer through art. 

Brigette and I tried to schedule a shoot together for about three years. The day finally came and it was a downpour. Since she’d driven an hour and a half to our meetup spot, she told me she wanted to go through with the shoot. It was a thirty minute hike to the river and I knew we were going to be soaked, so I covered my gear with plastic bags and we trudged through the jungle to the location.

At this point things got a little heated because Brigette got cold feet and decided she wanted to do a bikini shoot instead of artistic nudes. I don’t do fashion shoots, so this was not a small problem.

I could pretend like this kind of thing never happened and that all the world was rosy, but internally, I had to have a dialogue with myself.  Standing there dripping wet — after setting aside a full day to shoot and planning this off and on for three years — I wanted to give up. Honestly, I was feeling disappointed and disillusioned (and wet). Two choices presented: walk back to the car, or shoot through my emotions. 

Ultimately, I figured that there wasn’t any point in arguing. The effects of the gloomy day were working on both of us, so we decided to use those powerful emotions as our theme. 

Here are some of the images we produced. Can you feel it?

 

Are you who you want to be?

MODEL / COURTNEY
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Probably one of the most adventurous ladies I’ve met! Charming, poised and beautiful and when it comes to life–a fighter! We explored a historic inn by night to get these amazing shots.

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Your Love is Strong

MODEL / CRYSTAL M
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

It’s always interesting to collaborate with a model and see what props she brings to add to the shoot.

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The Moon is Blacking Out

MODEL / ChristalD
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Being photographed nude is a really freeing experience. Christal truly stepped into herself when she removed her clothing. What looked like shyness at first turned into liberty.

Your Love is a Melody

MODEL / Breana
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

When Breana walked out of the ivy, she instantly reminded me of a type of Eve.

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Living is the Best Defense

MODEL / MEGAN
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Exploring abandoned spaces with Megan!