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.

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!

Rise Above It

MODEL / Katerina Kat
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Katerina is a fascinating lady. She has traveled all over the world as a circus performer!

Back to How It Was

MODEL / MIRANDA
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

I’m always on the lookout for a great location. This one was hiding in plain sight just off a main road where a new housing complex was going in.

Do you have a location you want to share? 

Let it Go and Come to Life

MODEL / MIRANDA
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Take a walk on a snowy lane with us. Listen to the stillness of the trees and the rush of the river. 

Why You Shouldn’t Wear a Swimsuit

Excerpts from “Why You Should Never, Ever [Wear] A Wet Bathing Suit: Your body will thank you.”
Updated Aug 11, 2016
by Carla Herreria

Lounging in wet swimwear isn’t as glamorous as the Kardashians make it out to be. Wet swimsuits can cause problems ranging from yeast infections to UTIs.

“Yeast and bacteria really thrive in moist, dark places, like a wet bathing suit or wet workout clothes,” says Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor and OB/GYN at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Women with weakened immune systems, such as those who have diabetes or who take certain medications are more likely to be affected, but it’s good advice for anyone. So, here’s a much-needed wake up call to motivate you. Below are a few reasons to never, ever [wear] a wet swimsuit:

1. It’s the perfect combo for bacteria.
Let’s face it: The inside of a wet swimsuit is both warm and moist, so it’s basically a breeding ground for bacteria.

When in the water, swimsuit material tends to absorb the various chemicals and bacteria that exist in pools or the ocean. Your private parts are cradled inside of your suit, along with all of those gross substances. This can throw off the balance of healthy bacteria in the vagina or introduce harmful bacteria into the urethra, leading to a number of maladies, including vaginitis and urinary tract infections.

2. It can lead to yeast infections.
Since yeast thrives in warm and wet environments, wet bathing suit bottoms can cause yeast infections in women, especially those who suffer from recurring yeast infections.  The bacteria that festers in wet bathing suits can cause an overgrowth of yeast cells in the vagina or vulva, according to University Hospitals. This can lead to some pretty uncomfortable symptoms, including burning, soreness and clumpy discharge.

3. It may result in an itchy rash.
You’ve heard of athlete’s foot, right? Well, sitting in a wet swimsuit can cause a very similar infection around your genitals known as “jock itch.”

If you’re wearing a wet suit and happen to come in contact with a type of mold-like fungi known as dermatophytes, it can spread to the skin of your genitals, inner thighs and butt, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mayo Clinic. This growth leads to red, itchy rashes that may grow in the shape of a ring.

“It’s very similar to a yeast infection in the vagina because they’re both caused by fungus, although it is a slightly different strain of fungus,” Dweck said.

Even if there is no fungal infection involved, people with sensitive skin may experience skin irritation from wearing wet material. “Some women just get irritation from constant moisture,” Dweck said.

Now that the ugly facts are out there, it’s time to take charge. Your body will thank you for it.

The Best Exercises to Look Great Naked

Being strong and healthy is nice and important, but the reason a lot of us exercise is to look good. These aesthetically-focused exercises won’t make you hot overnight, but in combination with a healthy diet, they’ll give you the best bang for your workout buck so you look good dressed up—or undressed.

The exercises we’ll highlight are different for men and women. For men, we’ll broaden the upper body and develop defined leg muscle. For women, we’ll focus on tightening up arms and building a firmer, tighter booty. Still, not every body type can be (or needs to be) a statue of a Greek god or goddess. If that’s not you, you can still look great naked. These exercises will still help you get healthy and strong no matter who you are.
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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.

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?

 

Don’t Close Your Eyes

MODEL / BRANDI
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Brandi had an epiphany of sorts on this shoot. I often have chats about the goodness of the body and God’s original plan for humanity and Brandi really zoned into expressing her true self towards the end of our shoot.

Your Love is a Remedy

MODEL / Katie
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Katie stepped away, dropped her towel and walked out toward the river’s edge… and just like that a couple of magical hours went by in a flash.

The Future’s Here

MODEL / MONICA BLUE
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

When you’re not wearing clothes to hide, they become fun accessories.