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!

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Til I Read Your Lips

MODEL / DINEKA
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

Dineka made a quick trip down to Boise and we got this shoot in the snow! Can you say epic?

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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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When I Look at the Stars

MODEL / Katie and Crystal
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

When Katie and I worked together, we talked about creating a future shoot that would involve her sister Crystal. What a great idea! Think they had fun?

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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.

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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This Is Your Life

MODEL / HANNAH
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

It was autumn in North Carolina. We chased the light amongst the hills and downed trees near a stream with a stone bridge over it. 

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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.

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