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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My first World Naked Bike Ride Adventure

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

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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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Brighter Than the Pain

MODEL / Crystal
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

This was my first “Trash the Dress” Shoot.

Crystal asked if she could bring a wedding dress and work through some grief at this shoot and allowed me to help her process and capture the beauty of those moments and prove that Love is brighter than the pain. Thank you for sharing your heart with us Crystal.
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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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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!

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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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Watch Them Fly

MODEL / ALEXANDRIA
BODY PAINT / JASON LEE
ASSISTANT / COLLIN
PHOTOGRAPHY / JASON LEE

This is a Body Paint Series I’ve started called Wild.  Alex is “Deer in Winter.”

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P.S. Here’s a bonus making of:

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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.

Naked Models, Aging Bodies, Full-figured Bodies and Nude Art: A Conversation.

A great conversation to have and to listen in on. Art is a language of the soul that all can understand. Genesis Modeling and Photography was founded to speak this language.