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Please have look, and consider purchasing an issue to support Model Society & our art. You can also help me get the word out by SHARING this to your various social media pages. Huge thanks to Randall Hobbet and David Bollt for making this happen. I've been a member and fan of Model Society for quite some time, and it's such a huge honor be featured in the magazine.
Sorry I haven't been around much, I've been focusing on dog rescue and fostering dogs. Miss you guys!
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I’m excited to announce that Randall Hobbet has just released his very first book featuring a beautiful collection of images that the two of us have created together.
Randall is one of my favorite photographers, and has also become a very dear friend to me over the past few years. His unique eye for beauty continues to inspire me, and I’m so grateful for each opportunity I’ve had to create art with him.
If you’re interested in previewing the book, or purchasing a copy, it can be found here:
I have my own copy in hand, and I can tell you that it’s very high quality, and the images are gorgeous! Buying books is a great way to support your favorite artists, so for those of you who can afford it, I encourage you to purchase a copy. You won’t be sorry!Individual prints can also be purchased by contacting Randall directly via his page here: rdhobbet.deviantart.com/
Every time I get a message from one of you with a link to a piece you've created that was inspired by one of my images, it really makes my day/week/month. I go back and look at your artwork, and feel so honored that you guys took the time to make something truly unique, and share it with me. I hope to post most of your artwork on my Tumblr at some point, I just have to space it out between regular photos so I don't run out of your lovely work too soon.
I'm so grateful to all of you, I can't thank you enough.
I've never had personal prints made of my images, but please let me know if any of you are interested in signed prints (limited to artists who have made works inspired by my gallery images, this includes poetry). I'm going to try and get some prints made soon so I have something to give you all as a token of my appreciation for your hard work and talent.
Special thanks to a few of the recent artists who have made multiple works based on my images, and have also been very supportive of my work:
Please go and check out their galleries!
***Edit: If anyone else chooses to use any of my photos for their art, I would love it if you DID NOT use any of these 3 images since 95% of all the works I've seen have been based on these:
Would be so nice to see something new and different.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU.
Gestures like this mean the world.
~ Melissa Ann
My new FB link is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?i…
Please feel free to send a friend request. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee I'll accept unless I know you pretty well on here. I've had some major issues with people on FB, and have been forced to screen people a lot more closely. If I don't know you, please send me a short note introducing yourself along with the request, and that will increase the probability that I'll accept.
Thanks to all of you who follow me here, I still really appreciate the support!
Thanks to all the talented photographers and artists who have been kind enough to include me in their vision, befriend me, and/or support me. You all mean the world to me, and I hope we can stay in touch!
Huge thanks to all the people who follow me here, and to everyone who's been kind enough to leave comments, write critiques, and send me encouraging messages. You all kept me modeling for longer than I would have without you, and many of your words inspired me to new heights. I really can't thank all of you enough.
I'll still be around, but I won't be checking this site or posting nearly as often. If you send me a message here, and I don't respond, please try to get in touch with me on Model Mayhem: www.modelmayhem.com/2318720, Tumblr: nakedstory.tumblr.com/ or Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?i… . I still welcome messages, and will answer questions/return comments as I have time.
Thanks again everyone, and best of luck with your artistic endeavors!
This is a Call To Photographers:
I will soon be traveling to Milan, Italy for a vacation, and I'm looking to connect/trade with one or two exceptional photographers during my visit. I'll be staying at a nice hotel that will make an amazing shoot location.
If you're a talented photographer who lives within 50 miles of Milan (or know one who does), and specialize in art nudes, soft glamour, interesting portraits, or polaroids, please leave a comment here, or send me a pm if you're interested in collaborating.
I'm so excited for this trip! Any recommendations or advice is welcome.
***Note: I don't have a work visa, so I will not be accepting any paid offers. Trade only.
It gets harder and harder to top what I've already done, and to live up to my own expectations. I tell myself I should be proud of what I've already accomplished, which is more than I could have ever hoped, especially considering my age and stats. I *am* proud of how far I've come, but somehow it's never quite enough. As long as I'm modeling, I can't help but try to surpass the work I've already done, and as it gets harder, the pressure seems suffocating at times. I can't just enjoy it--I agonize over everything, I tear apart every image, I lie awake at night thinking of what I can do next, and I worry that I might be a disappointment to the next photographer I shoot with. My life is completely unbalanced, and modeling has become an obsession....I really hate that I love it so much.
The truth is that I'm rather addicted to the adventure, and the uncertainty of it all--the emotional rollercoaster that is modeling. The idea that I could end up climbing the staircase of an abandoned building, shivering in the freezing cold water of a beautiful lake, or dangling off the edge of a rocky cliff, and all for the sake of art. The fact that I can be completely overwhelmed with happiness on one day, and then crying by myself in a hotel room far away from home on the next....I never know what the outcome of a shoot will be; but the unknown is what excites me, and causes me to simultaneously fear and crave the next experience.
What if I've already peaked? What if my best work is behind me? How much longer can I possibly keep doing this? My modeling days are indeed numbered, and soon it may be time to return to a more normal life.....but not now....not quite yet.
At the end of August 2012, I broke out in shingles (on my face of all places!) during a modeling trip to LA. I had to cancel all of my scheduled shoots and book an emergency flight home. The recovery was very slow, and I was unable to do any modeling while my face was healing. I was discouraged at how slowly it was healing, and rather depressed that I had to give up modeling for what felt like forever. I tried to stay off of DA and Model Mayhem to focus on other things since I couldn't model anyway.
At the beginning of December, my face was finally healed to a point where I could model again, so I took a trip to Maryland to shoot with some of my favorite photographers. I felt rusty and out of shape, but the trip was an overall success, and I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting back on track. I have several shoots planned for the next month, so I should hopefully be posting more images soon!
Thank you all for the kind words, and support. It means so much to me!
and proceeds to take possession of her audience
she is no child, but youth still clings to her
it does not want to let go, it embraces her like a lover
she is a woman, and she is
comfortable in her skin
confident in her gaze
secure in her knowledge
and she awakens things in you
Poem by: Rich Diltz (bodypainter & poet)
Nobody has ever written me a poem before, I am so touched.
8 shoots in 10 days, all of which were unique and amazing in their own way. I had the opportunity to work with some extremely talented photographers who really challenged me to push myself to a new level. Two of the people I had the pleasure of working with are also fellow deviants, Mickle Design Werks and Magicc Imagery; thanks to both of them for amazing shoots and equally amazing images. I have posted a sampling of images I've gotten back from the trip so far, but there should be many more to follow- I'll be posting them as I receive them over the next several months.
Although these two photographers are not on DA, I'd like to say a huge thanks to Donna Lasky (shootbare.com/) and Keith Small (www.modelmayhem.com/1225837) who hosted me while I was in Maryland, treated me like family, and changed my entire way of thinking in regards to collaborating and creating art. Words can not express my gratitude to both of them, I am truly lucky to have met such talented and caring individuals. Please take the time and look at some of Keith & Donna's other work, you will not be disappointed.
I'd also like to update everyone on my TRAVEL SCHEDULE:
Vancouver BC: July 26-30 (BOOKED)
Los Angeles: Aug 27-Sept 3 (BOOKED)
Toronto: October 18-27 (OPEN!)
November & December: Convince me to come to you!
Thank you again to all of my watchers and fellow friends here on DA who continue to support me, I am extremely grateful to all of you.
I have some new pictures to post from a shoot I did several weeks ago with Shane Gardner www.thethingsiveseen.com/, let me know what you all think as soon as I get them up.
Drinking: green tea
Eating: Oreo cookies
Feeling: a little down
1.) Adobe Photoshop CS5
2.) Two FAN 160 Strobe/Flash
3.) 24 Inch Fan Softbox
4.) Barndoor/Small Gel Filter Set with Honeycomb (red,
blue, yellow, diffusion filter)
5.) 16 Channel Radio Trigger
6.) 33 inch White Umbrella
7.) 32 Inch Reflector Panel- Gold/Silver
8.) Two 6 Foot Light Stands
9.) 6 X 9 Foot Black Muslin Backdrop
10.) 6 X 9 Foot White Muslin Backdrop
11.) Two Backdrop/Photo Clamps
12.) 25 Foot extension cord
13.) 5 Way Power Adapter
14.) Giant Travel Bag to carry all of above mentioned equipment.
The trouble is, I have no idea how to use any of this stuff. The only thing I actually asked for was a macro lens for my Canon Rebel T1i, which was not among the things I received. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have gotten all of the above items, I'm just a bit intimidated at the moment. I got all the equipment set up last weekend, and hope to start experimenting with self-portraits, pictures of my dogs, etc this weekend. Wish me luck!
Drinking: Guayaki organic energy shot
Watching: my 3 dogs sleep.
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change." -Wayne Dyer
I'd like to thank Eric Wimberly for the amazing shoot.
I had been admiring Eric's photography & wanting to work with him for several months. He has a way of capturing his models in such natural looking moments, I was eager to know exactly how he did it. I figured there just had to be something specific he did or said to the models in order to consistently get such great results. Now that I've worked with him, I still can't tell you how he does it. He has a natural gift for photography, and a presence about him that just instantly puts you at ease. Whatever "IT" is, he's got it. I feel blessed to have finally gotten the opportunity to work with him, and the results of our shoot are nothing short of amazing. I would love to work with Eric again...I'll keep my fingers crossed.
I'd also like to thank Felix Martin for a fantastic 2nd shoot.
Felix was one of the first photographers I worked with when I started modeling just 5 short months ago. He's such a pro, it was quite intimidating to work with somebody at his level right out of the gate. I was so nervous, I felt I had failed at the end of our first shoot. Amazingly, he was able to get what are still some of my favorite pictures out of that shoot. It was a privilege to work with him a second time, and I hope to have at least one more shoot with him in the near future. He is truly a master of lighting, has a great eye for detail, and is able to meticulously edit his photos in a variety of different styles. I love every picture I get back from him and can't wait to see more.
Portland was a huge success, and I hope to visit again soon!
I'm so grateful to everyone here for all the kind comments and support. THANK YOU SO MUCH, and Happy Holidays to all of you!