Photographing Women | Summer Workshop and Retreat | July 25-28, 2014

Hi All!

We (FINALLY) have the dates and details for my summer workshop, Photographing Women.
I teach one workshop each year, and am so excited to put this one together.  Each workshop is so special, and takes on it’s own unique identity.  We always make such great memories, great photographs, and lasting friendships.  All the details are below!

Women’s Portraiture Workshop and Retreat  July 25-28, 2014

Join us for an intense and invigorating workshop experience that promises to refresh, enliven, and challenge you, and inspire you with incredibly beautiful and personal photographic, styling, crafting, and printing techniques.

We have fallen in love with the Motherwell Ranch, and can’t imagine having our private workshop anywhere else.  It is a completely private, breathtaking mountain paradise. Enjoy luxury accommodations, an incredible personal chef, open bar, fishing, horseback riding, hiking trails, and exquisite mountain views.  This is a place to re-center, refresh, and create.

Become inspired by four unique sessions featuring stunning models photographed amongst breathtaking landscape.  Explore Jenn’s unusual photographic methods and artistic processes, as she guides you through each session, asking and answering questions, and creating images interactively. Learn some of Jenn’s artistic processes in posing, lighting, styling, costuming, set design, and fine photographic technique. Learn to create a portable outdoor studio, a hauntingly beautiful set with a shallow tank of water, and digital tintypes as we costume and photograph models amongst horses, wild elk, and inspiring natural surroundings. Monday, learn interactively as Jenn shares her digital finishing and styling methods for antiquing her images and preparing them for printing.

 Come relax, refocus, and energize your love for this incredible craft in this intimate, personal, and resonant climate. We are excited for a wonderful new group of photographic artists and thinkers, and truly look forward this great adventure together.

 Cost for the workshop is $1600 and is all-inclusive.  Tuition, luxury accommodations for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, all meals and cocktails for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning, ranch activities including horseback riding, and transportation to and from the airport are included. Tuition is collected at the time of reservation, and is non-refundable.  If you are unable to fulfill your reservation and we are able to fill it with someone on our waiting list, we are happy to reimburse you.

Motherwell Ranch is located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Guests may fly into either Denver International airport, or Yampa Valley Regional Airport.  A shuttle will be provided from Denver International on Friday evening prior to the workshop, and to Denver International on Monday afternoon at the close of the workshop.  Yampa Valley Regional Airport is minutes from the gate of Motherwell Ranch.

Space is limited to 15 students, and is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Please email us to make your reservation.: olivegirl@me.com

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  • Wanda Michel - I am very interested in being part of your workshop in July. I am wondering if you still have room as well as if you need to be a certain skill level.ReplyCancel

‘Photographing Women’ Video Tutorials!

Hi All!

I’m so very excited to finally announce my new collection of video tutorials, Photographing Women!

This is a super special collection that walks you through my thought process and approach, how I earn trust from my subjects, and communicate intently and sensitively to create emotional, evocative portraits.

In six video tutorials, I’ll break down the creation of some of my signature poses and compositions. Learn to understand different body types, truly see and control each part of the body, make the body expressive, beautiful, and interesting. Learn how to see shape and form, pre-visualize, work with intent, and gently guide your subjects into intense, captivating poses. Learn to see each model completely, and best use her strength, flexibility, and form.

To purchase an instant download, visit the Store

For now, here’s a little preview:

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Happily Ever After

Before write a single word, I want to thank David and Luke Edmonson for documenting this glorious day for us in such a heartfelt, sensitive way.  The photographs are impeccable, outrageously beautiful, and hand crafted.  Even more than that, though, they’re full of the love we felt that day, authentic, and brimming with life.  You are kindred spirits, and two of the most tender-hearted, truly aware photographers I know.  These images are precious to us, and we are so grateful for you both.

I can say with absolute confidence that our wedding was the happiest, richest, most joyful day of my life.  I married the man of my dreams, the one my soul has longed for all my life.  He is my soulmate, and we are intertwined, and inseparable.  I have never known joy like this, I really didn’t know life could even be like this.  He is my truest companion, and my lifelong best friend.  He is smart, strong, vibrant, life-loving, adventurous, trustworthy, spirited, funny, honest, full of integrity, resilient, gentle, romantic, compassionate, loving, giving, understanding, patient, incredibly kind, motivated, faithful, dedicated, hard working, sentimental, courageous, spontaneous, perceptive, tender hearted, loyal, steady, passionate, energetic, and, of course, irresistibly handsome.  I still can’t believe I got to marry this man, and that I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

Our wedding day was sweet, breezy, lighthearted, and full of love.  It was a perfect September evening, brilliant and beautiful.  We were surrounded by our families and closest friends, a gorgeous desert garden, gentle music, and lots of yummy food. It was the loveliest, most romantic day; peaceful, thoughtful.  I married the love of my life with ultimate joy, a peaceful, restful, confident heart, with the support of those who mean so much to me. I can’t have asked for a more wonderful, honest, sentimental, unforgettable day.

 

 

 

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  • Kyla - The amount of just pure happiness involved in every single one of these images…I’m not even sure I can put into words what I mean. But this is art. The photographers did an incredible job, but if you and your husband weren’t present in every single one of these images… present in your happiness and present in your love these images would just be pretty and artful in their own respect. But you are PRESENT. And that mixed with incredible photography… My mind and my feelers are just blown by the beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Erma Perry - It was a precious, joy-filled day. For those who know my daughter well, it was a day that made her heart, and mine, TWIRL!! So many thanks to the photography team who so ably captured the images and the heart of this wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Norris - You looked stunning! I wish you guys much joy and love throughout the years. Congratulations on this new beginning! Incredible portraits of your day to cherish :)ReplyCancel

  • Nichol Krupp - I am truly truly so so happy for you. You deserve to feel all of those things described in your post above. I am sure your heart is soaring and these images capture you perfectly. You look stunning and so so happy. All the very best to you.

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  • Dani V - I can say these are the most beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen. There is so much love and beauty inside, outside and all around… You just can’t stop feeling that energy while looking at them.. Congratulations to you both :)ReplyCancel

Project Wrap Up

Punny, I know.  There were so many good ‘wrap’ puns to choose from.  Ahhhhhhhhh!

 

This project began over a year ago when I discovered two old, broken chairs in my basement.  I found them on the street in Boston.  They were waiting for trash pick up the same day I was moving out of my Boston apartment.  They looked sad, and I think I could identify with them at the time.  I scooped them up and tossed them in the moving truck, moved them to New Mexico, and into the basement they went, awaiting a purpose.  Over a year after the move, I was searching for something in the basement, and there they were, still looking sad.  I took them to my studio, and lived with them for a while.  One evening in the studio, things started to come together.  I didn’t have an image in mind, or any sort of project.  I just felt the need to repair the broken chairs.  I wanted to make them ‘feel’ better, and in turn, make me feel better.  I began to bandage them with strips of muslin fabric.  I wrapped them gently and obsessively, covering every inch of their surface, and repairing their broken legs.  The wet fabric seemed as it had been baptized in a sense.  There was even a musty aroma the wet fabric created that was soothing in itself.  I suppose I felt as if the chairs were being born again, and re-purposed.  Someone cared about them enough to spend time building them back up, and they were getting a new, completely transformed, self.  It was a powerful thing, imparting my own struggles onto inanimate objects.  It helped, a lot.  When they were totally bandaged, they were really quite beautiful, and they comforted me, just existing in my space.  I began to look for a table to compliment them, one that someone had discarded.  I found a table, and then an entire room that needed a new start.  Over the course of the year, I wrapped the table, and then the walls of the room.  The process was slow, and very meditative…prayerful, even.   It was the same repetitive action again and again.  I had a lot of time to just think, be still, listen, and learn to start over in my own life.

I took a pottery class during that time.  I learned that adding volcanic ash to a clay mixture added strength, tenacity, and stability.  When the room was totally wrapped, I covered the floor, the foundation, in volcanic ash.  I added water to speak to the idea of cleansing; baptism and re-birth.  It was the perfect final act.

I photographed the room with two beautiful, inspirational models.  To me, the image is about re-generation, re-purpose, and renewal. I tore down the installation just days after the photographs were made.  I like the idea of reducing such labor into a single photograph.  I think it says a lot about human experiences during trial and victory.

This is the first of a new series of images about restitution and reconciliation.  I’ll post new work as I finish it, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

Cheers!

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  • Danielle Khoury - What a fantastic description and image! I look forward to this new work!ReplyCancel

  • Shari DeVoogd - Your work and your words always touch and heal my soul like a poultice. The inspiration is akin to a life-giving breath after being drowned in a sea of white noise. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Marmalade - New beginnings…all waiting to be unwrapped. Love your newest piece. Piecefilled = peaceful. xoxoReplyCancel

  • shana - jennifer

    i’m very moved by your work, your process. i feel a visceral connection to it. and the resulting image is so complex & beautiful. looking forward to seeing how the series develops. i gratefully landed here through your creativeLive workshop!

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I have a little store!

Hello All!

Well, after much ado, I finally have a little shop on my website where you can purchase my DVD products and goodies.  I’ve had people chasing me down for this for quite a while.  So, Eh Em, it’s finally here.

I have a couple of really neat things on there.  I’ve got a DVD of what I call my ‘Secret Recipes,’ which is a wicked cool collection of the layered PSD files I use to antique my digital photographs.  I’ve collected old photographs from all sorts of great old processes, tintypes, salt prints, van dykes, plates, platinum, you name it.  I’ve scanned a bunch of those, worked them up a bit, and blended them together along with some tonal layers and textural elements to create really unique overlays for photographs.  Each is made to embody the spirit of these old processes.  There’s everything on there from bromoil to cyanotype, with a bit of my own flavor in the mix.  When you open the DVD, you’ll see layered PSD files.  They’re already pre-mixed, all you have to do is grab all the layers and drop them onto your image.  From there, you can adjust opacities, turn layers on or off, totally your choice.  You can ‘season’ them yourself. There are also some fun actions and a few of my paintings on there for fun.

I’ve also got my ‘Ten Minute Couture’ DVD in the store.  If you have ever seen me teach, you know I always make my own gowns, on the spot, for my super stylized sessions.  This DVD is video tutorials that break down my styling methods, and show you how to make couture garments for ethereal, romantic, or high fashion images.  I’ll show you how to take ordinary, inexpensive bits of fabric, drape them on a model’s form, pin, wrap, fluff, and detail to make perfectly fitted, stunning personalized garments.

Coming soon is my ‘Photographing Women’ DVD.  This one will break down the mystery of how I approach my subjects, earn their trust, bond with them and communicate with them.  I’ll investigate women of differing body types, strength levels, and flexibility.  We’ll dive into the particulars of each part of the body in order to really understand how to best use them to create fluid poses and truly interesting form.  We’ll talk about really learning to see the body, create dynamic, rhythmic shapes, which translate to captivating portraits.  This DVD will be released around early Fall.  You can save $50 by pre-ordering now!

Well, take a look at my little store right on the website:  www.jenniferhudsonfineart.com

Just click on the ‘store’ link from the home page.

Cheerio!!

 

 

 

 

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