Objectified

Ah, there’s nothing better than an art world pun.  Except maybe shells and cheese. Things have been brewing in my studio!  I’m better than half way through a new body of work that I’m so excited about I can hardly stand it.  This work has been years in the making, and has really changed the way I think, and how I approach making photographs.  You may remember a while back I created an entire room wrapped in one-inch strips of white muslin fabric, covered two chairs, a table, and filled the floor with white volcanic ash.  It took the better part of 6 months to create, all for one, singular photograph.  That process transformed me.  I’ve fallen in love with immersive space, working with my hands, evident labor, and creating full-scale objects for my photographs.  I’ve been thinking a lot about materials, and how they may translate symbolically.  For this work, I’m using a lot of wool, clay, water, ash, salt, linen, wood, and wax; all materials that are repeatedly Biblically referenced, and are laden with meaning.  In this new work, I’m creating sculptural burdens which are worn by people in my final photographs, representing our human relationship to pain and heaviness, and ultimately what it feels like to finally lay it down.

I listen to bluegrass music when I work.  The repeated themes of Crossing the River Jordan, laying down our heavy burdens, and rejoicing in the promised land are infused into this work.  The photographs are images of people in various stages of labor and rest.

Revelation 21:4: He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

I have rented a house in Albuquerque for this work.  I think of it as a sacred resting place, or portal.  I am creating objects in my studio, then bringing them to the house to photograph with human models.  The final work is photographs, all of this reduced into a small, two dimensional image.  The opening exhibition of the work will take place in the house in October.  I’ll post lots more about all of this soon, I can’t spill all the beans just yet!

I’m not ready to show final photographs just now, but I thought it might be fun to show some snapshots of objects in progress in the studio. Mostly, these are just captured with the mighty iPhone, but are nice documents of what’s going on in my heart, my head, and my studio.  There are snappies of sculptures in progress, the studio, and the empty house.

Okay, and the first image is one finished photograph.  Just one. :)

 

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New August Workshop!

Hi Friends!

So, our July ‘Photographing Women’ workshop filled up in just a couple of days!  We had lots of folks on a waiting list wanting to join us, and lots of buzz and interest, which is really heart warming. :)  We have added a second identical workshop, August 1-4, 2014.  We have a few spaces still available, so I wanted to share the news!

Here is the workshop description!  Just send drop me a line (do people still say that?) if you have questions or want to join us.

Photographing Women | Workshop and Retreat  August 1-4, 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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Creative Live Workshop

Hi Friends!

I just want to share my Creative Live broadcast with you! This class, ‘Fine Art Women’s Portraits’ is a two day glimpse into my methods and ideas about photographing women.  We filmed this LIVE for the internet, which was a wild experience for me.  I was able to connect in real time with people all over the world, share thoughts, and answer questions.  The crew was fantastic, and I worked with exquisite models.  The whole thing was great fun, and I think the result pretty neat. :)

If you have a minute (or a bunch of minutes) and want to take a gander, watch the workshop here!  Below are a few of my favorite images created during the course.

 

 

 

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  • ANNA - I SO loved watching you on CL. It was inspiring and made me wish I could find some ladies to go shoot in the woods with. I loved your creating process too and how open you were to sharing the why and what you were feeling. Just a great great series to watch. Looking forward to following your work, will have to see if you are ever in my neck of the woods.
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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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  • Christie - It sounds heavenly! I hope I can figure out a plan before you fill up!ReplyCancel

  • Angeline - Hello, I am a french portrait photographer and I would love to join this class as I am dedicated to create stunning portraits of women. Please ley me know if you have any seats left. Sincerely. AngelineReplyCancel

  • 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

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‘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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  • Lana Thomas - Beautiful portraits Jennifer. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. I love how you use nature and her elements with the raw fabrics and mix those with the most lovely poses. Again, thank you. LanaReplyCancel

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