June 30, 2015

Our tribute to the Art Models

Published on 9/14/2008, revised on 6/29/2015. Sorry my friend Photographer if your link is wrong. You made so many things in seven years !

Modeling is not an easy work, it's art. And art models are inspiring and talented persons. Muses, you'll read how much we care for you.

I want with this article to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your talent and your dedication to our art.

By order of appearance :

Iris Dassault
Lela Rae
Kae Love

I work with people that are more than models, they are truly the main subject of the image - these people bare their soul, more than their bodies, they explore their boundaries, their freedoms and freely give of their emotions as well as their poses. Without these wonderfully understanding artists, there is no hope of Art ever being created. Beau eRomantica

Iris Dassault

Newsbreak june 29, 2015

I think she is retired of art modeling. She was my muse, she knows it. We were so complice. She was Uda Art Editor ! Where is she seven years later, who knows it ? Que fais-tu ? Iris, if you read me, pelierc@yahoo.fr. Gros bisous.

by Jim Young

Let me start off by stating that I absolutely love tasteful, original art photography, especially black and white.
I admire photographers who know how to balance composition and lighting. I much enjoy the process of contributing and collaborating to create that interesting image. Photography and the process to create that image is my passion. It's a desire to be part of the process to create something beautiful.

by John Emrys

" Modeling is a form of creative expression to me. When it comes to creative expression, I don't like to impose limits upon myself. I shoot the things I like, the things that move me, with the photographers who inspire me. I give it my all. I follow my own path. I like to express myself through body motion and gesturing, through props and my environment. I like to express myself through movement and dance. I do not limit myself to any given style of photography. It doesn't matter if it is film, or digital, if it is digitally altered, or not. The only thing that matters is the end result.

I like to work in all styles because it offers a much broader range of variety and creative expression. I think each style has something beautiful to offer, and I enjoy exploring all spectra of photography.

by Jim Young
"Veiled in purple"

I am proud of my body and my shape, curves and all. I do not compare myself or my work to that of ohters. Others can do what they like, it doesn't affect the things I do, nor will I judge others for their style or look. I'm confident in my ability to pose and my ability as a model - it's confidence I have gained over the past year thanks to the advice and guidance of some wonderful photographers. I am ME. And I am comfortable being me.

" I enjoy modeling tremendously and it really doesn't matter to me what others think of my work as long as the photographer and me are in full concurrence that we accomplished what we set out to do : Create an image that moves us both. If you like it, that is wonderful of course, but it's not the objective. My motivation comes from within. To me, it's the only way to be.

by TH Taylor
"A little R and R"

Regarding the models there are not enough words. Without them there would be just a landscape, without their passion and expression there would be just a pretty face and for me the beauty of a woman is not in their physical attributes instead in what they have to share through self confidence, expression, understanding and trust. Each of the models I work with share natural beauty, there is never any make up and I have to remind them not to do their nails, there is nothing artificial just body language and it is my job to look closely at feelings, light, mood and to integrate the sum of these parts. These young ladies are bright and their abilities should never go unquestioned. The models work hard and give 200% of themselves. It is for this reason that I must do my very best for them each time I pick up my camera. They have my utmost respect ! Gerhardt Thompson

Newsbreak june 29, 2015

Thank you for all the incredible image comments, friend requests (there are simply too many for me to continue going through them anymore), lists, and the incredible people I've worked with.

I am in a semi-permanant state of semi-retirement, if that makes any sense!  Other then the occasional project here and there that is either financially worth it, or is with someone I have worked with before (nearly all of which I consider good friends to this day!) I am only considering fairly local modeling every now and then right now.  My life is continually changing, and has changed in many ways, and I simply do not have the time, energy, or devotion I believe necessary to be the best model I can be for those that wish to collaborate with me on a full time or professional basis except a few times a month that work within my now surprisingly busy life.

I will continue to be able to be reached at Lelarae@gmail.com if needed, and will leave my work up here for an unknown time period.  Given I no longer *pay* for this site... you can see more recent images of me on my blog if you care to.  I'm happy to email a few as well if we are considering working together.

Thank you again to everyone I've worked with and I'm very sorry to all those I've not found the time to be able to.  I have shot VERY little in the two years and doubt I will much besides specific projects with friends or something that terribly interests me.

All my very best and greatest gratitude,

Peace, Love and Art, Lela. Kisses !

by Paper Moon Production

I am an art nude model, musician, and dreamer. 

I work with mostly fine art photographers... though I am open to many styles. I prefer nude modeling, but I love fashion as well. I love to collaborate with photographers who have a ton of ideas and can find the ones they believe I will fit into the best."

For some reason, the question just randomly passed into my head, and I couldn't get it out : "what's the life span of a muse anyway ?"
For some, it seems one photo shoot is the life span. For others, sometimes a few. And yet for some, even throughout history, it seems a lifetime isn't even enough, and their collaborations as artist/muse go on into infamy. Edward Weston was the first to come to mind.
I don't know personally the answer to the question. I think it's different for everyone... but I also think the word "muse" is one I've fought with as long as I've been around it. In music most speak of "inspiration" or "duets" or "collaborations"... not "muses". It's a more personal thing I think, then the word muse seems like it can sometimes be. And yet, I still find it very flattering, for someone to say they consider me a muse... be it of their personal work, or of the work I do in general. I've had both said of me.

by Timothy Nolan

"Mirror, Mirror"

I still always can't help though, but to think of my first response, the very first time a photographer used the word muse, in hoping I was going to prove to be his next one. (See.. in that context, it seems the word is more equal to "inspiration" then anything else.)

I emailed back to him, that I didn't know what a muse's job description was... and that if he happen to see one, I'd very much like to know about it ! 

I can't help but picture a flying pixie with fairy dust and butterfly wings. Granted... I suppose some could call Tinkerbell a muse ! And that seems to be all I see in my head (though always the Julia Roberts version of Tinkerbell from "Hook" because she's just stunningly gorgeous no matter what!). But that's been quite a while ago now... and he's still a photographer I enjoy working with whenever humanly possible... so maybe he was right after all. Still haven't see that "muse" though !

by Nad Iksodas

I can't say enough about how incredibly fortunate I am to have the opportunity to work with these wonderful people. Their patience and understanding and trust are all invaluable to making the images work so well. I've said before, if it wasn't for them, I would only have a large collection of well lit and quite boring paper backdrops ! Not to play any favorites, but there are a few people who have supported my work with their incredible talent and friendship. Scott Nichol

Kae Love

Newsbreak news june 29, 2015

My blog here was a great project. It was nice to look back and write about so many meaningful art modeling experiences. I’ve moved on to front end web developing and a few other projects. I’m still here on figuremodels.org as an admin and I’ll be popping in every now and then. My figuremodels.org album includes a few images if you’re looking to see some of my old work as a model.
Keep creating art. Always,Peace, Love and Art. A tender hug.


by Kae Love

I've been an artistic nude model for nearly 5 years. Photography, painting, sculpting, casting, drawing, mixed medias, video art... I'm professional, experienced, and have excellent references.

by RudiMentär

From Lily Review :

Kae Love is a professional model who describes herself as nomadic but commonly in the San Francisco, California area. In the past four years, she has worked as an artistic nude model and has runway experience as well. She also specializes in modeling for amateur photographers who are looking to build up their portfolios and does figure/life modeling for individual artists and classes. Photos of Kat have been published in three books, a calendar and also on a CD cover.

by Leon Saperstein

Kat rejects the notion of a connection between nudity and shame and writes :

I specialize in artistic nude modeling because in art, the human figure is seen as beautiful and not necessarily as an object of shame or sex. My work is not an exploitation of nudity or exhibitionism but is rather a statement against the United States' illusion of shame when it comes to nudity.

" She also speaks out against commercialism in society and its impact on the modeling industry, stating, "Commercial models are one of the many types of powerful pawns within the capitalist system. Advertising increases consumption and thus participation in the exploitation of humans and the environment." She manages her own modeling career.

" Kae holds an associate's degree in liberal arts and two bachelor's degrees : one in philosophy and the other in political, legal and economic analysis. In addition to continuing her modeling career, she is pursuing a PhD and plans to become a teacher."


I seldom work with professional models, concentrating on 'normal' women. Most of my models haven't posed nude before and experience a real shift in self confidence as a result of working with me. I'm blessed with a beautiful and tolerant partner who models for me on a regular basis and assists on many shoots. I'm fortunate to have the trust of so many women without whom I would not be able to create. My shoots are a collaboration and I attempt to capture something of the models personality in all my work. Rob Benson


by Robert Woolrich

I am an experienced freelance model and have extensive knowledge of most aspects of modelling. I have experience in catwalk, fashion, artistic nude, fetish, pin up, hair, promotional work, acting, and photographic modelling. I have worked with lots of agencies, photographers and artists for exhibitions, magazines, books, shows, advertising, television and websites.

by Strut
"Laid Back"

I have been published in several UK fashion and hair magazines, with a number of front covers. In Australia I featured in 'Fashion Nudes', Black & White magazine, L'Oreal Hair magazine and the front cover of Kink-E magazine. I was lucky enough to be part of the Canberra hair show, where I won 1st place with Anton's hair salon the stylist.

by Stefan Postles
"Broken Ballerina"

Television commercials that I have appeared in are ActewAGL, Quality Hotels, Canberra Labour Club and corporate videos.In 07/08 I managed a Canberra modelling agency in Australia and taught all aspects of modelling to potential models – catwalk, commercial acting, photography, grooming, deportment and etiquette.I am reliable and professional in my work at all times.

My aim is always to perform to the best of my abilities and I hope to continue shooting and creating great work.

by Darren Phillips
"A cool breeze"


Iris Dassault said...

Thank you so much!!!

TLNeasley said...

Great post and well deserved acknowledgments! I'm sure the list of well deserved models is quite exhaustive. You'd need a seperate blog just for them! I particularly appreciate the sentiments of Mr. Benson.

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