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Upcoming Posing Clinic With Mark Niemi

On May 19 from 1P to 5P I will be hosting "Pose Like A Pro" at 500 West Cermak in Chicago, IL. Mark Niemi has invited me to teach this class to models in his studio and we've worked out a super special low rate of just $60 per person attending. This is a great workshop for new models, but photographers can attend as well to get tips and tricks relating to how to verbally instruct models on posing.

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"New To You" Clothing & Accessories Swap

I'm hosting a clothing and accessories swap on Sunday, May 6. It's a great opportunity for models to add to their shoot wardrobe (as well as rid themselves of pieces they no longer need), and for photographers to add to their prop collections (or in-studio wardrobes). All of the details can be found on my style blog (direct link below), but here's some quick tidbits:

WHAT: A chance to update your wardrobe without spending a lot of cash.
WHERE: Phantom 42 Studios, 7 E Grand Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020
WHAT TO SWAP: Gently used clothes, shoes & accessories for women, men & kids. Please no swimwear, lingerie/underwear, socks, or hosiery.
DROP OFF: Friday, May 4, 5P to 9P, Saturday, May 5, 9A to 5P, & 9A to12P Sunday, May 6
SWAPPING HOURS: Sunday, May 6 from 2P to 5P

Bring in one or more bags and it's just $10 to swap, payable when you drop off your clothes. If you don't have anything to bring, but want to shop the swap, it's $20 at the door.

Proceeds and unswapped items go to Home of the Sparrow & the Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores. For more information on Home of the Sparrow visit

New To You Clothing & Accessories Swap presented by Phantom 42 Studios & Suburban Style Challenge. Visit them online at &

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New Style Blog

Check it:

Some thoughts on professionalism and integrity...

Recently I was put in a really crappy situation, and figured I'd share my experience (and what I learned from it) in an effort to help others learn as well. And to show that sometimes, standing up for yourself can be a good thing.

Check it out here:

My thoughts on the public blacklist...

Finally got around to writing a blog entry about this. Check it out:

Yay Nerdiness!

A photographer I've worked with quite often, Hallopino, was featured in an online magazine. Not only did he submit one of our shots together, but they chose to use it as that particular issue's cover :) Sweet!

Check it out, along with a few more pics Hallopino and I have done together here:

Stuff Goin' On...

First, I'm hosting an Old Fashioned M&G on March 12 :) If you're in the Chicagoland area and want to come on out, all the info is here: CMPI Old Fashioned M&G It's going to be an excellent time--lots of new faces coming out!

Second, I wrote a blog last week about checking references. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth checking out. That's here: Rachel Jay on Checking References

And third, it's looking like I'll be back to modeling mid-March! Yay! :D

Workshop: Intro to Modeling

Intro to Modeling: Learn the basics from an experienced model while building your modeling portfolio with one of the most talented local photographers.

Workshop Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
Workshop Length: 3 Hours (12P to 3P)

Limited Space: 6 Models
Cost: $75

Hosted By: Studio 2 Imaging in Lake Zurich, IL
Instructed By: Rachel Jay
Photography By: Walter Bilinski


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