The Venetian Experience with Raina and Giuseppina, September 25th to October 2nd, 2019
The Joy of Cooking & Photography | Two Arts, One Delightful Week, in the Beautiful Venice & The VenetoRead More
The Venetian Experience with Raina and Giuseppina, September 25th to October 2nd, 2019
The Joy of Cooking & Photography | Two Arts, One Delightful Week, in the Beautiful Venice & The VenetoRead More
I am honored to announce that my image, “Feeling Groovy”, was selected by juror, Stephen Perloff, as honorable mention for the New York Center for Photographic Arts, 2019, Primary Colors exhibition. There were a total of 46 images selected for the exhibition out of almost 1000 images submitted.
This image is very dear to me as it was created in my home town of Portland, Oregon back in 2012. The image was juried into my first group gallery exhibition in 2014, at the Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and it received my first international recognition, being granted honorable mention, for the Prix de la photographie Paris competition in 2014.
I remember at the time, thinking it was just a fluke that my work received these acknowledgements. I felt very out of place being new to the photographic art world. My mentor at the time, Joni Kabana, kept saying that this was just the beginning for me, and it was not an accident. She said I had talent, and that she could see good things for me in my future. I had a hard time fully believing that, yet she kept encouraging me to continue to follow my passion as a photographer, create new work, and keep putting myself out there. I am grateful for her belief in me, and her ongoing support and encouragement. Since that time, I have won international awards for my work and been in several exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.
December 2018, I retired from my 34 year career as a registered nurse, and moved to the south of France to live my dream of being a full-time fine art and portrait photographer. Since that time, many doors have opened for me here in France. I have the most amazing group of friends, and the amount of love and support I feel is incredible. This place inspires me to be my very best, and to be open to trust and allow good things to happen. I am no longer doubting myself. I believe all things are possible, and that I can live my life as an artist. Life is good!
It is interesting to me how the events of our lives are so interconnected. We don’t always understand the deeper meaning of our experiences, or where they are leading us. But, I do believe that everything happens for a reason, and in time, it will be revealed.
As I was looking at the images that were chosen for the 2019 Primary Colors exhibition, I noticed that, my mentor and friend, Joni Kabana, had one of her images selected as honorable mention. What a lovely surprise to see her image in the same exhibition! For me, it was another beautiful message from the universe confirming that I am on the right path, and showing me how far I have come since 2014. Back then, I could never image I would be where I am now. It is a good lesson in trusting, allowing, and listening to the people around you, and saying, “thank you for believing in me”, even when you are not sure you are worthy of the compliments.
To check out all the wonderful images selected for the exhibition, click on this link. https://www.nyc4pa.com/primary-colors-2019 It is such and honor to be amongst these photographers!
Finally, If you, or anyone you know, is traveling to the south of France and would like to have unique and beautiful portraits made with me, contact me soon. I have my calendar ready to go for the upcoming season, and I am expecting to be quite busy here in beautiful Provence, France.
Feeling Groovy, 2013
It has been a long time since I last blogged. I have been going through a huge transition in my life over the past 2 years. To keep it short, I ended my marriage, cleared out of most of my belongings, left my 34 year career as a nurse, and in February, 2018, I moved to the south of France to begin my full-time career as a professional photographer. This past year has been the most fulfilling year of my life.
To back track a bit, the first time I came to France was in 2014. My first night there I was brought to tears, and I had an overwhelming feeling that I had found my home. I felt very strongly that France was where I needed to be to follow my dreams, and change my career path, but I had no idea how I could possibly make that happen. Well, with perseverance and strong determination, 4 years later, I made it happen.
Since 2010, I had been working on transitioning out of my nursing career to follow my dreams of becoming a professional photographer, but I was held back by my fears. Over time, I realised that I had to let go of my fears of leaving my safe and successful career as a nurse. My heart was not fully in it anymore, and my entire being craved to be free from within the box I was living.
I could no longer live a life that was not feeding my soul, and it became quite clear to me, that life was way to short to not follow my dreams. I knew in my soul, that I had to dramatically change my life, and let go of my fear of leaving, what I perceived at the time, as a "safe and secure" lifestyle. As a result, on December. 8th 2017, I retired from my nursing job. On January 9th, I left for a 1 month trip to Ecuador, and on February 15th, I left the United States and moved to the Luberon Valley in the south of France.
Taking this leap of faith has been an amazing experience. I have experienced nothing but an incredible amount of support. I am 58 years old, and I am living my dreams. I have changed my life path, and I am the happiest I have been in years. I dreamed of being a professional photographer when I was 18 years old, but I chose a different career path, which I don’t regret for a moment. But, I feel quite happy that I was able to follow my dreams at 58 years old. I worked hard to get where I am. It has not always been easy, but I believe in perseverance, and to never let go of ones dreams. You never know when it will be your time to soar. I believe that one is never too old to follow their dreams!
Since moving here, I have made many wonderful friends, and had many amazing adventures. I am learning to speak french, learning about the french culture and their way of life in the countryside. It is quite humbling to be a foreigner. I am learning many things about what to do, and what not to do to survive here. I butcher the French language on a daily basis, and pray one day I will be fluent in french. Along the way, I am learning how to trust myself, how to be quiet and listen more closely to my inner voice, how to nourish my body, heart and soul, how to love myself, how to live life in the moment, and allow good things to happen.
If you would like to follow my journey here in France, and beyond, subscribe to my email list, and you will be sent updates. I will be posting what I have been up to since moving here, so there will be lots of fun stories and photos to catch up on from the past 9 months.
I was commissioned by Alpaca Naturally, a beautiful boutique in McMinnville, for their spring and summer collections. I was fortunate to work with a wonderful team or creatives.
Hairstylist: Michele Wade
Makeup artist: Cam Tran
Models: Sara Olson, Nate Poitras, Julie Alexander and Tanner McBeth
I am very honored to have had my photo, "Ryder", selected by juror Stephen Perloff, to be included in the New York Center For Photographic Arts "Interiors" exhibition. 25 photographs, out of 750 submissions, were chosen for the exhibition, which will be held at the Jadite Gallery, in midtown Manhattan, on April 19-30th, 2016. I am thrilled to be part of this show!
This photo is part of a series, on which I am working, that involves classic cars and 50's fashion, both of for which I have an obsession. The model in the photo, Sara Kelsay, is the owner of this beautiful, 1961 Plymouth Fury, and the adorable little guy is her son, Ryder. She restored this car on her own. She is an inspiration! I met her at a classic car show and instantly felt a connection to her. Sara and her son Ryder were really a delight to work with.
I learned from this shoot not to be afraid to ask people for use of their property in an artistic way. I have found that most folks are very happy to be part of a creative process. When I thought of this concept, I noticed a very cool old Craftsman style home, in Canby, Oregon, which I felt would be the perfect for the shoot. So, I approached the homeowner bravely and she instantly gave me permission to photograph on her property.
Here is one more image that shows the full scene where I did the shoot.
Hair and make-up by the always amazing Michele Wade!
I am honored to be the featured artist at Alpaca Naturally, for the McMinnville art and wine walk this Saturday from 4 - 8 pm. I will be featuring my Girls Just Wanna Have Fun series. It's going to be loads of fun! Greeting cards from the series and prints will be available for purchase.
Come out to check out the fun in McMinnville Sept. 19th 4-8pm!
Alpaca Naturally's address is 232 NE 3rd St. McMinnville, OR. My work will be on display at Alpaca Naturally from Sept 19th through Oct 18th. Come see Alpaca Naturally's beautiful clothing, and accessories created from Alpaca Fibers. I love this store!
Here are a few images from my Girls Just Wanna Have Fun series. If you want to see more images from my series, click here.
I had the great fortune of collaborating with Carla Rossi, aka, Anthony Hudson on this shoot. I met Carla Rossi in August of 2011 during a photography workshop. I was mesmerized her, and instantly knew I wanted to work with, and feature her in one of my, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" shoots. After a few years, we were finally able to coordinate out schedules, and this is the result of a very long, but fun filled day of shooting.
A huge thanks to my amazing team of creatives; Michele Wade: hairstylist, Carla Rossi: model, Malia Rodgers: model, Tyler Verigin: videographer, lighting and set design assistant, Justine Verigin: stylist, set design assistant, Candace Mc Beth: production assistant, Christy Hood, production assistant.
This shoot took on a life of its own, which is what I hoped would happen. Carla and Malia instantly began interacting with each other on the set to create a very funny set of images. Everyone was in stitches laughing most of the time. Carla and Malia were hysterical!
I hope you enjoy the satire, and also feel the deeper message contained within.
To see more of my, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun series, click here.
I am pleased that two of my photographs were selected by, Juror: Kelli Pennington, for the Black Box Gallery Exhibition, Portraiture: Pictures in Photography. My photo, "Suspect", which was recently created in Gordes, France, was chosen to be on exhibition in the gallery, and my photo, "Alluring", was chosen to be on exhibition in the on-line gallery. Both will be published in the exhibition catalog.
The opening reception is this Friday, August 7th, 6-8pm, as part of the first Friday Portland's Eastside Artwalk. Come on out to check out the exhibition!
Model: Cami Debosz Hair and Makeup Artist: Carol Ray Bonnet
Model: Kira Aszman Hair and Makeup Artist: Michele Wade
I was recently commissioned by Alpaca Naturally for their spring ad campaign. The shoot was done at Easy Feelin' Alpacas farm, in Portland, Oregon. I am officially in love with alpacas!
"...a very polished image, technically very accomplished yet evocative of a time that is enhanced by the bit of mystery it contains."
Jury member Sarah Leen, Director of Photography at National Geographic
Shortly after I celebrated my 50th birthday, due in no small part to a gift I received from my husband and family that day, I decided to change my career path as a registered nurse, and follow my dream of becoming a professional photographer, which had bubbled around in my subconscious since I was a teen. I never dreamed that a mere, if whirlwind, four years later I could have,... let alone would have,... won an award like this. When I decided that I wanted to pursue photography as a vocation, there were people whom told me that it would be difficult to make a living, there would be a lot of competition, and that I was not a spring chicken. I think we all hear those voices, whether external or internal, that would seek to hinder rather than encourage us. They are voices of fear, envy, projection and regret. Instead of listening to the negativity, I chose to follow my heart and to let go of any beliefs and thought patterns that would limit me. Damn the torpedoes! I felt I had nothing to lose and only everything to gain. I have always encouraged my children to follow their dreams and to not allow fear to get in their way. I figured it was just maybe time for me to follow some of my own advice and walk the walk. So, I decided to put my heart and soul into the art and soul of creating photographs, come what may. It is incredibly fulfilling, to have followed my passion and made such a bold career change, at this time of my life. Truth be told, the timing could not have been any better. I am so honored to receive this international recognition from LensCulture. My peer group has just expanded exponentially. I am humbled. Many winners and finalists of LensCulture competitions have had their careers launched or catapulted to the next level, as a result of the enormous positive attention that the LensCulture Exposure Awards draws and focuses onto the recipients. The awards live up the name; "Exposure".
LensCulture is a photography network and online magazine about contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular culture worldwide. Will Coldwell, in "The Independent" in 2013, described LensCulture as one of the ten best photography websites, calling it a "definitive resource for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest trends and debates in contemporary photography". Critic, Sean O'Hagan, in an article in "The Guardian" from 2012, listed it among the eight best photography websites or online publications, and hailed it as "one of the most authoritative and wide-ranging sites."
As a result of this award, my winning image "Alluring", (which is posted above), will be on exhibition at the "Photo London" expo, a major international photography event for artists, mavens, and collectors, as well as the general public. It will be held at Somerset House, in London, England, May 21st-24th of 2015. "Alluring" will also be part of LensCulture's top selected works, which image stream is projected at other photo festivals and events throughout the year, in cities like Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Dubai, and again in London. My image will also be published in the LensCulture Awards annual edition, which is distributed to LensCulture insiders and industry experts, a group that includes editors, curators, festival directors, publishers, gallery directors, and more. Again, I am simply humbled.
I want to acknowledge and thank my very talented sister, Michele Wade, hairstylist and makeup artist extraordinaire. Michele fashioned the incredibly spot-on hair and makeup for this photo, as she has done for so many of my best images. I could not have created this photograph, without her intuition, flair and imagination. She always brings so much breathtaking beauty and creativity to our shoots. I never cease to be stunned by her work, after we're finished with a shoot. Also, I want to thank my amazing model, Kira Aszman. The first time I saw Kira, with her vintage 1971 green BMW model 2002, I wanted to photograph her and it together. She was such a great sport and did an incredible job of following direction, while bringing her unique style and energy to the shoot. Kira is one of the young chameleons, one of my muses, with which I've been so richly blessed, whom always seem to magically morph and blend into my photographs so seamlessly, effortlessly and appropriately. She, too, shares in this award and my success.
I travel to London this May, to attend the Photo London exhibition, after which I will return to France for two weeks, where I will conduct another shoot in Provence. I also plan to spend some time in Paris, to meet with various art directors and photo editors. My life just got a lot more exciting,... again.
Dreams do come true...
"We are all quite thrilled that your work was selected as the top winner by the jury of LensCulture Exposure Awards. It’s a remarkable photo, and inspiring to all of us." Jim Casper, Editor and Publisher, LensCulture
Check out all of the winners and finalists, by clicking here.
This series of photographs is titled “The Sweetheart”. What began as a Valentine’s Day themed shoot, and was intended as part of another series on which I am working, quickly took on a subtle life of its own. I let go of any preconceptions I may have had going in, and just went with the improvisational interplay among the characters, and allowed the shoot to evolve into a kind of cohesive, sequential action, through and of its own volition. The result is a delightfully absurd, satirical photo essay on the popular reality television series “The Bachelor” and its constant theme on the fickle nature of the heart.
Hair and makeup artist: Michele Wade
Models: Malia Rodgers, Abigail VanHorn, Ben Braden
Production assistant: Justine Verigin
'Tis the season to be jolly! Oh, what fun I had on this shoot, with my amazing team of artists! This shoot is titled "Elf Trouble" and is part of my "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" series. And lots of fun was had, by all!
Hair and makeup artist Michele Wade did an amazing job. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with her. We have a synergy that is down right magical at times. I was envisioning big, crazy, stylized hair, which would take on a Dr. Seuss-ish look. But, before I could even voice this idea to her, Michele mentioned that she was thinking about taking this very tack with the hairstyles for this shoot. I was really blown away, by the hairstyles she created, as well as the beautiful and complementary makeup designs she applied.
Justine Verigin was my set and costume design assistant. Justine and I went shopping together at Portland area vintage stores, to find just the right elf costume and pink dress. We lucked out and found everything we needed at the "Red Light" resale store, on Hawthorne Blvd. I love it, when everything I need for a shoot suddenly materializes, like magic! We also needed an elf hat. But, alas, I couldn't seem to find one which projected the right look for my concept. So, Justine, being Justine, simply designed and sewed the hat. She just created the perfect hat! I gave her some basic guidelines, let her go, and then totally trusted that she would add her spark of creativity and come up with the ideal accessory, which, of course, is precisely what occurred. Justine also did an equally great job with the set design. She is wonderful at assembling all the small details, which literally stitch the set together and give it cohesiveness and depth.
I do my best work with I am with a team of creative artists. I always strive to present a safe and open space, where everyone is free to just be themselves and let their creative energies flow. I believe,... no, I know,... that everyone involved has something to bring to each shoot. That is why they are there.
My models were spectacular and such good sports, with it all. My muse and main character for my "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" series, Malia Rodgers, played her part to a tee and brought her own "funk" to the shoot. Tyler Verigin, the "Naughty Elf", embraced his character exceptionally well. And, when he was not in front of the camera, he was filming the shoot. Sarah Kue, who was styled specifically to bring to mind Dr. Seuss' "Cindy Lou" character from his 'Grinch" story, was spot-on with the embodiment of her character and liberally sprinkled her creatively impish spirit into the shoot. The interplay among these three talented models was splendid.
My trusted assistant, Ben Braden, was simply amazing and ever my "Santa's Helper". I had the poor guy running all over the place, just as one might imagine the Number-One Elf might contribute at the North Pole on Christmas Eve. He was great at assisting me with the lighting and assembling the set. And he had some great ideas of his own to contribute to the shoot! He even filmed parts of the shoot, when Tyler was occupied with his modeling duties.
Thanks, to my team for all their hard work and the amazing creativity they brought to this shoot.
Happy Holidays, to everyone!
Enjoy the slideshow below and, if you wish to view the individual images in the portfolio section, click here.
It was such an honor to have my photograph, Dying for Love, juried into the group exhibition, Dreams, Fantasies, and illusions, at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middleton, Vermont, October 21st through November 14th. This show was juried by Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn. I am a huge fan of their work and was thrilled to have my work chosen to be in this exhibition.
Hair and makeup artist: Michele Wade
Models: Malia Rodgers, and Abigail Van Horn
My photo was also published in the exhibition catalog. If you are interested in looking at the catalog, click here
I had the honor of photographing professional dancer, Briley Jozwiak. She is a ballerina for the Tucson Ballet Company. It is inspiring to me to see her following her dreams! Hair and Makeup: Michele Wade.
I am thrilled to announce that I have just received two Bronze awards and one Honorable Mention, in the Prix de la Photographie Paris Competition. "The Perfect Wife" won Bronze in the Fine Art category and "Feeling Groovy" won Bronze in the Portraiture category. "Feeling Groovy" also received Honorable Mention, in the Fine Art category. The jury selected PX3 2014’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.
Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.
The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book. Visit http://px3.fr
The Perfect Wife
I am honored to announce that my photo,”The Perfect Wife”, has been curated into "Portrait: A Picture Show Exhibition", at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, which was juried by Holly Andres, a Portland based fine art photographer. 24 photos have been selected for exhibition at the gallery, and 30 photos are to be included in the on-line gallery annex, as well as published in the full exhibition catalog. My photo was one of those 30 chosen for the on-line gallery annex and exhibition catalog. The exhibition dates are July 1 thru 20, 2014.
Check out the photos, and video from my most recent shoot for my series, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". This was another fun family collaboration. My son, Tyler Verigin, filmed and produced the video. His partner, Sarah Q was my beautiful model. My sister, Michele Wade, did an amazing job with the hair and makeup. The music is from Portland band, Moon By You. Tyler is the drummer and Sarah is lead singer and guitarist. Our family friend, Ben Braden worked very hard as my assistant. We had such a great time creating these images. Enjoy!
Do you want to see what goes on behind the scenes? Check out this video. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=659126190829792&set=vb.158442534231496&type=2&theater
Check out Moon By You's new CD, Vacuum Dream Machine, at www.moonbyyou.bandcamp.com
To see more of Michele's work go to her FB page, www.facebook.com/mwadehair4u
I am pleased to announce that my photo "Be Happy" was accepted into the PDX Photo Month Exhibit, at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, curated by Chris Bennett. This photo is from my series, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". Artist reception April 12th 6-9pm. You won't want to miss this exhibit, April 12th through May 6th.
If you want to see more photos from my "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" series, check out my website at www.rainastinsonphotography.com
Today has been an amazing day for me. I received an email informing me that I was chosen as one of 12 recipients for the 6th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award For Women Photographers. This is an international award that is sponsored by the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. Three of my photographs were chosen to be on exhibition at the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography which will open on September 18th, 2014 running until November 9th, 2014, at the Municipal Museum of Malaga, Spain, the home city of Picasso. These particular photographs are very dear to my heart. My niece Malia Rodgers is the model in all three photos, my sister Michele Wade, did the hair, makeup, and assisted with styling and set design, and my daughter, Justine Verigin assisted with set design and styling. I feel so blessed to have such a talented family to work with, and I am incredibly grateful to be able to create art with some of the people that I love the most in my life. Wow! I am going to Spain!
My photos were chosen in three different categories.
"Eye Candy", was selected in the fine art and portrait categories.
"Donut Madness", was selected in the fine art and portrait categories.
"The Perfect Wife" was selected in the "Invisible Women" Category, and was awarded second place in this category. Here is an explanation of this category. "The Invisible Women", images of the multitasking effort of women, often with little recognition, at home, work, caring...Discrimination of women in the world is still a very real problem. Even though huge strides against it in US and many European countries, it is still devastating throughout the world. In Africa there is still female genital mutilation. Throughout Asia, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa and central and Eastern Europe trafficking is still a huge problem… Images for documentary can always make a difference…"
Here is a link to the results from the competition if you are interested in looking at the other photographers work. There are so many amazing images. http://www.call4artists.com/6th_Cameron.html#list_cameron