Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 12, 2007
Rachel Stephens, based in Portland, Oregon, completed the first dates on her Sirens™ US Photo tour in Los Angeles with a resounding success.
Sirens™ is Rachel Stephens groundbreaking project of female portraits. "Sirens is not just about taking a picture, says Rachel. It is about self discovery and embracing our beauty and sexuality. These are parts of ourselves that become forgotten. Distorted by the propagated standard of beauty by media and society as a whole. We give up on ourselves to ever look 'like that'. We allow that and things like career, marriage, family, friends, social status, religion, age, weight, the list goes on to define us and forget we are sensual creatures that deserve to feel beautiful and sexy. We forget how important it is for us to feel that way. In life, we wear many hats and as women, we make many sacrifices. Most of all, we sacrifice our sense of self. Sirens is about finding yourself again."
Shooting in the suites of luxury hotels, such as the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Rachel hosts up to 16 women from all walks of life over two days who want to be shot by one of the premier female portrait photographers on the west coast. Readied by professional make-up and hair stylists, they are captured by Rachel and made into a Siren™.
Shannon, who traveled from Wyoming for her Sirens™ session, praised Rachel and her methods, "Los Angeles will forever remain one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life for so many reasons. Not the least of which is you! You made the evening exciting, less frightening, magical! Sounds corny but so true. As the mom of three and wife of 10 years, it is not often anymore that I perceive myself as delicious but I did that night! The photos I have seen so far remind me of someone I once knew and loved and it is delightful to know that she is still able to shine."
When asked about her Sirens™ Project, Rachel explained its beginnings and her development as an artist, saying "I photograph women. I see their true beauty and through my art, they can see themselves through my eyes. It's an incredibly humbling and fulfilling experience to give women a safe place to embrace their beauty and sexuality. I share a unique sisterhood with women from all walks of life and have an innate understanding of how to create a safe environment for them to let go and be confident and sexy in front of my camera. One part artist, one part therapist, one part cheerleader, I take women from feeling unsure and nervous to owning their beauty and burning right through my lens! I am good at what I do because I know what they are going through. I am self taught and developed Sirens through learning photography and digital artistry by using myself as a model. I was not confident enough to photograph anyone else! I went through the emotional rollercoaster of being insecure, nervous, unsure, and downright scared of how I was going to photograph to being elated when I saw these incredible images on my computer screen. Over time, I learned how to pose, how to light, how to use my body and expressions to create images that made me sit in wonder at was that woman in the picture really me? It was. I found my self confidence and strength through Sirens and now I am doing it for women all over the country. I love everything about what I do and truly believe I have found my purpose in life. It's been a long and challenging journey to get where I am now and I do not take a thing for granted. I want to change the world one Siren at a time." This passion is what drives Rachel and the Sirens™ Project.
You can see all of the Los Angeles Sirens Here.
Please visit the artist's website: http://www.RachelStephensPhotography.com
The tour will continue on the following dates and cities:
- November 18-19 2007: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- December 8-9 2007: Denver, CO
- December 29-30 2007: San Francisco, CA
- February 2-3 2008: Las Vegas, NV
- April 19-20 2008: New York City
- June 21-22 2008: Chicago, IL
- August 16-17 2008: Los Angeles, CA
- October 18-19 2008: Dallas, TX
- December 13-14 2008: Atlanta, GA
For additional information and to arrange an interview with Rachel Stephens, contact