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I'll be spending a day in Monterey photographing professional model Sienna.
I'll be spending a day in Monterey photographing professional model Sienna.
18 backers pledged $2,441 to help bring this project to life.

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After trying to plan to work with Sienna for a couple of years, we now have a date in May to work for a day. If you would like to help me finance the photography session with her...you will be rewarded with a limited edition photograph. 

The photograph below of Sienna is from 2017 by photographer Chuck St. John. The photograph you will be receiving will be taken during my session in May with Sienna and printed in June. I plan to limit this offering to just one image from our photo session. It will be a limited edition of only 25 total regardless of size or medium.

Sienna At Window, 2017 by Chuck St. John
Sienna At Window, 2017 by Chuck St. John

Although I enjoy working with local college girls or the girl next door types, working with professional models like Sienna in recent years has paid off well as they know how to pose and have helped me make some wonderful images.

Sienna has been modeling since 2011. At 5'10" I'm looking forward to making some Helmut Newton/Russ Levin type photographs. Take a look at her website and you will get an idea of her talent as a model. I know that we will collaborate well and the final results will be amazing.  

http://www.sienna-hayes.com/

Where will the money go? First off Sienna's date rate is $800.00. At this time I have her reserved for less time, but would love to reserve more time with her. In addition to her fee, I still use film cameras and the cost of materials from film to mount board have climbed dramatically in recent years. 

It's time to..."Stop talking about it and just DO IT!"...Tom Millea  

For many years I've been saying I need to start going through my contact sheets and negatives and start printing my photography. Brett Weston encouraged me back in the 80's, Ryuijie in the 90's and just a few years ago, Tom Millea laying in his hospital bed, days before he passed away...said, "Stop talking about it and just DO IT!"

Since Tom said those words a very positive "shot in the arm" has come my way. One of my photographs was included in the book "Unclad" a selection of images from the Don Sanders collection of over 10,000 fine art nude photographs.

Photographers in Don's book include Avedon, Clergue, Gibson, Hosoe, Kuhn, Mapplethorpe, Newton, Ritts, Sieff, Sturges, Tress, Welpott, Edward, Cole and Kim Weston, and many more of the most famous fine art photographers of the nude over the last 80+ years. To say I'm "honored" to be included might be the biggest understatement by me ever...I should say privileged!

Thank you for viewing my "A Day in May with Sienna" project and I would very much appreciate your support...Russ Levin  

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The risks are minimal for you to receive your reward by the dates set within. This is my fifth Kickstarter project and and the one thing I have learned is to be on time. I'm very confident that you will receive your reward in a very timely manner. There are no other logistical risks associated with this project at this time.

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    Help Me With Supplies

    If you would just like to help me pick up some film and supplies to keep this now 64 year old photographer going....then make a pledge of $15.00 or more and I will email you a scan of the image picked for the project along with a thank you note.

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    A Day In May With Sienna 6"X9" Photo

    You will receive a custom printed original 6"x9" Digital Archival Pigment photograph, signed and dated by me. The photograph will be mounted/matted with 13"x16" museum board.

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    A Day In May With Sienna 10"X13" Photo

    You will receive a handmade in the darkroom 10"x13" silver gelatin, gallery quality photograph, signed and dated by me. The photograph will be mounted/matted with 16"x20" museum board.

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    A Day In May With Sienna 10"X13" Photo

    The first 10 are sold-out...offering 5 more at a slightly higher price, but still below my current retail.
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    A Day In May With Sienna 13"X18" Photo

    You will receive a handmade in the darkroom 13"x18" silver gelatin, gallery quality photograph, signed and dated by me. The photograph will be mounted/matted with 20"x24" museum board.

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