2023

MUSES OF THE WEST

Muses of the West retreats consist of a scenic fine art nude photography tour that takes place in carefully scouted locations in the western US. These adventures are meant to be shared by a group of like-minded individuals who share a love of shooting artistic nudes in unique outdoor and indoor locations. Our events are all-inclusive packages so that all you have to do is get to us and we take care of the rest!

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NEW MEXICO LANDSCAPE ADVENTURE

June 19-23

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WESTERN SLOPE HIGH MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

July 10-14

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 ELK MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

August 14-18

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SANGRE DE CRISTO ADVENTURE

August 24-28

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GREAT BASIN ADVENTURE

September 11-15

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LUXURY SPANISH
VILLA RETREAT

October 19-27

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“I attended the inaugural Muses of the West tour in 2022 and it was the best put-together model workshop that I've ever attended. Communication prior to and during the event, food and housing were all great and combined with the phenomenal posing and energy of the models made for a very successful trip with lots of great photos. Jessa Ray kept in communication prior to arrival so we all knew what to bring and what to expect for locations and models which made getting excited really easy!”

Greg Holdenwww.imagesunderfoot.com | @imagesunderfoot

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Having the models and photographers share a house for the tour provided more opportunities to engage with each other and share photos and concepts each day so that our pictures together could evolve throughout the trip, versus had we been isolated in our own hotel rooms.  The variety of locations provided unique opportunities each day for different poses and multiple opportunities for various types of dresses that the models brought with them.
Jessa Ray picked a group of models with varied looks and styles, but still complemented each other when we did group shoots.  Jessa Ray ensured we rotated models between the photographers at each location and also planned pair and trio shoots too, thus ensuring the photographers maximized their variety of photos. Jessa Ray pulled double duty in modeling, pointing the photographers to pre-scouted locations and keeping us on schedule, and even providing alternate plans when other people wandered into our photo shoot location.  Although she had a well thought-out plan for each shoot location, there was still ample time for the photographers and models to discover their own unique areas at the location to come up with their own adhoc concepts.
A surprising highlight of the tour was the food. Having a personal chef, Greg, prepare healthy meals each day ensured we were all fueled and ready to go.  Jessa told us at the beginning of the trip that there would be no fast food on this trip!  Even when we had to leave in the early morning for a sunset shoot, Greg provided homemade super smoothies to get us going that morning and would also cook on location after several shoots so that we could eat at a normal meal time instead of waiting for a long drive back to the house.
Having a tour with experienced models in interesting locations ensures you’ll get great photos, but combining that with having a well-planned tour with good food and lodging guarantees you’ll have an experience that you’ll treasure and remember every time you view those photos.

“Colorado is beautiful and the "Muses of the West" photography tour that Greg Holden and I attended in September 2022 was super. We all stayed in a hostel, which was both centrally located for our day trips, and also provided a fine opportunity for everybody to get to know one another. The home-cooked food throughout the trip was over-the-top! Both the models and the shooting locations offered a wide variety of opportunities to get all sorts of fine shots and I have already gotten some photo awards for the resulting images.”

Bill SeeligAttended Muses of the West 2022

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Other outstanding features of this workshop:
  • The model-to-photographer ratio was great, so we all got to pair off in various combinations.
  • The photo shooting locations covered a wide range of environments.
  • We had ample time in the evening to process and review the work as the workshop progressed.
  • I personally learned a great deal from working with the other photographers and models, as well as having a great time.

New Mexico Landscape Adventure

June 19-23
3 models, 3 photographers
$4200 All-inclusive
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Exploration of New Mexico from north to south starting in the Bisti Badlands, Diablo Canyon, Lava Flow, & ending at White Sands NP.

Our Muses:

Gazelle Powers →

Michelle Sorenson→

Jessa Ray Muse→

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Western Slope High Mountain Adventure

July 10-14
3 models, 3 photographers
$4200 All-inclusive
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Exploration of Colorado’s Western Slope Featuring Mountain Glaciers, Gnarled Old Juniper Trees, Aspens, High Mountain Lakes, Wild Flower Meadows & Spring Waterfalls.

Our Muses:

Her Stillness Dances→

Prana Poses→

Jessa Ray Muse→

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Elk Mountain Adventure

August 14-18
3 models, 3 photographers
$4200 All-inclusive
Exploration of Colorado’s Elk Mountains Features Wild Flower Meadows, Aspen Tree Forest, High Mountain Landscapes, and Mountain Lake Views.

Our Muses:

Alice Antoinette→

Marie Brooks→

Jessa Ray Muse→

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Sangre De Cristo Adventure

August 24-28
3 models, 3 photographers
$4200 All-inclusive
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Exploration of Colorado’s San Luis Valley Features Great Sand Dunes NP,  Wildflower Fields, Grassy Wetlands, Volcanic Geological Features, Hollow Red Rock Boulders & Colorado’s Bristlecone Pines at Windy Ridge!

Our Muses:

Keira Grant→

Lucy Art Model→

Jessa Ray Muse→

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Great Basin Adventure

September 11-15
3 models, 3 photographers
$4200 All-inclusive
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Exploration of the West Utah Great Basin Desert Features Volcanic Landscapes, Sevier Dry Lake Bed, Sand Dunes, Hot Springs & Gnarled Juniper/Cedar Trees.

Our Muses:

Kristy Jessica→

Poppyseed Dancer→

Jessa Ray Muse→

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Spanish Villa Retreat

~October 19-27 — $7500* Art Nude, Fashion, Costumes, Performance Arts, Nature, etc
~Part 1 October 19-23 — $4200* Art Nude, Fashion, Costumes in Villa & White Sands
~Part 2 October 23-27 — $4200* Art nude in Villa & Sunrise & Sunsets in Nature
*All Packages are all-inclusive.
This retreat features an exploration of the beauty of the New Mexico Landscape, White Sands NP, a diverse variety of volcanic formations from mountains to desert, and an astonishing Spanish villa featuring fine-art nudes, and exquisite wardrobe & props with professional hair & makeup styling.
BONUS 25-30 minute performance arts showcase by our lovely models & hosts after dinner on October 19 & 23. Featuring Contortion, Fusion Belly-dance, Hoop Dance, Aerial arts, Fire dance, and more!
Email us at jessaraymuse@gmail.com for more info.

Our Muses:

Fanny Muller→

Michelle Sorenson→

Pretzelle→

Mika Lovely→

Jessa Ray Muse→

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