The Goddess Project

Fine Art Photography Project for Women battling with Breast Cancer

I have been dreaming to start the "Goddess Project" for such a long time. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, and she has been one of the people who inspired me to start my photographic career. I also photographed few clients after their battle with breast cancer to heal and rebuild confidence. It has always been emotional for my clients and me to see themselves as powerful, confident and beautiful women again.
In my humble opinion, beauty is born from the imperfections instead of the idealized image of the perfection. So even though often my clients asked me to photograph them showing them as if they still had both of their breasts, I always wanted to photograph people showing the perfectly imperfect body after the surgenry and treatment. Every one, should be able to feel powerful and beautiful in every condition, situation and walk of life.
Hince the " Goddess Project". I want to recreate famous class oil paintings or sculptures of goddess using fine art photography, but with women who has lost one or both of the breasts (or hair, or whatever) in the battle with breast cancer.

The fine art images are inspired by..

Venus, Henri-Pierre Picou

Henri-Pierre Picou, Venus

Lady Godiva, Johan Collier

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The Birth of Venus, Sandro Boticelli

The Birth of Venus, Sandro Boticelli

Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Three Graces in Primavera, Sandro Botticelli

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The Source, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

The Source, 	Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Aphrodite of Milos

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Project Timeline

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01.03-30.04 Model Call for women battling with breast cancer

The model call is open towards women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. I want you to feel powerful, beautiful and free from negative judgement in my space.
A separate consultation will be scheduled after you apply. You will receive a confidence coaching session from me. We will also discuss which of the above arts you will be recreating. We will sign a model release form at the consultation if you agree with all the term and conditions so we can schedule the shooting day.
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01.04 - 30.07 Photoshoots in my studio at Korkeavuorenkatu

During the photoshoot, you can just come as you are, I will prepare all needed material, including hair & makeup. The photoshoot will take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours depends on the shoot. I will take care of you!
(The Godiva image will probably not happen in my studio as a horse won't be able to come in. But we will figure something out)!
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01.08 - 30.09 Fine Art image production & Possible exhbitions

I will be choosing the end image from the sessions and edit them into my vision. You will be able to give feedback on the editing as well as composition of the images before the image is finalized. You will be invited back to the studio to see the end work which will be printed and framed.
I will be looking at possible exhbition opportunities for the serie in September, if it happens, you will also be invited!
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Rose Ribbon Gala, Auction of the images to raise fund for Roosa nauha

The image serie will be displayed at Rose Ribbon gala in October 2019, organized by Women of Aalto & Roosa Nauha.
During the gala, the images will be auctioned to support the cancer research.

In Collaboration with Women of Aalto

Women of Aalto is a network of students which unites the future talents of tech, business and art from Aalto University. We promote equality and encourage our members to surpass their limits. To achieve our vision, we organize inspiring professional events as well as casual mingling. Women of Aalto is organizing Rose Ribbon Gala on 25.10.19 to raise fund to support breast cancer research. The images created in the "Goddess Project" will be exhibited during the evening.

Read the below terms & Conditions before you apply

What will I get as a model?

You will be photographed as a beautiful, powerful woman. As a memory of the photo shoot, I will gift you a printed version of the final image (roughly A4 size). I would like to tell your story when exhbiting the images. Your image & story will positively impact many women out there having the similar experience.

Nudity in the inspiration images and end produced images

The purpose of the project is to show the perfectly imperfect female form during or after the cancer treatment. The fine art images will try to recreate the expression, pose and mood of the above paintings & sculptures, to an extend that the general audience will easily recognize them. So a certain level of nudity is expected to show in the finished images. Of course, it will be artistically and sensitively handled during and after the photo shoot that you don't need to be totally nude in front of me. And we can always cover a bit more than in those above images during the photoshoot.

Model Release

The model will give irrevocable and unrestricted right to the photographer to use and publish photographs of the model or in which the model may be included, for editorial, trade, advertising, educational and any other purpose and in any manner and medium; to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same without restriction. The model releases all claim to profits that may arise from use of images.

Apply and share the love!

Please email me at Info@dragonflowerphotostudio.com
Using the title: Model call for the Goddess Project
Please tell me your basic information and story, attach 1-2 casual photos of yourself.
NO PREVIOUS MODELING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED! And you definately don't need to look like any of the people in the inspiration images above! You are perfect just as you are!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call me at 0452016100
Sharing is carding, please share the oppotunity with the sisters on the same journey!
*I will handle the applications in a first come first serve bases, try to schedule all the consultations until I find all the models needed to re-create these images.

What my previous clients say about my work

  • Anna-Riika
    I love working with Shanshan Gong and I have been photographed for a wedding boudoir, personal branding and pregnancy photos. With each session Shanshan was able to show me the beauty I have within and outside and I felt confident and free to explore different ideas. I trust her creative and technical talent.
    Anna-Riika
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  • Päivi
    For every woman struggling with insecurity and self-criticism I recommend getting an experience being photographed as a beautiful, sexy and strong woman. It's a powerful experience to see yourself that way and helps in finding something good in oneself, especially on the days when you just feel old, ugly and stupid.
    Päivi
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  • Helena R.
    Going for Shanshan’s photoshoot was like going on a retreat — you think you go to take a picture, but in the end you feel like being pampered all day. The whole process was smooth and fun thanks to her professionalism and creativity. She really has the skill to make you feel relaxed and enjoy the process.
    Helena R.
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  • Helena
    Shanshan is talented & kind and lovely person. She can create an atmosphere that we all can relax and enjoy the photoshoots. She is also talented in creating from our photos the kind of outputs that make our hearts sing. I can highly recommend her services.
    Helena
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  • Kristina
    What a lovely day I had with Shanshan at her studio! I was a bit scared because it was so long ago since I was photographed at a studio. I was young and pretty back then... But Emma did her magic with makeup and my hair, we talked about all kinds of things and I began to feel so comfortable. And then the photo shoot! Shanshan guided me so cleverly, she is encouraging and kind and very gifted photographer. I love the photos she took. Every time I look at them, I feel beautiful and strong. Even though the image in the mirror says something else. 😄 I will definitely go again
    Kristina
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  • Johanna Maria Davies
    Shanshan Gong has it all; she is a talented photographer, make-up artist, hairdresser and a life coach. What more would you need when wanting to create perfect portraits of yourself and your loved ones? A perfect studio of course! Shanshan's studio is the most beautiful studio I have ever been to. Needless to say, I recommend her services wholeheartedly. The experience is filled with harmony that is seen even in the detail of being offered quality Chinese tea from beautiful china with her impeccably manicured hands.
    Johanna Maria Davies
    the author of Lighten Up to Be Enlightened! and Apsara's Dance and the founder of Virtuous Arts

    Shanshan Gong has it all; she is a talented photographer, make-up artist, hairdresser and a life coach. What more would you need when wanting to create perfect portraits of yourself and your loved ones? A perfect studio of course! Shanshan's studio is the most beautiful studio I have ever been to. Needless to say, I recommend her services wholeheartedly. The experience is filled with harmony that is seen even in the detail of being offered quality Chinese tea from beautiful china with her impeccably manicured hands.

  • Dimitar
    Shanshan always approaches everything she does aiming to understand and dive to the roots of it, allowing herself to be vulnerable and to empower others. She is really able to transform the way people see themselves and their reality, which is ultimately shaping it. The magic she is able to catch with her camera comes from deep inside of her models sincerely showing how they feel, their different in some cases unexplored sides and who they are becoming! Recently I had the privilege to experience her services from the models perspective and I got sooo much more than I expected. Shanshan was there for me from defining the objectives of the shoot, choosing the best outfits, giving her strong professional opinion while embracing my personality and going wild experimenting and creating stunning art! Its impossible to express with words how grateful I am for knowing Shanshan and having her in my life! Every single conversation with her opens new universes of opportunities and beauty, while being constructive and to the point. I truly recommend to everyone who wants to experience part of this power and beauty to connect with Shanshan trough her coaching and art! <3
    Dimitar

    I know Shanshan for more than 7 years now and we have been trough soo much together both working on many different projects and on our own life journeys. I have always admired how holistic and multi talented she is, combining great emotional intelligence, mature and deep analytical thinking, extreme enthusiasm, passion and dedication into her work and personal relationships, being so strong and powerful and in the same time girly and crazy emotional when comes to cute animals (and not only).  She really embraces her femininity.

    Shanshan always approaches everything she does aiming to understand and dive to the roots of it, allowing herself to be vulnerable and to empower others. She is really able to transform the way people see themselves and their reality, which is ultimately shaping it.

    The magic she is able to catch with her camera comes from deep inside of her models sincerely showing how they feel, their different in some cases unexplored sides and who they are becoming!

    Recently I had the privilege to experience her services from the models perspective and I got sooo much more than I expected. Shanshan was there for me from defining the objectives of the shoot, choosing the best outfits, giving her strong professional opinion while embracing my personality and going wild experimenting and creating stunning art!

    Its impossible to express with words how grateful I am for knowing Shanshan and having her in my life! Every single conversation with her opens new universes of opportunities and beauty, while being constructive and to the point.

    I truly recommend to everyone who wants to experience part of this power and beauty to connect with Shanshan trough her coaching and art! 

  • Annika
    Shanshan was great, worth every penny and more! I dont feel good posing in front of camera but she was very patient and relaxed and after some shoots she got the perfect picture which I just love! I warmly recommend her to everybody and wish her lots of success!
    Annika
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  • Halla
    I had an amazing photoshoot with Shanshan, she is very good at what she does, her patience and supporting attitude made the session so much fun.
    Halla
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