New Orleans Boudoir Photography & Testimonial

"Every woman should do Boudoir AT LEAST once. EVERY WOMAN. Sexuality is, and always has been such an important part of who I am, but I always felt like it wasn’t okay to express it unless I looked a certain way. In a way, I was in hiding. And my heart breaks for all other beautiful women who feel inhibited by shame or guilt because they feel like they don’t look the “part.” Once I realized I will never look like American culture tells me I should, I started to allow myself to experience what sensuality feels like in my own, unique body. And it is that allowing of experiencing and expressing that is more liberating than I have words to describe. Working with Jen is so profound for this reason. She puts you at ease and is extremely established in her craft, so you get the sense that everything is taken care of and you can just have some fun! At this point you are able to come out of hiding and say, “Hello world, Here I am in all my glorious me-ness!!!” So not only do you get that visceral experience of what it feels like to express yourself sensually, but after the fact when you see the pictures, you see yourself in a way you never imagined. You realize, “Hey, I’ve been sexy all along! Look at my curves how beautiful they look bathed in light!!” I truly hope more women experience working with Jen!!! And learn how to fall in love with their bodies. It is a powerful thing reflecting on this session, and realizing how important of an event it is for my journey towards self love and acceptance."

-Jackie

Fine Art Photography!

Max and I have been yearning to get back to our roots for some time now.  We both started in fine art photography using mostly black and white film and concentrating on the nude figure.  Recently we exploded with inspiration and took some old, expired Black & White film out of our refrigerator (that's where you keep film for extended periods of time, or the freezer) and did a nude session with a dear friend of ours.  Shooting with film is a completely different experience than shooting with digital cameras.  For one, film makes you stop and think about each and every shot you take, rather than shooting a ton of shots until you get what you're looking for.  There's no checking the back of the camera to see if the shot you just took is what you wanted, so you have to set it up perfectly, being meticulous about exposure and composition.  It takes a lot more focus (both on the photographer's part as well as the camera, since this was a manual focus camera) for a nude photo session with film.  You must pay attention to every single detail in the image, from the model's fingertips to her toes, and every part of the background as well to make sure there's nothing distracting in your shot.  If you missed a detail, you won't find out until at least a week later when your film comes back from developing!  Unless you can develop the film yourself, which Max and I plan on doing when we move to Charlottesville.  Setting up our own darkroom is on top of our priority list for our new Virginia studio!  I couldn't be more excited!  

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This is the camera we used for this shoot.  It's a Nikkormat camera from the 70's with a manual focus lens.  The focus is really tricky to get, which is why some of the images are soft.  The expired film also makes the images a bit soft, which I actually like for fine art nudes because it gives them a more dreamy effect and doesn't show sharp details. fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_02 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_03 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_04 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_05 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_06 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_07 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_08 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_09 fine_art_nude_film_blackwhite_01

This is just the beginning of new adventures for Max and I!  Our creative momentum is picking up and I don't foresee it slowing down for quite a while, so be sure to subscribe to our blog to jump onboard this magical train of creativity!

 

And if you want to become part of the art, give me a call at 225-571-3668 and we'll chat about what you're inspired by!  You can also contact us through this "Book Your Session" button. be sure to let us know you're interested in a Fine Art session!

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Stefanie's Black & White Boudoir Session | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Before & AfterSome of our clients manage to make their way into our heart, where they will always have a place.  Stefanie has touched us in a way that will will never forget.  I'll let her tell the story:

Dear Jen and Max,

I can’t thank you enough for my amazing experience with you guys through Breathless Boudoir.  I had only learned about the concept of boudoir photography a few months ago, and to be honest the whole idea was foreign to me.  I had dance recital and senior portraits taken of me, but those were years ago; I’d never thought to put myself “out there” in such a detailed fashion.

When you grow up associated with being “too gangly-legged” to take hip-hop class and “too skinny” to be anything but anorexic, you develop a less than stellar self-image.  And shopping?  Forget about it!  Nothing fits quite right – how’re you supposed to feel confident when clothes hang all over you?  I know, I know *skinny girl problems* right?   Yoga has helped me to appreciate, rather than be envious, of gorgeous bodies, but it’s still a huge blow to the ego when you try on the latest pieces and leave without buying anything because you feel just plain ridiculous.

My role model is Audrey Hepburn and she made skinny not only beautiful, but downright sexy.  These days, you don’t see anyone with less than a D cup in any of the Victoria’s Secret magazines.  You’d be hard pressed to find a “sexy” model with hips so bony that they could take out a granite counter top!

That being said, I was a bit terrified of putting myself out there in all my “skinny glory”.  But I had to do something for my 25th birthday to boost my confidence.  You guys were so open and easy to talk to that by the time my hair and make-up were done, I wasn’t worried about my inability to be photogenic – heck, I was ready for my close up!  You made me feel confident that you’d find the angles that were uniquely flattering for my body.  From assuming the position yourselves, to asking me to make the most obnoxious laugh ever just to capture the natural laugh that was sure to follow, you guided me to be seductive, and dare I say it, beautiful.

The shoot itself was unbelievably fun, but I was absolutely blown away when we sat down to view what you had captured.  I didn’t see an uber-self-conscious skinny girl, I suddenly saw the confident 25 year old that I want to be.  So what if I don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret modelthey don’t look like me!  I couldn’t believe how amazing you made me look… It just goes to show you why Audrey insisted on always having Bob Willoughby as her photographer - no matter how insecure you are, when you’re in the hands of talented photographers such as yourselves, the results are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I can’t wait to have my pictures - the confidence this shoot gave me is beyond priceless.  This was only going to be a “happy birthday to me”, but after this experience, I want to do a session every year just to have fun!  You guys are truly AWESOME and I can’t wait to work with you again! With SO much gratitude,

Stefanie

 

Whew.... every time I read that it makes me tear up.  And I've already read it 4 or 5 times.  Her testimonial is a great reminder to Max and I about why we do what we do, and what we started out with boudoir photography to do. Allowing a woman to see herself without seeing what she perceives as flaws first is the greatest gift we can give.  What we do is so incredibly fulfilling to us that we owe Stefanie just as much thanks as she has given us, if not more.  Our clients make our lives wonderful, and for that we are eternally grateful!

I shall stall no longer, Stefanie's photos must be seen!  For her album, she did something we haven't done before... all black & white!  I just love how it came out!  It's classic and timeless, just like the look she was going for.

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Boudoir session for a wedding gift!

     Before and after makeover ©2013 Breathless BoudoirRachel was getting married and wanted something unforgettable to give her groom on the wedding day.  There really isn't a better gift to give a groom than a book full of his beautiful bride who he is about to commit the rest of his life to.

Rachel did some fine art nude black and white photos to hang on her wall as well as some sassy other sets.

Here's what Rachel had to say about her Breathless Boudoir experience,

There is only one word that I can use to describe Jen and Max… AMAZING! I had such a wonderful time during my boudoir session. Jen and Max were so professional and made me feel so comfortable the minute that I walked in the door. The hair and makeup team were awesome and transformed me from plain/no makeup to glamorous Hollywood bombshell. I was nervous in the beginning, but both Jen and Max really set the tone and made things so much fun. I loved their energy and competitiveness that they had together throughout the shoot, constantly competing for who would have the best photo and the comments about how good they were turning out during the shooting was definitely entertaining and exciting. During the whole shoot I kept saying to myself “I want to see!!!!” and they would give me little sneak peeks here and there, but man was I surprised when we reviewed the pictures together at the end. The photos were absolutely stunning and I could not believe that they were me! Needless to say, I loved everything so much I ended up spending way more than I originally planned to spend. These photos aren’t just boudoir photos, they are works of fine art that any person would be proud to hang in their home, I know I can’t wait to hang my photo in my bedroom!  Thank you Jen and Max for creating a one of a kind gift for my husband to be, I know that he is going to love it!!!

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