Katy applied for our model call. In her words, it was a "what the hell, it couldn't hurt" kinda thing. Later she said that she didn't expect to get picked at all (which is what everyone has said so far, lol). It was an immediate yes for us. Her reasoning sold us completely on the idea and we wanted to help her in her mission to educate people that just because she's in a wheelchair doesn't mean she's not sexy. She is HELLA sexy! As shown in the photos. ;) What was your biggest fear before the session? Did your fear come true, and if not, what happened instead?
Since I was picked for the "model call," one of my big worries was actually disappointing Jen & Max. I feared they wouldn't get what was wanted and/or needed from the shoot. I have the inner cynic that most women have about what they dislike about their bodies (my nose is too big, I'll never have a flat stomach, I have the legs and hips of a 12 year old boy), but then being paralyzed brings another load of flaws and self confidence issues to worry about. I stalked...uhmm, I mean, scoured ;) their Facebook, website, blog, & pinterest leading up to the appointment. When I looked at the gorgeous women and their bowed backs and long-legged, high heeled feet arched just so, I had distinct moments of "Oh God, this is never going to work." "They are going to wish they went with someone else." "I'm going to look so stupid" But it did work... 200 times better than I could have imagined. Jen & Max are fantastic. I never felt inferior or limited in posing. Even in the one or two times I had to say I didn't have have the balance for something, or that position wasn't going to work, there was no awkward hesitation. It was a quick "no problem," and off to the next direction. I loved that they didn't simply ask you to pose. Oh, how laughable those pictures would have turned out. They guided me through the process seamlessly. It was a lot easier to get out of my own head and listen to their directions than I thought. Following their cues helped to shush the voice that said 'You probably look like an idiot' or 'how big is that extra pudge of skin right now.'.
Being in a wheelchair my entire life, I've gotten an array of comments about myself from people. Most of it is well intentions, some strange, some borderline impolite. It's hard not to let insecurities take over when someone wants to "heal" you outside of a movie theater, been asked if you had friends on more than one occasion, and told "You're hot but in a wheelchair." I feel like society sometimes has a hard time recognizing me as an adult, much less as a real woman. Problem is, people aren't even trying to be mean. Even without factoring in the otherworldly perfection of supermodels and celebrities, when is the last time that someone in a wheelchair has been portrayed as sexy or simply physically beautiful in the media? The foremost reason for stepping out of my comfort zone to apply to the model call and doing the shoot was to prove to myself first and then others that there was an inner vixen lurking inside along with the inner cynic and inner dork. It's oddly foreign to describe myself as a vixen (with a straight face no less), but Jen & Max found one somewhere with their lens'. I wanted to broaden people's views on what and who could be viewed as sexy, and with the help of everyone at the studio it was a mission well accomplished.
Do it! Do it now! Do it yesterday! Don't wait until it's a valentines or pre wedding gift for the guy in your life, do it for you. Every girl should skip high school & college graduation photos, and do this instead.
From the moment you get there, the focus is on you but not so much that you feel like a bug under a microscope. And can I please live in a world where everyday I only have to get up and brush my teeth because someone else is going to do my hair and make up? You're going to be nervous (less so once things get started) and feel silly. That's okay. Don't let that take over having fun though. It's okay to stop and laugh. Somehow it's a lot less awkward taking clothes off in front of people you just met with a camera than strangers at a doctors office. It's because they don't just point a camera at you and say go. They give direction, and ask your opinion, and move around and hum with the music. They're nice, real people. Things are going to feel over the top, but if a man can strike a sexy pose less than two feet from his wife then you can at least try to imitate it. The session feels like five minutes but at the same time I was so surprised when it was over that something so amazing only took an hour and a half. Then after your shipped off to lunch you come back to see the pictures. It's nice that they take out all the eyes closed, in mid-sneeze looking shots before showing them to you. I stared at the screen wondering how that could be me. You're not so made up and photoshopped that you don't look like yourself. It's was me, but the me I pictured in my head when trying to channel sexy. Seeing visual proof of that mental image is 400% better than expected. You're pretty much going to want every single picture. Also, schedule something to go do after the shoot because you leave feeling like a million bucks, you're all dolled up, and you're dying to tell someone what just happened.
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"I don't want to be cute. I'm always cute." That's what Sharelle, a fellow boudoir photographer from Shreveport, told us when we set up a shoot with her at her studio. She wanted something that would "wow" her husband. We scheduled a shoot play date with her because she wanted to push herself a little further in her work to get tastefully provocative images. Max and I gave her some tips, photographed her so she would know what it feels like, then she photographed me so she could practice. (I'll post my photos next week, stay tuned!) Check out her blog about it here (and you can cheat and see my photos a week early).
Time is running out for you to jump on board for our holiday special! Christmas is coming fast (where does the time go?) and dates are booking up like hotcakes. If you've had boudoir on the brain for some time now (or if you've just found out about it) this special is the perfect chance to experience the Breathless Boudoir transformational session. Not only will you look amazing and create an unforgettable gift for your lover, but you will see yourself in a way you never have before.
Drop your judgement at the door and give us the chance to show you how we see you.
See what our past clients have had to say about their experience here.
It's that time of the year again!!! We're announcing our Holiday Special!! This is our best one yet in terms of value.. These book up quick so if you're thinking about doing a boudoir session for Christmas, get in touch to reserve your spot to create the perfect Christmas gift for your husband! This year's special will be taking place in a boutique hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We will have ONLY 8 SESSIONS available. Sessions include hair and makeup, complimentary wine, and time in front of the camera for one outfit. An additional outfit can be added for $100. Each fine art book purchased will include a complimentary print from our new Signature Line (which is gorgeous!!!I). Also, our 8x8 and 10x10 books will be $100 off.
Whew.... that's a lot of savings! So if you've been waiting for the right time to do a boudoir session, now is the time! But hurry, there's only 8 sessions! Call me to book your session 225-571-3668. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 model – they 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,
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.
Sarah did her boudoir session as a gift for her groom for their wedding. Right before her session her bridesmaids took her to Miami for a bachelorette party and the poor thing got so sun burnt! We pushed the session back (because lobster boudoir isn't very attractive, lol). Our wonderful makeup artist (Tina with Verde Beauty) helped even out her skin and she looked GORGEOUS! Absolutely glowing! We were honored to create a memorable gift for her new husband!!!
Mindy & Justin's couple's boudoir session is one that will go down in the history books for Max and I. Mindy has done a boudoir session with us before (view HERE), so we already knew how much we LOVED having her as a client. When she messaged us to book ANOTHER session, we were excited. We were THROUGH THE ROOF with excitement to do a couple's session with her and her husband!!! We knew it was going to be awesome, but there was no way for us to really know just how awesome it was going to be. It was our first time meeting Justin, who just so happens to be a quite handsome guy, not to mention very down to earth. The 4 of us meshed well immediately as if we had been friends since birth. While Mindy was being pampered in hair and makeup, we all chatted. I knew Max and I were in for it as they were getting dressed in their first outfit, The way he was helping her with her clothes was just heart warming, it was something he said... just so sweet. That was just the start of it. When we started photographing them we were enamored by their love for each other. I kid you not when I say Max and I BOTH teared up at one particular shot (the one of them smiling at each other, she's over him). The session, the photos, and the experience were all just incredible. And that's not even mentioning how much THEY enjoyed the session!!! As parents of an adorable little boy, Dax, it's easy for them to overlook the simple things that made them fall in love with each other in the first place. We gave them the chance to let life slow down enough so that they can be consumed in each other's gazes, and to breathe each other's breath. We gave them a tangible representation of their love for each other. (shucks... there I go again, pass the Kleenex please). It was a really beautiful experience and Max and I are so honored to be able to do something like this as our career. It's the most fulfilling life I can possibly imagine. Helping women love themselves and showing couples their love for each other..... man. It just doesn't get any better than this!!!!