Boudoir Photography and Yoga retreat in Hawaii

 

Boudoir Photography and Yoga Retreat:

KAUAI, HAWAII - JUNE 4-8, 2017

Women's Empowerment Retreat through boudoir photography, yoga and meditation

Breathe in. Breathe out.  Leave breathless.

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This will be the experience where you find parts of your soul that you never knew existed, or have forgotten were there.  For 5 days, we'll live fiercely and adventurously.  Your retreat will center around boudoir photography, yoga & meditation.  We will take you on a journey of self inquiry and self discovery.  You'll feel a sense of empowerment to the degree that is only attainable by communing with a group of like-minded feminine souls in daring situations.  We'll go hiking, kayaking, and zip lining together.  We'll push our comfort zones.  We'll support each other with love free from judgement as each bares it all for a boudoir session on the beach surrounded by rocks created from the heat of the center of the earth.  We'll make lifelong friends out of strangers.  This will be a bucket list trip you'll never...ever...forget.

Kauai seemed to be the perfect setting, and when we arrived there for the scouting trip we realized we couldn't be more right.  There is something so very raw about Kauai's landscape.  The mountains rip up out of the earth and form jagged, yet luscious, fingers-like ridges that slope down and disappear into the sea.  The daily rains make the flowering trees come to life like nowhere I've ever seen before.  There is no way to come to this island and not feel changed by it.

CLICK HERE to check out more boudoir/fine art nude photos from our scouting trip.

Your Hosts

Your photographer, Jen Trombly -  An avid adventurer and compassionate friend, I strive to create a life around empowering women through body acceptance. I draw inspiration from dancing barefoot around a fire and all things nature. From behind my lens, I encourage you to discover a positive relationship with yourself while exploring your sensuality in a safe & liberating space.

With seven years of professional fine art boudoir photography experience, my skills truly lie in making my clients feel relaxed, unique, and empowered in sensuality. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in her own skin at any stage of life and through my gentle, customized approach, you will be guided throughout your session into beautiful poses that match your personality and make you feel relaxed, confident, and safe.  Wherever your comfort zone lies - dressed or undressed - we will capture unforgettable portraits encapsulating your sensual side.

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2011 from Louisiana State University.  I received my Degree of Bad-Assery from the Universe in 1984. ;)   

 

Your yoga & meditation instructor, Alicia Willemet - Alicia Willemet is a certified Shambhava Hatha & Swan River Yoga teacher and the Director of Louisiana Yoga School. Since her first teacher training in 2009 at Shambhava Ashram, she has pursued teaching yoga and meditation full-time. Alicia has dedicated herself to sharing the practice and continuing her education with inspiring teachers such as Michele Baker, Kelly Haas and most recently Sanskrit scholar Christopher Wallis. After mentoring Michele Baker’s teacher trainings in 2011 and 2012, she created her own curriculum and has been offering 200-hour trainings in Baton Rouge since 2013. Seeing the need for a more cohesive yoga community and a way to support local teachers and studios, Alicia created Louisiana Yoga School as a way to support local teachers and studios. Her ultimate goal is for all students and teachers to feel empowered on the mat and to integrate their practice and the wisdom of yoga philosophy into their daily lives.

You can find Alicia on Facebook & Instagram (<--- click for links)

**Alicia was also my very first yoga instructor!  I fell head over heels in love with her style and have been hooked ever since.

What's included:

      • 5 days/4 nights in Kauai, Hawaii
      • All sleeping accommodations during the retreat
      • Full day excursion hiking, kayaking, zip lining
      • Uplifting, gentle daily yoga with Alicia Willemet
      • Empowering meditation every day
      • Boudoir session on the beach
      • 15 8x12 prints (with the accompanying digital files)
      • Meals at the hale (Hawaiian for "house") - there will be options for shopping and dining out as well.  (Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated)
      • Transportation to/from all group activities
      • Yoga mat for the week
        • **not included: airfare (start saving your points!), meals when we’re out and about, travel insurance, tips for excursion guides, alcohol, etc..**

All you have to do is get to Kauai: Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Leave breathless. 

Investment:

The Breathless Retreat investment is $3,900 and must be paid in full by May 1. A $500 non-refundable retainer fee will be due upon acceptance of your application.  This goes towards the total cost of your retreat and is not transferable.

 

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How to apply:

Though we wish we could have all the women in the world join us on this retreat, there's only so much sunlight in a day... and we need sunlight for photography.  That being said, the space will be limited to only 6 (SIX!) lucky ladies.  We will be accepting applications starting TODAY!  Anyone who identifies as a women is welcome to apply.  Once accepted, be prepared to submit your $500 retainer fee within 5 days, or your spot may go to the next woman in line on the waiting list.  Fill out the form below to apply for our transformational retreat.

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Check out this ridiculous video of us zip lining!  We were hysterical!

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Read about the Fearless Italy retreat I did last year with Acts of Beauty here, here & here... written by Star, as well as the one I attended and shot at in New Orleans with Star here.

Click here to see more boudoir/fine art nude photos from our scouting trip in Kauai, Hawaii.

Check out the yoga & meditation blog here.

Virginia Boudoir Special - White Sheet Sessions with Breathless Boudoir

Only available in Virginia for a limited time!

White sheet sessions are a timeless classic.  No lingerie necessary!  These limited sessions come with a beautiful, hand bound 8x8 photo book including 10 photos with your choice of cloth cover.  Click here to choose your date and book your white sheet session online.

**If you book before Dec. 20 you'll still be able to get prints in time for Christmas!** 

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Seven minutes in bamboo heaven!

Ever since I first laid eyes on the bamboo grove at our new property I knew I was in love.  I was going to make incredibly art with that bamboo!  The vertical lines, the way the light seeps into the grove, just so delicious!  That was THREE whole months ago!!!  I finally got around to photographing someone in there when Max (my wonderful husband who is also a photographer) had a model, Willa Prescott, over for a photo shoot.  Willa was so amazing and was totally cool with me jumping in at the end of their shoot to do a couple of photos in the bamboo. As a creative professional, it's SO important to do things for myself every now and then that get my creative juices flowing.  This shoot, even though it only lasted 7 minutes, inspired me beyond belief.  I'm now formulating a new branch of Breathless Boudoir that allows every day women to become a work of art!

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Want to join me in my exploration of art?  Fill out this form and I'll get in touch with you to brainstorm!  I'm so excited about this new endeavor!

 

Oh, Virginia! - Charlottesville Boudoir Photography

Oh Virginia, How I love thee!Your beautiful winding roads and roadside views. Your passion for covering the roadsides with flowers that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. Your mountains, who call my name every. single. day. The rivers that wind through you, and beckon for me to dip my feet inside to cool down on hot days. Oh Virginia, My heart is yours. You've allowed the woman I am to fly with wings kept behind me for so long. This beautiful state of yours is perfect in so many ways. But the most important, is that you feel like home. Thanks for being such a welcoming home.

 

Now with that being said, here are a few photos from a wonderfully inspiring boudoir session I photographed recently.  Nothing sings to my heart, like spending time with you beautiful women, one day at a time, and diving into the world that is your sensuality and beauty.

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New Orleans Boudoir coming in August!

Helloooooo my sweet southern gals!

I'll be back to my original stomping grounds in August!  Half the sessions are already booked, but I still have a few left so I thought I'd make a post and let you guys know about it!  These shoots will take place at the MOST FABULOUS New Orleans boudoir photography studio, Loft Studios Nola <--- (click it to see!).  Gorgeous exposed brick, flowing sheer fabric and a vintage couch are just a few of the things that make this studio so spectacular.  Not to mention light that is just to die for!!!  Below are a few photos from some lovely ladies that I photographed there last time.

I can't wait to be back!

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Ready to book your New Orleans boudoir shoot?  Fill out the form below!

New Orleans Boudoir Booking:

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Charlottesville Boudoir Photo Shoot

With each and every Charlottesville boudoir photo shoot I do, my heart grows a little bigger.  I can't get over how everything has been working out with our new move!  I've only been here for three months now and it already feels more like home than I've ever felt.  The mountains nearby, the amazing people, the shoots.  MY SANCTUARY of a house!  Seriously, you guys, I live in total bliss!  I see deer almost every day in my yard!  You guys have no idea how happy that makes me.  I'm a bit of a nature nut, in case you can't tell.  ;)

Meet Kathi - 

This shoot in particular pulled at my heart strings.  I felt a pretty instant connection with Kathi.  She walked in with short, spunky hair with purple bangs... I knew we were going to have a great time!  She's inspirational to me because she's a 45 year old mother of three, and she's still doing her own thing and being true to herself.  This includes doing really awesome things like taking pole dance classes and doing boudoir photo shoots!

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Your Biggest Fear... 

I asked Kathi what her biggest fear was before the session, this is what she shared with me:

"I thought I would be nervous when it came time to take the pictures. I was extremely comfortable upon meeting Jen and did not experience any nerves. I felt very at ease from the moment we met. I like to talk and enjoyed chatting as my hair and make up were being done also. I had worried that the make up would be too much, but it looked very natural and is perfect in the pictures.

It's interesting, I had breast tumors removed from both of my breasts when I was a young teenager. Back in those days, the doctors didn't really care about the scars that were left behind. I used to be incredibly self conscious about my breasts and didn't like for anyone to see them. I was especially conscious of the scars when a man would see them for the first time. The scars have lessened with time, but they are still there. Before going for my session, I had worried that they would show up in the pictures and had thought I would mention them. After I left and was driving home, I realized that I had not thought about them once while Jen was taking my pictures! Thirty years of embarrassment melted away in one day.

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"I have recommended Breathless Boudoir to friends! I think it is an amazing and empowering experience. Jen tells you exactly what to do - how to hold your hands, what to do with your feet, which direction to turn your head, etc. All you have to do is relax and follow directions and you end up with amazing, sexy photographs!"

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Kathi said, "I am a 45 year old mother of three children. My body has been better, but I work out regularly and I'm proud to look like this at my age. My Breathless Boudoir experience reaffirmed that and made me feel even sexier. I like looking at the pictures and showing them to close friends." Leave a comment below to help reaffirm that she should be proud as hell of where she's at!  AND for having the courage to do a boudoir session!Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 4 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 6 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 7 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 8 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 9 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 8Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 10

Now it's your turn!

Ready to bite the bullet and book your own boudoir session?  If you're on this page, that means you're at least curious.  So give me a call!  Even if it is just to say how nervous you are and you don't think you'd would ever be able to do a boudoir session.  No pressure, we'll just chat about it.  Recently, after a client admitted to almost hanging up on me when I first answered the phone because she was so nervous, I realized there are A LOT of you out there who lurk on my blog and website and pretend one magical day you'll have the guts to call me.  You know, after you lose that extra 5 pounds, or whatever excuse you're giving yourself to procrastinate because you're so nervous.  Well, make today that magical day you take the first step to your life changing boudoir experience!  Seriously!  My name is Jen, and my number is 225-571-3668.

Don't quite have the courage to call?  Feel braver through email? Fill out this form and send me a message!  If you're nervous, let me know.  Just sometimes saying I'm nervous makes me feel a little less nervous.  You'll get tons of guidance from the time you book your session to the very end.  I can even hold your hand the whole way (except, you know, when I'm photographing you ;).

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TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS. SEVEN WOMEN. A GORGEOUS VILLA IN ITALY. THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.30.59 PM The Fearless destination boudoir photography retreats are about friendship, art, and leaving your everyday self behind. We all get caught up in the day-to-day necessities of life; this is a chance to find the self that gets lost in the shuffle of life and laundry and to-do lists.

Your trip centers around destination boudoir photography, a chance to see yourself in a new way and find a new love for your perfectly imperfect body in some of the world’s most beautiful places. But it’s so much more than that. Every year people come home with cherished new friends, stories they can’t wait to share, and a new kind of confidence. When I started holding these retreats I couldn’t possibly imagine the wonderful thing they would become.

Read more about our previous adventures here. 

Check out the travel gallery here and here

The retreats aren’t for everyone. They’re not a sterile 5-star resort experience, though we rent some incredible estates as our homes away from home. They are about real women in quirky, gorgeous places, pushing their boundaries and having adventures and forging new friendships. And they are amazing.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Star Newman: The warm, enthusiastic bohemian tomboy ringleader that will make sure you have the time of your life. Check out my travel boudoir portfolio and some destination boudoir blog posts to see more of what I do.

Jen Trombly: Artistic, sensual, gorgeous and deeply real- this describes both Jen and her work. You can see Breathless Boudoir’s destination portfolio here. Give her half a chance and Jen will get you naked and leave you wanting more. 😉

THE LOCATION

This October we are going to Italy, to a private villa in Umbria with sprawling grounds, a high wooden walkway and breakfast terrace, heated indoor/outdoor pool and incredible view of the surrounding countryside. Each woman will have a fully styled boudoir photography session in the villa and surrounding estate- get ready to become art. We will cook most of our meals at home using fresh ingredients from the nearby town, and we’re even arranging a cooking class so you can bring a taste of Umbria home with you.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY

The best part of the trip, of course. You don’t have to be comfortable in front of a camera to do this. You don’t have to be photogenic. It is our job to coach you, to teach you how to relax for the camera, and to bring out your most beautiful self. We are professionals and we guarantee you will have a wonderful time. All you need is a willingness to trust us.

We will be shooting in the villa, the pool, on the walkways and against the rough stone walls outside. We will explore the surrounding area, full of ancient medieval towns, and shoot spontaneously wherever we find beauty. You will come home with at least 50 of the best vacation photos anyone has ever had.

Boudoir Photography ItalyWHAT’S INCLUDED:

– 7 days accommodations at our beautiful villa October 11-18, 2015

– Fabulous photography by Virginia boudoir photographer Jen Trombly and yours truly,Edmonton boudoir photographer Star Newman

Professional hair and makeup styling by Michelle Grad (and feel free to steal her for makeup lessons, too!)

– Transportation to all group activities

– At least 2 day trips (I’m still finalizing details- there’s a gorgeous winery nearby, some medieval towns, and of course we could spend a day in Rome…)

– Meals at the villa (we’ll be shopping locally and sharing cooking)

– A full set of digital negatives, gorgeous boudoir photo album with 30 of your favorite images, and your choice of beautifully mounted 12×18 wall art

– The best pool parties EVER.

What is not included: Airfare (start saving your points!) and meals when we’re not at the villa (like, if we go out to a restaurant). Wine. Cabana boys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about joining us? This trip is more than half sold, so contact me now for more details!

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Virginia Boudoir Photography

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violinDance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon Show me slowly what I only know the limits of Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

This Virginia Boudoir Photography session was done as a gift for her groom on their wedding day.  Ready to book your shoot?  Click the "Book a Shoot" button on the top right of this screen, or give me a call and let's chat about your session!  225-571-3668

Boudoir for the Mature Woman

Many people believe they're "too old" for boudoir photography if they're over 30.  To that, I say bullshit!!!  Sensuality has no age limit, neither does boudoir photography.  As women, we grow into our sensuality as we age.  Like a fine wine, we get better the older we get.  We learn our bodies and what makes us feel good, we connect with ourselves in ways that we could only dream of in our 20's.  It's such an honor when Max and I are given the opportunity to capture that sensuality in a boudoir session for a finely aged client. Meet Karen.  She's 53 and a mother of two.  She did this session for herself first and foremost, having gorgeous photos to gift to her husband was just a bonus.  Do you think her photos are beautiful?  Tell her in the comments!  It feels good to get encouragement when we do something that makes us nervous!  It takes a lot of courage for our clients to share their photos with the world, make it worth it for her!

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"My biggest fear was that my photos would look horrible. I actually started to feel queasy on the way to the shoot! I thought I would not like any of them. I thought that every extra pound or dimple would show and I would be disappointed. It was just the opposite! I teared up during the viewing. They worked their magic and I had a hard time wittling my list down. And I hate to take photos! Crazy huh?!"mature boudoir photography mature boudoir

"Taking the photos themselves was amazing. Jen & Max get so excited and enjoy what they do so much you can't help but feel comfortable and relaxed. Even so, I did state towards the end that I still couldn't believe I was doing this. I never feel special, just average. Well today I felt incredibly special. They hid my flaws and the results are unbelievable. At my age, they made me feel fabulous and desirable. I had a great time and they did too so it was a fun day!"

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"I would say You Have To Do It!!! I totally agree that every woman should do this once in their lifetime for themselves. If their significant other benefits from the results, well that's a bonus. I can't wait to receive my photos. My husband is in for a Big Surprise!!"mature boudoir session mature boudoir session

"It's scary and fun and liberating all at the same time. I have wanted to do this forever but never felt it was the right time or that I looked good enough. I finally decided that I am me and this is how I look, so it's now or never. You need to check this out and see how amazing it makes you feel. I promise you wil not regret it. I know I never will! Make your appointment today. What are you waiting for?!"mature sexuality mature sensuality mature boudoir black and white mature fine art nude Mature boudoir photo

Did this post give you the courage to book your own session?  Click the box below to get in touch and make it happen!  Make sure to leave a comment letting Karen know how amazing she looks!

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