For the Wild Ones - Outdoor Boudoir!

For the Wild Ones - Outdoor Boudoir Shoots

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to see yourself through an artist’s eyes? To embrace and love your body exactly how it is?  And to fall in love with what you see.  It would feel like Freedom.  Liberation. It would feel like coming home to yourself, finally.  Maybe for the first time in your life.  Society says we’re not beautiful unless we fit a specific mold.  That we’re not worthy anymore once we start getting wrinkles and gray hair.  We wear those conditions like armor. Do you long to drop your shield to the world and walk naked into nature, in every sense of the word?  If your heart is saying yes, then an outdoor boudoir photoshoot is the answer to your longing!     

Imagine yourself...

Dancing in a golden field with silk as light as air as the sunlight spills over your beaming face. Or walking through a quiet forest, feeling the peace of being at home in your body, reconnecting with nature.  A sense of tranquility and self love like you’ve never felt before washing over you like the sweetness of spring. You let go of years and years of self doubt and criticism in a matter of moments, and you feel like a goddess.  Imagine being reminded of that feeling of self love every single day when you look at the beautiful work of art of YOU on your wall that we created together.  Imagine being able to go back to that very moment years later and feel the same peace and comfort you felt that day, shedding your layers in nature. Photographs have the power of doing that, transporting you to a reverie of a different time.  Reminding you of what’s important in life.

Consider this shoot for your future self on that day that you forget your worth and grace.  And you will, because we all do from time to time.

Don't wait until you "lose that last XX pounds" or "find someone to give the photos to".  NOW is the best time.  You already know this.  All we have is now, we have no idea what the future brings, or when our time is up.  We sit idly by and say, "one day I'll learn to love myself" until the weeks, months and years pass by and we've missed out on so much because we were so concerned with how we look in that swimsuit to go to the beach or pool party.  Imagine how freeing it would be to be able to let go of those negative views about yourself, even if just for a day.  If there are areas of your body that you're not ready to be in love with, that's totally ok.  I can help minimize focus on these areas with posing, lighting and wardrobe.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE.  RIGHT NOW, THIS VERY SECOND.  Don't waste it on self hate.  So many times I've heard clients say, "oh I wish I would have done a boudoir session years ago, I was too self conscious.  This really could have helped me."

"But I don't have anyone to give the photos to..."

The most transformative boudoir sessions I've done have been the ones where my client does the shoot for themselves.  You don't need a significant other to do a boudoir photoshoot.  If you do happen to have a significant other, it's just a bonus that they get to enjoy the photos with you!  This experience is all about you and your relationship to yourself.

YOU are important.  YOU are beautiful. YOU are worthy.

YOU. ARE. READY.

Where will your journey happen?

Your shoot is only limited by our imaginations.  What place in nature resonates most with your heart?  Where do you come alive? I would love to explore some ideas with you!  Virginia is home to the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains and countless winding rivers, waterfalls, and epic viewpoints on the tops of mountains.   The options are literally endless!  If you have no idea where you would like for your outdoor boudoir photoshoot to happen, I'll help you out.  I have a ton of great locations to choose from.  We'll work together to find the perfect fit you you.  

The WORLD is your oyster!

These shoots aren’t limited to the great outdoors of Virginia.  If you envision being engulfed in a sea of green moss that covers every inch of the Earth surrounding you, let’s go to the Pacific Northwest!  If big open skies with rolling sand dunes is more your speed, let’s head to the sand dunes out west! Your shoot is only limited by our imaginations.  We can go anywhere in the world.  The following photos were taken in Florida, Kauai, Italy & Bali.  

Where will your rewilding take you?  Let’s chat and come up with something unforgettable!

What to Wear for your Rewilding Session

This is entirely up to you.  The last thing I want to do is to fit you in a box that goes against who you are.  If what I say here doesn’t resonate with you, then carve your own path and let’s create your shoot together.  What would your ideal outdoor boudoir shoot look like?  Do you envision yourself prancing barefoot through the forest in a white lace gown and a flower crown?  Or elegantly draped across a log with a blood red dress swirling around your feet? Check out my Pinterest board to see what calls to you, or better yet, make your own and send me the link!

When choosing your outfit, think about the fabric and how it will move.  If it’s too stiff it won’t move with your movements and body. Flowy fabric that hangs nicely photographs well.  Chiffon and silk are ideal. The weight of jersey fabric can work well too, depending on the garment. If you’re not sure how something will look, please don’t hesitate to message me!

Check out this Pinterest board for inspiration.

Light, Natural Colors

I love the way white, ivory, and natural colors look in nature for a softer, sweeter look.  Loose, flowy dresses with lots of fabric would be ideal for this look. Other options would be sheer lace robes, crochet cover-ups, and fabric.  Flower crowns go well with this look as well!

Bold & Dramatic

Bold colors that pop against the natural setting can give your photos a dramatic look.  Stick to colors that are commonly found in nature such as black & deep red. Brighter colors, such as bright pink, bright blue or neon green can look out of place in nature. Bold patterns can as well.  But hey, if you’re looking for something that has that kind of look then go for it! This is YOUR shoot and it should be truly, authentically you.

Nude

You can’t go wrong with fine art nudes in nature.  You won’t regret the freeing feeling the experience of being in the wild outdoors with nothing between you and nature.  I will never pressure you into taking more off than you’re ready for.  If you decide to do nude photos before you shoot, then change your mind in the moment that’s 100% okay.  Listen to your heart and honor what you’re feeling.

Clothed or bare, come with your heart naked.  

Are you ready for an experience that will change your perspective of yourself for the better?  Book your session now and let’s start planning!  There’s only a limited number of these shoots so they’ll go fast.  Once your date is booked we’ll start planning your outdoor boudoir adventure together with a consultation with me personally (via coffee date, phone call or Skype).  We’ll make an inspiration board on Pinterest that matches your personality and what you want out of your experience.

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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.

Emily's Breathless Kauai Experience

Guest post: Emily joined Kerri and I on our Breathless Kauai Retreat scouting trip.  The following is her experience.

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Beautiful.

Why has that always been an unattainable adjective for me? Beautiful is a descriptor that has always been reserved for a different type woman. A woman who’s put together. Who is seen and not heard- not because she lives up to that old southern mantra, but because she has the type of beauty that will silence a room. She’s the embodiment of grace and elegance that is perfectly balanced with strength and confidence. She’s the type of woman I have always been told I should be and the kind of woman I could be, if I really tried. As a result, most of my life has been spent stuck in a vicious cycle of dieting and disappointment. I’ve been drowning in an endless supply of the latest and greatest beauty products, only coming up for air when someone would acknowledge my efforts. My quest has kept me constantly searching for approval from colleagues, friends, family members, and partners- eagerly waiting for someone to tell me that I’m beautiful, starving to hear someone use that adjective to describe me. Yet, those words never seem to come. I’m still nothing like the image of that beautiful woman I’ve always aspired to be. Instead I’ve had to settle with adjectives like “cute”, “pretty”, “hot”, “sexy”,“fuckable”…but never beautiful…. because it’s impossible for me to be beautiful.I’m just not that kind of woman. I’m more of a mess, with wild hair and coffee stains on my wrinkled shirt. I can silence a room, not with my looks, but because I usually enter a room like a hurricane, tripping over myself every step of the way. I’m the opposite of “put-together”. I’m all over the place. Some days I’m confident, but mostly I’m waiting for the next words of affirmation from someone else to reinforce my fake confidence. That’s not the description of a beautiful woman. Not even close. It is, however, the description of a woman who has mana. Mana that is visible in my photos. That’s why I immediately broke down into tears when I saw Jen’s photos of me- I could see it. I could remember it. I could feel it again. I could believe that it was there and it all finally made sense-I immediately knew why beautiful wasn’t my adjective, why it never will be. It can’t be.

Kauai is a special place. You can feel it as soon as you step off the plane. As a dear friend explained it - the island has a unique energy. Volcanic energy. It has its own power. That’s what mana is- a spiritual force and energy. I even wrote in my journal “the mana on this island is palatable” after he described it. Farther down the same page I also wrote:

"Each time I hear a rooster crow on this island it’s a reminder that I need…that this trip is a transition. I’m calling light into all of the places of darkness I’ve been holding onto. All of the hurt and the pain that’s been inflicted by me (i.e. to myself). All of the self- criticism. All of the things I’ve done…or not done. Said….or not said."

So, what did Kauai do for me? It closed some chapters in my story and opened some new ones. I accepted that I will never be that beautiful woman I imagined while I was there. I stopped berating myself for not becoming her. I accepted that I am a mess and always will be, because I’m not beautiful and I don’t want to be anymore.All it took was a wild island and a talented photographer to immortalize it in a way I that I could finally see it for myself…see that I’m a wild woman who is “the power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person”.

I’m not a beautiful woman, I’m a woman with mana.

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To read more about our Kauai Adventure or to join us on our boudoir | yoga | meditation | adventure retreat in June 2017, CLICK HERE!  There's still room!

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!

 

Virginia Nature Boudoir with waterfall

*BEEP BEEP BEEP* My alarm started going off at 4:30am.  Heavy with sleep, all I wanted to do was shut it off and roll back over to continue sleeping, but I had a mission to complete: create amazing fine art nude photos in front of a waterfall.  So I got my ass out of bed begrudgingly, it was still dark outside.  We counted 13 deer in the misty morning light on our hour drive to begin our hike.  We were the only car in the parking lot, save for the car that belonged to the campers who stayed the night before, and that was the whole point of waking up before the sun.  We wanted to get out there before anyone else did so we had time alone with the waterfall.  And we did, and it was so glorious! I was nearly *DROOLING* over what I saw on the back of my camera!  The light, the motion of the water, the grace in Laura's nude form... GAH!  Photographic ecstasy I tell you!

Photographing someone in a waterfall is no cakewalk.  For one, there was a waterfall directly behind Laura, so we had to communicate by yelling over the roaring water.  Not to mention the water was quite chilly.  Laura was a trooper though, she held very still for the 2 second exposures, even though there were things crawling on her at times.  The photos were definitely worth it though.  Laura is a photographer as well and has been on a mission of creating stunning waterfall photos.  She has done a series of self portraits, but wanted to have a chance to just be the model in the photos.  And now, she gets to be forever immortalized as fine art suitable for a gallery wall!  Just look at how the light flows across her skin like silk... mmmm.... sooo much love.

Shift is Happening.... Charlottesville VA and Flying Solo

Charlottesville Virginia Here We Come!!!


First things first, as I have mentioned in a previous blog Max and I are expanding our boudoir photography to Charlottesville, VA.  Our official move date to set up our Virginia location is April 6 (EEK, so close!).  It's getting closer and closer and we're getting more and more excited!  We're already meeting amazing people in the Charlottesville area and can't wait to meet so many more!  We're currently looking for a professional hair stylist & makeup artist, so if you are one or know one get in touch!  I'll also be on the lookout for businesses to partner with such as salons, dance studios, and lingerie companies to name a few.

(I'll also be in need of a yoga studio for my personal life, so bring on your recommendations!)

Don't worry, Louisiana, I'll be back as soon as June for shoots as well as throughout the year!  This isn't goodbye by a loooong shot!

Flying Solo


 

After 4 and a half years of working side by side with the love of my life, we recently decided that I would take the business over and run it as a solo endeavor.

The reasons are diverse, the most important of which is a personal decision. When you work side by side with your partner / lover / husband, your life can become 100% about business, 100% of the time. There were many nights when we would discuss how we wanted to do things late into the night. There were some points where the business was literally every conversation we had for a week at a time. It was really quite amazing how much of ourselves we've put into this business. Would I change how we started this business? No way. Starting this business with the love of my life was the best thing I've ever done. We built the best business we wanted to build. We literally created a dream in reality and have been living it for the past few years. In one part of our life we couldn't be happier.

However, our personal life needed some tender loving care. So last year we thought it would be a good idea if I took over the business and Max pursued some of his many interests (fine art photography, gardening, music production, and cross country motorcycle adventures to name a few) and I would take the business into new directions with the body acceptance and women empowerment movements. This is good news all around!!! We're both going to continue to pursue our dreams!!!

I feel like working with women in a meaningful way is finally coming full circle.  When I graduated high school I went to college to get a degree in psychology so that I could help women with self esteem and body image issues.  After a very sudden and tragic shift in my life, I strayed away from that dream.  Years later when I went back to school for photography I had no intention of pursuing the same dream, the thought never even crossed my mind.  While I was in school my focus gravitated towards photographing women, which would eventually lead to a business with Max and helping women with accepting their bodies!  It was the most beautiful accident I've ever witnessed!  I found another way to pursue my passion.

I'll be updating the website to reflect these changes in the upcoming weeks.

P.S. Max and I are just fine, we're shifting the balance of priorities and investing ourselves in new projects and directions.  Here's what he's been up to with his fine art project.  (My own shoot with him will be this weekend!)

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Charlottesville Fine Art Photography

Picking up where we left off last week... ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly

This was our "home" for the night, tents around a fire under the Milky Way.  What more could I ask for?  My heart was content.  Had I known that things would only get better in the morning, I may have exploded as soon as the Milky Way showed up to our camp.  Not even kidding, spontaneous combustion on the spot.  But alas, the next morning was mind blowing.

We woke up at the crack of dawn.  No, that's not even true.  We woke up BEFORE the crack of dawn to be sure that we were up in time for when the sun awoke from it's slumber.  If you know me at all, you know I'm not a morning person.  At. All. For some strange reason, just like I'm able to hang over a cliff with my camera in my hands, I'm also able to bounce out of bed (or in this case my tent) at ridiculous hours when there's photos to be made.  Give me fog in a field and a beautiful woman to photograph and I'm awake!  And that's exactly what I had to work with.

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Like I mentioned last week, Max and I will be officially expanding Breathless Boudoir to Charlottesville, Virginia in April.  We're booking Virginia boudoir sessions now.  Our studio will be based in Charlottesville and we'll be traveling to the surrounding areas including Arlington, Richmond, Roanoke, and Washington, D.C. frequently.  When we do sessions in those areas they will take place in boutique hotels as well as in client's homes.  We're looking forward to doing more outdoor fine art photography sessions like this one as well!

Don't worry Louisiana, we still have session available before we leave, AND we'll be back in June!  We're not going to leave you guys hanging!

Book Your SessionYou can also fine us on Facebook and Pinterest!

 

Charlottesville Virginia Boudoir Photography

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Hanging over a 50 ft. cliff, toes curled around the edge of the rock, my creativity flowed as freely as the river below.  Charlottesville, Virginia officially has my heart!  I really wish I could have snapped a behind the scenes photo of what it took to capture the gorgeous photo above!  It was Louise's idea to be in the water while I photographed her from above.  I'm not going to lie, just the mention of that idea had me a bit queasy.  I'm not exactly afraid of heights, but they're not my best friend either.  I love relishing in beautiful views from the tops of mountains, I just don't want to hang my toes over the edge.  When we scouted the location the day before she showed me the spot she had in mind.  I climbed up to the top to see if I could make it happen, and I couldn't really make myself get as close as I need to get a shot of the water without getting the cliff in the shot.  "Oh boy" I thought, "this is going to take some guts."  I had it in my mind that it may not work at all.  The next day after we had been shooting for a while and totally in love with everything we were getting.  It was time to try the water shot.  Louise and her husband had an idea to keep me safe.  I was going to "wear" her tripod case across my chest and her husband was going to hang on to the strap to stabilize me.  I'll have you know that the second I stepped up to the edge and saw Louise floating in the water with the fabric around her I completely forgot that I was afraid.  I went right up to the edge and hung over as much as physics would allow.  Even my toes were over the edge!  Something about having the camera in my hands and inspiration right in front of me made me feel invincible!  I "oooooed and ahhhed" with every shot.  And Louise was such a trooper!  Did I mention how cold the water was?  Buuurrrr!!!  It was quite chilly, especially for this Louisiana girl!  Time and time again she would swim upstream and spread the fabric out, letting the stream carry her through the frame of my camera.  I get chills just thinking back on that day.  Such perfection.  I love being inspired by nature and femininity!

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We shot photos until it got too dark to shoot, then we set up camp and hung out around a fire.  This, by the way, is my idea of an absolutely perfect day!  Making gorgeous photos and camping!  I about died when I realized that the Milky Way Galaxy is visible with the naked eye from where we were camped.  Oh. My. God.  So humbling.  I couldn't miss taking a photo of it.  But I'm going to save that, as well as the next day's gorgeous photos, for next week!  Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don't miss it!  Check us out on Facebook as well!

In just a few months Max and I will be more than thrilled to the Charlottesville Virginia Boudoir Photography that knocks people's socks off!  We're already booking session in April and May.  Our studio will be based in Charlottesville and we'll be traveling to the surrounding areas including Arlington, Richmond, Roanoke, and Washington, D.C. frequently.  When we do sessions in those areas they will take place in boutique hotels as well as in client's homes.

Don't worry Louisiana, we still have session available before we leave, AND we'll be back in June!  We're not going to leave you guys hanging!

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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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What to Wear for Your Boudoir Photo Shoot

So you've booked your boudoir session!  

Now the biggest question looms in your mind...what to wear to your boudoir photo shoot? A common mistake many make when planning their boudoir session is thinking that boudoir is only one thing: matching lingerie sets.  This is not the case at all!  Your boudoir session should be all about YOU first and foremost.  You should feel completely comfortable in what you're wearing (unless you're going for the uncomfortable stuff) and it should make you feel sexy!  Don't feel like you have to fit yourself into the box of what most people are doing for their boudoir sessions.  BE YOU!  Whether that means going all out for the full lingerie set, garter belt, stockings and high heels or simply barefoot with cotton undies and a t-shirt.

The focus of your session should be you, not your wardrobe or props.  Keep patterns to a minimum as they can be distracting.  Bright colors can be as well, but sometimes bright colors truly fit certain personalities. It all depends on you. Your outfits will determine the look and feel for your session, so keep that in mind when you're choosing.  Do you want your session to feel more dark and mysterious, or would you prefer light and airy?  If you feel like you have multiple facets of your personality consider doing multiple sessions and changing the hair and makeup as well. If you're planning on purchasing prints or canvases for your home, consider the colors in the rooms where you want to hang things.  Choose colors that will compliment your decor.  (and make sure to measure your wall space before your session!)

Let's dive into some wardrobe options:

Matching set

The matching lingerie set is one of our most common wardrobe options.  You can't go wrong with matching bra and panties, and they come in endless options.  Solid black /white is classic and timeless.  The most important consideration for the matching set is to make sure it fits right.  That goes for everything on this list, actually.  If you go a size down from what you should wear, it will create bulges under the bra band and around the underwear band.  I've never met a woman who has referred to the "muffin top" affectionately, so be sure it fits right!  If you're not sure, ask an associate to measure you.  Click here for our blog and a video on getting the proper fit.

Chemises & Baby-dolls

The chemise and babydoll are great options for those who are concerned with the midriff section... which is probably the majority of us.  They can be incredibly sexy but still give you that comfort of feeling covered.  It's not always about the "less is more" motto, it's about what you feel good in. Slips fall under this category as well, if you need extra support consider a shape-wear slip.

Corsets & Bustiers

Again, for those concerned with the midriff section, corsets and bustiers can be your best friend!  They cinch in your waist helping to create the curves you want.  The one down side to corsets is also the benefit, they're incredibly tight!  This makes some poses difficult, as well as breathing.  Corsets can also flatten out your chest making you look smaller up top.  This is where bustiers really shine, they have cups that enhance your cleavage while still cinching your waist.  There are also cup-less options for those of you who are going for more risque photos as well as waist cinches.  You can find great quality corsets at Bonjour Lingerie in New Orleans.  Jill, one of the owners, also makes custom corsets if you want a corset that fits you like a glove.

Your Man's Clothes

If you doing your session as a gift for your man, you could bring something of his to add a personal touch.  The button down dress shirt and tie combo has become incredibly popular.  Shirts that are larger than the size you would normally wear work best so that you can have the shirt off your shoulders and still pull it all the way around you.  You can also try thinking outside of the box.  Does he have a favorite band shirt?  Pajama pants?  Trousers and suspenders?  Get personal!

T-Shirts & Sweaters

One of my favorite things that clients bring in, which may sound crazy, is a big t-shirt that hangs off the shoulder.  T-shirts are the exception to the "no prints" rule, the ones with big graphics or words on them photograph really well.  Pairing a t-shirt or tank top with a bra and panty set, or just cotton undies, is a great way to slink into the next set with a little strip tease!

Accessories

We're pretty much minimalists when it comes to accessories.  It's easy to overwhelm your look with over-the-top jewelry in addition to an elaborate outfit.  Be careful when pairing your accessories with outfits taking care not to go overboard.  If you're wearing a big, chunky necklace, smaller earrings may be better.  If you're a fashionista and never leave the house without being fully accessorized then go for it!  But if you don't typically wear a lot of jewelry don't feel like you have to go out and buy some for your session. Fur coats (real or fake) and masks can be a lot of fun for a session. If your boudoir photos will be a gift to your groom on your wedding day, you can bring in your veil as an accessory.  While some outfits definitely call for the finishing touches of accessories, some accessories definitely call out to be the only thing on you in the photo.

Nothing at all!

Truly one of my favorites, the birthday suit!  Don't worry though, just because you're completely nude in the photos doesn't mean you have to show everything if the thought of that terrifies you.  We can wrap you in a sheet and only show what you want, or you can go all out!  How much you show, or don't show, is completely up to you.  A lot of clients have told us that the nude portion of their session was the most liberating part!  Artistic nudes can be a great way to focus on capturing your femininity in a beautiful and timeless way.  Our fine art nudes make great additions to home decor!  If you're interested in fine art nude prints or canvases for your home, be sure to let us know in advance so that we can shoot for wall art.  And again, don't forget to measure your wall space before your session!

If you have any questions at all about what to wear for your session, please don't hesitate to give us a call!  We would be more than happy to discuss your wardrobe options and the look you're going for.  The more prepared you are for your session, the better.  Typically we photograph up to 3 outfits or sets, but we recommend bringing a couple extra outfits just in case.

To book a session or for more information call 225-571-3668.  You can also visit our website at www.breathlessboudoir.com

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