Charlottesville Bridal Boudoir

Act I - Sweet and Airy Bridal Boudoir

The sweet scent of her flower crown was as subtle as the sheer tulle of her grandmother's veil, preserved from the 70's.

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Jenna contacted me because she wanted to have bridal boudoir photos done of herself at this time in her life to look back on later when she's older.  It just so happens that her session doubles as a wedding gift for her fiancé that's going to blow his mind and make him fall in love with her all over again!  I love that in her initial email she said the photos were for her first.  While I'm all about giving boudoir photos as a gift to a lover, I'm just as much all about having this experience for yourself!  Jenna planned to have her trial flower crown made by her florist Mia at Root Floral Design) so that it would be done for her boudoir session (this works if you're having a trial bouquet made as well).  I'm SO glad she had forethought to do so because I feel like it really pulled together her bridal look and brought out the bohemian-hippie aspect of her personality.  She wore a cathedral length veil that her grandmother wore in the 70's that had the most beautiful scalloped lace designs!

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Act II - The Dark Side

For the second part of her shoot, Jenna wanted to show off her edgier side in contrast to her more natural and free-spirited side.  We used contrast and shadows to add to the mystery and give her photos a seductive film noir look and suggestive posing to make the photos tastefully erotic.

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What I love most about this session was that Jenna wanted to show off two different sides of her personality; natural and edgy.  A lot of times we feel like we need to be one type of person consistently and don't give ourselves permissions to have more variety in our personalities for fear of feeling like a fake, or not knowing who you really are.  The truth is, most people have very different aspects of their personality that contrast each other.  Let's embrace our differences within ourselves!

I think we did a pretty good job here showing the two sides of Jenna's personality, what do you think?  If you did a boudoir shoot what contrasting aspects of your personality would you want to show off?  Tell me in the comments below!

(Hair by Chey Esposito Pertuit and makeup by Tina at Verde Beauty)

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

Blanche's Boudoir Session | Baton Rouge, LA

©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly Blanche came in to our studio to create a boudoir book as a gift for her fiancé on their wedding day.  We created art that she loves so much she ended up getting the album AND some wall art!  I can't wait to see her images in print form!

What was your biggest fear before the session? Did your fear come true, and if not, what happened instead? I was worried that the shoot would not be tastefully done. This fear did NOT come true. I felt comfortable having both the husband and wife team there! I was worried that because the session is for my fiancé and has sexual undertones that it may be cheapened in a way. This was totally not the case. I felt confident and comfortable the whole time and felt really good about myself.

What was your favorite part of your Breathless Boudoir experience and why?I loved having all the various layouts and areas to shoot. It was fun moving from room to room because I was surprised by every setting.

 

©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say?I would say it was a tremendous experience that all women should do. It made me feel confident and sexy which is hard for me a lot of the time. All women need that boost.

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We have found that testimonials from past clients help to ease potential clients nerves. Can you take a minute to tell us about your experience as if you were talking to a friend?

From the minute you walk in you are greeted by a friendly husband and wife team who escort you to get primped and pampered. While you have your hair and makeup done, you sip champagne! They help you select outfits which will work best for them and you (so bring a ton of lingerie, stockings and shoes!) You will be truly amazed at the transformation your hair and makeup gives you and you'll be ready for your shoot to start. Once it begins you have some small jitters and insecurities but they quickly fade away while you enjoy feeling like a supermodel. They give you plenty of direction, so those of you who feel like you never know what to do with your hands or have a lifetime of being un-photogenic, don't worry! It was a terrific experience and my fiancé loved the preview picture that I sent him. It is all well worth it! Enjoy yourself!

©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyFor more information or to book your own session, call us at 225-571-3668 or visit our website at www.breathlessboudoir.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

<3 Jen

Photographing a photographer's wife!

1_boudoir_prep_makeoverI'm going to be completely honest here, doing Bethany's session was just as nerve wracking for us as it was for her.  The reason she was having boudoir photos done was because she was getting married.  We have clients like that regularly, but the difference here is that Bethany is getting married to a fellow photographer that Max and I know.  Eeek!!!  We knew we could create beautiful photos of Bethany beyond a shadow of a doubt, but we really felt the pressure to do the very best job possible. In the end it turned out to be a piece of cake anyways, Bethany has such a great personality and was very easy to relate to, not to mention this woman is gorgeous!!!! After over a MONTH of waiting for their wedding day, he finally messaged me today (on their wedding day!) to thank us for the photos.  Woo hoo!  Mission accomplished! When I was writing this blog I found and re-read Bethany's testimonial.  It made me tear up (again) because it means so much to be to be able to allow women to love their bodies and to see them as we see them.  Beautiful.

"Doing a shoot with Breathless Boudoir was one of the coolest experiences ever- way beyond what I expected it to be.  I originally decided to do a boudoir shoot as a surprise for my husband-to-be for our wedding.  I had considered some other  boudoir photographers in the area, but my fiance is a professional photographer himself, and hence a total photography snob.  I remembered him months back mentioning that he knew Jen & Max- He spoke so highly of them and how much he admired their work.  In addition, our amazing wedding photographer could not say enough great things about them.  It was clear who I had to go to for my boudoir shoot. Though I was incredibly nervous, Jen & Max are the kind of people who just put you at ease.  They are so sweet and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.  Their technical skill is only matched by their awesome personalities! Being able to see the shots after my session was incredible.  I audibly gasped and had my jaw dropped when I saw them because I couldn't believe how good they were!!  I had walked in thinking I needed to pick one photo that I could tolerate enough to have printed and give to my fiance.  But I actually loved so many that I had trouble paring down the shots to fit into a book!! I have NEVER liked photos of myself with clothes on or liked the way my body looked, so it was nothing short of revolutionary to actually love pictures of myself in lingerie, and I entirely have Jen & Max and their artistry to thank for it! My motivation for the shoot may have been a gift for my fiance, but really it ended up being the biggest gift to myself.  I would recommend a Breathless Boudoir shoot for any woman looking for the ultimate self-esteem tuneup.  The confidence and smile I've been wearing since my shoot has been priceless-THANK YOU JEN & MAX!!!"

And without further ado, here's our beautiful bride, Bethany!

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Sarah's Boudoir Session | Baton Rouge, LA

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!!!

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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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