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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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.

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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)

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

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I can't even describe the sound I made when I took the first shot on the "new" set of black on black.  It was somewhere between a gasp, a squee and a moan.  It was barely audible, but she heard it.  Then I had to explain myself.  "I'm sorry, I don't know what that noise was... I'm just really excited about this!"  There were sporadic gasps and "Ooohhhh my god!!!" throughout the rest of the shoot.  And laughing.  Yes, lots of laughing. The whole setup of using our black backdrop with black sheets on a bed was actually Max's idea, but he loves me so he let me shoot it when he saw how excited I was (like a kid on Christmas morning).  Throughout the whole first set I continued to coo and moan at how smooth her skin looked against the stark black sheets and backdrop, and how amazing the contrast was.  What I like most about this style is that the woman is the main focus, nothing else in the photo matters.  Your eyes are drawn to her and everything else falls off into the background.  Love I tell ya, this is love!!!

We could not have asked for a better client to test things out on than Jamie.  She was willing to try anything and was patient as we were testing new territories. She also brought her own ideas!  Her and her husband love to read together, so she brought a bunch of books.  She brought an apple and was telling us that she has a thing for apples.  When we were deciding what outfits to shoot we said we would do a nude set with the apple and she agreed to it.  It wasn't until later that we found out she brought the apple as a snack, not a prop!

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Here is what Jamie had to say about her experience:

"I was nervous in the beginning - of course, but, again, I was surprised how comfortable I was hanging out in all my glory. You have a lot of direction, so you kind of forget why you are there. Nothing felt forced. Jen and Max were extremely professional and pleasant to be around. I was in shock to see my photos in the end; they were amazing. I felt like we were able to create something together - as a team."

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