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

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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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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Fishnet bodysuit and a white sheet... oh my!

Charmaine's boudoir session took place in our Baton Rouge studio.  She was a riot to work with!  We had so much fun for her session I never wanted it to end!  She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart and lovely curves.  She brought some great outfits including a fishnet bodysuit (take note ladies!) a loose purple blouse and a sheet.  Wait... that last one doesn't quite count as an outfit unless you're an ancient Roman.  Nonetheless wearing nothing but a white sheet makes a GORGEOUS set of photos for boudoir!  She did some implied nude as well as nude photos and I don't think I could be any more in love with them! before and after boudoir transformation  ©2013 Breathless Boudoir©2013 Breathless Boudoir©2013 Breathless Boudoir  ©2013 Breathless Boudoir ©2013 Breathless Boudoir ©2013 Breathless Boudoir©2013 Breathless Boudoir