Katy's White Sheet Session! | Baton Rouge Boudoir

Katy applied for our model call.  In her words, it was a "what the hell, it couldn't hurt" kinda thing.  Later she said that she didn't expect to get picked at all (which is what everyone has said so far, lol).  It was an immediate yes for us.  Her reasoning sold us completely on the idea and we wanted to help her in her mission to educate people that just because she's in a wheelchair doesn't mean she's not sexy.  She is HELLA sexy!  As shown in the photos.  ;)   What was your biggest fear before the session? Did your fear come true, and if not, what happened instead?

Since I was picked for the "model call," one of my big worries was actually disappointing Jen & Max. I feared they wouldn't get what was wanted and/or needed from the shoot. I have the inner cynic that most women have about what they dislike about their bodies (my nose is too big, I'll never have a flat stomach, I have the legs and hips of a 12 year old boy), but then being paralyzed brings another load of flaws and self confidence issues to worry about. I stalked...uhmm, I mean, scoured ;) their Facebook, website, blog, & pinterest leading up to the appointment. When I looked at the gorgeous women and their bowed backs and long-legged, high heeled feet arched just so, I had distinct moments of "Oh God, this is never going to work." "They are going to wish they went with someone else." "I'm going to look so stupid" But it did work... 200 times better than I could have imagined. Jen & Max are fantastic. I never felt inferior or limited in posing. Even in the one or two times I had to say I didn't have have the balance for something, or that position wasn't going to work, there was no awkward hesitation. It was a quick "no problem," and off to the next direction. I loved that they didn't simply ask you to pose. Oh, how laughable those pictures would have turned out. They guided me through the process seamlessly. It was a lot easier to get out of my own head and listen to their directions than I thought. Following their cues helped to shush the voice that said 'You probably look like an idiot' or 'how big is that extra pudge of skin right now.'.

©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyWhat was your favorite part of your Breathless Boudoir experience and why?

Being in a wheelchair my entire life, I've gotten an array of comments about myself from people. Most of it is well intentions, some strange, some borderline impolite. It's hard not to let insecurities take over when someone wants to "heal" you outside of a movie theater, been asked if you had friends on more than one occasion, and told "You're hot but in a wheelchair." I feel like society sometimes has a hard time recognizing me as an adult, much less as a real woman. Problem is, people aren't even trying to be mean. Even without factoring in the otherworldly perfection of supermodels and celebrities, when is the last time that someone in a wheelchair has been portrayed as sexy or simply physically beautiful in the media? The foremost reason for stepping out of my comfort zone to apply to the model call and doing the shoot was to prove to myself first and then others that there was an inner vixen lurking inside along with the inner cynic and inner dork. It's oddly foreign to describe myself as a vixen (with a straight face no less), but Jen & Max found one somewhere with their lens'. I wanted to broaden people's views on what and who could be viewed as sexy, and with the help of everyone at the studio it was a mission well accomplished.

©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly(This next part made me laugh out loud.) If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say?

Do it! Do it now! Do it yesterday! Don't wait until it's a valentines or pre wedding gift for the guy in your life, do it for you. Every girl should skip high school & college graduation photos, and do this instead.

©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyKaty's full testimonial:

 From the moment you get there, the focus is on you but not so much that you feel like a bug under a microscope. And can I please live in a world where everyday I only have to get up and brush my teeth because someone else is going to do my hair and make up? You're going to be nervous (less so once things get started) and feel silly. That's okay. Don't let that take over having fun though. It's okay to stop and laugh. Somehow it's a lot less awkward taking clothes off in front of people you just met with a camera than strangers at a doctors office. It's because they don't just point a camera at you and say go. They give direction, and ask your opinion, and move around and hum with the music. They're nice, real people. Things are going to feel over the top, but if a man can strike a sexy pose less than two feet from his wife then you can at least try to imitate it. The session feels like five minutes but at the same time I was so surprised when it was over that something so amazing only took an hour and a half. Then after your shipped off to lunch you come back to see the pictures. It's nice that they take out all the eyes closed, in mid-sneeze looking shots before showing them to you. I stared at the screen wondering how that could be me. You're not so made up and photoshopped that you don't look like yourself. It's was me, but the me I pictured in my head when trying to channel sexy. Seeing visual proof of that mental image is 400% better than expected. You're pretty much going to want every single picture. Also, schedule something to go do after the shoot because you leave feeling like a million bucks, you're all dolled up, and you're dying to tell someone what just happened.

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Rediscovering Beauty | Baton Rouge Boudoir

©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly"I don't think many of us realize how often we look at ourselves in the mirror without really seeing ourselves.  I put on makeup every day and see eyes, nose, lips, a belly that I think is too big... but this experience showed me an image of myself as a complete individual.  The photos captured a spark that's in me, that I had forgotten I have.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, that remembrance is worth a thousand pictures."  -Sarah I couldn't have said it better myself.  We don't truly see ourselves as others see us when we look into the mirror or at a photograph.  We always see what we perceive as "flaws" first.  Our eyes go straight to that stomach pouch, or the cellulite that has accumulated on our thighs over the years (when did that get there?!).

That's where boudoir photography comes in.  We focus on accentuating your best assets while minimizing what you perceive as flaws.  We give you the chance to see yourself as others see you.  For some, it may be the very fist time they truly "SEE" themselves.  Especially with clients who have reached a major weight loss or fitness goal.  If you're used to being a significant amount heavier, a lot of times it's hard to see the progress you've made without critiquing your physique.  A lot of women (men as well) still see the overweight version of themselves even though that person doesn't exist anymore.  It's such an amazing feat to be able to sit across from someone who has never seen themselves and watch them re-discover their beauty.

<3

-Jen

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We couldn't contain the tears...

©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly"Oh my God" she said, then a sharp intake of air.  A sniffle from Max.  I knew the waterworks were knocking on my eyelids.  Karen had her hands to her face almost the whole time she was seeing her photos for the first time.  As she wiped her eyes my tears spilled over.  I glanced at Max to see him wiping away tears as well. ©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyIt. Was. Intense.

Karen came to us with an amazing weight loss story.  She's a 40 year old mother of 2 and has lost 98lbs!  THAT... is life changing!  Not only did she look absolutely incredible, but she was a wonderful person.  It felt like we had been friends forever!

The day after her session she sent us this email, and the waterworks started all over again!!

"Hello Jen and Max....
I cannot begin to tell you how amazing y'all made me feel! I have wanted to do boudoir photos for several years, and my experience with y'all far exceeded anything I could have ever imagined.   From the moment that my appointment was booked, to the minute I walked in the door of your studio, I was so very excited about my session!  I honestly did not have the slightest idea how very different I would be when my shoot was over and I had seen myself from your side of the camera! The hair, the makeup, the music, the posing....I truly felt like a supermodel.  Both of you made me so comfortable! I was not nervous at all! It was so much fun!  When I returned to the studio to see my pictures, I was completely in awe! The first image of me appeared, and it was breathtaking.  I was absolutely beautiful!  As each new picture came on the screen, I was awed even more.  I cannot say enough times how amazing I felt, and even more about how your photos made me look.  I am still speechless, and every time I tell somebody about my experience, I get choked up and my eyes well up with tears.  I am eternally grateful to the both of you for giving me the opportunity to do this.  My life is forever changed by my experience with the two of you and my session at your studio. Every woman should experience that at least once in their life! I am so proud to be a Breathless Boudoir client!!
Grateful, speechless, and in love with my pictures!"
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It took a lot of trust and vulnerability for Karen to be able to open up to us, and that means the world to us. Intimacy is something we keep hidden in the bedroom, so it takes soo much bravery to be able to show that to a couple who you just met.
But like I said, we had already been friends forever from the moment we met.
It's really an amazing feeling to be able to give that gift to women.
Now it's your turn, what are you waiting for?  Let's chat!  225-571-3668
With love always,
Jen
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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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Stefanie's Black & White Boudoir Session | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Before & AfterSome of our clients manage to make their way into our heart, where they will always have a place.  Stefanie has touched us in a way that will will never forget.  I'll let her tell the story:

Dear Jen and Max,

I can’t thank you enough for my amazing experience with you guys through Breathless Boudoir.  I had only learned about the concept of boudoir photography a few months ago, and to be honest the whole idea was foreign to me.  I had dance recital and senior portraits taken of me, but those were years ago; I’d never thought to put myself “out there” in such a detailed fashion.

When you grow up associated with being “too gangly-legged” to take hip-hop class and “too skinny” to be anything but anorexic, you develop a less than stellar self-image.  And shopping?  Forget about it!  Nothing fits quite right – how’re you supposed to feel confident when clothes hang all over you?  I know, I know *skinny girl problems* right?   Yoga has helped me to appreciate, rather than be envious, of gorgeous bodies, but it’s still a huge blow to the ego when you try on the latest pieces and leave without buying anything because you feel just plain ridiculous.

My role model is Audrey Hepburn and she made skinny not only beautiful, but downright sexy.  These days, you don’t see anyone with less than a D cup in any of the Victoria’s Secret magazines.  You’d be hard pressed to find a “sexy” model with hips so bony that they could take out a granite counter top!

That being said, I was a bit terrified of putting myself out there in all my “skinny glory”.  But I had to do something for my 25th birthday to boost my confidence.  You guys were so open and easy to talk to that by the time my hair and make-up were done, I wasn’t worried about my inability to be photogenic – heck, I was ready for my close up!  You made me feel confident that you’d find the angles that were uniquely flattering for my body.  From assuming the position yourselves, to asking me to make the most obnoxious laugh ever just to capture the natural laugh that was sure to follow, you guided me to be seductive, and dare I say it, beautiful.

The shoot itself was unbelievably fun, but I was absolutely blown away when we sat down to view what you had captured.  I didn’t see an uber-self-conscious skinny girl, I suddenly saw the confident 25 year old that I want to be.  So what if I don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret modelthey don’t look like me!  I couldn’t believe how amazing you made me look… It just goes to show you why Audrey insisted on always having Bob Willoughby as her photographer - no matter how insecure you are, when you’re in the hands of talented photographers such as yourselves, the results are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I can’t wait to have my pictures - the confidence this shoot gave me is beyond priceless.  This was only going to be a “happy birthday to me”, but after this experience, I want to do a session every year just to have fun!  You guys are truly AWESOME and I can’t wait to work with you again! With SO much gratitude,

Stefanie

 

Whew.... every time I read that it makes me tear up.  And I've already read it 4 or 5 times.  Her testimonial is a great reminder to Max and I about why we do what we do, and what we started out with boudoir photography to do. Allowing a woman to see herself without seeing what she perceives as flaws first is the greatest gift we can give.  What we do is so incredibly fulfilling to us that we owe Stefanie just as much thanks as she has given us, if not more.  Our clients make our lives wonderful, and for that we are eternally grateful!

I shall stall no longer, Stefanie's photos must be seen!  For her album, she did something we haven't done before... all black & white!  I just love how it came out!  It's classic and timeless, just like the look she was going for.

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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