She booked a boudoir session BECAUSE she gained weight.

This isn’t Ashley’s first rodeo.

She knows the power of a boudoir session from our shoot together 4 years ago. Since then we’ve both been through the emotional roller coaster of a divorce. She gained weight and wasn’t feeling super in love with herself, but her man still finds her sexy so she wanted to see it, too.

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Was she scared of this decision?

Hell yeah she was. She was afraid of the way she would see herself in the photos. After her shoot she said:

While I struggle with my self image these days, I was very happy with the results of our session and it truly made me see my inner and outer beauty.

When I asked her what she would want to take with her from this experience and never forget, she replied:

That our bodies can change over time and through certain life stages but that will never define what’s on the inside and how sexy confidence is whether you’re a size 2 or 20.

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The biggest reason I hear from women why they’re not ready to do their shoot yet is because they want to lose weight first.

And I totally get it. If you’re not feeling in love with yourself and they way your body looks why on earth would you put that body in front of a stranger wearing barely anything?! My response to that way of thinking?

You can’t afford NOT to do it.

Life is absolutely precious. Every single second of every single day we get to live of it is a sacred gift. You can’t afford to waste one more day wishing you were thinner, or younger, or something other than what you are. You know better than anyone how much your self judgement seeps into your everyday life. The way it manifests as irritability with others, or exhaustion, or hiding yourself from the world. Finding your self confidence is the greatest gift you can give yourself. It affects every area of your life.

Whether you book your own boudoir shoot or not,
do something right now to help you build your self confidence.

Don’t know where to start? Let’s chat, I can help.



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.

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!

 

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)

Charlottesville Boudoir Photo Shoot

With each and every Charlottesville boudoir photo shoot I do, my heart grows a little bigger.  I can't get over how everything has been working out with our new move!  I've only been here for three months now and it already feels more like home than I've ever felt.  The mountains nearby, the amazing people, the shoots.  MY SANCTUARY of a house!  Seriously, you guys, I live in total bliss!  I see deer almost every day in my yard!  You guys have no idea how happy that makes me.  I'm a bit of a nature nut, in case you can't tell.  ;)

Meet Kathi - 

This shoot in particular pulled at my heart strings.  I felt a pretty instant connection with Kathi.  She walked in with short, spunky hair with purple bangs... I knew we were going to have a great time!  She's inspirational to me because she's a 45 year old mother of three, and she's still doing her own thing and being true to herself.  This includes doing really awesome things like taking pole dance classes and doing boudoir photo shoots!

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Your Biggest Fear... 

I asked Kathi what her biggest fear was before the session, this is what she shared with me:

"I thought I would be nervous when it came time to take the pictures. I was extremely comfortable upon meeting Jen and did not experience any nerves. I felt very at ease from the moment we met. I like to talk and enjoyed chatting as my hair and make up were being done also. I had worried that the make up would be too much, but it looked very natural and is perfect in the pictures.

It's interesting, I had breast tumors removed from both of my breasts when I was a young teenager. Back in those days, the doctors didn't really care about the scars that were left behind. I used to be incredibly self conscious about my breasts and didn't like for anyone to see them. I was especially conscious of the scars when a man would see them for the first time. The scars have lessened with time, but they are still there. Before going for my session, I had worried that they would show up in the pictures and had thought I would mention them. After I left and was driving home, I realized that I had not thought about them once while Jen was taking my pictures! Thirty years of embarrassment melted away in one day.

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"I have recommended Breathless Boudoir to friends! I think it is an amazing and empowering experience. Jen tells you exactly what to do - how to hold your hands, what to do with your feet, which direction to turn your head, etc. All you have to do is relax and follow directions and you end up with amazing, sexy photographs!"

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Kathi said, "I am a 45 year old mother of three children. My body has been better, but I work out regularly and I'm proud to look like this at my age. My Breathless Boudoir experience reaffirmed that and made me feel even sexier. I like looking at the pictures and showing them to close friends." Leave a comment below to help reaffirm that she should be proud as hell of where she's at!  AND for having the courage to do a boudoir session!Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 4 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 6 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 7 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 8 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 9 Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 8Charlottesville Boudoir Photography 10

Now it's your turn!

Ready to bite the bullet and book your own boudoir session?  If you're on this page, that means you're at least curious.  So give me a call!  Even if it is just to say how nervous you are and you don't think you'd would ever be able to do a boudoir session.  No pressure, we'll just chat about it.  Recently, after a client admitted to almost hanging up on me when I first answered the phone because she was so nervous, I realized there are A LOT of you out there who lurk on my blog and website and pretend one magical day you'll have the guts to call me.  You know, after you lose that extra 5 pounds, or whatever excuse you're giving yourself to procrastinate because you're so nervous.  Well, make today that magical day you take the first step to your life changing boudoir experience!  Seriously!  My name is Jen, and my number is 225-571-3668.

Don't quite have the courage to call?  Feel braver through email? Fill out this form and send me a message!  If you're nervous, let me know.  Just sometimes saying I'm nervous makes me feel a little less nervous.  You'll get tons of guidance from the time you book your session to the very end.  I can even hold your hand the whole way (except, you know, when I'm photographing you ;).

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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 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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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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