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.

Emily's Breathless Kauai Experience

Guest post: Emily joined Kerri and I on our Breathless Kauai Retreat scouting trip.  The following is her experience.

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Beautiful.

Why has that always been an unattainable adjective for me? Beautiful is a descriptor that has always been reserved for a different type woman. A woman who’s put together. Who is seen and not heard- not because she lives up to that old southern mantra, but because she has the type of beauty that will silence a room. She’s the embodiment of grace and elegance that is perfectly balanced with strength and confidence. She’s the type of woman I have always been told I should be and the kind of woman I could be, if I really tried. As a result, most of my life has been spent stuck in a vicious cycle of dieting and disappointment. I’ve been drowning in an endless supply of the latest and greatest beauty products, only coming up for air when someone would acknowledge my efforts. My quest has kept me constantly searching for approval from colleagues, friends, family members, and partners- eagerly waiting for someone to tell me that I’m beautiful, starving to hear someone use that adjective to describe me. Yet, those words never seem to come. I’m still nothing like the image of that beautiful woman I’ve always aspired to be. Instead I’ve had to settle with adjectives like “cute”, “pretty”, “hot”, “sexy”,“fuckable”…but never beautiful…. because it’s impossible for me to be beautiful.I’m just not that kind of woman. I’m more of a mess, with wild hair and coffee stains on my wrinkled shirt. I can silence a room, not with my looks, but because I usually enter a room like a hurricane, tripping over myself every step of the way. I’m the opposite of “put-together”. I’m all over the place. Some days I’m confident, but mostly I’m waiting for the next words of affirmation from someone else to reinforce my fake confidence. That’s not the description of a beautiful woman. Not even close. It is, however, the description of a woman who has mana. Mana that is visible in my photos. That’s why I immediately broke down into tears when I saw Jen’s photos of me- I could see it. I could remember it. I could feel it again. I could believe that it was there and it all finally made sense-I immediately knew why beautiful wasn’t my adjective, why it never will be. It can’t be.

Kauai is a special place. You can feel it as soon as you step off the plane. As a dear friend explained it - the island has a unique energy. Volcanic energy. It has its own power. That’s what mana is- a spiritual force and energy. I even wrote in my journal “the mana on this island is palatable” after he described it. Farther down the same page I also wrote:

"Each time I hear a rooster crow on this island it’s a reminder that I need…that this trip is a transition. I’m calling light into all of the places of darkness I’ve been holding onto. All of the hurt and the pain that’s been inflicted by me (i.e. to myself). All of the self- criticism. All of the things I’ve done…or not done. Said….or not said."

So, what did Kauai do for me? It closed some chapters in my story and opened some new ones. I accepted that I will never be that beautiful woman I imagined while I was there. I stopped berating myself for not becoming her. I accepted that I am a mess and always will be, because I’m not beautiful and I don’t want to be anymore.All it took was a wild island and a talented photographer to immortalize it in a way I that I could finally see it for myself…see that I’m a wild woman who is “the power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person”.

I’m not a beautiful woman, I’m a woman with mana.

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To read more about our Kauai Adventure or to join us on our boudoir | yoga | meditation | adventure retreat in June 2017, CLICK HERE!  There's still room!

YOU are ready for THIS.

You're looking for something more.

You yearn to feel the freedom inside your heart, to be liberated from the daily expectations of being a woman.

You've felt your power, subtly, and you know you're a strong woman deep within. You're looking for a way to release that power into the world and live your life to it's fullest potential.

You're looking for an experience to change you, to break you open and set you free.

What you may not realize is YOU are the catalyst for change.  

Satiate your curiosity of what it's like to be an empowered woman.

Lounge in the sand while sunlight kisses your bare, glowing skin. Feel the wind gently caressing you as you become art.

Push your own expectations of yourself.  Your capabilities.  You capacity for self-love.

You are ready for the experience of your lifetime. The one that changes everything.

YOU ARE READY FOR THIS.

CLICK HERE to get in on the retreat experience of a lifetime. Boudoir. Yoga. Meditation. Adventure.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Leave breathless.

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Yoga, Meditation, and Boudoir Retreat - Kauai

(Kerri Kitchens is our yoga & meditation instructor for the Breathless Retreat: Kauai)meditation retreat hawaii

Take a moment to visualize:

Kauai welcomes you with lush, green mountains, vibrant blue waters, countless majestic waterfalls as far as you can see. You begin to notice the calming, harmonious energy of this alluring island as you simply step onto your yoga mat.

You breathe in. You sense the salty ocean air cross your throat, fill your lungs, and nurture your body. You breathe out. You begin to climb out of your insecurities - forgetting the path that brought you here and instead noticing this very moment.Moving through your gentle yoga practice, you notice subtle shifts in your body and your awareness. You begin to drop your insecurities and step into the role of the goddess you already are. You settle into your physical strength and discover other strengths as well - your voice, your relationship with yourself, your positive self-image.

Your body, mind, and spirit begin to unite in a tri-force of strength that begins to radiate from you. You are ready. You've always been ready. NOW is the time to step into your feminine power.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Leave breathless.

Make this visualization your reality by applying for Breathless Retreat: Kauai today by clicking here and filling out the application. Namaste, you beautiful, strong woman, you.

Until we meet in Kauai - Aloha & mahalo

Kerri Kitchens

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For more details about the retreat, check out the blog post here!

To see more boudoir/fine art nude photos from our scouting trip click here.

And you can find Kerri's Facebook page here.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT... (coming Thursday)

Aloha lovelies! This is a big announcement to announce that I'm making a BIG announcement this Thursday at 10am (EST) about the brand spanking new Breathless Retreat Kauai.  In preparation for the big announcement for this life changing opportunity, make sure you subscribe to the blog (if you haven't already) on the right side of this page.  I promise you don't want to miss this one.  It's the biggest yet in the history of Breathless Boudoir!!!

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Mahalo,

Jen <3

 

BOUDOIR IN HAWAII!!!

Hello my lovelies!!!

I have some super awesome news that I've been hanging on to for a while now that I've been DYING to share!!!

I’m teaming up with Kerri Kitchens (one of Charlottesville's finest yoga instructors) and we will be doing regular boudoir/yoga/meditation retreats in Kauai, Hawaii!!!  The retreats will be full of body positivity, empowerment and LIVING to the fullest!

(hold on, don’t go anywhere, that’s not all)!

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We’re planning our first scouting trip June 1-8 and need TWO lovely models to come along to be photographed so that we will have example photos to show.  No modeling experience needed!!!  Applicants must be at least 30 years and up and also in shape enough to do a moderate hike, kayak, and camp.  You don’t have to be a super athlete… I surely am not… just in decent enough shape to hike and motivation to get it done!  =)  Models MUST be available June 1-8 (though we won’t need all of that time to shoot) and be able to purchase flights to Hawaii ($700-$1,000) and accommodations.  You’ll also need to be comfortable with your photos being shared online (Facebook, blog, website) and in print (fliers, books, marketing material, etc).

What you get:

Aside from going on a bad ass vacation in paradise?  You’ll get complimentary photo shoots in dreamy, exotic locations (think black sand beach, waterfalls, rain forests, etc.), professional hair and makeup styling, and the experience to be a model in Hawaii!!!  You’ll also get a meditation and yoga class ON THE BEACH!

To apply:

If you’re interested in rocking out with us in Kauai, please comment on this blog post AND share it (use one of the share links at the bottom) AND send me (Jen) an email with the subject line "Boudoir in Hawaii!" stating WHY you want to model and briefly explain WHO you are as if you’re best friend were describing you to me.  Also include a current photo of yourself.

This model call will only be open for one week!  Send in your emails by March 18 at midnight.  Two lucky ladies will be announced on Monday, March 21.  Be sure to set a reminder to come back and check the blog!

Subscribe to my blog to get updates and details on Hawaii retreats!

Send to: Jen at breathlessboudoir@gmail.com

Mahalo, ladies!!!

Jen (& Kerri)

TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS. SEVEN WOMEN. A GORGEOUS VILLA IN ITALY. THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.30.59 PM The Fearless destination boudoir photography retreats are about friendship, art, and leaving your everyday self behind. We all get caught up in the day-to-day necessities of life; this is a chance to find the self that gets lost in the shuffle of life and laundry and to-do lists.

Your trip centers around destination boudoir photography, a chance to see yourself in a new way and find a new love for your perfectly imperfect body in some of the world’s most beautiful places. But it’s so much more than that. Every year people come home with cherished new friends, stories they can’t wait to share, and a new kind of confidence. When I started holding these retreats I couldn’t possibly imagine the wonderful thing they would become.

Read more about our previous adventures here. 

Check out the travel gallery here and here

The retreats aren’t for everyone. They’re not a sterile 5-star resort experience, though we rent some incredible estates as our homes away from home. They are about real women in quirky, gorgeous places, pushing their boundaries and having adventures and forging new friendships. And they are amazing.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Star Newman: The warm, enthusiastic bohemian tomboy ringleader that will make sure you have the time of your life. Check out my travel boudoir portfolio and some destination boudoir blog posts to see more of what I do.

Jen Trombly: Artistic, sensual, gorgeous and deeply real- this describes both Jen and her work. You can see Breathless Boudoir’s destination portfolio here. Give her half a chance and Jen will get you naked and leave you wanting more. 😉

THE LOCATION

This October we are going to Italy, to a private villa in Umbria with sprawling grounds, a high wooden walkway and breakfast terrace, heated indoor/outdoor pool and incredible view of the surrounding countryside. Each woman will have a fully styled boudoir photography session in the villa and surrounding estate- get ready to become art. We will cook most of our meals at home using fresh ingredients from the nearby town, and we’re even arranging a cooking class so you can bring a taste of Umbria home with you.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY

The best part of the trip, of course. You don’t have to be comfortable in front of a camera to do this. You don’t have to be photogenic. It is our job to coach you, to teach you how to relax for the camera, and to bring out your most beautiful self. We are professionals and we guarantee you will have a wonderful time. All you need is a willingness to trust us.

We will be shooting in the villa, the pool, on the walkways and against the rough stone walls outside. We will explore the surrounding area, full of ancient medieval towns, and shoot spontaneously wherever we find beauty. You will come home with at least 50 of the best vacation photos anyone has ever had.

Boudoir Photography ItalyWHAT’S INCLUDED:

– 7 days accommodations at our beautiful villa October 11-18, 2015

– Fabulous photography by Virginia boudoir photographer Jen Trombly and yours truly,Edmonton boudoir photographer Star Newman

Professional hair and makeup styling by Michelle Grad (and feel free to steal her for makeup lessons, too!)

– Transportation to all group activities

– At least 2 day trips (I’m still finalizing details- there’s a gorgeous winery nearby, some medieval towns, and of course we could spend a day in Rome…)

– Meals at the villa (we’ll be shopping locally and sharing cooking)

– A full set of digital negatives, gorgeous boudoir photo album with 30 of your favorite images, and your choice of beautifully mounted 12×18 wall art

– The best pool parties EVER.

What is not included: Airfare (start saving your points!) and meals when we’re not at the villa (like, if we go out to a restaurant). Wine. Cabana boys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about joining us? This trip is more than half sold, so contact me now for more details!

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Fine Art Destination Boudoir Photography | Florida | Part 4 of 4

©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen TromblyThis is the last blog in the travel boudoir series from Florida, and possibly one of my favorite... though it's such a close race because I love ALL of the posts so much! My heart is in the forest, that's where I feel the most connected to nature, and the most at peace.  It also proved to be the most challenging shoot of all of them. The day before we photographed this portion of the series we were scouting locations and I saw the dappled light.  At first I was kind of bummed because dappled light is very hard to work with in most scenarios because the exposure is so different in the bright areas where the sun is shining though than it is in the darker areas. This causes the bright areas to "blow out", or turn completely white and lack all details.  Not so pretty.  While we were walking I had an idea, so I took a test shot to see if it would work and HOLY SMOKES did it ever work!  Not only did it work, but it looked just as awesome as I thought it would in my head!!!  ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen TromblyIt created a mysterious and moody look to the photos.  It was a challenge to find the perfect spots, with the light hitting the right places and the background not too busy, but when we did it was magic!  I can't wait to do more outdoor sessions! ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen Trombly

Now that this is the last post from this series I'm going to have to go out and do another destination session!

That being said, we're open for booking TODAY for our next beach shoot, which will be held in Navarre Beach, Florida on July 15-17.  Our space is very limited, so call now to book: 225-571-3668.

Each session will include hair and makeup styling and a sunset or sunrise session on the sugar white sands of Navarre Beach. We will send out a questionnaire once you book your session to determine what style beach session you would like to do (soft flowing fabrics, sexy swim suit, tastefully erotic, etc.). Your session will be completely customized for you.  You don't have to be completely nude for this session, you can wear whatever you want to wear.  You could even make it a couple's session!

The cost of the session will be $650 (plus tax), which is due when the session is booked.

Follow our blog (blue button at the bottom) to get immediate updates when we release more information about the beach shoots as well as new blogs.

You can find us on Facebook as well as our website.

For more post from this series, click on the links below. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Fine Art Destination Boudoir Photography | Florida | Part 3 of 4

©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyContinuing the travel boudoir series, I had the honor of photographing my mother for the second time.  Yes, you heard that right, ^ this gorgeous woman is my mother.  We started off on the same rocks from the first post in this series (if you missed that post click here). ©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly ©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyNext we went to New Smyrna Beach, which is a clothing optional beach.  We played in the surf for hours and walked miles up and down the beach.  (Click here for more photos from New Smyrna Beach).

©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyThen, something happened that I was not prepared for.  My mom asked for the camera.  I just laughed at first, but she was persistent.  So I handed her the camera.  The photos she produced actually blew my mind, and I'm now considering hiring her!  Ha ha!

©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly ©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly ©Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyTravel boudoir is now something we officially offer at Breathless Boudoir!  We will start in July with a destination boudoir shoot out at Navarre, FL.  Contact me for more information!  These travel sessions will have very limited availability and spots will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.  Follow our blog (blue button at the bottom) to get immediate updates when we release more information about the beach shoots as well as new blogs.

You can find us on Facebook as well as our website.

For more post from this series, click on the links below. Part 1 Part 2

Stay tuned for the last post in this series next week!  The last part takes place somewhere completely different than post 1-3.

Fine Art Destination Boudoir Photography | Florida | Part 2 of 4

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“Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of sunbeams. Press the soft blossoms against your cheek, and finger their graces of form, their delicate mutability of shape, their pliancy and freshness. Expose your face to the aerial floods that sweep the heavens, ‘inhale great draughts of space,’ wonder, wonder at the wind’s unwearied activity. Pile note on note the infinite music that flows increasingly to your soul from the tactual sonorities of a thousand branches and tumbling waters. How can the world be shriveled when this most profound, emotional sense, touch, is faithful to its service? I am sure that if a fairy bade me choose between the sense of sight and that of touch, I would not part with the warm, endearing contact of human hands…” ― Helen Keller, The Open Door

This is the second post in the travel boudoir series from Florida.  To start at the beginning, click here. BreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_02_BWI think this is the most successful outdoor shoot I've ever done in terms of portraying passion and sensuality.  I love the way you can almost feel what she's feeling in each photo.  To me, that's what makes a photo successful, if it evokes emotions and feelings.  Photographing beach boudoir made it easy to bring out the passion, being in the sun and sand feels so sexy to begin with!

There's honestly so much more I want to do in the great big wide world we have, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  BreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_04_BW BreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_05_BW BreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_03 BreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_06_BW BreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_07_BWBreathlessBoudoir_fine_art_nude_beach_08_BW If you missed the first segment of this series click here. Great news!  Travel boudoir is now something we officially offer at Breathless Boudoir!  We will start in July with a destination beach boudoir shoot out at Navarre, FL.  Contact me for more information!  These travel sessions will have very limited availability and spots will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.  Follow our blog (blue button at the bottom) to get immediate updates when we release more information about the beach shoots as well as new blogs. You can find us on Facebook as well as our website.