Fine Art Photography!

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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Virginia Boudoir Photography

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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Erica's Boudoir Session | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Erica is an extraordinary woman whom I found very inspiring.  She has been through some really rough stuff, but was given a new chance at life and has not taken it for granted.  Her personality had so much spunk that it inspired me to try new things with her, particularly in the fine art nudes section. ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly

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I would definitely recommend Breathless Boudoir to anyone. Any shape size style of person. It's completely customized to fit you.  Jen and Max do an amazing job of making you feel totally comfortable and beautiful. As well as incredible photos that will last a lifetime.

 

To schedule your own boudoir session, or for more information, call us at 225-571-3668 or visit our website at www.breathlessboudoir.com.  Hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

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.

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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).

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©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.

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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.

Fine Art Destination Boudoir Photography | Florida | Part 1 of 4

BreathlessBoudoir_destination_florida_0045_BWI don't think I've ever been more excited about a shoot (I probably say that after every epic shoot, but my job seriously never stops amazing me)!  A friend and I went to visit my mom in Florida so I could play around with creating some fine art nudes on the beach and rocks.  I was like a kid in a candy store! I shot so much that I'm going to have to break the blog about this trip into four parts! I LOVE BEACH BOUDOIR!!! So this will be part one of our travel boudoir series, part two will be posted next Monday.  Be sure to follow the blog (blue button at the bottom of this post) so you'll be notified when it's posted! My mom brought us to a beach that I like to refer to as Sedona beach.  The sand has a reddish hue like the dirt in Sedona, Arizona and there are these really awesome rock formations called coquina rocks.  These rocks are made up of billions of smashed up mollusks (tiny shelled creatures), their bodies are basically the glue that holds the shells together.  They make quite an amazing site!  The curves of the rocks compliment the curves of a nude figure perfectly. Everything flows together naturally and organically.

This first set of photos are from midday the first time we went to the rocks.  We were so in love with the way everything looked that we decided we had to come back for sunrise.  BreathlessBoudoir_destination_florida_0072_BW ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyIf you know me, you know I am NOT a morning person.  There are two things I will roll out of bed for before the break of dawn; fishing and photoshoots.  Though, mornings like these make me want to wake up with the sun every.single.day.  The sea spray refreshingly misted us when the waves crashed onto the rocks and the air was crisp yet thick at the same time.  All the colors of our world were enhanced by the sun low in the horizon, slowly climbing it's way through the sky and stretching out it's rays as dawn unfurled.   ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly There's a certain sense of peace that comes with standing at the shoreline as the sun awakens.  It's a calm peace that wraps itself around your skin, kissing and caressing your every pore.  To stand naked in it's presence is utter ecstasy that can't be matched.  The repetition of waves dance on your eardrums putting you in a state of hypnotic bliss.  It's like nothing else in the world exists, except you on this little spot where the sand meets the ocean.    BreathlessBoudoir_destination_florida_0503 ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyBreathlessBoudoir_destination_florida_0509_BW BreathlessBoudoir_destination_florida_0681_BW BreathlessBoudoir_destination_florida_0702_BW This is only the beginning of something that is going to be much, much bigger.  I'm so in love with photographing outdoors.  Stay tuned for more information on how YOU can do your own beach shoot in July!  Info will be posted here first, so make sure you follow the blog.

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<3 Jen

Fine Art Pole Photography | Teaze Fitness, Baton Rouge

©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly©2013 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max TromblyThese are a few photos from playing around with photographing pole dancing, aka pole fitness.  This was just a practice run to see how it would be to light it.  We're planning on offering a pole photography day in the near future, so contact me if you're interested in doing a pole session! And if you're interested in taking some pole classes (which I highly suggest every woman try at least once) you can book classes at Teaze Fitness through their website  and you can find them on Facebook.

<3 Jen

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30mph winds and a dry lakebed...

Breathless_Boudoir_on_location_desert_destination_01In a dry lake bed in a Nevada desert, right outside of Las Vegas, 30mph winds slapped us in the face as we stepped out of the car.  If you're not sure exactly what 30mph winds feel like (drive 30 miles an hour and stick your head out of the window.... just kidding!), it's strong enough to hold up 15 yards of fabric and the wind keeps it from touching the ground.  It was exactly what we had hoped for!  The ground was as flat as it could possibly be with giant cracks painted like puzzle pieces across the lake bed.  Mountains were in the distance on all sides of us and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.  Perfect day for a desert shoot! When we first met up with Arden Leigh we were blown away by how personable she is.  She is what you would call a mover and a shaker. Arden is the author of the book The New Rules of Attraction: How To Get Him, Keep Him, and Make Him Beg For More, and founder of the Sirens Seduction Forum for Women. She writes a monthly advice column for Auxiliary Magazine and blogs regularly at www.ardenleigh.typepad.com.

While Arden was amazing to work with, and the weather was.... what we thought was perfect... there were definitely some challenges that we hadn't expected.  This was our first desert shoot, and first of many more to come travel destination boudoir shoots.  The wind... which was what we wanted, right?  Was a bit too much for our 4x6 reflector we ordered JUST FOR THIS SHOOT.  It transformed it into a rectangular kite.  Yeah, that's right.  We ordered a HUGE reflector and flew to Vegas with it.  Had to check it on the flight and carry it back home, didn't even use it.  Ha!  It was also quite a bit colder than we expected but Arden was quite a trooper!  She pushed through the cold (shaking, poor thing) until I finally called the shoot.

**Some of the lingerie was supplied by our great friends at Bonjour Lingerie in New Orleans.

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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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