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!

 

Oh, Virginia! - Charlottesville Boudoir Photography

Oh Virginia, How I love thee!Your beautiful winding roads and roadside views. Your passion for covering the roadsides with flowers that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. Your mountains, who call my name every. single. day. The rivers that wind through you, and beckon for me to dip my feet inside to cool down on hot days. Oh Virginia, My heart is yours. You've allowed the woman I am to fly with wings kept behind me for so long. This beautiful state of yours is perfect in so many ways. But the most important, is that you feel like home. Thanks for being such a welcoming home.

 

Now with that being said, here are a few photos from a wonderfully inspiring boudoir session I photographed recently.  Nothing sings to my heart, like spending time with you beautiful women, one day at a time, and diving into the world that is your sensuality and beauty.

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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)

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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.  ;)

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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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Virginia Nature Boudoir with waterfall

*BEEP BEEP BEEP* My alarm started going off at 4:30am.  Heavy with sleep, all I wanted to do was shut it off and roll back over to continue sleeping, but I had a mission to complete: create amazing fine art nude photos in front of a waterfall.  So I got my ass out of bed begrudgingly, it was still dark outside.  We counted 13 deer in the misty morning light on our hour drive to begin our hike.  We were the only car in the parking lot, save for the car that belonged to the campers who stayed the night before, and that was the whole point of waking up before the sun.  We wanted to get out there before anyone else did so we had time alone with the waterfall.  And we did, and it was so glorious! I was nearly *DROOLING* over what I saw on the back of my camera!  The light, the motion of the water, the grace in Laura's nude form... GAH!  Photographic ecstasy I tell you!

Photographing someone in a waterfall is no cakewalk.  For one, there was a waterfall directly behind Laura, so we had to communicate by yelling over the roaring water.  Not to mention the water was quite chilly.  Laura was a trooper though, she held very still for the 2 second exposures, even though there were things crawling on her at times.  The photos were definitely worth it though.  Laura is a photographer as well and has been on a mission of creating stunning waterfall photos.  She has done a series of self portraits, but wanted to have a chance to just be the model in the photos.  And now, she gets to be forever immortalized as fine art suitable for a gallery wall!  Just look at how the light flows across her skin like silk... mmmm.... sooo much love.

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Dance me to your beauty with a burning violinDance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon Show me slowly what I only know the limits of Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love

This Virginia Boudoir Photography session was done as a gift for her groom on their wedding day.  Ready to book your shoot?  Click the "Book a Shoot" button on the top right of this screen, or give me a call and let's chat about your session!  225-571-3668

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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Picking up where we left off last week... ©2014 Breathless Boudoir | Jen & Max Trombly

This was our "home" for the night, tents around a fire under the Milky Way.  What more could I ask for?  My heart was content.  Had I known that things would only get better in the morning, I may have exploded as soon as the Milky Way showed up to our camp.  Not even kidding, spontaneous combustion on the spot.  But alas, the next morning was mind blowing.

We woke up at the crack of dawn.  No, that's not even true.  We woke up BEFORE the crack of dawn to be sure that we were up in time for when the sun awoke from it's slumber.  If you know me at all, you know I'm not a morning person.  At. All. For some strange reason, just like I'm able to hang over a cliff with my camera in my hands, I'm also able to bounce out of bed (or in this case my tent) at ridiculous hours when there's photos to be made.  Give me fog in a field and a beautiful woman to photograph and I'm awake!  And that's exactly what I had to work with.

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Like I mentioned last week, Max and I will be officially expanding Breathless Boudoir to Charlottesville, Virginia in April.  We're booking Virginia boudoir sessions now.  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.  We're looking forward to doing more outdoor fine art photography sessions like this one as well!

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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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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