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.
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 Continue reading →
Richmond Virginia Boudoir Photography
I’m looking for one lucky lady to join me on the morning of May 5 for a Richmond Virginia boudoir photography photo shoot. I have booked a suite that I am ridiculously excited about! There is a luxury tub with a wall of windows behind it. That means you will be bathed in gorgeous light while you’re being bathed in silky bubbles! I need someone to take sample photos of in the suite to use on my blog. This is the perfect chance if you’ve been on the fence about doing a boudoir shoot. You’ll get a complimentary session and makeover!
What I’m looking for:
- I need ONE lovely lady to meet me on the morning of May 5 in Richmond, Virginia
- You must be 25 years or older (no maximum age limit)
- No modeling experience necessary
- Must be willing to sign a model release allowing me to use your photos (Facebook [no tagging], blog posts, marketing, etc.)
- Must be willing to be topless (I don’t think a swim suit in a tub would look too luxurious 😉
What you get:
- A complimentary boudoir photo shoot
- You get to see your photos the same day
- Professional hair & makeup makeover
- The option to order photos from the shoot if you so choose
How to apply:
First “like” (if on FB or IG) and comment on this post! Help me to get the word out there! After you’ve done that, fill out the form below!
*Perks if your share the post as well and tag your friends who may be interested! Let me know where you’ve shared it!
**Double perks if you’re brave enough to share the photos that we take on your own social media and blast my name! (Shameless self promotion… ha ha!) Continue reading →
I’ve always been curious about what happens when the excitement from the boudoir photography experience fades. Do people still look at their photos? Are they still excited? Is there a lasting effect form the photo shoot? I got to have these questions answered recently by Maren. Her session was almost a year ago.
Do you still look at your photos?
All the time!
Did your session change anything about the way you see yourself? Was that a lasting effect?
Yes, it made me more comfortable with my body as a whole, because I now have photos of a side of me that typically won’t get photographed!
Did you noticed any changes between the two of you after your session?
Yes, he wouldn’t leave me alone! But in all seriousness yes, because i was more comfortable in my body, I was a lot more comfortable with my husband.
Boudoir sessions will be available in New Orleans February 5-10. Call now to book your date, or fill out the form below. MAKE SURE you enter your email address correctly so I can get back to you! Sessions are limited to what you see above, I’ll try to keep this up to date as much as possible but I’ll be traveling for the next month. Helloooo SUNSHINE!
Guest post: Emily joined Kerri and I on our Breathless Kauai Retreat scouting trip. The following is her experience.
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.
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! Continue reading →
Only available in Virginia for a limited time!
White sheet sessions are a timeless classic. No lingerie necessary! These limited sessions come with a beautiful, hand bound 8×8 photo book including 10 photos with your choice of cloth cover. Click here to choose your date and book your white sheet session online.
**If you book before Dec. 20 you’ll still be able to get prints in time for Christmas!**
by Cindy Bischoff
What is Confidence?
In western culture we tend to think of confidence as this attractive quality that everybody wants to have, but only super successful, insanely beautiful people actually embody.
The typical definition of confidence goes something like this definition I found on the personalexcellence.co blog…
”Self-confidence refers to assuredness in your own worth, abilities and power, regardless of the situation you are in. Someone who is self-confident has a strong sense of belief and certainty in himself/herself. He/she exudes calmness, composure and is self-aware.”
Why do we struggle with confidence?
Is it really a surprise why we struggle to stand in our own worth, strength and power, when every signal the media, and our culture, sends us says that we are unworthy? That who and what we are is never enough?
When I Googled “how to be confident” I got back around 129 MILLION hits. That’s 129,000,000!
I found an endless stream of websites and blogs giving advice on everything from how to stand, what to wear, how to measure the grip of your handshake, to how long to hold eye-contact; and many other tips and tricks designed to make it LOOK like you’re confident, even when you’re not.
Especially when you’re not.
With so many voices clamoring to be heard, and so much advice that is manipulative and conniving, it’s no wonder the source of self-confidence feels like a treasure map whose “X” is always in motion, so, by the time you start digging, it’s already moved to another location. An obscure vision you need to lie and deceive, or get somebody’s help to locate, because if you don’t, you can never pin it down, much less embody it.
The elusiveness of confidence’s tangible origins creates a scenario wherein it is easily distorted…for a profit.
Even if you can’t accurately define the source of confidence, you know a confident person when they walk into a room because they exude that elusive quality.
As a culture, we have this romanticized notion that the stereotypical self-assured, super successful, insanely beautiful bastion of confidence is ALWAYS cool, ALWAYS calm, ALWAYS confident, and that is just not true.
Peel back the layers, climb beneath the masks of manipulation and deception, and all of this begs the question, how do we believe in ourselves? How do we authentically exude certainty, calmness and composure when we are anything but?
It all seems so daunting, and overwhelming, but, while developing confidence is not necessarily easy, it is surprisingly simple…
There is nothing contrived about true confidence and it never comes at some else’s expense. It does not matter what you own, what you drive, where you live, nor the size of your butt and thighs!
Confidence, true self-assurance, comes from trusting yourself to handle your life. Period.
When you boil it down, all that means is that, when shit comes up, you handle it with as much grace as you are capable of in that moment. (And let me tell you, shit ALWAYS comes up!)
When you’ve established a track-record of handling stuff well, you trust yourself to handle your life. And when you truly trust yourself, you naturally stand straighter, and like yourself. Does not mean you don’t get scared, or nervous, or anxious.
Cultivating confidence it is not necessarily easy, especially in light of our social and cultural conditioning, but having confidence really is that simple. As trust in yourself is built by consistent action, confidence is cultivated.
As I said, being confident is not easy, but it really is as simple as trusting yourself to handle life’s curveballs.
Cindy Bischoff Bio
Cindy Bischoff’s work centers on fostering and empowering women to accept themselves, to live deeply, and fully embrace life as they are. Not just the good stuff, but all of it! And not at some mythical point in time, like when they’ve lost enough weight to be worthy, but NOW! She is a freelance travel writer, public speaker, blogger, podcaster, and Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer. Cindy co-hosts the “Go Deeper” podcast, and blogs on her website at www.cindybischoff.com. You can follow Cindy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CindyLousMuse. And be sure to keep an eye out for her upcoming book, “When Forgiveness Isn’t Enough To Set You Free.” Cindy is also the creator of www.congruencehub.com website and “Congruence Hub” podcast, both of which go live on February 1, 2017. When your thoughts, words, and actions align, you find congruence. When you find congruence in your life, magic happens!
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.
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Boudoir. Yoga. Meditation. Adventure.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Leave breathless.