“Every woman should do Boudoir AT LEAST once. EVERY WOMAN. Sexuality is, and always has been such an important part of who I am, but I always felt like it wasn’t okay to express it unless I looked a certain way. In a way, I was in hiding. And my heart breaks for all other beautiful women who feel inhibited by shame or guilt because they feel like they don’t look the “part.” Once I realized I will never look like American culture tells me I should, I started to allow myself to experience what sensuality feels like in my own, unique body. And it is that allowing of experiencing and expressing that is more liberating than I have words to describe. Working with Jen is so profound for this reason. She puts you at ease and is extremely established in her craft, so you get the sense that everything is taken care of and you can just have some fun! At this point you are able to come out of hiding and say, “Hello world, Here I am in all my glorious me-ness!!!” So not only do you get that visceral experience of what it feels like to express yourself sensually, but after the fact when you see the pictures, you see yourself in a way you never imagined. You realize, “Hey, I’ve been sexy all along! Look at my curves how beautiful they look bathed in light!!” I truly hope more women experience working with Jen!!! And learn how to fall in love with their bodies. It is a powerful thing reflecting on this session, and realizing how important of an event it is for my journey towards self love and acceptance.”
Julie and I did this boudoir shoot in the beginning of the year in Richmond, Virginia as a wedding gift for her soon to be husband. We waited to post it until after her wedding so we could keep it a surprise.
I got all giddy when she contacted me, the way I always do when fellow photographers contact me to do a shoot. It’s the best compliment I could possibly get. Another professional photographer, someone who is in the industry and has the critical and creative eye wants me to do her shoot? HELL YEAH! I felt absolutely honored that she loved my work and trusted me to do her shoot.
I’m going to get a little real here. I know it’s silly, but I always get nervous when photographing other photographers still, even though I’ve done it a dozen or so times. I just feel like photographers know what they like, and know what they’re looking at when it comes to lighting, posing, composition, etc. Deep in my bones I know that I know what I’m doing. I’ve been doing this for almost 8 years now. And I know that they wouldn’t be hiring me if they didn’t like my style… but damn it, that self judgement snaps in and I’m questioning my work. I am human, after all. In the end I feel like we knocked her shoot out of the park. She was thrilled with the photos, as was I.
And I know I’ve said this before… but I’m so in love with that tub!!!! This place is definitely my favorite hotel to shoot in in Virginia. Consider me smitten. =^.^=
I’m SOOOO thrilled that Julie did a shoot with me because she used her own makeup artist, Nicole Laughlin, who I ended up falling in loooove with! So I stole her for my own shoots. =) She’s laid back with a positive attitude, which makes her fun to work with! She has 15+ years of experience in the hair and makeup industry. Nicole is amazingly talented at what she does, she can rock the all out glam look one day then do a natural and timeless look flawlessly the next. She’s skilled with working with all skin types, ages, and colors. You can check out Nicole’s website HERE and follow her work on Instagram HERE.
This woman is an incredible inspiration for SO many reasons I can’t even name.
It was a chilly December night and I stepped into Mono Loco, a popular music venue in Charlottesville, for Adar’s show. I hadn’t seen her before, so I didn’t know what I was in for. I was practicing doing things in public on my own to overcome my social anxiety, so I was nervous. Then this tiny, gorgeous creature walked onto the set and picks up the microphone. Her stage presence was so real, so honest and raw. As soon as she opened her mouth to sing nothing but a deep velvety smoke poured out and caressed my eardrums. I forgot I was nervous. Standing in the front of the crowd, I started to sway my hips to the beats. Gently at first, then as the rhythms grow so did the motions of my hips. I didn’t care if anyone else was dancing, I couldn’t help but dance to every single song they played. I was mesmerized and vowed at that moment to go to every possible Adar show that I could.
Fast forward a couple months later. I posted a model call blog post asking for a guinea pig to come try out this AMAZING hotel room in Richmond, Virginia with a to-die-for-tub surrounded by windows. Who responded? None other than Adar herself! To say the shoot was an inspiration would be an understatement. Being able to share my talent with a woman who has an incredible amount of talent herself was just awe-inspiring! We had a blast for her shoot!
I love this woman for being so unapologetically her.
Hello my lovelies! I just wanted to post this quick travel notice to let you all know where I’ll be for upcoming shoots. If you’re looking for an adventurous shoot, pick the Destin or Bali location and let’s plan some magic!
July 5-8 – Destin Florida, Beach Boudoir
July 22-24 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
August 29-31 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 6-18 – Bali, Indonesia
In between these dates I’ll be doing shoots in Washington DC, Charlottesville & Richmond, Virginia. (and wherever else the wind takes me).
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?
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!