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For the Wild Ones – Outdoor Boudoir Shoots in Nature

 

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to see yourself through an artist’s eyes? To embrace and love your body exactly how it is?  And to fall in love with what you see.  It would feel like Freedom.  Liberation. It would feel like coming home to yourself, finally.  Maybe for the first time in your life.  Society says we’re not beautiful unless we fit a specific mold.  That we’re not worthy anymore once we start getting wrinkles and gray hair.  We wear those conditions like armor. Do you long to drop your shield to the world and walk naked into nature, in every sense of the word?  If your heart is saying yes, then an outdoor boudoir photoshoot is the answer to your longing!     

 

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Imagine yourself…

 

Dancing in a golden field with silk as light as air as the sunlight spills over your beaming face. Or walking through a quiet forest, feeling the peace of being at home in your body, reconnecting with nature.  A sense of tranquility and self love like you’ve never felt before washing over you like the sweetness of spring. You let go of years and years of self doubt and criticism in a matter of moments, and you feel like a goddess.  Imagine being reminded of that feeling of self love every single day when you look at the beautiful work of art of YOU on your wall that we created together.  Imagine being able to go back to that very moment years later and feel the same peace and comfort you felt that day, shedding your layers in nature. Photographs have the power of doing that, transporting you to a reverie of a different time.  Reminding you of what’s important in life.

 

Consider this shoot for your future self on that day that you forget your worth and grace.  And you will, because we all do from time to time.

 

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Don’t wait until you “lose that last XX pounds” or “find someone to give the photos to”.  NOW is the best time.  You already know this.  All we have is now, we have no idea what the future brings, or when our time is up.  We sit idly by and say, “one day I’ll learn to love myself” until the weeks, months and years pass by and we’ve missed out on so much because we were so concerned with how we look in that swimsuit to go to the beach or pool party.  Imagine how freeing it would be to be able to let go of those negative views about yourself, even if just for a day.  If there are areas of your body that you’re not ready to be in love with, that’s totally ok.  I can help minimize focus on these areas with posing, lighting and wardrobe.

 

THIS IS YOUR LIFE.  RIGHT NOW, THIS VERY SECOND.  Don’t waste it on self hate.  So many times I’ve heard clients say, “oh I wish I would have done a boudoir session years ago, I was too self conscious.  This really could have helped me.”

 

“But I don’t have anyone to give the photos to…”

The most transformative boudoir sessions I’ve done have been the ones where my client does the shoot for themselves.  You don’t need a significant other to do a boudoir photoshoot.  If you do happen to have a significant other, it’s just a bonus that they get to enjoy the photos with you!  This experience is all about you and your relationship to yourself.

 

 

 

YOU are important.  YOU are beautiful. YOU are worthy.

YOU. ARE. READY.

 

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Where will your journey happen?

 

Your shoot is only limited by our imaginations.  What place in nature resonates most with your heart?  Where do you come alive? I would love to explore some ideas with you!  Virginia is home to the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains and countless winding rivers, waterfalls, and epic viewpoints on the tops of mountains.   The options are literally endless!  If you have no idea where you would like for your outdoor boudoir photoshoot to happen, I’ll help you out.  I have a ton of great locations to choose from.  We’ll work together to find the perfect fit you you.  

 

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The WORLD is your oyster!

These shoots aren’t limited to the great outdoors of Virginia.  If you envision being engulfed in a sea of green moss that covers every inch of the Earth surrounding you, let’s go to the Pacific Northwest!  If big open skies with rolling sand dunes is more your speed, let’s head to the sand dunes out west! Your shoot is only limited by our imaginations.  We can go anywhere in the world.  The following photos were taken in Florida, Kauai, Italy & Bali.  

 

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Where will your rewilding take you?  Let’s chat and come up with something unforgettable!

 

 

 

What to Wear for your Rewilding Session

This is entirely up to you.  The last thing I want to do is to fit you in a box that goes against who you are.  If what I say here doesn’t resonate with you, then carve your own path and let’s create your shoot together.  What would your ideal outdoor boudoir shoot look like?  Do you envision yourself prancing barefoot through the forest in a white lace gown and a flower crown?  Or elegantly draped across a log with a blood red dress swirling around your feet? Check out my Pinterest board to see what calls to you, or better yet, make your own and send me the link!

When choosing your outfit, think about the fabric and how it will move.  If it’s too stiff it won’t move with your movements and body. Flowy fabric that hangs nicely photographs well.  Chiffon and silk are ideal. The weight of jersey fabric can work well too, depending on the garment. If you’re not sure how something will look, please don’t hesitate to message me!

 

Check out this Pinterest board for inspiration.

 

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Light, Natural Colors

I love the way white, ivory, and natural colors look in nature for a softer, sweeter look.  Loose, flowy dresses with lots of fabric would be ideal for this look. Other options would be sheer lace robes, crochet cover-ups, and fabric.  Flower crowns go well with this look as well!

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Bold & Dramatic

Bold colors that pop against the natural setting can give your photos a dramatic look.  Stick to colors that are commonly found in nature such as black & deep red. Brighter colors, such as bright pink, bright blue or neon green can look out of place in nature. Bold patterns can as well.  But hey, if you’re looking for something that has that kind of look then go for it! This is YOUR shoot and it should be truly, authentically you.

 

 

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Nude

You can’t go wrong with fine art nudes in nature.  You won’t regret the freeing feeling the experience of being in the wild outdoors with nothing between you and nature.  I will never pressure you into taking more off than you’re ready for.  If you decide to do nude photos before you shoot, then change your mind in the moment that’s 100% okay.  Listen to your heart and honor what you’re feeling.

 

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Clothed or bare, come with your heart naked.  

Are you ready for an experience that will change your perspective of yourself for the better?  Book your session now and let’s start planning!  There’s only a limited number of these shoots so they’ll go fast.  Once your date is booked we’ll start planning your outdoor boudoir adventure together with a consultation with me personally (via coffee date, phone call or Skype).  We’ll make an inspiration board on Pinterest that matches your personality and what you want out of your experience.

 

 

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Rendezvous in the city of Sin – Meet me in New Orleans

Do you ever

long to leave everything behind? To get away from the drudgery of work and errands and responsibilities in order to indulge in desires you hardly ever dare whisper aloud?

The Crescent City’s wanton soul is electric.

You cannot walk its streets without feeling the titillating touch of its warm air and savory smells. Its heady jazz is intoxicating, and I dare you to walk the city without hiking your dress a little higher, swaying and sweating to a late night beat that seems to emanate from within the cobblestones themselves.

There is magic here.

A current that pulses with a fierce sensuality that cannot be contained within its glorious architecture. In this place of change and rebirth, there is nothing the city does not see or accept. Here, you are whiskey. You are absinthe. You are both fire and smoke, and no amount of clothes will be able to mask your scorching skin.

And why try to hide at all?

Let it go. Expose yourself. Offer New Orleans what you are scarcely ever able to offer the outside world – your truth laid bare. Let the camera tell your story as you unlock the shackles of your inhibition. This is not a place for secrets, but of revelation. You are a goddess, and every piece of art in the city worships you.

Have a lover you want to share your fantasies with? Bring him. Bring her. Explore the light and shadows your bodies can create together. This is your moment, and you alone decide who gets to witness it.

Will you do it?

Will you step away from everything comfortable in order to dare to be who you want to be? In order to let yourself feel as beautiful as this indomitable city ravished by floods? The answer lies within you already. Let the music of the streets fuel you. This is New Orleans. And you are oh so gloriously you.

DATES: March 19 & 20, 2018
CLICK HERE to message me and reserve your spot. 

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What she said…

What was your biggest fear before the session? Did your fear come true, and if not, what happened instead?

I was afraid of being exposed, uncomfortable, and imperfect but that fear did not come true. As soon as I walked in, I felt very comfortable with the decision to have the photo shoot and with being there. I loved having my hair and makeup done and loved how it looked! Jen made me very comfortable and I didn’t feel exposed at all. My fear of being imperfect went away after I saw the pictures and was amazed.

What was your favorite part of your Breathless Boudoir experience and why?

My favorite part of the experience was seeing the pictures. It was such a great experience to see myself in a completely different way!

How would your describe your experience to your best friend?

It was fantastic and completely worth it! I wanted to do this for myself and my boyfriend. Now that I’ve seen the pictures, I’m going to share them with him, but it’s really a gift for me!

AND THEN…. she came back for more!

Check back next week to see Crystal’s couple’s session!  Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!

Studio – Loft Studios NOLA
Hair & Makeup – Verde Beauty

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Yep.  That’s right.  I got to do an outdoor boudoir photo shoot in my yard today. It was actually my front yard, not my backyard.  I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to live on 10 beautiful, serene (and private) acres.  My home is my idea of paradise.  Golden rolling hills dipping down into a refreshing pond that I’ve spent many summer days in.  I love being able to combine my paradise with my passion and create beautiful photos, right here at home.  I didn’t even have to put shoes on for this shoot because I didn’t leave my house!

Hair & Makeup by Nicole Laughlin <—(click to see more of her work!)

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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).

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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 Continue reading →

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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! Continue reading →

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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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(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.

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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!!!

Mahalo,

Jen <3

 

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