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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.
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 →
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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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.
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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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. 😉
Meet Kathi –
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!
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.
©2015 Jen Trombly – Breathless Boudoir
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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!
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!)
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.” Continue reading →
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.”
Ready for your turn? Click the “book a shoot” button on the top right of the screen! (or click here) Call me if you have any questions! 225-571-3668
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“This shoot and the photographers single handedly made me feel like I was a work of art! Luckily they captured these artful and beautiful moments so I can share it with someone special! It’s not just a session that the only result is beautiful photographs… It’s a experience that gives you enough self confidence to last a lifetime!” Lacy
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