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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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!)
Many people believe they’re “too old” for boudoir photography if they’re over 30. To that, I say bullshit!!! Sensuality has no age limit, neither does boudoir photography. As women, we grow into our sensuality as we age. Like a fine wine, we get better the older we get. We learn our bodies and what makes us feel good, we connect with ourselves in ways that we could only dream of in our 20’s. It’s such an honor when Max and I are given the opportunity to capture that sensuality in a boudoir session for a finely aged client.
Meet Karen. She’s 53 and a mother of two. She did this session for herself first and foremost, having gorgeous photos to gift to her husband was just a bonus. Do you think her photos are beautiful? Tell her in the comments! It feels good to get encouragement when we do something that makes us nervous! It takes a lot of courage for our clients to share their photos with the world, make it worth it for her!
“My biggest fear was that my photos would look horrible. I actually started to feel queasy on the way to the shoot! I thought I would not like any of them. I thought that every extra pound or dimple would show and I would be disappointed. It was just the opposite! I teared up during the viewing. They worked their magic and I had a hard time wittling my list down. And I hate to take photos! Crazy huh?!” Continue reading →
Picking up where we left off last week…
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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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.”
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