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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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Hello wild women!

Does being in nature make your wild heart sing?  Is it where you feel most at peace with yourself and the world?  Do you long to find a way to connect to the BIG parts of you that you don’t quite know how to express just yet?  Are you ready for a transformation?

I need your help!  I’m working on a project to help “rewild” the wild women, and I need 3 brave women to be volunteers for me.  I would love to showcase women who are under represented in the media: women of color, gloriously curvy women, gender fluid/transgender women, and if you’re over the age of 35.

*Also huge perk if you’re a writer, or love to write and would be willing to share the experience in your own words so other women can know what it’s like.

The Shoot

My goal is for the photos that we create together to evoke a sense of liberation and empowerment.  We will be in the woods, in a bamboo grove, and by my pond.  I’ve created a Pinterest board with some wardrobe ideas for the looks I’d like to achieve.  I already have tons of fine art nude photos outdoors, so I’m only looking to do the looks from the “Light & Natural” and “Bold” sections**.  Let me know which one fits your personality more.  Your photo shoot will take place in April at my 10 acres of paradise in Barboursville, Virginia.

Check out some of my outdoor shoots HERE, HERE and HERE.

**it wouldn’t take much arm twisting if you really wanted to do a nude set as well.

What you’re volunteering for

  • Complimentary Breathless Boudoir Session in Nature
  • Professional Hair & Makeup by the talented Nicole Laughlin (optional)
  • Pose coaching & facial expression directing (you don’t have to know anything about posing)
  • The chance to order photos from your session for a lifetime reminder of your beautiful wild heart

Requirements

  • Must be 21+
  • Must be willing to sign a model release giving me full permission to use your photos online and in print

How to Apply

  • Comment on this blog (this let’s Google know this blog is relevant to people)
  • Let other ladies know!  Share this blog on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Fill in the form below: (your information will be kept private)

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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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