Desert Boudoir at Sunset | Austin Boudoir Photographer

It is absurdly important for me to always do photo shoot projects for myself on the side. The moment the passion to create outside what I'm being paid to create goes away, I'm in big trouble as an artist.

What's ironic is, I used to live in Erie, PA. A smaller city with not a whole lot of location options. When people wanted to do their photos on the beach I would silently cringe...only because that's where I shot ALL the time (that, and it was a relatively polluted beach so editing out trash, dead fish, and condom wrappers got quite cumbersome). It got boring. And now that I'm not around the beach environment much anymore, I find myself thinking about that type of shoot environment quite often. 

I've had my eye on this location WAAYYY out in Texas (I mean, REAL Texas, y'all. On my drive there I saw practically no cars, hundreds of deer, cows, and vultures, about 30 DQs, countless tumbleweeds, those oil drilling thingamajiggers everywhere, and the "EMPORIUM OF SPURS".) since I moved to Austin nearly 5 years ago.  

When my super gorgeous model friend Olivia Jordan hired me to the be the photographer for Mood Board Productions' boudoir modeling weekend in Midland, we knew that a team Jordan/Trombetta shoot in the sandhills HAD to happen at some point. 

I arrived at the hotel around 6pm, it was another 40 minute drive to the sandhills, and I had to collect Olivia in all her glory to head out that way. By the time we arrived, parked (apparently illegally. Who knew that was possible in the middle of nowhere!?), and hiked our way up the sandhills, not only was I completely out of breath, but we also only had TWENTY MINUTES of light left. WHAT!?  

Luckily, #1- I'm a super fast-paced shooter. I don't linger at all from pose to pose. I get.it.done. #2- Olivia is a professional model. She is. No hiding that fact. So she knows her way around a photo shoot. #3- We've worked together enough times that we had our FLOW down and totally knew how to jive with each other to maximize efficiency. #4- I work so much better under a strict timeline. #5- THE LIGHT WAS SO FREAKING GLORIOUS.

So we cranked it out! I knew that I had to have at least one awesome self-portrait to add to my project...I mean, I DID drive all that way. More on that in another post. So I got my "selfie" and commanded Olivia to strip down (I get bossy when I'm in a hurry) and we went to "work". 

It was SO incredible watching the shoot unfold (insanely quickly), watching the light change colors as the sun set, watching the shadows cast harshly on the windblown sand texture almost as if it knew exactly what I had been envisioning for years. It was glorious. 

I don't think I have ever been so conflicted about keeping photos in color vs. doing black and white conversions....I tried to find a happy balance, but I truly love them all, in both color AND black and white. 

As always, it was an absolute pleasure having a "play" shoot with this lovely. And I solemnly swear that I will always remember to shoot just for me every now and then. 

We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.
— Ernest Hemingway


The Boudoir Experience | Austin Boudoir Studio

By now you've probably seen the photos from last week's killer promo shoot with Miss "O"...butttt, there's MORRREEE! I know, I know...I'm excited too ;)

Check out this fun little promo video we put together to show a little behind-the-scenes action from a Click Chick Boudoir experience! Enjoy! 

Want a boudoir experience of your own?? Let's chat, dahhling!

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Miss "O" Part II | Austin Boudoir Studio

Ohhhh Miss "O", how your beauty shines!!  If you missed Part I of this insanely awesome shoot, be sure to check it out! 

NOW--on to the SASS! When we switched to bolder lingerie, smoky eyes, bigger hair, and plum lips, it was time to sexy-it-up a little bit!  This woman was like butter in front of my lens....fat free calorie free gluten free dairy free butter because...I mean...look at her! No butter touches that bod!

As stunning as she is, beauty is only skin deep....and it's NOT outer beauty that is radiating in these photos. That's her soul, y'all. In the one day that I spent with this woman, I can tell you that she is truly the most beautiful person on the inside, too.  She leads a pretty amazing, hard-working life and is lead by her heart wherever she goes.  

OK- back to the photos. Enjoy!

I'll pause while you check those out again. Go ahead....don't be shy. 

Isn't she just remarkable?  And can we please talk about that BODY SUIT! Ooooh la la. That Blush body suit came from my favorite little Austin lingerie boutique,  UNDERWEAR.  That place is full of sexy little treasures.  

The sultry hair and makeup was done by one of Click Chick Boudoir's choice hair/makeup artists Kendall from Mayhem Beauty. BAM. Perfection.

And another HUGE thank you to Miss "O" for sharing her glow with us.  She is also the star of a little promo video for Click Chick Boudoir that will be rolling out tomorrow! Stay tuned! xo

Are you ready for me to photograph you, yet? You deserve it, girl! Get at me!

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Miss O and her hypnotizing gaze | Austin Boudoir Studio

Y'all.  


Seriously.  Y'all.  I had one of the most fun photo shoots of my career last week...which is a pretty bold statement to make, because all of my shoots are the "funnest".

Miss "O" rocked my socks off, completely NAILED her photo-slash-video shoot, and the photos we got are so freaking incredible. This is going to have a to be a two part (or maybe even three part) blog post. TODAY, you get the beauty in white...tomorrow we'll sass it up a bit. ;)

Before. Still cute as a button.

Before. Still cute as a button.

After. Wowza.

After. Wowza.

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Such a classic beauty, this one! She was so natural and effortless in front of my lens.  I cannot WAIT to share Part II with you tomorrow! It's insanely insane in awesomeness. Be prepared. 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Kendall of Mayhem Beauty for rocking out Miss "O"s hair and makeup for this shoot, and for UNDERWEAR for the beautiful wardrobe. Va Va Voom.

Want to be in front of my lens? Let's chat dahhling!

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