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 #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

Fun Vintage Boudoir Part I | Austin TX Boudoir Photographer

Oh my gosh. Excuse my language. 

I am so excited to blog this amazing session from this weekend.  Insanely awesome venue, check. Killer makeup artist, check. Hairstyling magician, check. Lingerie stylist, check. Voluptuous vintage goddess to photograph, CHECK. 


I knew that I wanted this shoot to have a vintage-esque concept, especially given the location. But I didn't want it to be over-the-top pin up and theme-y. That's just not my style. I think we hit the nail on the head with this shoot that is jusssst the right amount of awesome!



Elizabeth absolutely could not have been any more perfect for this. How amazing does she look!? She had the most incredible facial expressions, knew how to work her awesome curves (, and let's just say it....she makes blondes (eh hem) wish they were redheads. 

The first (out-of-focus-because-I-wasn't-ready-for-it-but-it-had-to-be-documented) shot of the makeup artist, Lauren, TOTALLY busted Elizabeth for chewing gum...and made her spit it out into her hand. Thanks, mom.


Here's some behind-the-scenes-iPhone action that my glam squad captured. I particularly favor the boob-grab shot. I don't know if I was actually directing her, or if I was just busted grabbing my boobs...because I do that from time to time. 

There were so many images that I had to break it up into two separate posts--you'll see part II later on this week....but here's a little something to hold you over! WOWZA.


Thank you SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO much to everyone's collaborative effort!


HAIR STYLIST-- Nina of Urban Betty

MAKEUP ARTIST-- Lauren of Hint of Shimmer

LOCATION-- Roadhouse Relics

MODEL-- Elizabeth M



MORE TO COME this week! 

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Miss "J"s walk in the park | Outdoor Boudoir | Austin Tx Boudoir Photographer

Miss "J" here was SUCH a trooper, stepping out of her comfort zone a bit and hitting the park in her nearly nothin's. She is such a classic beauty and it was such a pleasure photographing her on such a beautiful day.  


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