breathless and beginning something new | montreal boudoir photographer

Beginning a project is always uncertain, scary, and stressful. I had been flirting with the idea of a portraiture side-project geared towards beauty, love, sexuality, and intimacy for some time. I made a few fleeting attempts over my career, but those occasions were more hobbyist than honest attempts. It was watching an Ewan Phelan session on Creative Live in the Fall of 2015, that I really decided to jump in with both feet and create my Breathless brand.

His boudoir style showed me that boudoir wasn't just a process of playing dress up, posing suggestively for photos and giving them to your partner. It was more a personal exploration of sexuality than a gift for your partner. It could be powerful, empowering and sensual. It was everything I envisioned boudoir to be but couldn't quite grasp before I saw Ewan’s session.

While I am a great fan of traditional boudoir sensuality, I wanted to say something different with Breathless. I want to be an observer and not a photographer. I want to capture my client’s unique energy, not impose my idea of beauty. To create this comfortable mood, I like to break up my sessions. I do this both for myself, and my clients. Taking it slow not only allows me to capture the special little details but creates a comfortable environment in which my clients can feel at ease. By chatting, joking around, or just being silly, all contribute to transforming the session from just a photoshoot, to a celebration of beauty and sexual energy. I really think that is a big part of why my clients feel so comfortable around me.

S. was my first client, and how grateful I am that she was. She is a free spirit, open, sensual, and a stunning presence to photograph. Having her model as my premiere client was truly an amazing opportunity.

—reina, #seeyourbeauty

your lover's gaze | montreal boudoir photographer

As you all know, my intention is not to project my sense of beauty onto the client, rather, I look to release their own allure. During my boudoir sessions, I like to create something special; a feeling or state of mind.

I like to approach my sessions with this philosophy in mind. One method of helping my clients realize what lies within is to capture with my lens what their lover sees when they look upon them. Catching little details: that little mole on the cheek, the curl of the lip, or the shape of the body; each are important in generating this state of mind. I find that looking at the camera in these situations breaks the magic of these moments of self-discovery.

The details are important.

The details are important.

Usually, through the course of the session, my clients feel a realization of their own delicate femininity and sexual energy. It is at this moment of empowerment, that I ask them to look at the camera. This is a powerful moment in which she can realize just how sexy, fierce, and beautiful she really is.

Karen’s shoot was fantastic. She has an unassuming allure to her personality and a quiet dignity to her beauty. It was a really treat work with her.

—Reina, #seeyourbeauty

party in room 512 | montreal boudoir photographer

*DISCLAIMER* This blog will contain high levels of gushing, praise, and perhaps a little fangirling. :P

This is Suzanne, she is an amazingly talented, and award-winning photographer (check her out!). When I opened my books for a boudoir marathon session last Christmas, she booked right away. However, she didn’t just flatter me with her beauty alone, but went ahead and invited all of her friends along, turning my one-day marathon, into an entire weekend filled with lovely ladies. Easily one of the best Christmas gifts I could have asked for!

As one could imagine, I was quite nervous to meet Suzanne in person. You can only get to know someone online so much, and you never quite know what you're going to get when you meet them in person. Suzanne was blunt, and friendly, and funny, and basically awesome online, but it turns out she ended up underselling herself… She was a thousand times even more awesome in person!

She was hilarious, a powerhouse of personality, and drop dead gorgeous. I spent a lot of my time during that marathon session easing the minds of my clients and trying to assuage their self-conscious thoughts. Suzanne would have none of that! She turned her session into a party allowing me to forget how nervous I was to have such talent in front of my lens (I mean if I made a technical blunder - she would know). We honestly had a blast! 

Her session was amazing and effortless. I just sat back and captured every bit of her awesome radiance. When it was all said and done, my head was spinning and I couldn't stop smiling; I was simply dazzled. 

Thank you Suzanne, I am lucky to call you a friend and colleague.

—Reina, #seeyourbeauty