The female form had been a favorite subject of artists long before the camera was invented. Nude and partially nude women have been the theme of some of the most famous paintings and sculptures from such iconic artists as Renoir, Matisse and Picasso. Technology, and the camera in particular, has opened the world to the female form. It might take a month to paint a beautiful woman and much longer to sculpt one. But one hour with the proper photographer can capture the same imagery. This condensed time has made the artist more available, opening up the world of boudoir to a larger gallery of women.
The reasons women choose to be the subject of boudoir photography are as varied as the women themselves. Many are simply proud of their appearance. Others offer the images as a gift to a loved one. Some view the session as a triumph over a health issue or weight loss. And many choose to participate because they thought they never would. Often it’s the housewife out to prove “mommy is sexy too.”
The body remains something truly personal. Sharing remains an intimate experience. This is the essence of boudoir photography.
Whatever the reason, each subject shares the same belief and desires. They feel beautiful on the inside and turn to boudoir as a platform to demonstrate that beauty. As professional boudoir photographers, we have those same principals in common, working to hone our craft and ensure each woman has a satisfied experience. She must look as good as she feels.
Few genres are as varied as boudoir photography. With advances in camera and lighting techniques, we can achieve almost any look. Boudoir Boutique tends to start the conversation with three basic styles of boudoir. We begin with Alluring. Mixed lighting and posing techniques create a sophisticated yet classic boudoir image.
The Soft and Sensual style was made famous by Gipsy Rose Lee. Soft and Sensual photography is dramatically less risqué, offering just a peak of what lies below the surface. She may be in a shirt with a provocatively exposed shoulder, or negligee showing contours and curves but little else.
Boudoir Noir adds a dramatic flair to boudoir photography. The inner Femme Fatale is often uncovered by using a mix of natural and Hollywood lighting
Regardless of style, the subject remains the largest variable in what will become a portrait of her personality. Emotions often rule the day. If a woman is feeling a little racy, it shows through the camera lens. If she is defiant, the feeling plays out in the camera. A man’s dress shirt displays a different persona than a negligee or bra and panties.
Boudoir photographers tend to love their trade because the final image of the latest camera session is never the same as the session before. Not every photographer has these capabilities. It takes camera skills, training, practice, an artistic eye and a way of making a woman feel comfortable in what is often a vulnerable moment.