Every once in a while photography journey, I have shot boudoir on several occasions , most of my boudoir clients being bold ladies in their 20s, mostly models doing different shoots for their catalogue, and sometime, ordinary women who just love their bodies.
Well, the term boudoir originates from France. Initially, it was used to refer to a woman’s private room, where she would do her activities or hang out with her romantic partner.
In the 1920’s, that’s when boudoir photography became popular. Photographers would create a luxurious setting of a boudoir (woman’s private room) and in these cases, models would wear lingerie or be nude, and the photographer would try to capture their best sides using natural light, and dramatic shadows. The intention of Boudoir photography is to capture the beauty of a woman’s figure and emotions, rather than an unrealistic or inappropriate exploration of her body.
Soon to be brides would have a boudoir photography session, print those pictures and give them to their husband as a wedding gift. Also, back in the day, with no smartphones, or the internet, how else would you send nudes to your boyfriend or husband living in another city or overseas?
Many times I have been faced with this question. Where do you draw the line? If I am to be honest, there is a thin line between the two, and we have seen in many instances where photographers have taken nasty images in the name of boudoir shoots.
The thing that makes boudoir photography stand out is basically its purpose. Boudoir photography is very tasteful, and nudity tends to be implied and not explicit. It is supposed to make a woman embrace her femininity. She could be nude but not exposed; sexy but not trashy, provocative but not ratchet. The outcome of a boudoir shoot should be something admirable, a piece of art that you can keep to remind you of your youthful days.
Most times when I am shooting boudoir, I like to play with shadows. My style is lowkey, meaning minimal light, depending on the location, I use natural light or just one light set-up. The idea is to provoke thought. Expose the subject, at the same time concealing her in a creative way.
However, regardless of the intentions or any sort of concealing, some people still consider this indecent and perhaps immoral. Let us know in the comment section, what are your sentiments on boudoir photography.