Updated: Jan 13, 2019
According to Merriam-Webster, the dictionary experts, the word boudoir is defined as: a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room.
Therefore, we can assume boudoir photography conveys that the environment of the portraits is one of feminine intimacy. The subject has allowed the photographer in to a very personal space to capture them in a state of undress, where they can comfortably reveal authentic emotions because they feel glamorous and sensual.
A boudoir session should first, and foremost, be for the woman, the subject. Yes, she may be gifting her portraits to a loved one, but the portraits are of her, and the experience is one that she benefits from emotionally.
“Be your own kind of beautiful.”
While many have the impression that boudoir photography is all about booties in thongs and provocative poses, that's not necessarily the case. It's about a woman wearing what makes her feel beautiful and feminine, in a pose that flatters her body, in light that perfectly suits the mood, in an environment that is as comfortable as her own boudoir.
A t-shirt or sweater can be just as sexy as a lacy bra. In one of my favorite images, my client wore her fiance's formal shirt - the one he wore when he proposed to her. She was sitting in the window with the shirt pulled down around her shoulders, revealing just enough cleavage, looking down at her engagement ring. The result was pure emotion as I'm sure she relived the proposal all over again in her mind.
I work with each client to select just the right outfits for her session. Outfits that she has an emotional connection to or that she purchased specifically for the session. She can also use any of my wardrobe items that suit her style. By approaching a boudoir session as the celebration of a strong feminine individual, I'm empowering her to love herself regardless of what she puts on.