If you asked me 1 year ago if I would ever photograph boudoir, I would’ve promptly said “no” because I didn’t fully understand what boudoir was and thought it was just pornographic images of naked (mostly) women. However, that question lingered with me and prompted me to do research to educate myself on what boudoir really is.
According to Wikipedia (don’t knock it!), “Boudoir photography, or sensual photography, is a photographic style featuring intimate, sensual, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subject and his or her romantic partners.”
Boudoir was often used and gifted to partners during engagement, right before marriage, and before long times of separation like military deployment. More recently, boudoir is for the enjoyment of the subject themselves due to the feeling of empowerment.
Boudoir, I think, gets the bad rap of being pornographic and distasteful. Rather, boudoir is the opposite (at least when done properly).
The female body is stunning! It has curves and edges; it can create and hold life. She is the pinnacle of creation itself, that is why God created women last (because you always save the best for last!). Even think of why the most beautiful cars are attractive…they follow the lines of a female body (mind blown). A woman’s body has so much power but often that power is subdued and ridiculed by modern society for not looking a certain way. That is shameful! Your body is gorgeous and unique. Do not hide from it; embrace it.
Boudoir has taught me that the female body should be celebrated and admired, not hidden due to shame or embarrassment. During these sessions women feel more free and get the privilege of seeing how they look from someone else’s eyes.
After this bridal boudoir session with Maria, she took to Instagram to share her experience in front of the camera. She said that “she felt extremely comfortable and confident” and that it was an experience that allowed her to feel beautiful and increase her confidence. To learn more about Maria (she’s a personal trainer who used to struggle with body images growing up) click here.
These images hold a special place in my heart because this was my first ever bridal boudoir photography session as well as for Maria who is also one of my July 2020 brides!
If you would like to schedule a bridal boudoir session before your big day, please reach out! I can’t wait to show you how gorgeous you are.