Boudoir photography is much more that taking pictures of scantily clad women. There is an art to posing and lighting a women to hi-light her beauty, hide any flaws and remain tasteful and not cross the line into adult entertainment. Boudoir photographs are often revealing, but nudity is not a requirement for the glamorous and sensual look that is desired. So when you work with your photographer some things to expect.
- The photographer will not watch you change outfits.
- The photographer will not “grope” you or handle you in any way.
- Your limits as to what you feel comfortable in a pose will be respected.
- Fine details of your pose will be watched, and you will get told “You need to move a tiny bit.” Often to cover parts you want hidden.
- You may feel nervous at the start, but you should quickly develop a trust and comfort level.
- The photographer will provide plenty of feedback during the shoot on how to improve and where you do something great.
Doesn’t boudoir mean bedroom, so should the photographs be done there? Yes, a women’s boudoir originally was her bedroom, but today boudoir and glamour photography as expanded to include just about any location. The key is posing, lighting and mood captured by the photographer. I’ve done boudoir in kitchens, pools, deserts, mountains, garages, bars, barns and empty rooms to name a few. All these locations created amazing, sexy photographs through the use of my skills as an artist.
I think I would prefer a woman to photograph me so I would feel more comfortable, is that OK? There are many talented female photographers out there, but I believe a male photographer is a better choice for boudoir. A man looks a woman just a little bit different, and so a male photographer is better able to capture that feeling. He understands what men find attractive, as he is one. And the sexual tension that can come from being sexy in front of a strange man can also add the special something to the images. The look in your eyes will be different when looking at man instead of a woman, and that look can make an image amazing. But if a male photographer would make you too uncomfortable, find one of the many talented women.
I’m not a 20 year old supermodel, will I still look good? A good boudoir photographer will make you look very sexy and desirable. He knows just how to pose and light you to accent your beauty. Most of the women I shoot for boudoir are everyday women you might pass in the mall, in their 30’s and 40’s with a few kids. They often come into the shoot worried about how they compare, and leave knowing that real women are beautiful and sexy. I often hear from my clients, “It’s amazing what you do with lights and posing, even without retouching I look so good.”
I don’t think I can be alone with the photographer and feel safe, what should I do? Trust is an important issue. Many of my clients bring a girlfriend to the photo session. They sit behind the privacy screen during the shoot, but are there to help with clothing changes and to provide a comfort factor. It is understandable that you would be nervous, and a professional would not be offended if you want to bring a friend.
I want to pose with my lover, is that still boudoir? Yes, it can still be boudoir. I have shot both male/female and female/female couples for boudoir sessions. Careful posing needs to be followed to keep the images sexy and sensual and not adult entertainment. Showing the love and passion that a couple shares between themselves can create some beautiful images.
Trust in your photographer’s skill, will allow you to realize that you too can be sexy like those images you’ve seen. By working with a talented professional you can be confident that your trust in this photographer will provide you with the photographs you have imagined, and hopefully exceed your desires