Boudoir Photography : tips and tricks | Somerset West Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir Photography : tips and tricks | Somerset West Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir Photography : tips and tricks | Somerset West Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir Photography : tips and tricks | Somerset West Boudoir Photographer

As a photographer that is offering or specialising in boudoir photography or any variations thereof it is firstly important to understand what the term boudoir means. Clients will often ask what it means or use various other terms to describe what they are looking for.By understanding these terms you as the photographer have a better idea on what your client would like, as well as if that fits into your style and repertoire. Below are some definitions of boudoir and variations that you may come across.

Boudoir (pronounced as boo dwaar) is defined as “a women’s bedroom or private sitting room”. The term derives from the French verb bouder meaning “to pout”. Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a lady, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber, being the female equivalent of the male cabinet. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room, and was used for other activities, such as embroidery or entertaining intimate acquaintances. If one sticks to a stricter definition of boudoir photography, it is images taken in a bedroom like setting and mostly of women partly clothed, dressed in beautiful lingerie, night gowns, stockings and suspenders etc. Boudoir photography is a subtle play on teasing, sensuality and the beauty of women. Boudoir photography specifically lends itself to the tease with the suggestions of sensuality, sexuality and nudity but it is never overtly explicit.

Today there are various variations of boudoir photography and other terms and styles. Your clients will use various different ways of describing what they are looking for and have varying ideas of what style of image they want to create. Other terms and styles closely related to Boudoir Photography would be:

• Pin-up: refers to calendar or poster type images of glamour models and actresses, originating in America in the late 1930’s)

• Glamour: (now a term often used in the UK for lingerie models)

• Nude

• FYEO: is a play on the phrase used in the James Bond novel and movie of the same name. The term in the photography context was coined by Alexandra Burns

• Sensual Photography: A general term to depict a soft feminine yet sexy style of female photography.

• Burlesque: is a style of theatrical entertainment which originated in the 19th century music halls and vaudeville. The style of Burlesque has definitely made a come back in today’s world with movies like Moulin Rouge. Dita Von Teese is perhaps the most well known exponent of this genre of our times and has been much credited with the revival of the style. Popular music today has also embraced the style such as the music video of Katy Perry’s song “ I kissed a girl” and the Pussy Cat Dolls actually began their career as a burlesque ensemble in the mid 90’s.

Now that you have a better understanding of the terms your clients may use we can focus on the client. I will cover this in the next tips and tricks blog… the client is where it all starts and ends … a happy client is what we all want.

 

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