What is Boudoir Photography?

Boudoir Photography
Classic Boudoir Photography

Classic Boudoir in Sexy Lingerie

You may be wondering what “Boudoir Photography” really means. And is it what you’re looking for?

To me, boudoir photography really encompasses the whole genre of intimate portraiture from a glamorous head shot right through to breathtaking nudes. It is about creating beautiful tasteful images of you through subtle lighting, great posing and innovative compositions.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Let’s first take a look at the term boudoir. And how it became a fascinating art form over 100 years ago!

Boudoir comes from the French and literally means a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. It comes from the French verb “bouder” meaning to pout.

Historically boudoir formed a lady’s suite of rooms adjacent to her bedchamber, where she could bathe and dress. Over time boudoir became any private room such as the drawing room. These would be used for activities including entertaining intimate acquaintances. Boudoir has come to denote styles that focus on Renaissance and French bedroom styles. It also describes the “country cottage” with whitewashed walls, heavy bed furniture and deep bedding.

Boudoir art became a prominent movement starting around 1900. It remained in vogue for around 40 years. As a true art form, boudoir evolved from fashion and magazine illustration in Paris around 1910. Today boudoir sees resurgence through boudoir photography.  See more information on the Boudoir Art.

Today boudoir sees a resurgence

Sensuous Boudior Photograhy

Sensuous Boudoir Photography

You may have initially thought of this idea as the ultimate gift for that special person in your life or even the as the perfect gift to yourself. But boudoirs resurgence goes even further…

Did you know bridal boudoir is fast becoming the most sought-after wedding gift?

Bridal boudoir is the perfect wedding gift to your groom on your wedding night. Just imagine the smile on his face when he receives the ultimate gift from you.

There are many reasons for you to choose boudoir photography; maybe to mark a special birthday like 30, 40 or 50. The desire to capture and preserve this beauty is only natural. And of course after you’ve done this once, you’ll keep coming back and create an autobiography of beautiful fine art portraits over time.

Perhaps you’re celebrating a major change in your life, such as becoming pregnant.

Maternity boudoir is another growing trend. And you can capture your once-in-a-lifetime moment. Naturally you will want to follow this up with some beautiful images with your new born baby. Photographing your new born baby is the perfect opportunity for the proud father in on the action too.

Boudoir gives you freedom

Environmental Boudoir Photography

Environmental Boudoir taken in client's home

You have the freedom to truly express yourself with a boudoir photography session designed especially for you. Your emotions and personality are captured through lighting, posing the composition of the final image.

Lighting can be soft gently sculpting your body’s form creating very feminine and romantic images. It can be hard and dramatic with well lit areas and deep shadows, creating moody images. Lighting patterns will dramatically change the impression of your 3-D form in the final 2-D image. A short lighting pattern creates a very complimentary form making your face appear slimmer. This is often referred to as Rembrandt lighting after the famous artist.

Posing is essential to correctly position you to make you look your best. Very slight changes can make huge difference to your final image. This combined with the right lighting pattern will make you look your very best you.

I spend a lot of time guiding you into the right poses and creating the lighting pattern to create your beautiful images. I’ll show you the poses and help fine tune your pose. And before pressing the camera’s shutter – I’ll check for details such as your hair over the eyes. Overlooked details can spoil an otherwise fine picture.

Your boudoir can be taken in sexy lingerie, implied nude or baring all. You will never be asked to pose beyond the level you requested.

There is much to do before we take a single shot. After you’re welcomed into our home studio you’ll be offered a glass of wine or fresh coffee. Imke will discuss your make-up and agree what will work best for you; taking into account your skin tones, eye colours and lingerie you may be wearing. Imke can help you prepare, such as helping you tie your Basque laces.

Your boudoir photography will start off with a few simple classic poses with some clothing. You’ll soon relax and enjoy yourself. You’ll be amazed how confident you’ll start to feel and you’ll allow your inner beauty to come to the fore – realising your desires, dreams and fantasies.

Your photography is tasteful and carried out in a sensitive relaxed manner.

Glamour & Beauty Photography

Look like your favourite magazine celebrity with a glamorous head shot.

Taking your images is just the start


Testimonial from Michelle, one of our Boudoir clients

Your images will be edited and colour corrected to show you in pleasing light.

You’ll either choose your images on-line or come to our studio and enjoy an amazing multimedia slide show.

Your chosen images will be skilfully enhanced in Photoshop with retouching before turning them into beautiful works of fine art with real WOW factor.

Your final pictures are of exemplary quality printed by one of UK’s largest and most successful professional photography laboratories.

Boudoir is an absolute must-do for any woman

A boudoir portrait session is an absolute must-do for any woman wishing to prove to herself that she is the most beautiful evocative creature alive.

testimonial for boudoir photography

Did I mention it’s a life changing experience?

If you don’t feel confidence now, you’ll be amazed how overwhelmed with confidence you will become by the end of your boudoir session. It’s only natural, after overcoming your initial fears before your boudoir session. Then your confidence grows as you feel liberated and become aware of your own prowess.

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About the author: Director, Photographer & Artist of PatB Photography. Award winning photographer and member of SWPP & SIFGP. Featured in cosmopolitan.co.uk, Photo Pro, Alt Fashion. Clients include; BT, Samurai Sports, ItalClean, KeyAgent & AutoTrader.

3 comments… add one
  • Nationalphotographer

    Hi Pat, loving your photography!

    Its always interesting to see how photographers each have their own understanding and interpretation of boudoir photography as everyone is different.

    I wrote an article tracking the 110 years of photography that has lead to the Boudoir photography revolution, I think that is what influances my photography style.

    feel free to post some of your work on our UK Boudoir blog on wordpress and enter into discusions about boudoir photography, and keep up the good work.


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