as a boudoir photographer in houston, i'm often asked about the details of taking boudoir photography. it is a growing area of photography and has recently even been featured in Grace Ormand Wedding Magazine as a great add-on for wedding photographers to offer in a bridal package. i've noticed that there are a lot of misconceptions about exactly what boudoir is, and i want to clear up some of the common questions i'm asked.
1. boudoir photography is always risque
boudoir photography has become a glamorous photographic style. it is not your typical hustler or even playboy style of photography. there is nothing pornographic about it. it's a classy way to document your most beautiful moments in life - anniversaries, weddings, and successful long distance relationships. i get inquiries from professional women who have a boyfriend overseas in the army or navy, and women who just had a baby and want to celebrate their new figure. the photographs are beautiful and empowering.
2. only women with model-type bodies can do it
i can't tell you how many times i have received an email from a full figured woman who asks if i'm able to do boudoir photography for her. of course!!! women are naturally nervous about their bodies and it's up to the boudoir photographer to find that perfect angle so that you leave feeling confident and beautiful after seeing the back of my camera. boudoir photographers know how to accentuate your best features, and minimize those that you're uncomfortable about.
3. it's something i could never tell my friends i did
actually, most of the boudoir sessions i photograph aren't just with my client - more often than not, they bring a friend along to help and offer support. it's great to have someone close by who can give advice about which outfit to wear, how to have your makeup done, or to fix that fly away hair. they help to calm your nerves - boudoir photography is so common and classy now that it's normal to bring a friend along for that confidence boost.
4. only women who know how to pose can do it
every step of the way, boudoir photographers will tell you how to move to bring out bring your best features. we'll demonstrate the pose for you and we know which types of outfits look best for particular backdrops and poses.
5. it means i have to pose nude
boudoir photography isn't neccessarily nude. my clients often bring along their man's button down shirt, a sexy little t-shirt, or an extravagent corset. clients who DO pose nude are almost always covered in a sheet. boudoir is all about the tease - giving your man enough to let his mind wander while still being classy.