Boudoir has become one of my favorite shoots within the past year. I have always enjoyed shooting with the average person who had nothing to do with the photography or modeling fields. It allows me to help shape their perspective on photography and they usually come in with no expectations. These shoots are really about the photography and their personalities. Boudoir by definition means a woman’s bedroom or private room. These shoots are for the average woman who are not models or glammed up. They are usually showcasing them in a natural, sexy, sensual and intimate way. This is a big part of why I love these shoots.
My boudoir shoots have usually been in a bedroom setting. They are preferable done with natural lighting. I encourage anyone to bring their significant other or someone they are comfortable with because I can only imagine how nerve racking it can be to be almost completely naked in front of a stranger. I also encourage it because it helps me get the subject comfortable with posing. I prefer little to no makeup, however, I know some women are more comfortable with having makeup on. I usually leave the styling and makeup part up to the subject because I need them to feel as comfortable as possible.
When we are shooting, I prefer to use conversation to ease any nerves. Before they know it, they are just posing on their own accord. I just continue to move and shoot from different angles. Occasionally, I walk them through posing, but I usually just let things flow naturally. The subject usually becomes so immersed in the moment that they don’t realize how many photos I have taken. The most important thing to remember, as the photographer, especially during this type of shoot is, professionalism! Treat people with the same respect you would want in return and respect any boundaries set.
In conclusion, I would absolutely recommend this type of shoot to all women. It is a means of celebrating you and from what the women I have worked with tell me, it is an overall enjoyable experience. At the very least, you have created a memory that will last forever.