Why confine yourself to a studio when the natural environment has so much to offer? And why confine yourself to staid portraits when there are so many genres to explore? Thanks to the likes of Gok Wan, ‘boudoir’ photography is now so popular that it has become a specialism for many portrait photographers – and so it should – to somebody who photographs the human form for a living there is nothing more enticing than making our clients look and feel fantastic, whilst pushing the creative boundaries. Yesterday’s shoot presented itself in the form of stunning mum of two Emma, and we had the New Forest in Hampshire as our backdrop. I also have to thank the wonderful Tracy Willis for handing this shoot to us on a plate (if you haven’t seen Tracy’s award-winning baby photography then you must – head over to Facebook to keep up to date with Tracy’s amazing work). Even the weather was perfect.
If I were asked to define boudoir photography I would say that it is simply about ladies looking wonderful in their lingerie. I don’t work in a studio, because my work is entirely bespoke and I have no desire to create endlessly similar sets of images for my clients. Instead, I like to work in my client’s own homes (all an hotel if they prefer) so that the photographs are personal and unique to them. We don’t need anywhere posh, just three or four areas in the home which provide the backdrops we need, such as a plain wall, a bed which can be dressed to suit the mood, a sofa in an uncluttered living room etc. There is nothing more personal than a set of beautiful boudoir images presented in a beautiful album, and these do make wonderful Valentines gifts as well as birthday and Christmas presents for that special person in your life. And I’m delighted to say that more and more ladies commission shoots like this just for them. Boudoir photography is not the same as Glamour photography which is altogether more risque. I’m often asked if I will create nude images, and the answer is yes providing those images are shot in my vision and lie well within the realms of fine art and good taste.
Our product recommendation for this shoot would be one of our elegant overlay albums (our covers range from fine silks and leathers to funky animal prints) and a large piece of framed wall art.