Boudoir Photography - It's not Porn

August 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I recently was in contact with an out of town client and we discussed what type of images she wanted to capture.  We had a brief disunion about various options and location and soon our conversation turned to boudoir photography.  She said she would love to do so, but because of her job, she had to keep images classy, meaning too many people consider boudoir photography to be less than classy and somehow bordering on the pornographic nature.  Let me be clear, quality boudoir is not pornography in any way shape or form.

So to explain for anyone who is interested or anyone who has wondered or for anyone who had (or plans to have) their own shoot;

The definition of pornography is “Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.”

It is photos that are created for visual sexual pleasure, lacking in artistic quality.  This is NOT what I do. I want women and men to embrace their bodies, just the way they are. I want to show the how beautiful, handsome and sexy they are. I want them to love themselves. That is the message behind my work.

We are constantly bombarded by images of what we are “supposed” to look like. What the “ideal” body type is. Boudoir photography has helped many of my clients feel empowered, boudoir can do a lot of healing and confidence building (when it is done right)  I have had clients that are cancer survivors and patients. Women who have survived emotional and sexual abuse. Women who are struggling with infertility and many other personal things. Boudoir photography is a way for us to express our womanhood, our sexuality and our female-ness in a safe place. Most of my boudoir clients choose to keep their images private. Others are open to allow me to use their images in my portfolio because they believe in the power of this art that we have created together, and they share in my beliefs that seeing yourself like this, through someone else’s eyes, can change the way you look at yourself.  That is a very powerful thing.

Don't be ashamed to pose for boudoir photography, it's a true form of art when it's done correctly.


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