The art of boudoir

With the right gear, light­ing skills and a few pos­ing ideas, a boudoir shoot needn’t be a daunt­ing prospect. James Paterson re­veals all

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Boudoir pho­tog­ra­phy is big business at the mo­ment and, if you’re in to tak­ing por­traits, it’s a use­ful skill to master. You’ll find lots of tech­ni­cal ad­vice over the next few pages, but first off it’s worth think­ing about the style of shoot.

Page Three glam­our has its place, but it’s not here. It’s not just about hid­ing the rude bits. We need a style that cel­e­brates the shape of the model’s body with­out ob­jec­ti­fy­ing her. There’s an el­e­ment of em­pow­er­ment to boudoir pho­tog­ra­phy, which is why more of­ten than not it’s the women, rather than their part­ners, who seek out and pay for this type of photo shoot. It’s a boost for a woman’s con­fi­dence, and a chance for her to cel­e­brate her shape now and to say “I can look this beau­ti­ful if I want to.”

So how do we get this sense of em­pow­er­ment across in the pho­tos? Firstly we talk to the sub­ject – whether it’s a part­ner, a friend, a model or a client – and find out the kind of look she’s af­ter and what she is pre­pared to show or not. The best por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers learn how to em­pha­sise a per­son’s most al­lur­ing as­sets and play down the un­flat­ter­ing parts. With boudoir, this is vi­tal.

On the tech­ni­cal side, there are choices we can make to take our shots out of the Read­ers’ Wives cat­e­gory and into the realms of the pros…

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