What is Real Boudoir Photography?

If you look the word ‘boudoir’ up in the dictionary, you’ll see it’s defined as ‘a woman’s dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room’. If you take a look at the word’s origin, you’ll see it comes from the French word ‘bouder’, meaning ‘to pout’. Out of the two, the latter definitely isn’t the sexiest.

Merriam-Webster approved definitions aside, most of us in America know boudoir as a type of photography, often of a woman in some form of lingerie in a bedroom-like setting. What most of us don’t understand is that our self-made definition isn’t quite right. Not every image of a woman in a state of undress posing in a bedroom is true boudoir photography. And that’s because real boudoir photography is raw.

Boudoir photography in Columbus Ohio

The person you see in a legitimate boudoir photograph isn’t a real-life, model. She’s a business woman, a stay-at-home mom, your child’s school teacher, your accountant. She leads a regular everyday life and doesn’t pose often in front of the camera, let alone in her underwear. She’s wanting to do something special for herself or her significant other, and she’s looking for the opportunity to do something she’s never done before.

The person you see in commercial boudoir photography is a real-life model. She came to work, sat in hair and makeup for an hour or longer, dressed in her stylist-picked lingerie, and went to set. She’s comfortable in front of the camera, and she flows through her poses just like she’s done numerous other times.

Sure, both women will produce beautiful images, but just because they’re both wearing similar clothing and are in similar settings doesn’t mean they’re both boudoir. Boudoir photography is about the subject and the desire that drives the photo session. Authentic boudoir photography is produced from regular, every day women who want to get dolled up, or stripped down, to reveal the sensual side of themselves for the camera. Commercial ‘boudoir’ photography has an entirely different motive – it’s aiming to be published in some way, whether it be in a magazine, in an advertisement, or as part of the models’ professional portfolio.

Boudoir photography is intimate and personal. It requires special care from the photographer, and they truly need to have the gift to make their client feel at ease and look natural in front of their camera. Lucidaré Studio strives to provide this relaxing experience, allowing the camera to capture this intimate and personal version of yourself to remember forever.

If you’re looking for true boudoir photography in Columbus, Ohio, check out Lucidaré Studio. Our lead photographer, Melissa, goes above and beyond to ensure you’re comfortable during every second of your session. You’re always encouraged to dress to your level of comfort, no matter if it’s wearing tasteful lingerie or nothing but a bedsheet. At Lucidaré, we aim to make your experience as enjoyable as you are beautiful.

When you’re ready to book your boudoir photography session, reach out. We serve all of northwest and central Ohio directly from our studio in Columbus. Contact us today to schedule your boudoir session, you can connect with us online or give us a call at (614) 763-5001.

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