Friday, February 22, 2008

Our Stance on Boudoir

This might raise a bit of a heated discussion, as I'm sure there are a lot of opinions out there regarding what exactly boudoir photography is all about. But hey, this is our blog and we're allowed to post our own personal opinions! :)

Original meaning of the word "boudoir" - "a woman's bedroom or private sitting room" - 1777, "room where a lady may retire to be alone," from Fr., lit. 'pouting room,' from bouder 'to pout, sulk,' which, like pout, is probably of imitative origin. [French, from Old French bouder, to sulk.]"

So, in our own opinion,

Boudoir photography is...
-Accentuating a woman's beauty
-Intended to give to her husband or groom as a gift
-With the hope to combat society's view of "beauty," bringing out the beauty in every woman, no matter what shape or size. We're bringing curvy back!

Boudoir Photography is NOT...
-Cheesy glamour-type photography (a la Deb's glamour shots from Napoleon Dynamite).
-Sleezy X-rated shots (showing more really isn't more, if you catch our drift!)
-Photos of a man and a woman doing things that should be left behind closed bedroom doors. We consider this "couple's intimate photography," which is a completely different genre of photography. It is our personal stance to never shoot this style of photography. In our opinion, this is taking things to a whole different level, and honestly we just wouldn't enjoy our job if we had to coach a couple in that setting. It's SOOO much fun coaching a gal through a boudoir shoot, and then showing her the photos and watching her reaction as she realizes how drop-dead gorgeous she is! :) THAT is true boudoir photography.

Our Boudoir Studio's Mission Statement: Our God grants us beauty and love everyday. He gives us strength and wisdom to create a life that will benefit those around us and those he asks us to help and give to abundantly. He gives us the resources and creativity to create a classy and romantic piece of art that ignites confidence and excitement in a bride or wife and re-enforces beauty in a woman and romance in a couple. With praise and deep gratitude we thank God everyday for the blessings He gives to us. We have nothing to fear because Christ Jesus sustains us.

Our Goal with every boudoir shoot: To celebrate each woman individually, capturing her in a new light that can re-ignite confidence and the way she sees herself. We hope to make a positive effect on the way our society views beauty and bring it back from it's current state of distortion. To celebrate all shapes and sizes.


Zekeshem said...

I love, love, love your philosophy and mission statement regarding boudoir photography. I'm right with you! And how refreshing it is to hear from someone who wants to celebrate the beauty of God's creation and not distort it. Thank you for sharing!! :)

MurrayvilleMom said...

I love it too!!

The Boudoir Divas said...

Thanks for your support, ladies!!! :)

Lisa Robbins said...

AMEN! Beautifully stated ladies!

Audrey Snow said...

Here, here! I completely agree! It's nice to see other female photographers enjoying and appreciating the same aspects of this genre that I do.

Claire Ryser said...

Awesome! Keep up the good work, girls!