Why I Shoot Boudoir
One question I get, and I would expect many boudoir photographers get as well, is “Why are you a boudoir photographer” or “How did you get into that”. The answer to these questions is more involved than one would think. However, to me it is important as it is a direct link to my view of boudoir photography, how it is done, and what it can do for my clients. Boudoir is not just pictures. It goes much deeper than that.
When I started out with photography as a business endeavor, I figured I’d do it all, family photos, high school seniors, weddings, pretty much anything. There’s not much to be said, in my opinion (which is not agreed with all too often), for being a jack of all trades, but a master of none. I figured out that my beginning path into this industry was not the one I wanted to be on.
Early on I shot a wedding. I have only ever shot one wedding. It took me about an hour to figure that weddings are not my thing. As I progressed through the opening of my studio, I took mostly family and senior photos. And guess what, no matter how many people are in the photos, invariably only one, maybe two if you’re lucky, actually want to be there. Family photos are for mom. Nobody else hardly ever cares. Senior photos are for mom, or maybe the teenager, but that’s a gamble. This lack of enthusiasm for the entire process and the finished images did not fit my idea of what photography is or why I was enthralled with it enough to invest myself, my time and treasure into bringing it to others.
What’s the point of a photograph if it does not take you to an emotional place, either happy or sad or one of many emotions? A photo is just evidence if it does not move you. And that is how I believe women should feel about themselves. They should be moved by themselves. With boudoir photography, women should feel empowered, beautiful, confident, sexy and sensual.
That is why I have chosen to specialize in boudoir photography. Emotion. If I can affect a person, and how they see and feel about themselves, then that’s what I want to do. The world is full of negative ideas about body image and self-worth. I want to change that.
Women should feel confident and beautiful, sexy and powerful. Boudoir photography Is the embodiment of those feelings. There is a misconception that boudoir photography is all about sex. It’s not. Boudoir is all about the subject, their confidence, and the liberation they get from, not only the experience, but especially from the images that show them as an amazing and beautiful human being. That is why I shoot boudoir.