I pondered this question at a recent boudoir shoot. The ShootStyle gang met up at a cabin on Sebago Lake in Maine a couple of weeks ago. We had the luxury of a gorgeous setting, lovely models and plenty of time to create a collection of, what some call, intimate images.
I’ve been toying with the idea of adding boudoir photography into my line up. Yet, something holds me back. No, I’m not a prude. Trust me, I feel much more comfortable the less clothing I have on (less restrictions!).
It’s more, for me, where is the story? Ok, some may see the story as a fantasy. A place full of make believe, smoke & mirrors, a place you can play dress up. I have no problem with that. I love playing dress up. (behave)
On the other hand, I am not a fan of the overly processed barbie doll plastic skin, shrinking curves via Photoshop, having the lingerie stand out more than the woman wearing it. Is it the lingerie that makes a boudoir shoot intimate, or is it that look in the eye you capture, the one that sends a shiver through the viewer?
I want to showcase beauty, all kinds, all sizes & shapes. I believe in a curvaceous attitude. I believe the eyes do have it, the lips whisper it, the finger beckons, the walk entices. I believe leaving a little bit to the imagination is the way to ignite a fire. I believe all women are sexy. Yes, all of them. Yes, I am talking about you.
I believe in ‘if you’ve got it flaunt it’ and I also believe we all have it. So we should all be flaunting it. I believe women should stand up for each other, not put one another down. I believe sexy is intelligence. I believe sexy is found in art. I believe women are an art form. I believe lounging in your bathrobe is sexy. Laughing until tears fall is sexy. So is standing up for what you believe in. And standing up for yourself.
I haven’t quite put my finger on it yet, how I wish to approach this work in the future. I know I want to convey that sexy is more than just surface.
Until then, here is a selection of images from the recent shoot. If you care to share what sexy means to you, please leave a comment!
Ciao + Love