What is sexy?

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

Stacey D

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Andree

    OMG Stacey, you take my breath away!! Bravissimo!!!

  2. Lindsey

    They’re all lovely, but the black and white shot jumped off the page. It’s so real.

    I have been pondering the same question, and I haven’t come up with a complete answer either. But I like the one you’ve started. I love this conversation. I love that you’re putting it out there. Go Stacey!

    1. Stacey Doyle

      Thank you Lindsey!!

      It’s not an easy one to flesh out (haha) … it’s quite easy to take the ‘canned’ image that everyone says epitomizes ‘boudoir’. Well, I’m not interested in that. Not saying that there aren’t some outstanding intimate artists out there, there most certainly are.

      I want authentic, well, as authentic as you can, I want the images to feel like a slice of real. You know?

  3. Jeannie

    These are STUNNING! Sexy, yet *real*. This is how boudoir should be.

  4. Rick Sheridan

    Anything that has Stacey Doyle connected is sexy. But I’m kinda partial to the shot in the rhododendrons.

  5. Al Fess

    Neil is helping me set my web site (not nearly completed) and he turned me on to yours. I am quite impressed with your work.
    About sexy- I feel it means something different to woman than men. I feel you captured beautiful images of woman in your “sexy” series. Sexy to a point without showing too much skin, but mostly just beautifully done. Although I’m not against sexy, I feel the outfit is what helps make the image sexual. Without the textiles, concentration is more on the human shape and form.
    Like I said they are all very well done but for my taste it is the incandescent cornered image that tweaks the imagination..

    Go with your heart and keep clicking great images!

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