Doing a Boudoir shoot isn’t about being sexy, it’s about being comfortable—in your skin, in your room, and in your life.
That said, it’s not the provocative clothing (or lack thereof) that makes a boudoir shoot intimate—it’s the process of really getting to know someone and letting them unfold themselves in front of the camera. Quite frankly, it’s the opposite of a glamour shoot, where one readily prepares for it by getting all dolled up. For us, a boudoir shoot means going bare: letting your hair down, laughing before you’ve had your morning coffee, or kicking your shoes off and putting your feet on the table.
Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t put on makeup. The point is to be yourself, to show us how and who you are when you’re alone in your room; enjoying the quiet moments you have with yourself. Whether you like lounging in your birthday suit, putting on a fuzzy onesie while reading a book, or donning heels in drag, it’s the things you do behind closed doors that make a private shoot. It’s your me time captured, and that‘s what makes a Boudoir shoot intimate.
And just in case you’re wondering if boudoir is just for females… yes, technically it is. The word itself is French for a woman’s bedroom or private room. And no, dudeoir is not a thing—or at least, not for us. We prefer to call it cabinet, because it’s the closest equivalent to the French term boudoir.
bou·doir : a woman’s bedroom or private room
A cabinet (also known by other terms) is a private room in the houses and palaces of early modern Europe serving as a study or retreat, usually for a man. -Wikipedia
Both Boudoir and Cabinet are private rooms—bedrooms, studies, libraries, fumoirs, lounges, whathaveyous. They are not limited to these specific rooms, of course, as they can be any room that a person considers private, such as a condominium studio or even a kitchen. In essence, the idea of a boudoir or cabinet shoot is to capture the persona of an individual while they are comfortable in their natural habitat.
Another misconception is that to do such private shoots, one needs to be physically sexy or fit, and our answer to that is no, not really. We can sing to you all the One Direction songs you want, but we’d rather just tell you that your being you is What Makes You Beautiful (don’t worry, we won’t actually serenade you with such songs… unless you prefer You’re Beautiful by James Blunt).
Kidding aside, a boudoir shoot is a journey and a testament of how you are right now, at this very moment. Whether you’ve finally conquered your insecurities, or are in the process of loving yourself, having a private shoot and breaking down your walls for the camera—to reveal who you really are without the mask and niceties required of daily life—is what it’s really all about.
So just relax and enjoy yourself in our boudoir shoots, because it’s up to us to show you how sexy your journey has shaped you.