Guest Post By Joe Farace
Boudoir or glamour photography is a genre that has its roots in the pin-up or â€œcheesecakeâ€ images of the 1940â€™s but over time has evolved into its current form where these kinds of images are created by portrait photographers for clients as gifts for their husbands or significant other. On the other hand, there is nude photography that includes fine art nudes. In between there are photographs of subjects posing in lingerie or the so-called â€œimpliedâ€ nude image where the model is naked but not nude. Deciphering the nuances sometimes means that youâ€™re dancing on the razor edge between the portrait or figure photography genres but as Jerry Seinfeld once said, â€œnot that thereâ€™s anything wrong with that.â€ A successful boudoir photograph can include most of the following elements.
Sexiness. Todayâ€™s boudoir photography focuses on the depiction of a subject with a strong emphasis on sensuality and trends today lean toward a more natural look at the same time.
Nudity: Not always. There are many ways to portray sensuality, sometime with nudity, partial nudity, or no nudity at all. Much depends on the subject and pose, including the use of â€œimplied nudity.â€
Technique: In pursuit of the ultimate boudoir image photographers use make-up along with camera and lighting techniques to produce an appealing and sometimes romanticized vision of the subject. While some photographers prefer gritty realism, put me in the idealized camp.
Sharp focus or not? Some boudoir photographers prefer crisply rendered images. While others, like me, like to add touch of softness with retouching added in the image in the digital darkroom. Itâ€™s up to you because ultimately it all comes down to the:
Subject: Having rapport with your subject helps create the uniquely collaborative effort involved in boudoir photography. She must be comfortable being photographed naked or nearly so and itâ€™s the photographerâ€™s job to make sure the subject is relaxed because it will make the session go smoothly and let both of you create the best possible boudoir images.
Joe is author of â€œJoe Faraceâ€™s Glamour Photography”. You can read more from Joe by following him on his blog at Changing the World, One Pixel at a Time.