• Valerie Simpson

Boudoir Photography Styles | Tips & Tricks

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

So I wanted to just throw out a quick little informative post. There are as many types and styles of Boudoir photography as there are photographers. Many times when a client reviews a photographer it's just about price....I'm going to be honest and maybe make a few people a little miffed here, but price should definitely not be your first concern. The first thing you want to look for in a photographer is their style - whether it's light and airy, dark and moody, or something in between.

You will absolutely have a style you are drawn to more than another, and should pick someone who shoots in a similar style. That also goes for their type of photography, or their niche. Most of us have one - even a niche within a niche, which for me personally is Fine Art Boudoir Photography. So I wanted to talk a little about the various types of styles within Boudoir photography itself, because the more informed you are as a client, the better you can choose a photographer who is going to match your style and personality.

Traditional Boudoir - A client off the street (as in, not a hired model) in seductive but not necessarily erotic costuming, traditionally in a bedroom or a hotel. Many photographers do this is a studio, which has been accepted as boudoir photography in the modern sense, but isn't traditionally so.

Pin Up / Retro - This is actually what most people probably think about the first time they hear the term 'Boudoir." 1940-1050's style clothing and cheesecake posing mimicking the images of Marilyn Monroe, or WWII-Era Pin Up models.


Glamour Photography - This is more of a model session and less of a Boudoir session. Glamour Photography typically uses a model, who is styled with a specific image or idea in mind, in studio. We use these as images in a portfolio or for things like lingerie sales, but technically speaking it's not Boudoir.


Outdoor Boudoir - Is technically not boudoir, as it's not in a bedroom - but has become widely accepted as a modern Boudoir offering. (I'm actually really happy about that because outdoor is my fave!)


Erotic - Traditional Boudoir with an edge. Usually shot more Low-Key (dark and moody) with much more revealing or even fetishistic clothing and accessories. Erotic Boudoir focuses more on the sexy side of things, whereas traditional boudoir is usually softer, and more voyeuristic.


Fine Art - As the name implies, this is a more artistic approach to the traditional session. The clothing is still the same, but it will focus more on high-key (bright/airy) light, a shallow depth of field (blurred background and short focus) and be more detailed, all the way down to how a hand is held and how fabric is draped.


Fine Art Nudes - Usually done with a model in a studio, typically for print. You absolutely can do nudes and/or fine art nude in your boudoir session, but it's usually done as an art form in and of itself for mass production. Fine Art nude is typically in Black and White.


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