Since the beginning of time, many have been interested in
the art of capturing the female form. The soft curves, swells,
skin, and general beauty of a female in relaxed repose
captures the attention of not only men, but also other women.
The female form is a curiosity, and a beauty to withhold in and
In the 1920′s, when nudity in photography was mostly
illegal and often times considered pornography, Albert Arthur
Allen emerged. A Frenchman, based in San Francisco who
despite being arrested for his art on numerous occasions,
continued to create. A closer view of Mr. Allen’s work reveals a
man who saw beauty in the more lush and “plus-sized” models
to today’s standards. His posing and model choices led to a
very soft and romantic appeal, which is not hard to imagine why
he became very popular with his small clientele base at the
Around the same time, Cecil Beaton, an Englishman came
on the scene and is famous for his photographs of Marilyn
Monroe. In fact, one of Marilyn’s personal favorites of all time
come form Cecil’s collection of photographs. This detail says a
lot, considering the many photographers who covered Marilyn
in her day and the sheer number of incredibly beautiful
Yet another photographer, whose work I find immensely
enjoyable is Sam Shaw. A United States native, born in New
York, has coverage of Marilyn that I feel shows her natural
beauty and her everyday side. Sure, there is the glitz and
glamour but more importantly he captures an innocence that I
feel a great boudoir photographer should be able to capture.
Not just sex, not just beauty, but also an innocence that
reminds you there is a woman there.
The history of boudoir & glamour photography is a vast
one, celebrating the beauty & femininity of women, but also if
done well: the innocence and romance. The reason behind this
blog post today is to show you that the objective for us is not to
just capture the modern day take of boudoir & glamour
photography, but also to take note from our photographic
ancestors and bring a little something more to the table. To
show the artistic side of it all and to provoke thought and
interest in what seems to be a forgotten art form.
There are many artists to learn from and from which to
seek inspiration. Another of my personal favorites is Steven
Meisel. Steven is an American photographer born in 1954, who
has made the majority of his living through publications in
Vogue, a magazine I use to this day simply for inspiration. I
subscribed to this magazine, not for it’s inspiring articles, but
also for it’s artistic and avante garde imagery. Steven Meisel
has not forgotten what the roots of boudoir photography are all
about. He has been known to photograph plus-size women,
women who do not exactly fit the proper societal mold in which
we place women for their size. Something I applaud, because
no matter the weight of the woman, there is beauty to behold
and to be captured.
Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, A.K.A Horst P. Horst, was
also a phenomenal photographer and master of lighting,
something that is a huge part of our focus here at The Boudoir.
We spend a lot of time researching the latest in lighting
techniques, purchasing lighting equipment and arranging our
lighting and models in the best possible way, to create the most
dynamic image that we can. Horst is a huge influence for this.
Also a Vogue Alumni, he became famous for his work with
Madonna on her “Vogue” single in 1990. Horst went on to
inspire many photographers, including myself, in the years
The list of incredibly inspiring famous photographers and
artists could go on and on: Alberto Vargas: famous pin up artist,
Frank Powolney: photographer, Sam Menning: photographer,
Olivia De Berardinis: famous female pin up artist, Andre De
Dienes: photographer, Bert Stern: photographer, Bob
Willoughby: photographer, Charles Dana Gibson: pin up artist &
artist of the “Gibson Girl”, the list goes on and on.
The lesson to
take away, is that Boudoir & Glamour photography shouldn’t
just speak to the sexual side of an image. It should speak to the
soul, it should show personality, and innocence. Every woman
has an innocence to her that is just waiting to be captured.
Welcoming you to The Boudoir, is welcoming you to a new way
of doing things. We’re putting ourselves out there, we’re setting
a precedent for ourselves, and a reputation that we will be
working very hard to uphold. We encourage you to find
inspiration of your own before your session. Come to us with
your ideas, share your inspiration. We’re here to make them a reality.
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