What is Boudoir Anyway?

In order to understand why YOUdoir is different than Boudoir one must understand what Boudoir really is. Do YOU really know what it is? I usually hear responses like “its sexy pictures” or “stuff like Playboy magazines” to “50’s pin ups”.  So who is right? Or?

The actual word Boudoir, pronounced boo dwăawr, is a French word meaning a women’s private dressing room, or bedroom. Which translates in photographic terms to a bedroom, hotel or any other area that is deemed intimate and classy to photograph in.

Ok, now you know the origins of the word (and how to say it!) but WHAT IS a Boudoir session?

A boudoir session can be almost anything! From cute 50’s pin-up to a scene from 50 Shades, it all depends on the person! Does it mean you have to be nude or partially nude? NO! You can be fully clothed and looking sultry or you can have artistic nudes, it is really all dependent on what you want. The photos are tasteful and nudity is typically implied rather than explicit (although depends on what you want of course). They are sensual and sexy as well as classy and elegant.

Bra and panties? Boudoir

HIS button up work shirt? Boudoir

Cute sweater dress? Boudoir

Thong and heels? Boudoir

PJ’s? Boudoir

See? It doesn’t have to be all lingerie and corsets!

Do you feel that you have a good handle on what Boudoir photography is now?

The next post will cover the difference between YOUdoir and Boudoir… but until then, anyone want to take a stab at what makes them different?


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