I have photographed enough woman to know that there is a truth to the principle of Yin and Yang – that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites. I believe that there are two sides to every woman and I’m not alone. Net a Porter explored the theme of Lady and the Vamp with Christina Hendricks in this video and Agent Provocateur focused on naughty v nice with their Juno Temple Christmas campaign.
I love the idea that a boudoir session can explore two very different sides visually – using the concept of light & airy and dark & sultry. The resulting images are very different and require a different approach to lighting, posing and styling. If you are wondering what to bring to a boudoir photo shoot please read my blog post for some advice and tips. Have a look through both galleries for boudoir shoot inspiration and ideas.
Light and Airy Boudoir
Most women love The White Company vibe – stylish and luxurious – it’s all about perfect simplicity. I wanted to create a beautifully feminine and pretty space to shoot boudoir sessions (which would also be perfect for bridal boudoir).
The resulting images are all light and airy and suit a totally neutral palette with an emphasis on details and textures – silks, wools and lace.
These kind of images are stunning for girly, fun and smiley portraits. The soft side of a woman. You can cover up as much as you like – shirts, jumpers, cardies and socks…
Dark and Sultry Boudoir
As much as I like light and airy boudoir, I LOVE dark and sultry. These images are sexy, sensuous and strong – they celebrate the incredible beauty of the female form.
Lingerie should be more daring – strong blacks or bold colours. Lips are stronger and heels are higher. I use light to shape and enhance – these images are very flattering for your body and much less ‘to camera’.
The dark & sultry images explore the more secret side of a woman – the one you don’t share with many others. These are the images that will surprise you the most…