The Boudoir, Art Painting by Delphin Enjolras
But first, What is Boudoir?
Boudoir photography is a photographic style featuring intimate, sensual, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subjects and their romantic partners. It is distinct from glamour and art nude photography in that it is usually more suggestive rather than explicit in its approach to nudity and sexuality, features subjects who do not regularly model, and produces images that are not intended to be seen by a wide audience, but rather to remain under the control of the subject.
The term "boudoir" comes from the French Language verb bouder meaning "to sulk" and was primarily attributed to women's dressing rooms or sitting rooms and private salons. Nude or sexualized female forms have been a theme of photography since as early as 1840. Early erotic photography, such as French postcards from the late 19th and early 20th century, pin-up girls, and Hollywood culture have influenced the visual style of boudoir photography
It is common for women to have boudoir photographs of themselves made as a gift to a partner, conventionally on the occasion of their engagement, marriage, or before an enforced separation such as a military deployment. In the United Kingdom it became popular for brides-to-be to commission photoshoots as a wedding gift for the groom. Boudoir photography is also sometimes given as a gift with the intention of re-affirming and encouraging the romance and sensuality between partners in a long-term relationship.
Increasingly, boudoir photography is seen as something that a person might do purely for their own enjoyment, for the pleasure and affirmation of seeing themselves as attractive, daring, sensual, and sexually desirable.
Will my photos be on the internet?
Not unless you say it’s ok! If you aren’t comfortable with any images being shared, that is completely fine, just let me know!
I have cellulite/stretch marks/acne. Can you get rid of that?
In most cases, yes*. Removal of acne, acne scarring, stretchmarks, and cellulite is part of the retouching process. What I don’t do is put your face on someone else’s body or ‘take off’ 30lbs. If there is something you feel self-conscious about, we can use poses and lighting to emphasize your best features instead.
*if you have severe cellulite or acne, I may not be able to retouch it all out. If you’d like a personalized consultation to discuss it, just let me know.
Even if I’m not a model, if I’m older than (or not as thin as) the girls on your website can I still book a session?
You do not have to be a model, fit a certain age group, or body type to do a boudoir photoshoot. This experience is about helping you define and discover your own beauty.
I’m ready to book a shoot, what’s next?
If you have more questions about the boudoir experience, I encourage you to book a 30 minutes zoom meeting. I will answer all your questions and help you plan your session.[CLick Here]
Do I bring my own lingerie, or do you provide the outfits?
You need to bring your own lingerie to the photo shoot. Select outfits that suit your personality and body shape, and complement your skin tone. If you need help with outfit ideas, or you’d like to book a consultation to discuss wardrobe, send me an email! You can get some ideas on my Pinterest page as well: https://www.pinterest.com/RiccardoConstant/
What about hair and makeup, do I do it myself?
Hair and makeup is included in every package I offer, and my stylists have been hand-picked (by me) for their talents. I want to provide an experience that makes you feel beautiful and pampered, and images that will help you appreciate the true beauty you possess!
I’m not sure what I want to order yet, can I decide when I see my photos?
Absolutely. After the shoot I welcome you back to the studio to view your images and discuss product options. Once you decide on what you’d like to order (album, canvas, etc), 50% of the total is due to begin work on the design and the remaining balance is due when you pick up your order. I do not release product orders without full payment.
I can’t make my shoot date, can I reschedule?
Absolutely. Things come up and sometimes a date no longer works, so we’re happy to make the changes for you. You can reschedule your shoot once without penalty with a minimum 7 days notice. If you need to reschedule with less than 7 days notice, 50% of your balance is due in order to reschedule your shoot day. Any balance paid is not refundable or transferable if you decide to cancel or you don’t show up for your appointment. When you sign your contract, we block off those hours to shoot with you, thus turning away people interested in shooting that day.
Where do the shoots take place?
Whether in Los Angeles or in other cities, shoots are done (by appointment only), I shoot in a hotel suite, rented studios or private residence. Exact location will be confirmed and sent to you prior to your shoot.