From Burlesque to Boudoir
There are few things more tantalizing than the arc of a female body in motion, which explains the popularity of Burlesque from its earliest beginnings to the modern era. But most people don’t realize the connection between Burlesque and Boudoir Photography. The truth is that without Burlesque, the worship of the female form as more than just an object but as a symbol of liberation, there would not be Boudoir as we know it today. In fact, we might still be faced with a cultural taboo.
How Burlesque Inspired Boudoir
In the latter Victorian era, beneath the high collars and prim respect abilities, there thrived a seedy underbelly of so-called “tasteless debauchery.” This was just society’s way of condemning the people for having any fun. But society as such would not stand. There were many eclectic souls who eschewed the typical high brow nature of polite society, with its stuffy cocktail parties and small talk, for adventurous evenings with alcohol and strong, independent minded women.
It was a cultural revolution.
Burlesque became a movement because it symbolized a move away from the old way of doing things. Women no longer had to be mousy and taciturn, they could be bold, confident, daring, and independent. Burlesque dancers could be curvaceous or thin, blonde or brunette, young or mature.
The only thing that mattered was that they loved their bodies and wanted to show them off in glamorous fashion. This is the essence of Boudoir. Women aren’t meant to hide themselves away, they are meant to be celebrated.
No matter your shape or your size, you have to own it, and be proud of it.
A few months ago I shot some promo images for Tonya K’s new show. Tonya is one special lady and I’m always so honored to work with her.
As a stage performer, Tonya Kay has toured for 3 years in STOMP, flown in the aerial phoneme De La Guarda, toured with Panic At The Disco and Kenny Rogers, danced in New York and LA concert tap dance companies and is a Second City Hollywood trained improv comedian, starring in Lip Dub Divorce Proposal which was featured on The Today Show and went viral. She is known as “The Most Dangerous Woman in Hollywood” hosting and performing burlesque in Hollywood’s most notorious hot spots as host, soloist and company member of Lalas Burlesque, appearing regularly with Gypsy Rose Burlesque, Tease If You Please and at TRiPTease or special guest star for hire.
But there is more to Tonya Kay than her multi-faceted performance career.
She is a philanthropist, generously donating to NORML, The Serengeti Foundation, The Tree People, The Witch’s Voice, Survival International, Animal Defenders International, Performing Animal Welfare Society, Sea Turtles Restoration Project, Center for Biological Diversity and reforestation projects via CarbonFund. She has traveled 18 countries to volunteer her physical body to the preservation and protection of endangered species including the Asian elephant at Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park and sea turtles with Costa Rica’s PRETOMA. And she writes about it all.
And it keeps going. Recently, Tonya had a brilliant idea to combine everything she loves and produced her own hit show, pin up pole show! She assembled an award winning cast of pole dancers and curated a collections of classic cars, vintage styling and nostalgia films that culminates in a sassy, hilarious pinup pole show. This splash is a full on retro-burlesque sensibilities and a rockin vintage soundtrack!”
If you can’t tell, I highly recommend it! If you live in Los Angeles, please go and see it, I promise you won’t regret it.
Aaaand I’m off again. This time to wppi to catch up and meet up with all my favorite photographer friends! I’m sure I’ll be back with lots of inspiration!
Curtis and I have been playing around quite a bit with time lapse. It is so much fun. you should try it! It’s right there in your handy little smart phone. We made this silly little video in Rio at our favorite beach in Ipanema.
The first day on the beach, as I said in the previous post, was an eye opening experience. I was so inspired by all the beautiful butts around that I of course had to buy a Brazilian bikini right away. Shocking I know, I can’t believe I did not own a thong bikini, but now I own several. Guys walk around the beach all day long selling them, so it made it quite convenient.
I shoot beautiful bums all days long, but I never thought I would display my bum out there like this, shaking around in the ocean. Lol. There were girls everywhere though, in every size owning their but, so when in Rome?! Right!
I am going to cherish this silly little video till the day I die!
What I more I say. Honestly, I just want want to be strong, beautiful, wild and free, just like the sea.
I just got home from my 2 week Rio adventure. It was amazing! I went to the beach almost everyday, ate a scary amount of fried food, drank too much, danced, laughed, made love, and slept more than I have in months. It was just what little me needed after the last few crazy months I’ve had.
I’ve never seen so many gorgeous beach bums in my life! I was mesmerized, I couldn’t take my eyes off them. I’ve never seen anything like it. Small, medium, large, extra large, it didn’t matter, they were all out for display and they owned it in every which way!
The first day on the beach I was already planning out a coffee table book, coming up with names, oh man was it going to be a GEM, but my dream was quickly squashed within the first 10 minutes I took my camera to the beach. Rio is a very dangerous place and I just can’t be strolling the streets, the beach, or really anywhere with anything expensive. My camera is worth 3 times the amount it is here, so it could have been ripped from me at any second. This was really hard for me to digest, as I take my camera everywhere with me. I’ve never felt in danger with my camera, but 10 minutes in Rio was enough for me to put it away and not take it out again.
This shot was within those 10 minutes. There were so many sexy beach bums everywhere you looked, strutting their stuff for everyone to see. It’s not like they are trying to keep anything a secret, so please… excuse me, I didn’t think anyone would give a damn. Once I have an idea, I want it, and I go for it. But after I get yelled at by a very strong, scary, tattooed guy on the beach, I take it as a sign. Sigh… Defeated, I put my camera away.
So here it is, better than nothing, right?!
We could learn a few things from these beautiful Brazilian people! One, being sexy is a state of mind. Two, whatever you got, fucking own it, love it and show it off. Three, shake it, shake it, and shake it a little more!
Happy Valentines day all you lovely people! As promised, here is my 50 shades of grey flash sale!
I’m going to make this short and sweet because I’m in Rio and I should not be working, but here I am thinking of all you and how I can make your day a little sweeter.
The long anticipated 50 shades of grey comes out today and I could not think of a more perfect time to offer one of my boudoir flash sales to celebrate all things bold, sexy and daring.
This movie has taken America by storm and has caused so much controversy that it’s just going to make it an even bigger success. I am a firm believer of adventuring into the unknown and with each year on this planet I grow stronger and braver than I was the year before. I believe this is my truth because I am always doing things that scare me and that are considered to be taboo by most, but to hell what everyone else thinks! The older I get, the less I care what others think, and this brings me to the “why” of boudoir Los Angeles and why I love what I do so much!
It’s about being brave, bold and adventurous and if we are not doing things that make us grow we are not living! Period.
So Boudoir Los Angeles is celebrating a movie that is challenging beliefs and sparking curiosity with a 50 shades of grey flash boudoir sale!
Come in by yourself, with your partner, or with your friends and I promise you won’t regret it!
Boudoir flash sale is $195
-hair and makeup by our in-house stylist
-2 looks (up to 1 hour)
-hors d’oeuvres & champagne
-in person viewing appointment
First come first served – limited to 10 sessions. This 50 shades of grey flash boudoir sale will be held on one of our boudoir marathon dates.
Happy Friday!!! It’s my 4th day in brazil and it’s been pure heaven! We’ve been taking it easy, going to the beach daily, drinking lots of juice and gearing up for Carnival. The madness begins today, so I believe my next post should be pretty colorful!
This beautiful barbie flew in from San Fran to come and shoot a boudoir session with me. She is a little fitness guru and as beautiful and fit as she was, she was super nervous. I think she even downed a whole bottle of champagne.
I don’t think she thought she would love her photos as much as she did, but she did, and I believe I even saw a tear of happiness when she saw them for the first time.
Beautiful Becky is my stunning boudoir feature for the week. Isn’t she lovely!!
Ooookay I’m off to the beach again! Have a great weekend everyone! Also, I am thinking I might do a little boudoir promotion for valentines day tomorrow, so if you have been wanting to book a beauty or boudoir session with boudoir los Angeles, don’t forget to come back and check tomorrow, as It will probably be one of my hot 24 hour boudoir flash sales!