Month: December, 2013

The rise of boudoir

December 31, 2013

Where Boudoir Photography Came from and Why It Still Matters

“Well behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Over the last few years, Boudoir photography has really caught its stride, quickly becoming one of the more respected and more professional pursued genres of the art.

But the popularity of Boudoir didn’t pop up over night, in fact it is the heir of a long history of classic tradition and unique style. It was in the 1920s when Boudoir art and photography really began to come into its own. During this decade, it was generally illegal to have nudity in photographs, but regardless, the likes of Albert Arthur Allen, a French artist, continued to create masterpieces. He focused mostly on women, especially larger women, who posed in romantic ways against ornate backdrops.

Fast forward to the 1940s, and suddenly the boudoir focus was on pin up girls.

These decadent women were delightfully curvy, as popular standards deemed a lack of shape typically undesirable. It was a culture quite different from our more modern, and ridiculous, ideas of beauty. These pin up girls wore stockings, corsets, men’s ties and hats , and were among the first to use various props in their unique “portraits.” The next large change in the evolution of Boudoir took place in the 1970s, about the time when photography began to carve a place for itself in the professional “art world.” Many magazines began to feature photographs of real women as opposed to mere drawings, and as the vision of the female form became more prolific, boudoir photography became significantly more acceptable. Boudoir art and photography is often misunderstood, and this could be considered a result of the total change in style during the 1970s. Women without their bras or even without any panties began appearing in photographs and artwork, and despite it being for artistic purpose only, many people simply could not shake off the idea that this was just glorified pornography.

Sometimes cultural taboos are hard to break. Over the last three decades, this opinion has gradually changed, and Boudoir photography is not only completely accepted, but highly encouraged and celebrated in many circles. People not only enjoy this kind of photography as art work for their homes and other properties, but women often look for photographers who can help them recreate classic boudoir photographs, or just come up with something new that features them as the stars of their own show. Boudoir photography has ultimately, in recent years, established itself as an successful add-on for wedding photographers. This sexy new trend has become a popular gift from the bride to the groom, and so, the pictures are taken before the date of the wedding by a professional, and then edited and bound in a book to be given to the groom. But it’s not just weddings! The fashion world has picked up on the trend. Vintage clothes and even vintage-style lingerie are prominently featured on the catwalks.

historyofboudoir1_0002Boudoir Style is a trend that doesn’t look like it’s going to go away any time soon, and that could be a fantastic thing! In a world that often shows only the thinnest and “most perfect” (cue eye roll) on TV, in movies and in magazines, Boudoir Photography is a shining light at the end of the tunnel. It represents real women at their most vulnerable, and their most confident, which is incredibly empowering. Women all over the world can start believing in themselves, as well as feeling great by wearing their favorite lingerie and having their photographs taken. This is really a great way to boost self-esteem, have a bit of fun, and treat your other half.

 The whole purpose of Boudoir, art and photography is that women should love their bodies, and that feeling sexy shouldn’t just be about pleasing somebody else – it should be about pleasing yourself, and realizing just how valuable you are. For these reasons, I would argue that Boudoir is not only relevant in modern society, but it’s absolutely essential! It’s a very real outlet where women can learn to feel great about themselves and become proud of their beautiful bodies. Boudoir gives women of all shapes and sizes the chance to strut their stuff in a way that never existed before.

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Monday Muse – Lady Gaga

December 31, 2013

“‘Born This Way’ is about being yourself, and loving yourself, and being proud.” – Lady Gaga

“My mama told me when I was young

We are all born superstars

She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on

In the glass of her boudoir.”

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It was about five years ago when Just Dance came streaming through the airwaves.

I couldn’t tell you exactly where I heard it for the first time.

I just remember that whenever it came on, I couldn’t help but dance –

whether in the car, at the grocery store, anywhere. It was fun, catchy, and somehow liberating.

Let it go and don’t be ashamed, she seemed to be saying.

From behind the song emerged this person so radically different from everything we had seen before.

People tried to compare her to Madonna, but this comparison was reaching.

She was a whole new thing: someone standing up for the right to be unique, to act how you want, to dress how you want, and to really not care about what people said or thought about you.

This may seem cliché, but so many artists will break out on the scene professing to not care about the media or about what people said, when it quickly became all too obvious that they did.

Lady Gaga is inspiring for a number of reasons, but especially because she represents something that Boudoir stands for: personal empowerment.

Born Stefani Germanotta in 1986, Lady Gaga grew up surrounded by music, and her unique style and dedicated work ethic earned her a place in the spotlight, first in New York City, and then with the release of her first album The Fame, on the international stage. In addition to being commercially famous, she has ranked fourth on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, been featured in Forbes magazine’s list of The World’s Most Powerful Women, and on Time’s list of most influential people.

She is outspoken, brazen, and authentic. Despite her many eccentricities (which to many people are “shocking,” but to me they are just a lot of fun)

she encourages people, no matter where they came from or what they look like, to be proud.

Why try so hard to hide you are in order to “fit in,” you were born this way, embrace it, you were meant to stand out.

You were meant to be you and only you!

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Marisa

 Beautiful photos by  Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of year. Tell someone you love them. That you are there for them and you support their dreams.

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Monday Muse

December 24, 2013

WOW: Tina Fey

“I want to keep creating comedy that is, as my old improv teacher would say, at the top of our intelligence or higher.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of just cranking out things that are good enough to sell.” –Tina Fey

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You might be wondering what a sketch comedy writer and actress is doing being featured on a Boudoir photography blog.

Tina Fey herself would probably ask the same question.

But when it comes to listing individuals who are truly empowering women, there are a few people who always come to my mind.

Tina Fey is definitely one of them.

So much of her career has taken place behind the camera writing for SNL, 30 Rock, and other successful programs.

In 2000 when she starred with Jimmy Fallon as co-anchors for SNL’s Weekend Update segment, she successfully stepped into the limelight and has been shining in it ever since. Still, unlike many women on TV, she has not been considered a so-called “sex symbol.”

But wait, who cares? She’s stands for something much greater.

On the subject of women and body image, she is famously quoted for having listed out what women are expected to look like in this age.

“Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits.” Of her own looks and recent honor of being named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People she says, “I’ve been reading the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ issue for years, and there’s always one person on the list who makes you think, ‘Give me a fucking break.’ This year, I’m proud to be that person.” Despite her seemingly mismatched relationship with Hollywood ideals, Fey has had extreme success in front of the camera.

What makes her so enjoyable to watch? It’s all the effort she puts into each act that we don’t see.

To be able to perform (and to get others to perform) something that took a lot of time and thought to write is a sign of Fey’s high intelligence and great work ethic. Sure, she’s made important connections in the comedy world, but more significantly, she has gotten people on her side.

Her style, whether written or acted, comes through in everything she does. At the same time, she doesn’t shy away from taboo topics or awkward situations.

In a Boudoir shoot, clients that bring this same daring are the ones that most easily find what look or style suits them best.

They are the ones that leave the most satisfied and pleased with the way they carried themselves. As Fey herself says, “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?

” When you get in and do your thing the way Fey does hers, the results speak for themselves.

So, this Christmas week Monday, I encourage you, be like Tina Fey, be unabashed, be bold, and don’t ever let society tell you that you can’t.

Because trust me girl, you can!

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Today Boudoir is| Knowing sometimes you have to jump for the net to appear

December 20, 2013

Today Boudoir is | Knowing sometimes you have to jump for the net to appear

and step out of your comfort zone and replace fear with curiosity!

The Story of Grace

Growing up, Grace was admonished to dress modestly. To her parents, especially her mother, this meant not going sleeveless. Ever.

To Grace it seemed that even though her friends’ parents might not have such strict standards, that those same rules were what made her just slightly more sophisticated than her peers, at least this is what her mom had told her whenever she had protested. A modest woman is a more desirable woman, her mom had said.

As she grew older, Grace continued to wear sleeves out of habit. Even under fun summer dresses she’d wear a matching t-shirt.

That is, until one spring afternoon, Grace found herself in the dressing room at a department store stepping into a stunning sleeveless, shimmery cocktail dress. She told herself she just wanted “to see how it looked.”

The mirror convinced her to buy the dress on the spot, and she felt a newfound burst of confidence in herself she had never known before.

Grace had a great figure, and she had grown tired of hiding it.

It may seem like a simple thing to go from having sleeves to having none, but for Grace it was one of the most liberating experiences of her life. This feeling of freedom is the same feeling you get stepping off the street and into your Boudoir shoot. It thrills you to think, “I’ve never done this before,” or to wonder about the reaction of what the recipient of these images will be. You can imagine every little goosebump rising as you slip into your negligée.

You are literally jumping out of your skin. The result? Stepping out of your comfort zone and into Boudoir means stepping into a shining version of you.

One where, like Grace, you don’t have anything to hide.

Because, ladies, you never did to begin with.

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