Outdoor Boudoir Shoots: A Raging Trend
Once upon a time boudoir shoots were predictable. They were path breaking all right. Because exhibitionism of any kind that was enjoyable for and geared to boost the self-confidence of a woman was not really the norm.
But most of the sessions took place in elaborate “settings” within cozy studios were the ladies would shed their clothes and their complexes under the arc lights and the soothing effect of the bubbly.
Being bold and even provocative in front of the camera and the supportive shutterbug became the toast of the seasons and the talk of the town.
It was safe. It was different! And it set the clicks on fire bringing out the femme fatale in the girls next door.
But then some rebellious soul mused, “I denounce the bedroom. I denounce security. I shall be wild and free.”
And lo and behold, the outdoor boudoir was born!
If it is Outdoor, Is it Boudoir?
The fact that more and more women are choosing to capture their glory amidst flora and fauna in breathtakingly beautiful locations outdoor has expanded the traditional meaning of boudoir. It no longer exclusively applies to images clicked in the intimate setting of a lady’s private room.
Boudoir is now the sentiment of revealing the unseen side. The backdrop can be Christian Grey’s Red Room of Pain, it can be the innocent and languid landscape of Alaska, the beach, the forest, it all depends how daring you want to get. The purpose is to bring forth the deep from the superficial. The purpose is to present an idea, a fetish, a desire in a way that sparkles with authenticity.
In this context outdoor boudoir is all about becoming who you know you are in the lap of Mother Nature! And it has nothing to do with the glossy commercialization of swim wear calendars that use many of the same elements.
Top Three Boudoir Tips for Women Attempting it:
I have done my fair share of shoots in the sun, sand and solace of the Great Outdoors. The end results hold the promise of “greatness” if the prep is handled right.
- Choose a Location you are Comfortable In. If you are busy hiding your assets because people are passing by every 30 seconds, the hesitance and the annoyance will show. If you are allergic and are shooting out in the fields in May, the sneezes might seriously interfere with your plans for the day. Remember this experience is about you. The backdrop should complement your frame, your desires and your preferences. Spend time coming up with the ideal “spot”. Since your photographer is bound to be a local too, seek her assistance.
- Play with Props. I am all for the minimalist look. But outdoor boudoir necessitates props. You can pose with the quintessential vintage frame titled to a side. Or you can bring a lavish, draped bed to the spot and peek out from under the covers. How about a lovely and vibrant blue picnic table with you as the prized snack? The options are endless. Get creative!
- Go Packing. Go packing. Absolutely. This includes bug spray and moisturizing lotion. Put in sunscreen with a high SPF. Water – lots of Evian is your best friend on an outdoor boudoir shoot. Slippers are essential. You don’t want to pinch and torture your toes when you are off camera. Snacks to keep the hunger pangs at bay because shooting outside is hard work!
Last but not the least, don’t forget to smile and take in the sensation of the wind on your bare skin. It is an exhilaration that is addictive. If you do it once, take it from me – you will be stripping in the open again.