Vintage Boudoir: “Old is Gold” Making a Comeback

September 17, 2016

Vintage BoudoirVintage Boudoir: “Old is Gold” Making a Comeback

Did that boudoir connoisseur friend of yours invest in a vintage session? And now she can’t stop gushing about the experience and the quaint charm of the clicks?

Well she is not alone.

Vintage boudoir is coming back…with a vengeance.

Search for the term on Google and instead of seeing images of Victorian divas decked in leather and lace (there is precious little of that on the net), you will stumbled upon pages of boudoir studios offering vintage packages.

What is Vintage Boudoir You Ask?

Let me start with what it’s not.

A shutterbug who shots black and white snaps of her subject and then claims it is a “vintage” look either hasn’t researched vintage boudoir or she is purposely trying to sell her client short.

Vintage in this context refers to “old fashioned” or “classic”. So the end result or the images should reflect both qualities. If you are shooting in a modern setting and the only nod to being vintage is a sepia tint, then you can definitely do better.

To all intents and purposes vintage boudoir must transport you and those who appreciate your boudoir snaps back in time to a more risqué era when sheer slips and peeking nipples were the order of the day.

Yes you heard that right.

Vintage boudoir is hardly demure and self-conscious. If anything it tries to capture the essence of women who were asked to blatantly repress their sexuality and hence the photographs seethe with contained rebellion.

How Can You Go About Re-Creating the Boudoir Look?

Vintage Boudoir

The answer to this question can be broken into three parts.

  1. The props. Vintage boudoir can’t be tagged truly “vintage” unless you have silk, satin, lace and frills around. Literally. These fabrics and textures are reminiscent of glamour of yore and they must find place of pride in your shoot. Don’t just don them. Go plush and decadent and use them to cover the bed or the recliner. Lamps and candelabras are a great touch. You can also consider slipping a cigarette holder between your slim fingers and channeling Elisabeth Taylor. If that isn’t sass, I don’t know what is.
  1. The hair and make-up. Boudoir sessions are generally devoid of over the top facial enhancements. Since there is so much emphasis on letting a woman be her natural self, it is more about accentuating than altering her features. But in a vintage shoot make sure that the bold red lips and the dramatic eyes come through. You can let your hair loose or have your tresses in the tight curls that graced the visages of your favorite old Holly actresses.
  1. The poses & attire. This is obviously important. Vintage boudoir clicks have the magnetic power to hold admirers captive. The classic “looking in the mirror” shot popularized by Marilyn Monroe or a sensuous show of garters and stockings teamed with transparent negligees evoke magic.  One piece swim suits that just hint at the eventual bold evolution into the bikini look apt too.

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