I had the incredible opportunity this year to have the work closest to my heart featured in Embrace Magazine, the top fine art boudoir publication in the world. Finally, a publication focused on telling stories through fine art boudoir imagery.
I wanted to share a few questions that I answered for my submission that was not included in the final feature to give you a glimpse into my creative process for this shoot.
What does the art of boudoir mean to you?
It is an expression of a woman's femininity without regard for the boundaries set by society of how a woman should act, look like, or be.
Boudoir imagery is powerful. How do you see it positively impacting Women?
My favourite boudoir photographers are women; the boudoir photographs I am drawn to are created by female photographers. For me, boudoir photography is art for women, made by women. For me, boudoir photography is more than just taking photos of the female body; it is an expression of the essence of the person, of the woman being photographed. It is important that the subtle intricacies of the person’s movements are captured, her mood, and how she feels that day. Therefore, boudoir photography creates a safe space for women to express themselves fully.
How do you hope to inspire other Women through the art of boudoir?
I wanted to express my own understanding of femininity and body positivity in the context of a bridal boudoir session. I found myself constantly frustrated with how the female body is portrayed in popular media so I wanted to contribute to the pool of work out there done by other creatives (photographers, musicians, painters, artists, writers) who create for themselves and other women. Ultimately, the art of boudoir is an expression. I hope this inspires women to be unafraid and unapologetic of who they are, their personalities or the shape of their bodies. I also hope this inspires other creatives, especially female creatives, to keep on creating and pushing boundaries.
As featured on Embrace Magazine.
About the session:
The vision for this shoot was a calm and slow morning, prior to an intimate wedding. The bride is unhurried and relaxed. She takes her time getting out of bed, preparing herself and writes a love letter to her future husband; taking in the sweet silence of the morning before the rush and excitement of her wedding day. We all know that wedding days are typically stressful and chaotic, I want to tell brides that it doesn't have to be stressful and chaotic. That they have the choice to take their time and spend a few quiet moments alone.
The location is a private residence in a 19th-century apartment, called an "Altbau" in Germany, the world literally translates to "old building." Apartments in Altbaus typically have high ceilings and wooden floors, which was perfect for our vision for this shoot. We focused on minimalist elements as we wanted to highlight femininity and body positivity. I didn't want to distract the viewer from the feeling I want the photos to evoke so we eliminated unnecessary distracting details by just using a mattress, a few cushions, and a vintage chair.
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