Boudoir photography

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A little history about boudoir photography. . . . .

A boudoir is a lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning “to sulk” or boudeur, meaning “sulky”.
The term “boudoir” may also be ascribed to a genre of photography. Boudoir photography is not generally a new concept and numerous examples including images of Clara Bow, Mae West and Jean Harlow photographed in a boudoir style from the 1920s through the 1940s.

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Typically shot in a photographer’s studio or luxury hotel suites, it has become fashionable to create a set of sensual or sexually suggestive images of women (and occasionally men and couples) in “boudoir style”. The most common manifestation of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly clothed or in lingerie. Nudity is more often implied than explicit. Commercially the genre is often (though not exclusively) derived from a market for brides to surprise their future husbands by gifting the images on or before their wedding day. Other motivations or inspiration for boudoir photography shoots include anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weight loss regimes, other form of body change or alteration (such as breast augmentation or reduction) and for servicemen and women overseas.
Boudoir photography may, in some cases, be distinguished from other photography genres such as glamour photography, fine art nude photography and erotic photography. According to research carried out in Digital Boudoir Photography (2006), John G. Blair said that the word “Boudoir” or “Boudoir portrait”, was used in 1980 by Motherlode Photography Studio in California to describe a picture more elegant than “erotic portrait” or “semi nude portrait”.

Boudoir photography with Dean & Karen Agar . . . . 

Our studio is private, comfortable and heated/air-conditioned. We have ornate imported chaise lounges, beautiful chairs and a bed setting with different covers, pillows and furs. We cater to women, men and couples and we have the very best professional hair and makeup artists to make you look and feel stunning. Our work is tasteful and expertly finished and edited. We have perfected the art of boudoir posing and styling over the years, for the very best results for all figures and ages, and Dean and I will guide you every step of the way through the session for perfect results.
You are welcome to include some glamour and tasteful nude images into your session as the styles cross over very easily. Simply tell us what you are comfortable with and what you wish to achieve and it will be done. Our boudoir sessions are very popular for wedding day gifts, anniversaries, birthday gifts and “just for you” sessions to help with your self esteem and for images to keep and remember.

If you would like further information on a glamour photography session with us please contact Karen on 0402 230 669 or email

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