What comes to your mind when you think about the term Boudoir photography? If you have followed any of my previous blog postings, you know that I have been advocating for a change to how people think about glamour and boudoir photography. (See: Glamour and Boudoir Photography...The Changing style of these misunderstood genre Part 1)
I feel that a misunderstanding of what boudoir photography is keeps some women from ever considering having their portrait taken in this manner. Boudoir photography is empowering and liberating and it is my hope that a better understanding of what it is, and what it is not, will allow more women to seek out the opportunity to be photographed thusly.
Richard von Trapp is a boudoir and glamour photographer in Central Texas who is creating evocative and elegant images that connect you to your glamour, and allow you to fall in love with yourself.
Elegant and evocative boudoir photography has been created for decades, and is being increasingly regarded as a art form that is worth being noticed. It is being featured with increasing frequency at internationally recognized professional photography conferences and seminars, and a considerable amount of very good to exquisite examples can be found on line in search results.
Beauty and Elegance by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | San Anntonio, Houston, Austin Boudoir PhotographyThis image is supremely evocative of the Old Hollywood Style Glamour with a hint of Film Noir. Signe was photographed in the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Emotive Boudoir photography like this is our specialty at Von Trapp Glamour Photography. Lingerie from the Dita von Teese collection. Model: Witch Baby Pinup, Hair: Makeup, Wardrobe, By Model
A well crafted boudoir image provides an immense opportunity for a woman to explore her beauty, grace, sexiness and glamour. No matter what your body type, a professionally produced image will bring out a side of you that you have not seen in a long time, or perhaps one that you never imagined existed.
I do feel, however, that anyone who is new to the genre may feel uncomfortable when they search on line for examples of boudoir photos. It is so easy to be confused by the variety of images that will be returned in a search for "boudoir" as to what boudoir photography really is.
Pillow Talk by Von Trapp Photography 2018.(From the In Bed With Palmer Series) Our model Palmer creates a tantilizing reason to cum back to bed. Boudoir/glamour photo shoot in Sanonio at the Hotel Gibbs. Model/HMU: Palmer
One will find a wide variety of photographs lumped into the genre of boudoir. Images of a woman in either lingerie, partially nude or nude, and taken in almost any setting will be referred to as boudoir. I find this to be confusing and potentially off-putting at worst, and inelegant at best. The "boudoir" by its very definition is a ladies' sitting room, parlor, dressing room or bedroom. As such I am discontented with an image of a woman in lingerie who is photographed out of doors as being called boudoir. Out of simplicity or expediency by some photographer and lay-public, it has become common to call this example…boudoir. I choose to classify such an example as lingerie glamour or sexy glamour, but not boudoir.
I find it more desirable to sub-classify such images for clarity and ease of helping my clients to describe and decide on what look and feel of imagery they are wishing to create. This is my breakdown and classification for the variations of boudoir photography.
Classic Boudoir. Photographs taken in the setting of the classical definition of boudoir. Featuring the subject getting ready such as doing hair, make-up etc. She may be dressing, dressed, undressing, or undressed. She may be wearing clothes, in her lingerie or nude/partly nude. Her attitude, pose and expression are not overtly sexual in its styling.
Glamorous Beauty Signe by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Texas Boudoir Photography Austin, San Antonio, Houston, DallasBeautiful and Glamorous Boudoir. This image is supremely evocative of the Old Hollywood Style Glamour. Signe was photographed in the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Emotive Boudoir photography like this is our specialty at Von Trapp Glamour and Boudoir Photography. Bra from the Dita von Teese collection. Contact us today and realize your dream of glamour with a boudoir session with Von Trapp Photography. Model: Witch Baby Pinup. Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe: By Model.
Décolletage v.1a by Von Trapp Photography 2014 | Classy Texas Boudoir PhotographyAnother image that can be considered either Boudoir or Lingerie Glamour. Also taken in a Boudoir setting, although that is not totally evident to the viewer. Classic Boudoir
Boudoir Closet by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Austin Houston Boudoir PhotographyBeautifully emotive, this boudoir photograph of Kiti was taken in the closet, wearing her vintage inspired Bullet Bra, Open Bottom Girdle and RHT Stockings. Boudoir photography captures a verity of evocative moments that can be photographed in the Classic manner in her boudoir (parlor, changing poem, bedroom) getting ready, or might bewhere she is not necessary in the boudoir setting and is usually wearing lingerie. Model: Kiti Kobain Classic Boudoir
Her Red Velvet Lace v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.This capture was made in a grand bedroom of a noble residence in Venice Italy. The period furniture, 20 foot frescoed celling and French doored balcony, overlooking a canal, created an inspirational location for this evocative lingerie glamour photograph. Model/HMU: uNicoleorn
Classy Boudoir. Can be similar to the above example, but without clear reference to the boudoir as a setting (such as on a living room sofa) but is still indoors. This category has a greater number of possibilites since it is free from the limits of the definition of the boudoir, however, follows somewhat closely the idea of not being overtly sexy. Playful, however, is more often classified into this category.
Legs to There v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.(From the series: Leggy Display 1 of 4) Palmer greats us with her shapely figure adorn in black lace, seamed stockings and stilettoes. Model: Palmer Classy Boudoir
Loubs and Seamed Stockings by Von Trapp Photography 2013 | Austin Boudoir | Texas Glamour-Boudoir Classy Boudoir in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio. Having a boudoir photo session that captures your femininity and sensuality while creating mystery and glamour is both life changing and empowering. Seeing your glamour and beauty in a whole new light will delight you and that special person in your life. Call Von Trapp Photography to schedule your session.
Soft Beauty by Von Trapp Photography 2016From the series: In Bed With Terry) Soft and romantic, this image is a classic for a Boudoir shoot. Our version, however, has the added look and styling of a fashion shoot. The incorporation of mystery and grace along with its styling, so typical of our look, takes this boudoir image to a different hight from the norm. Model: Terry
Sexy Boudoir. Images taken in a setting much as above but with emphasis on sexiness and playfulness as depicted by the choice of pose or body position, clothing, or communicated through the expression given by the subject. In this category I also include the choice of locations other then the boudoir which may even add some degree of eroticism to the impression given by the image.
On White Against Black v.1a by Von Trapp Photography 2015.Gianna smolders for our camera in bearly black stockings, and satin Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps adorns our luscious model.
Bridal Boudoir. A wonderful variation to the Classy Boudoir style is Bridal Boudoir. Often sought by brides-to-be as a wedding present for their groom, the bridal boudoir album truly makes for a lovely gift. They are much like the classy boudoir images, but will include the wedding veil/white lingerie. In fact many of the same poses that we love for classy boudoir will be used for bridal boudoir.
Details of Love v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2014. Bridal Boudoir. Beautifully emotive Wedding Boudoir Photograph taken in the Classy Style. This is a great gift for your groom.
The Bride v.2 by Von Trapp Boudoir Photography 2016.Lovely bridal boudoir image of TerryZ taken in Prague. A beautiful bridal boudoir photograph like this is a must for any future of current bride to have in her collection.
Images of a woman wearing lingerie, or where the model is partly nude, overtly sexy, or evocative which don't meet the definition of boudoir as above, I classify in other ways. Most often I consider these as Lingerie Glamour, Sexy Glamour, or Fashion Glamour, but not Boudoir. I feel that the following image can fall into both the sexy boudoir and lingerie glamour category.
Show of Beauty by Von Trapp Photography 2014 | Austin-Houston-Dallas-San Antonio Boudoir Glamour PhotographerSexy Boudoir. A classic use of the white bed sheet being held by a woman in a boudoir portrait. The lighting was setup to accentuate the curves and muscles of this client's body. The exposure was balanced between the sky outside and the strobes lighting the model. The image was styled with a dark-warm grain to add mystery. This image concept could be further developed and altered to an edgy and provocative feeling with a simple posing change. By asking the client to press her left hand firmly upon the window while spreading her fingers more and leaning forward with some attitude, we could convey a completely different feeling to the viewer. We feel that classic boudoir photography depicts a woman getting ready in her dressing room, parlor or bedroom which is the true definition of the boudoir. In this capture, however, it is not clear where this was taken. The pose, with the sheet and standing in a full length window, takes this image to the sexy category in our styling opinion. Boudoir, Lingerie Glamour and the sexy variants of both are often lumped all to simply into Boudoir. When in fact they are separate ideas and stylings deserving of their own interpretation.
Lingerie Glamour/Sexy Boudoir
With These, I'm All Set v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.A current day take on the iconic underpinning which was the key item afording the creation of the "Sweater Girl" look--the bullet brassiere. Dating from the late 30's to early 60's this striking, if unnatural shape, formed the foundation which created that look. Ironically, its chosen replacement look became that of the braless woman of the 60/70's. Model/HMU: Amy
Influenced By Helmut by Von Trapp Photography 2016.Shot on the streets of Prague's Old Town this capture was influenced by the venerable Helmut Newton.
HMUA: Linda Chudomelová. Lingerie Glamour
Visione seducente v.1b by Von Trapp Photography 2017.(Title: Seductive vision) The magnificent frescoed living room of Palazzo Ca Zen is the setting for this fashion image of Kat and Kim. Models/HMU: Kat Alexis (Standing), Classic Kim. Fashion/Lingerie Glamour
By breaking down the images into these categories I find that it is easer to communicate with clients about the styling, mood, pose, setting, expression, wardrobe, and feeling being communicated to the viewer. In this way it is also possible to introduce the newcomer and would be model to the glamorous world of boudoir photography.
When you consider a boudoir photographer and their work, look for a photographer who is producing a style that fits your vision and desire. If you find one who has an interesting style but who may not have examples of their work that fit into a subcategory which you desire, contact them directly to discuss your thoughts. Often a photographer's online portfolio for boudoir will be limited in the variety of examples shown because clients may not wish to be featured on line.
How the artist styles their images in terms of lighting, coloring, sharpness, and setting should also be considered. It is often the hallmark of their style and can be seen throughout their body of work. Some artists may have a variety of looks to their works, others will create a singular signature style. Lets look at how a style can be described in terms of lighting.
Natural Light. This refers to the light created in nature, i.e. sun, moon and stars. This light can produce beautiful results, but is extremely limiting. It has to be there at the time of shooting, and it is constantly changing. When available in the right location (light from a north facing window when indoors is the best), or at the best time of the day (sunrise to mid morning and late afternoon to sunset), incredible results can be obtained. The image below is an example of the use of natural light.
Pearls and Cream by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Austin, Dallas, Houston Boudoir PhotographyClassy Boudoir Portrait. Ms. Felisha trusted Von Trapp Boudoir and Glamour Photography to create the boudoir images that she has wanted for sometime. In this beautiful and emotive image, taken in San Antonio's Hotel Havana, we captured Felisha's beauty and glamour in a portrait created with a fashion-magizing styled crop. Contact us at Von Trapp Boudoir and Glamour Photography to have your beauty and glamour captured as you have always dreamed.
Classy Boudoir (Natural Light)
North light will produce soft evenly lit images. It is often used to produce a romantic look to the photograph. Morning light too is soft and cool in its color which is not the case with the warm color to late afternoon light. Generally afternoon light is not as soft as north or morning light, but allows for the creation of warm etherial images as the photographer shoots into the light coming from behind the subject. The glow of the light coming from behind the model and into the lens creates a flair of light which reduces the sharpness of the subject, creating the etherial feeling.
Afternoon light can also be used to create sharply contrasted images that are fashion magazine like with an edgy look. Long sharp shadows with crisp warm light is the hallmark of photos made at this time of day.
Classy Boudoir using a vintage nightgown and bullet bra lingerie. (Natural Light, late afternoon light)
Woman At The Palazzo Window v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.(From the series: Woman At The Palazzo Window) This intently evocative image of Nicole at one of the windows overlooking the Palazzo's courtyard, emotes sensuality and mystery, yet hints at vulnerability. Image from the Venice Model/HMU: uNicoleorn Lingerie Glamour (Soft Natural Light)
Lingerie Glamour (Soft Natural Light)
Magnificent View by Von Trapp Photography 2015.>Our luscious model Jessica enjoys a morning coffee and the exquisitely sensual feeling of the sea breeze caressing her bare skin. Lingerie Glamour (Soft Natural Light)
Lace In Nature by Von Trapp Photography 2014Sexy Glamour Lingerie Photography
Our model takes a sexy strool taken in nature in the lovely fall Texas weather. Lingerie Glamour (Natural Light, Sunlight)
Available Light. This is any and all light that is available at a location, but which is not provided by the photographer, such as room lighting as well as natural lighting. This too can afford the artist unique and interesting opportunities to create beautiful images. It is also limiting in several ways. A suitable location has to be found with the right available lighting. If shooting in color, the various "temperatures" of the lights on location must be considered and possibility balanced with each other. All light has its own color temperature resulting in a range of tones from warm to cold. Combining different color temperatures can be used for artistic effect, but can also create a displeasing mishmash to the look of the image. The ability to control the light, although slightly better than natural light, is still limited to what is present and how it can be turned on and off. The image below shows the effect of differing color temperatures of light. Seen in the corner near the window, is the warm yellowish color of incandescent lighting from the boudoir table. In this image the temperature of that light has been partially balanced with the cooler outdoor light commimg in from the window. I chose to keep some of the incandescent light's warmth to work with the color of the vanity table to create a visual point of contrast and interest.
Pop of Red by Von Trapp Photography 2014.This classy boudoir image was created by San Antonio-Austin-Houston, Texas Boudoir and Glamour photography. It has been lit to accentuate the line of the model's leg, and post processed to pop the red color of her iconically sexy Christian Louboutin pumps. Additionally, a romantically soft glow has been added to the coroner of the bed and dressing table, along with a warm and glamorous coloring. Contact us at Von Trapp Photography to schedule your glamorously sexy boudoir session. We will connect you to your glamour. Lingerie Glamour/ Classy Boudoir (Available Light)
In this image both sunlight and room light were used to light the model. Three different color temperatures needed to be balanced to create this image.
Kill Shot v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Watching Marista "jam up" during a sexy photo shoot in Cyprus. ("Jam Up" = Shooting Well in Pool Slang).
Models: Marista and Anna Reis. Lingerie Glamour/Fashion Editorial (Available Light)
This available light capture was made using the 3 different room lights at this location.
Studio Strobes and Speedlights. This is the choice for most commercial photographic work. It gives the artist significant to total control over the light. The color temperature, intensity, and direction of the light can be finely tuned and by this method, the artist is said to be able to shape the light.
Adrienn Against The Bricks by Von Trapp Photography 2016.We created this image during a sunrise shoot in Budapest at Bécsi kapu. A city gate which is located at the Bécsi kapu square, Buda Castle, in 1st District, Budapest, Hungary. It was the port connecting the Castle with the highway to Vienna.
Model/HMU: Adrienn Lingerie Glamour
Sheer & Blue Lace v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2013.Sexy & Evocative Lingerie Image
We love this sexy stylized lingerie glamour image of our model that draws us into the image and holds our attention. This kind of image is preface for a calendar to be given to "that special someone" or as a highly prized work of art for the wall.
This work of art was created with detailed planning of the location, pose and lighting, and given considerable attrition durning post processing to create every highlight and shadow.
As a photo artist, I "paint with light" using special tools and skills to create this one-off image. The time, skill, and artistic vision that goes into creating an image like this is truly a work of art.
Contact us at Von Trapp Photography today and allow us to make you the center of a work of art and to connect you to your glamour. Lingerie Glamour
The capture above is an example of the use of two speed lights. One in a soft box light modifier to produce a soft frontal light, and one bare speed light placed behind the model to create the flare.
The next two images are created with studio strobes at outdoor location. The first one during daytime, and the second at night.
Framed Glamour v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.This image was created on location in Munchen Germany on the grounds of the Lustheim and Schleissheim Palace. Model/HMU: Monique Fashion/Lingerie Glamour
In The Night v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Kat strides elegantly along a Venice canal under a streetlight. Von Trapp Photography's fashion shoot in La Serenissima.
Model/HMU: Kat Alexis Fashion/Lingerie Glamour
Kiti by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Glamorous Texas Boudoir Photography | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Beautiful Classic Boudoir. Beautifully emotive, this boudoir photograph of Kiti was taken at the dressing table, wearing her vintage inspired Bullet Bra, Open Bottom Girdle and RHT Stockings. Boudoir photography captures a verity of evocative moments that can be photographed in the "Classic" manner in her boudoir (parlor, changing poem, bedroom) getting ready, or might be Classy where she is not necessary in the boudoir setting and is usually wearing lingerie. Model: Kiti Kobain Wardrobe: By Model MUA: Glam by Samiha Hair: Jeanette Marie
This image is a wonderful example of how studio strobes can be used to create a magazine-quality looking boudoir image. A white umbrella was used to provide the soft light on our model's face and body, while using the harsh light of a second strobe to provide the striking highlights on her hair, neck, and shoulder.
See the following three posts for examples how light can be shaped using these tools.
In the image above two strobes are again used to create this boudoir image. One strobe along with a soft box was used as the main light to light the subject. A second strobe with a gobo (material of some kind which is placed between a light source and the subject) of foil with irregular shaped holes was used to create the light and shadows on the wall which adds additional interest to the photograph.
Sexy Boudoir/ Lingerie Glamour
No matter what your vision or wish for a boudoir photo might be, it will best be served by a professional photographer experienced in this field. You will be best served if you first do your "homework" on the genre of boudoir, by looking at lots of examples of fine quality images. Consider your choice of photographers carefully by studying their body of work. If you find one who's work touches you, give them a call. Also don't limit yourself by not considering an artist who in not in your ares, many photographers are willing to travel. You as well can find it incredibly exciting and fruitful to setup a destination shoot with a photo-artist. Dream big!
If you are thinking about having a boudoir or glamour session, let us at Von Trapp Photography excite you with how we can create a work of art with you as the subject. We will put you in touch with your beauty and glamour. Contact us today.