Halifax Boudoir Photographer
-this post was originally published in 2015- Looking for a Halifax Boudoir Photographer? Liz is great at making you feel comfortable, get in touch and talk about your boudoir session today!
Boudoir photography has been around for almost one hundred years. Popularized in the 1920's and 1930's, it has really picked up steam in the last 25 years. There is an interesting dichotomy that is prevalent with boudoir photography. Are we sexualizing women further by portraying them in the 'boudoir', often wearing lingerie, sometimes nothing at all? Or is it, as photographers, we are empowering them and others to embrace their beauty?
Women face a crazy amount of judgement in their lives. Often a woman's value is based on her look's, before her knowledge, before her abilities; even before her personality. It's not fair that women are treated this way. It isn't right. But it is true.
Some would argue that boudoir photography is just further exacerbating the situation. Sure, men do boudoir shoots too, but not nearly as much. In my experience, and through talking with other studio's, I expect that men account for less than 1 percent of the market. What does this say about men? Do they not feel the need to look amazing and feel beautiful? This topic has been studied and researched, written about and discussed at the highest levels of government all over the world. (see: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)
There are more questions then I have the answers for. I could go on for days about why I think society works the way it does, and in the end we would end up where we began. I want to talk about something I know, factual, first hand account factual.
After every boudoir shoot, every woman has left feeling so great about herself. I get to share this with them. I see their glow every single time. It's as if all of those years of being gawked at; all of those years wondering if they were good enough all disappear. During these sessions, they become liberated. And it's the best thing in the world to watch. It's not uncommon for some tears to be shed when she sees the results of the shoot. They see themselves for who they really are, not just physically beautiful, but strong, powerful. It instils confidence.
I love every person who is brave enough to ask me to do a boudoir shoot. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's not just about looking stunning, gorgeous, and drop dead sexy, that's only a part of it.
It's really all about what lies beneath the photographs.
Thank you P, for being brave enough to ask, and being confident enough to share these.
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