Updated: Sep 11
Boudoir photography has been an intriguing part of our visual culture for centuries, tracing its roots back to the salacious rococo art of 18th-century France. The term "boudoir" itself comes from French, meaning a woman's private sitting room or salon. It was here that women could be alone, or with other women, expressing themselves freely in their most intimate spaces. This was a novel concept for the era, a sanctuary, if you will, where a woman could exist independently of societal expectations. The boudoir paintings and later, photographs, were a reflection of this space, capturing women in their most relaxed, candid and sensuous moments.
Fast forward to the present day, and boudoir photography has evolved into a powerful genre, playing a significant role in the photography world. It's a genre that emphasizes personal connection, expression of femininity, and the celebration of individuality. But as the world evolves, so does boudoir photography. It's no longer just about capturing the feminine form and spirit, it's grown to include and celebrate all relationships, including the beautiful connections formed by lesbian couples.
The idea of couples boudoir, and specifically lesbian couples boudoir, is a natural extension of the very core of what this style of photography represents. It's all about intimacy, vulnerability, and authenticity, capturing the connection between two people in their most personal moments. Couples boudoir photography is about more than just the individuals; it's about the energy that exists between them, the shared glances, the delicate touches, the raw emotions that surface when two people who are deeply in love share a space.
These sessions are a powerful testament to the love, passion, and connection shared by women in love with each other. They are a celebration of the intimacy and emotion that is unique to their experience.
Being a part of this photographic revolution is both exciting and humbling. As we continue to redefine and reimagine boudoir photography, it's important to honor the genre's roots, its journey from the private rooms of French dames to the vibrant and diverse photographic field it is today. And remember, whether playful or intense, every session mirrors the personalities and dynamics of the couple, making each one a unique work of art.
And so, when we speak of boudoir photography for lesbian couples in New Jersey, or anywhere else in the world, what we're really talking about is a celebration of love and intimacy, captured in its purest form. It's a conversation that has been ongoing for centuries, one that continues to evolve, and one that we're incredibly proud to be a part of.
Lesbian boudoir photography has surged in popularity
Have you been considering a couples boudoir session? In short, it's a lot of fun. 😀. The one great thing about boudoir photography is that it is indeed for everyone. Let's take a look...
Hi. I'm Michael. I'm a little bit of a geek, but I'm also boudoir photographer from NJ who has photographed hundreds of women during my career. I wanted to write a short post today to follow up on an inquiry I received recently-- and one which pops up in my inbox from time to time-- asking if I work with same sex couples. Of course!
Q: Hi Mike. My girlfriend and I wanted to check in to see if you photograph same sex/lesbian couples? We are celebrating an upcoming special occasion soon and thought it may be a fun way to celebrate. Thx.
Sure do. Boudoir photography is a great-- and fun-- way to celebrate a special occasion with your partner.
Each year I do an increasing number of couples sessions. Why are people coming in? Well, the reasons vary, but they may often be couples looking for a bit of excitement, to celebrate a milestone, a birthday surprise, or perhaps even a unique date idea.
One way a couples session differs from my typical session is that it's not a secret! Typically, my average client is sneaking around preparing trying not to ruin a surprise. It's a lot of stress! Couples sessions, on the other hand, are in the open. Couples have time to prepare and come in with a bit of a different spring in their step.
What's it like to have a lesbian boudoir photoshoot?
Well, there is no one simple answer here-- every session is fairly unique. Some may really want to focus more on cutesy playful type sessions that has shots with lots of intimacy, cuddling, and sweet smiles. There are other couples out there who tend to have sessions which skew in more of an intense sexual nature with more of a focus on nudity and sexual intimacy. And you know what?? --Both are fine. It really comes down to what you and your partner have in mind, and your level of comfort. Flirty? Sexy? There isn't one best answer... the fun part is working it all out.
A big part of the fun is getting ready... and doing a bit of shopping. Boudoir is a bit of a special occasion, so this should be reflected in your outfits. If you are wearing lingerie, it really comes down the quality, not quantity. You can get one or two great outfits for your session...and it will be a home run. One little tip here: Avoid super cheap Amazon lingerie. Yes! It may appear to be a bargain, but in my experience much of this stuff is not only "cheap" looking, but it ill-fitting, as well.
Another important tip for same sex couples is to really be vigilant that you are actually getting a boudoir session! I operate in a big building full of cute bedrooms. As the name implies, "boudoir," photography is only shot in a bedroom setting. Anything else just isn't boudoir.
There are photographers out there who promote and sell photography sessions, as "boudoir," when they really aren't! How? Well, part of it is the photographer not being experienced, or understanding what boudoir photography actually is-- the other part is boudoir shoppers not really knowing what true boudoir photography really is and not having the details for making a smart decision. This really happens? Yes! All the time. For a few quick tips on shopping for a boudoir check out these boudoir tips. Don't find yourself in a situation where you really not getting what you expected.
I could go on for a while about getting ready for a session-- there's so many details! As you can see, I'm enthusiastic about my job. Most of all, though, it's about having a fun experience with your partner. Your session is a special occasion and a bit of a break from a daily routine. The photos created will be keepsakes that will be cherished for years. It may be one of the most fun ways to spend an afternoon together.
Lastly, remember to always to use that "special occasion" mindset when searching for your photographer. Boudoir photography is not a price comparative business. Comparing prices from one photographer to another tells you nothing. You are comparing meaningless numbers. Boudoir photographers can use all kinds of odd pricing schemes and systems that make no sense to anyone-- even to the photographer themselves. Don't commit the fatal error of boudoir shoppers and think you'll be deciding on your photographer by lowest price. You are ultimately paying for a great result, and if you are treating your session with that "special occasion" mindset what matters most is the experience.
For example: Think of going out with your partner for a special occasion... say a birthday. You both planned a special dinner. Everyone is dressed up, makeup done, and want to go out for a terrific evening...so after all the planning do you hop in the car and head to McDonald's?? Probably not. It may be true, indeed, its cheaper than heading to Pascal & Sabine, but that most likely isn't the most important detail here, huh? The birthday is about having a great night out together. It's about the experience... it's not about settling on the lowest bidder. Get it! THAT is your boudoir mindset. Follow through on ideology, and you will be rewarded!!
In conclusion, boudoir photography is a unique, engaging, and deeply personal way to capture the essence of a relationship. For lesbian couples, it is not just about having pictures taken, it’s about an intimate experience that celebrates your bond and relationship in all its beauty.
Imagine a space where you can be completely yourselves, to express your love and affection without any fear or judgment. A session where the camera becomes a silent observer, capturing your genuine interactions, those secret glances, the whispers and the giggles, the passionate looks and soft touches. It's a space where you can showcase your personalities and the dynamics of your relationship. Whether it's playful and sweet or intense and sensual, it's all about you and your connection.
Engaging in a lesbian couples boudoir session allows you to celebrate a special milestone, an upcoming occasion or simply, your love. It’s a chance to break away from the routine and experience something truly unique and unforgettable. The shared journey of a boudoir session allows you to connect on a deeper level. It's not just about the photos, though they are a wonderful bonus. It's about the moments that lead to those photos, the shared experience, the laughter, the vulnerability, the shared intimacy.
Moreover, the process of preparing for the session, picking outfits together, envisioning the themes and mood, is a thrilling adventure in itself. This anticipation, the whole build-up towards the session, is an essential part of the boudoir experience. It can be a journey of self-discovery, pushing your comfort zones and experiencing new facets of your relationship. It's a delightful mix of anticipation, excitement, and yes, a touch of nervousness which makes the final result so worth it.
Finally, a lesbian boudoir session is about creating memories that will last a lifetime. These images become keepsakes, a frozen moment in time that encapsulates the love, passion, and connection you share. They are a testament to your journey together, a visual narrative that you can look back on with fondness.
In this light, it's easy to see why boudoir photography for lesbian couples is such a cherished and exciting adventure. It’s a celebration of love, a testament of intimacy, and most of all, it's a whole lot of fun. And remember, just as no two couples are the same, no two boudoir sessions are the same. Each is a unique, bespoke experience designed to capture your love in all its glory.
So, if you've been considering it, don't hesitate. Embrace the experience, step into the limelight, and let's create something beautiful together!
If you have any questions about booking a same sex / lesbian boudoir session don't hesitate to send me a note! I look forward to hearing from you! 😀