According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “boudoir” is described as “a dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room”. According to Wikipedia, “boudoir photography” is described as “a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a bedroom or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subject and their romantic partners”.
I recently did a boudoir shoot for just that reason – to take pictures for a significant other in celebration of an anniversary. During this session, we tried different styles, from implied nude to wearing a flannel shirt.
Boudoir photography is not limited to just women. Couples and men can do boudoir as well!
What makes boudoir photography unique from other forms of photography is the feeling of intimacy. It is the photographer’s job to get a glimpse of that intimacy. It can only be done in a private room. With that in mind, doing a nude or implied nude shoot, or even a shoot in lingerie on location, is NOT a boudoir shoot.