What is the difference between art nude and boudoir photography?

What is the difference between art nude & boudoir photography?

What is art nude photography?

The definition of ‘art nude’ can vary wildly, as its so subjective. What I call ‘art nudes’ are the kind of photographs you would see in an art photography magazine. These photographs are usually strong and dynamic. Art Nude photography is usually far less sensual than boudoir photography. These depictions commonly focus on capturing the visual geography of the body. Many people are surprised when I tell them this, that in revealing more you sometimes reveal less! And don’t forget that in art nude styled photographs you can choose to be partially dressed.

Art nudes are sometimes captured outdoors, but more often in a studio. This just means against a backdrop using studio lights to illuminate the body. I generally favour black and white photographs of the body. This highlights the beautiful negative spaces, often creating simpler, more elegant photographs.

What is boudoir photography?

Boudoir is defined as ‘a beautifully decorated room used in the past by a woman for sleeping, dressing, relaxing, and entertaining‘. In my studio these photographs are captured in a room with a vintage flavour. The subject is generally partly dressed usually wearing items such as; lingerie, a sheet, negligee and/or accessories. Although your choice of session attire is entirely up to you.

Boudoir photographs typically feature the subject on furniture, against a window or on a bed. Stylistically they are elegant with a sensual edge. These captures make the viewer feel like they are seeing the subject in a private space. Making the photographs feel very intimate. Boudoir styled nudes and semi-nudes can also be captured in this space. 

Boudoir look photography can also be captured outside, giving them a slightly different feel. This may feature the subject in lingerie, perhaps in a forrest or beach setting. Think elegant fashion lingerie shoot.

Which style is right for you?

Hopefully this has helped you to understand a bit more about these styles of photography. There is of course lots of cross over! The most important thing to remember is that these photographs represent you. Your personality, the way you move and your attitude will always shape the final result. 

Still not sure? Contact me and i’ll be happy to talk through any questions you may have.