Photo by Jim Minics
Article by The Boudoir Place
The style of boudoir photography has been around for a very long time, you can look at old photos of Mae West or Jean Harlow and see the similarities even in today’s boudoir. Ever since the camera was invented it seems as though people have wanted to take “sexy” photographs. It makes sense, painters wanted to paint beautiful women, why wouldn’t a photographer want to take photographs of women too?
George Hurrell was the “inventor” of Old Hollywood Glamour style photography, this is a style you still see in photos today. Helmut Newton was probably one of the most provocative mainstream photographers of the past 50 years. His work graced the pages of fashion magazines worldwide and was also a guest photographer for Playboy magazine during his long career. There are many fashion photographers today who are in fact inspired by the very same photographers who inspire boudoir photography.
There is actually a fine line between commercial, art, fashion and glamour with boudoir. It is one of the only fields of photography where there really are no rules. You can shoot everything from timid to wild and it all fits into the category. You can photograph men or women or even couples. There is no one style, you can use a studio or a hotel room and there are some photographers who will actually shoot boudoir styles outside!
So who made boudoir photography famous? This is a question that will go unanswered because for every answer you can come up with there is probably someone out there who did it first or who inspired that specific person. So really there is a long history of boudoir in the world. So the next time you find yourself looking at a painting by Sandro Botticelli you just may be looking at one of the greatest inspirations to today’s boudoir photography craze! So maybe the question shouldn’t be who created it, but who inspires you?