10 Photographers that every Boudoir Photographer Should Know About

A few years back on my personal blog I listed my 99 favorite photographers. In the spirit of this blog I decided to make a list of 10 photographers that every boudoir photography should study. This is my own personal opinion, and I know that I am heavily influenced by these masters. If there is anyone you feel should have made this list feel free to let me know! When possible I have linked each of these amazing photographers websites!

1. Lillian Bassman

If you haven’t seen Lillian Bassman’s Lingerie book…I suggest you get it immediately! A true pioneer of photographing women in lingerie, her work was progressive and clearly before her time.

Lillian-Bassman-Lingerie-boudoir-fashion2. Ellen Von Unwerth

Probably the freshest photographer on this list, her images are fashionable, slightly erotic, classy and so desirable to look at all at the same time.


3. Horst

Iconic images. Horst spent over 6 decades (yes 60 years!) photographing beautiful nudes & fashion.


4. Edward Weston

Clean lines, moving the human figure into a work of fine art.  Stunning, simple and beautiful.  Less is more.


5. Herb Ritts

One of my favorite photographer’s of all time. Herb Ritts made the human body (male or female) his canvas.  And of course any photographer whose photograph has been satirically copied a million times, deserves to be on this list.


6. Helmut Newton

A love for powerful a strong women, Helmut Newton can do no wrong as a photographer in my eyes.  Nude or clothed he made women look simply amazing.


7. Irving Penn

While known mostly for his portrait work, Irving Penn was also amazing when it came to nudes that had a sense of realism. If you get a chance look at his book Earthly Bodies in which he really explores the female form.


8. George Hurrell

If you love old hollywood style photography, look no more! George Hurrell was the original master of Hollywood Glamour Photography and photographed beautiful women such as Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, Bette Davis and many more!


9. Steven Meisel

Back in June 2011 Steven Meisel did possibly one of my favorite fashion spreads ever for Vogue Italia. He showed the world that women with curves can look amazing in lingerie!

Here’s the whole spread if you want to see it (NSFW)

Vogue Italia 2011


10. Arny Freytag

While I personally am more influenced by art & fashion photographers, it would be wrong if I didn’t include at least one glamour photographer! Arny has been photographing for playboy centerfolds for decades and has some amazing lingerie & nude work!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Rossi Ferraiolo says:

    Look into Carlos Baez from Florida. His nudes are spectacular.

    1. Kelly Segre says:

      Carlos is actually a good friend of mine, so while I totally would have put him on this list I felt it would have been a little biased…but I agree he is amazing!

  2. carlosbaez says:

    Rossi, thanks for the shoutout. Kelly, I like your top 10 as well, and thanks for the compliment.

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