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Something new Part 1: Boudoir | Jules Ko Photography | Boston

The post below is password protected.  It is meant for many readers of this blog, so the password is super easy: boudoir

But I also respect the gentlemen readers’ eyes, that the post below isn’t meant for you.

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“Within the photography business, Dan and I ponder hypothetical questions every once in a while.  If “this” comes up, would we do it?

A little while back, I wondered if I would say ‘yes’ to Boudoir photography.  Recently, Boudoir photography has become very popular for women celebrating and embracing their self image in an intimate setting. Often meant as a gift album to their husbands, or wedding gifts to their fiance’s.  Of course, these aren’t meant to be objectifying women, or even artistic nudes.  Studios such as Boudoir Divas, only photograph boudoirs with an all women staff, and offering make-up and hair stylists partners, all the way to intimate sets.  As someone who gets caught off guard when I see cleavage in everyday attire, I had to think long about it.  At first, I had to think, do I agree with the concept of boudoir? 2nd, can I work the camera in this context?  3rd, can I work on these images without Dan’s eyes ever seeing them?  =)

Sure enough, earlier in the summer, I was approached if I would shoot a boudoir session.  I figured, I am up to try new styles.  By the time the date came, it was 2 engaged ladies, a contemporary hotel room, and a lot of feminine garments, pearls, along with their men’s favorite sports jerseys.

Although boudoir looks like a completely different animal, at the base of it all, the essence of how I work held true in boudoir photography as well.  My photography philosophy to capture and preserve a person’s beauty, and make them feel comfortable in front of the lens to be themselves, held true to boudoir.  This wasn’t about candids and story telling, but like a portrait, to capture this moment to be cherished for years to come.

In college, during one of my painting classes, my professor popped live nude models in front of us without ever saying a word beyond the fact that we are going to work on human figures.  As an 18 year old, I saw a human form in it’s entirety in many ages, shapes and forms in the manner of weeks.  I’m certain I was the most sheltered person in that room, but after the worldly eye turned off, and the artistic eye turned on, I realized that the human body is very beautiful indeed.  And in all frankness the model in front of me at the time was someone who would not standout in a crowd if she had everyday clothes on.  I remember thinking to my self, no matter what age, or shape I am, I hope my future husband can see the beauty I see now.  =)

To protect the privacy of the clients, and their loved ones, I can only show a small sample here, and many, I cropped even further to keep their identity discreet.  And I’d also recommend some readers to not ready/view further, since this isn’t meant for all. :)

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grace l - thanks for sharing this and writing about this, jules. i’ve read about boudoir photography for a couple years but never understood it or appreciated until your post. great work! i’m super impressed with the range of photos you can always capture so beautifully.

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