Boudoir vs. Intimate Portrait Photography

Last year, I made the transition from "boudoir photography" to "intimate portraits". What's the difference? Aren't they both the same thing? In a way, yes. But at the same time, they're very different! It's all about the intent behind the images. 

Let's start with boudoir. By definition, it is typically a genre of photography that involves female subjects in sexually suggestive or sensual poses. It is distinct from erotic photography in its emphasis on the aesthetic qualities of the subject and the craftsmanship of the photographic process over the sexually stimulating nature of the image. The word boudoir literally means "a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room".

Intimate Portrait sessions on the other hand, are a little different. Here's what our definition describes it as:  Intimate portraits are characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close or familiar association or feeling, very private; closely personal: typically  suggesting an atmosphere conducive to privacy or intimacy; warmly cozy: engaged in or characterized by sexual relations: deep: a more intimate analysis. relating to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature;intrinsic:

In essence, intimate portraits are about who you are, not just your body size. 

Now all of this isn't to say that one is better than the other. It's just a matter of what kind of experience and end product you're looking for. When we meet up at your consultation, we'll discuss the different looks and styles that you can do, and find one that is the perfect fit! It could range from soft and romantic, wearing your favorite dress or harsh and moody, wearing nothing at all. 

Liv in the Moment Photography covers Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Ortonville, Holly, and the surrounding Metro Detroit area. We specialize in wedding, family, and portrait photography.