Boudoir Photography- a photo history from Jennie Harlow
“Traditionally the ‘boudoir’ was a lady’s private bedroom or dressing room. The word derives from the French ‘Bouder’ meaning to pout”
I remember watching the movie Swing Kids, which is set in WWII Germany, and at one point one of the guys shows the other guys a set of “trading cards” he has. They have sexy boudoir style images on them. After having so many clients ask where boudoir photography comes from, we decided to do a little research and give credit where credit is due!
After spending the better part of my Wednesday afternoon researching the history of Boudoir, I decided something. Instead of throwing a bunch of words at you, I’ll let the photos of the past speak for themselves
But first, just a few words!
Boudoir photography is nothing new. Looking back in history, tastefully done paintings of women in various states of undress have been done for centuries.
With the invention of the camera, the photographic process and then mass production printing, photographs and pictures of women in various states of undress became more widely available. The ‘pinups’ girls have been around since the early 1900’s and as the century evolved the photographs became more risqué. (seattleboudoirphotography.com)
As I was looking for my photographic history of Boudoir SO MUCH came to mind! From the iconic Marilyn Monroe pose, to Bettie Page, to the modern classic Dita Von Teese, and to my own photography idol George Hurrell! I found sooo many fantastic images! Boy are you all in for a treat!
*Disclaimer* none of the below images were taken by Shadow Boudoir~
Irving Thalberg wasn’t certain that Norma Shearer (his wife) was sexy enough for The Divorcee. Norma’s first sitting with George Hurrell proved him wrong. She got the part. And! She loved the photos Hurrell took SO much that she insisted on only being photographed by him and demanded that he be contracted to M-G-M. Thus starting his amazing career!
Also the mid 60′s.
What I like the most about using that image for last? It does exactly what we’re all doing. Using the past for inspiration, giving it a modern twist and making it our own all while paying homage to it.
Hope you all enjoyed todays history lesson!