(WGNO) – “I think the bedroom itself is a place where people feel comfortable, and confident to be who they are,” says New Orleans based photographer Tiffany Bailey.
She owns Lush Boudoir Photography. A boudoir is a lady’s private bedroom or dressing room.
“With that comes a certain type of vulnerability that outside of their significant others a lot of people don’t get to see. That sense of self is what women love about what the boudoir pictures end up looking like,” Bailey explains.
Boudoir photography can be traced back to the 1920’s when women started taking control of their reputation, and began wearing short skirts and pants. In general it was still illegal to have nudity in photography.
Boudoir shifted to more of a pin-up aspect in the 1940’s and 1950’s. That’s when drawings of pin-up girls appeared in Esquire magazine and were being sent to soldiers overseas.
The next change took place in the 1970’s around the time of the feminist art movement. Photographers began shooting real women again and those photographs, instead of just drawings began appearing in magazines.
Presently boudoir photography has become a celebrated service to women everywhere.
“My job as a boudoir photographer is to make you feel comfortable and at ease, and to pose you in ways that are flattering to your specific body type,” Bailey explained. “Ninety-nine percent of the women I shoot whether they are a size 2 or a size 22 have insecurities and fear about their bodies. But those same women tell me that after they’ve done the boudoir photography shoot they feel a huge confidence boost.”
“Sometimes it takes a person outside of yourself and your own insecurities to show you how beautiful you truly are. I feel boudoir photography is a woman’s way of saying you’re not going to define beauty, I am.
“Everybody has different traits and characteristics that make them who they are. And this is just one way of capturing that,” said Baily.