As a member of several online boudoir photography communities I am often exposed to the self portraiture of various female members. I had some free time at home a few weeks back without any family home and I had no modeling shoots on the docket either, and so clearly, I had a little free time on my hands.
“Also, there is the bit about men not generally doing boudoir, let alone boudoir self portraits…”
I had been toying with the idea trying some boudoir inspired self portraiture, but given my home with 2 young kids and a wife with her own schedule I generally don’t have time or opportunity.Also, there is the bit about men not generally doing boudoir, let alone boudoir self portraits, so I was hesitant to shoot any images, let alone share any of them on this site.
But, after all was said and done though, I had some images that I felt like I could share without being too revealing, while at the same time expressing my artistic and creative vision. I wanted to shoot the images in a way that would be somewhat androgynous, using posing and lighting techniques that I use in my own boudoir work. The results, I am happy to say, turned out exactly as planned. I shared the images in some private groups and most were surprised to hear that the subject was not only me, but that it was a man.
It was an interesting experiment, for sure. I am still somewhat hesitant to press publish on this post though, but if my clients and models are willing to put themselves out there, why should I not also be willing to do the same? That is really the question here that has forced me to go forward with this post, I could not look one of my clients in the eye and ask for permission to use/share their images on my website if I was not willing to do it myself.
For some of you, this may be more of me than you want to see, so if you have made it this far, I thank you for reading, but this is where you can get off. If you continue to scroll you do so at your own peril, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. (ha) But hey, like I said, my clients and other female photographers I know do this all the time, so what am I so stinking worried about?
So, here we go…