Such a dirty word! {Sydney boudoir photographer}

So… I did a thing and introduced boudoir shoots into my studio.

I’ve done lots of boudoir style included in other shoots, of course — lingerie AND LinkedIn profile pics? You betcha! — but I’ve had so many more people asking for boudoir of late, that I’ve now introduced full boudoir sessions as a stand alone offering.

“Is there anything that you brought along that we haven’t photographed that you’d really like to do before we wrap up our shoot today?” I ask at the end of most sessions.

“Well,” says my client, shyly.  “I did bring some lingerie…”


I must say, though, I do have a problem with the word “boudoir” for the style of photography I’m offering. It sometimes seems like such a dirty word. Boudoir photos are often so tacky. Check out the hashtag “tasteful boudoir” or “classy boudoir” on Instagram, and you’ll find anything but classy and tasteful images! (I’m on a mission to change that!) They have a tendency to be all tits and arse, doing nothing more than continuing the objectification of women’s bodies. And that’s NOT what I’m about. Not at all! But I have no idea what else to call it… so ‘boudoir’ it shall remain.

black and white image of woman lying on her side on a bed wearing balconette bra and pantiescollage of black and white boudoir images, brunette with shoulder-length hair

I went to my Instagram followers with my problem and one of them, Steven Fleming of Pride Swimwear (an ex-academic like me! And from my home town of Newcastle, NSW!) suggested that I should stick with boudoir because it’s what the genre is already known as. Keep the word and redefine it. AND he very kindly went on to say that my style of boudoir (which I describe as cool rock chick meets Greek Goddess) is “boudoir the way it ought to be done”.

Thank you Steven! I’m pretty chuffed with that! So much so that I think it will become my tagline. What do you think?

Boudoir photography, the way it ought to be done.

black and white collage of boudoir images of a young woman with shoulder length brunette hair

Of course, you can still combine things into one shoot like you always could, because when you book a shoot with me the whole day is set aside just for you. Did you know that?

Yes, I will book out the whole day for you so that if we need an extra half hour or so to get that one killer shot, we can take it without stressing about running late and bumping up against the next client walking in the door for her shoot. You, my dear, are my only client for the day when you come in for your session. What luxury!!

Unless, of course, you decide to share your shoot. (Your booking fee covers hair and makeup for up to two people…)*

Did you know you can do that?

All standard shoots are shareable.
That means that you can:

  • come for a shoot and make it entirely about you, if you want, and not share it with anyone. This is the perfect way to go if you want to, say, update your business photos and then do some glamour or boudoir looks, too.
  • come in and take care of your work portraits and have your family join you at the end. That way we can create some great pieces for your wall, or an album maybe, and some gift prints for Grandma for Christmas too.
  • bring a colleague along to share the shoot with you, and split the cost with her
  • share the day with your sister, or your best friend, and we will run two parallel shoots: one for you, one for her

Want to find out more?
Drop me a note using the “talk to me” tab at the top of this post.

Want to book a shoot?
Great! I have a really great offer on boudoir shoots at the moment** that saves you $740. You can grab yourself one of those here (if there are any left! There are only 10 on offer at that price.)

Jen x

PS: Leave me a comment below to let me know what you think of the word ‘boudoir’ and the new tagline, ‘boudoir photography, the way it ought to be’


*Prices and pricing structure subject to change. The information in this blog post is accurate as at 1st March 2021.
**At the moment = March 2021, until sold out.

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