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Marilyn St.Claire and Boudoir Photography


When it comes to boudoir and photography I like it sexy seductive and suggestive. What is Boudoir, Exactly? Wikipedia states

“Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a “lady” or upper-class woman, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber, being the female equivalent of the male cabinet. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room, and was used for other activities, such as embroidery or spending time with one’s romantic partner.”

In terms of Photography,

“The term “boudoir” may also be ascribed to a genre of photography. Boudoir photography is not generally a new concept and numerous examples including images of Clara Bow, Mae West and Jean Harlow photographed in a boudoir style from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Typically shot in a photographer’s studio or luxury hotel suites, it has become fashionable to create a set of sensual or sexually suggestive images of women (and occasionally men and couples) in “boudoir style”. The most common manifestation of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly clothed or in lingerie. Nudity is more often implied than explicit. Commercially the genre is often (though not exclusively) derived from a market for brides to surprise their future husbands by gifting the images on or before their wedding day. Other motivations or inspiration for boudoir photography shoots include anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weight loss regimes, other form of body change or alteration (such as breast augmentation or reduction) and for servicemen and women overseas.

Boudoir photography may, in some cases, be distinguished from other photography genres such as glamour photography, fine art nude photography and erotic photography. According to research carried out in Digital Boudoir Photography (2006), John G. Blair said that the word “Boudoir” or “Boudoir portrait”, was used in 1980 by Motherlode Photography Studio in California to describe a picture more elegant than “erotic portrait” or “semi nude portrait”.”

It could be body parts only or even being absent of a particular piece of clothing. 😉 The point is that it sets the photo apart suggestive slightly to make the viewer to want to see more. Above some of my favorites thru the past few years of  boudoir. I’m looking forward to more boudoir this coming year, as a model and as photographer.

Enjoy XOX

Marilyn StClaire


Red Satin Photography by Richard M. Diaz

So several years ago I started shooting with a wonderful Photographer and friend who I just adore, Richard M Diaz. He and I had a vision and we captured it in this shot. He informed me yesterday that is will be on public display next year. I’m super excited to find out details.

Here’s what he said :(TBT) So this lady walks up to me at a FA party and says, “I hear you are a famous pro photographer.” I said, “obviously not famous enough, you didn’t know who I was LOL.” She was sweet and then told me she was looking to have some pix shot for her career/portfolio etc. She asked if I could please make her look good…. So I said I would give it a shot…and here is the shot..
Richard M. Diaz “Your view is going to be on exhibit next year … will give you all the details… getting lots of good press from this one… told you. LOL”

Red Satin photography by Rick Diaz
Red Satin photography by Richard M. Diaz