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When I first added boudoir as one of the genres my studio offered people would ask, “What is boudoir photography?” Not only do many people not know exactly what is and what it’s not, but they’re also unsure of how to spell it. According to Google, people search for “boudoir photography me” using these spelling variations: budwa, boodwah, boodwar, and so on! It makes sense why so many people are not very familiar with what boudoir photography is because the word boudoir is a French word. So, if don’t speak fluent French, who can blame you for not knowing, right?

definition of boudoir

According to Wikipedia, the definition of the word boudoir is a woman’s private sitting room or salon in a furnished residence, usually between the dining room and the bedroom, but can also refer to a woman’s private bedroom. The term derives from the French verb bouder (to sulk or pout) or adjective boudeur (sulking)—the room was originally a space for sulking in, or one to put away or withdraw to.

What is boudoir photography?

Also from Wikipedia: Boudoir photography is a photographic style featuring intimate, sensual, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subjects and their romantic partners. 

After serving hundreds of local Tampa Bay woman in the studio, I have to disagree with Wikipedia on one part of their definition. The boudoir portraits created in my studio aren’t for anyone else’s enjoyment. I found that the primary motivation for a boudoir photoshoot is that women just want to feel good enough, to feel comfortable in the skin they’re in.

Our culture breeds insecurity

Everywhere you look, you hear messages that your body should either be rounder, flatter, fuller, softer, or harder. Even though your skin is your largest organ and a natural part of being human, we shouldn’t be able to see any skin texture or pores! Women are constantly being told there is a new product or new procedure that will make you look younger. There’s incessant ads for lip fillers, botox, facial injections, eyebrow threading, eyelash extensions, hair extensions, and the list goes on.

You are exposed to hundreds of advertising messages every day that suggest you’re not good enough and that the only way to be good enough is to reject yourself and, instead, alter your body in every way possible.

Imagine sending that same type of messaging to young children. Our culture encourages change and growth up until 18-20 years old. After that, the general mass messaging is that our bodies are supposed to stop right there because that’s as good as it gets and it’s all downhill from there.

women want to feel confident in their bodies

At Lunar Body Boudoir, the goal has always been to help you feel comfortable in the skin you’re in. After all, you’re a spiritual being living in a body, not a body having a spiritual experience. We’ve served women from 21 years old to 72 years old and helped show them their natural beauty as they are by using our expertise in posing, lighting, and styling. Our contemporary beauty style or boudoir can be described as sensual photography, fashion photography, risque photography, and even editorial photography. No matter how you describe the photos, we want you to know you’ll love the way you’ll look and feel!

You can read more about one client’s journey towards self-love in this blog post.

Yes, boudoir images are one of the most personalized gifts you can create for your partner, but the real gift will always be finally getting to see yourself the way those who love you most see you – as a radiant, beautiful person.


If you love some of the pieces this client is wearing, you can find them online at AdoreMe. Want to see more of the studio work? Check out the other Tampa boudoir photography galleries.

If you’re ready to find out more about our studio’s Tampa boudoir photography Signature Photoshoot Experience inquire directly to or call or text the studio at 813-328-6331.

In the meantime, love yourself and love others.

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