Boudoir (/'bu.d.wa.r/; French: [bu.dwar]) is a lady's private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room.
The term derives from the French verb bouder, meaning "to be sulky" or boudeur, meaning "sulky."
The word "boudoir" has been used throughout history as the name for various rooms used by women. The boudoir is always related to the bedroom and is regarded as a private space. It has been used to refer to a dressing room, a traditional bedroom or sitting room within a bedroom.. These uses have led the modern short definition of boudoir photography as "bedroom photography," though it may be set in a variety of environments.
There are many elements that can be used to identify boudoir photography. Generally the subject is in some state of undress, whether wearing something revealing such as a dressing gown or even partially nude, perhaps obscured by an object in the room or hidden by the angle of the camera. As such, many boudoir photographs play on the idea of teasing the subject, suggesting more than is actually shown.. This is an important distinction from erotic photography, where the emphasis is very much on the reveal.
Boudoir photography is often set in an idealized environment, such as an elegantly decorated bedroom or naturally beautiful outdoor space. Boudoir photography is often commissioned by the subject as a gift for a lover or a spouse.
The women who act as subject for a boudoir shoot are unlikely to be professional models. Boudoir subjects may differ in age and appearance and form a more diverse group that is more in keeping with the general population.
Boudoir photography became popular with the onset of new commercial printing methods in the 20th century and was a major part of the pinup craze of the 1940's and 1950's.
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