Today we’re thrilled to share a fine art boudoir session that looks just a little different from the sessions we usually feature. This one caught our eye as we scrolled through Instagram one day, not only because of the arresting images but because of photographer Linda Tran’s unique take on boudoir.
Without us saying anything more, we’ll share Linda’s own words on the session...
As a full time photographer, I often get stuck in the wedding rut. Weddings are beautiful and lovely. But in the winter when the season dies down, I have a need to do something just for myself. I’m spoiled to be in California where it's almost always beautiful. It is indeed colder than it is in the summer, but I can’t complain too much. When I have the time and energy and I’m feeling cabin feverish, I always want to rouse my friends to do something we haven’t done before. Something fun and technical. I’m so excited because it makes me feel authentic, like a real fine artist -- apart from just another photographer in the wedding crowd.
The inspiration for Box Girl came from Ruth Berhard, whose extensive photo studies of the human form are awe-inspiring. Taking a page from her, I decided I wanted to custom build wooden boxes to fit the dimensions for my beautiful friend Miyuki Hara. We lugged the boxes down a rocky path, across water ravine’s and down the sandy beach and into a cave.
Boudoir is the ultimate expression of self-love and confidence, so there is an irony to being confined in a box. I feel boudoir is not always about feeling totally comfortable and perfect. It is about working within the confines of yourself to find self-love. (Having a structure outdoors was a little play on the word “boudoir” itself, meaning in the bedroom).
I love the angular shapes of the body. It is soft and flexible against the parallel hard edges of the box. I don’t actually think too much when I look at these images. I just feel them. Sometimes I’m not sure what I feel but I just let it inspire and move me. I think that’s what it's supposed to do. Black and white has a way of doing that.