As soon as we read through the first sentence of this submission from Emily Jane Photography we knew we wanted to share it with you! Emily explained how she used the Spanish concept of El Duende to inspire her gorgeous images. El Duende is the spirit of evocation. A physical and emotional response to art, it is what gives you chills or makes you smile or brings tears to your eyes. It encourages heightened intimacy and authenticity. Emily shared with Boudoir Collective the inspiration behind this styled boudoir, her thoughts on fine art boudoir and her favorite moment from her El Duende session:
What inspired this boudoir session?
This was my first boudoir on film! I called my good friend Laura and asked her if she would pose for my in the woods nearby my home so that I could shoot in some sunshine as we were JUST seeing the break from a terrible winter. So we were so pleased to finally see some sunshine on film! This session was about spring light, new warmth, sunshine through the trees and nature as a poetic background to the story.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?
It is about viewing that big picture you had in your mind and focusing on the little moments that are happening all around you. If a future bride is nervous to get her boudoir session done she might come to me a little nervous. She may start to swirl a curl around her finger as we talk about her future husband and she blushes. Fine art is more about capturing the emotion of that moment than what is happening in the bigger picture. So maybe I get close to her shy smile or her fingers twirling her hair. Even if the shot is blurry from the movement, I look at it later and can feel the emotion jump out and move me. That’s fine art.
What challenges have you faced as an artist?
Training myself to stay in the moment with my client. Sometimes as an artist we get so swept away in our vision for the shoot or how it should look in the end of what we want out of it. While I think it’s important to have a vision, it’s been so important to push myself out of that thinking and make each session about my client and this moment in their life. Emotions of what is actually happening in the moment instead of what I envisioned in my head the week before it happened.
What was the most memorable moment from your shoot?
The most memorable moment was a moment of perfect light coming through the trees. I just stopped and said ‘Stop! Don’t move! Look at me!’ She looked up at me and I took the shot. I knew right then that it was my favorite photo from the session because it really captured the true Laura and the perfect light. I love when that happens!
Thank you to Emily Jane for sharing the concept of El Duende with our community. As boudoir artists, we strive to share the most intimate and authentic parts of women with the world in an empowering way. With the ideals of El Duende in mind, we encourage you to go out and find new ways to highlight intimacy and authenticity through your art.
Photography: Emily Jane Photography