As a wedding photographer, Kate Anfinson was searching for something new and exciting to experiment with, and we are glad she chose boudoir. This laidback boudoir embodies the essence of being comfortable in your own skin, of keeping things simple and being in the moment. If this is what boudoir with Kate looks like, we can't wait to see what the future holds.
From Photographer Kate Anfinson
What is your approach to boudoir photography? Since this was my first boudoir session, I admit I was a little awkward at first because I didn't know how to start. We began with some straightforward poses on the bed, because that seemed like the right thing to do, but as the session progressed and we took a more editorial approach with her poses and background, I fell in love with the idea of boudoir not being all about the bed (or for that matter, even the bedroom). Boudoir photography should be a celebration of a woman's body, in a way that she would want to see herself, not just the way she wants her partner to see her.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir? I think fine art boudoir holds more emotion than regular boudoir photography. It's delicate and moody and celebrates a woman in a way that is uniquely her. It's understated in nature and, in my opinion, depicts women the way they'd want to be seen by other women. Feminine yet powerful, soft but also sexy. The kind of images you wouldn't be ashamed of showing your daughter, in hopes that she would embrace and admire her body in much the same way.
Outside of photography, what other sources do you draw inspiration from? As cliché as it may sound, I love nature. Every time I'm outside - or even driving along a pretty highway - I get inspired by the way light plays with natural elements. Trees, tall grass, rocks, water... I always envision how I would shoot there, how I would position my subject, what kind of mood the photos would hold. I think I'm destined for an outdoor boudoir session next!
What challenges, if any, have you faced as an artist? Comparison, comparison, comparison! There is always someone more skilled than I am, doing cooler stuff than I am, and creating more beautiful images than I could ever dream of creating. Whenever I start to get lost in that corrosive mentality I try to take a step back and remind myself that someone out there is thinking those exact same envious thoughts about me and my own work. The only person we should really compare ourselves to is the person we were yesterday. As long as we are progressing in a way that we are happy with, that should be enough and we shouldn't worry too much about the rest.
BONUS: We want to know, what superhero power do you most desire and why? Flying! I love pretty views but I hate hiking. Flying seems like this would solve all my problems!
This last-minute shoot opened my eyes to the possibilities of boudoir, and I'm quickly realizing that there is no right or wrong way to celebrate a woman's beauty and self-confidence. I can't wait to dive into more of these sessions and continue to see women in these wonderful, refreshing perspectives.
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