She was feeling a little anxious going in, not because she was nervous but because she was so excited by the ideas she had in her head for this session. The studio was filled with light and she didn’t want to miss a second of the perfect shadows it was casting over the room. The words simple and clean kept floating through her mind, reminding her of the mood she hoped for by limiting her options in creating this minimalist bridal boudoir. A white curtain in front of a window was all she was giving herself, but she knew it could be magic if the lighting was right.
Charmain of Charmaine Mallari Photography knew the moment the veil was put over the model's head that her vision for the day had come together. It was the moment that her anxiousness turned to excitement, realizing that her first bridal boudoir would be the minimalist dream that she had imagined. Although she knew the simple style wouldn’t be for everyone’s taste, she knew that it was exactly what she felt called toward as she prepared for this session.
Style and personal tastes are subjective. As an artist, I've taken an interest in a variety of styles. I love both my soft, ethereal images just as much as I love my dark, moodier images. The challenge I face is when I can't please everyone because I don't stick to one style. I am often criticized for shooting things the way I do, when in reality I just don't stick to one certain look in my body of work. I approach boudoir photography as an opportunity to display the body as a living and breathing work of art.
Charmaine’s thoughts echo what we feel most called to do: recognize artists who champion diversity in boudoir imagery. Boudoir shouldn’t be about conforming to expectations or fitting in with an ideal, it should be a celebration of what makes each person unique. We hope Charmaine’s images and words inspire you to think about ways to explore diversity in your work and in the boudoir community.