Today’s romantic vineyard boudoir comes to us from Jeanni at Jeanni Dunagan Photography. We fell in love with the session as soon as we saw it, but we also fell in love with Jeanni herself. We’re excited to share her vision for this boudoir and her approach to boudoir in general with you today. Without further ado...
With the boudoir industry moving into a fine art niche, many brides are choosing to do boudoir sessions that have a soft, romantic feel. This beautiful bride wished to present her new groom with a fine art boudoir album to celebrate their recent nuptials. The intimate vineyard setting lent itself to an organic quality, while the lace lingerie provided an element of sensuousness. As the bride indulged in nostalgic memories of her love, her expression conveyed depth of emotion that was captured in her images. Needless to say, her husband loved his gift and it will surely be a cherished heirloom that captures the earliest days of their marriage.
In keeping with our vision of the romance associated with the early days of marriage, we chose a vineyard as our location. We wanted a setting that would be befitting of an outdoor wedding venue and that possessed an organic, intimate feel. This small, private vineyard was the perfect choice. We also made wardrobe decisions, including a bridal bolero and lace bridal robe, to complement the setting and artistic vision of the shoot.
At the beginning of the shoot, time was spent on finding the right light, guiding posing and those other technical elements of making photographs. Then there was a moment when I asked the bride to recall a specific memory of her husband and to focus on the way she felt. A lovely, wistful expression came over her face and she appeared to glow from within. At that moment, I remember thinking, “That’s it!” and every image composed seemed more beautiful than the one that preceded it. From there, her natural movements and expressions took over and we fell into a peaceful, natural rhythm for the rest of the session.
My approach to boudoir photography is less is more. I do not believe that boudoir sessions must have fancy lingerie, jewelry, or props. While there is certainly a place for these things, I think items should be meaningful and contribute to the vision of the shoot. There is something really beautiful about simple images that focus solely on the female form and expression. I also believe that less can be more in terms of the expression of the body. A bare shoulder, a curved neckline, or the subtle outline of a breast can be incredibly sensual. I have even seen some very lovely boudoir images in which the subject was fully covered. I think the simple suggestion of bareness really lends itself to the fine art approach to boudoir. I have been delighted to see fine art boudoir emerging as an alternative style to traditional boudoir. I think this style of photography opens boudoir up to a variety of women and gives them more choices in how their images are conveyed.
So while taking risks and challenging ourselves is an important component of creating great art, it is fundamentally important that your images are an authentic reflection of who you are. Don’t feel pressured to dress or pose in ways that make you feel uncomfortable. Being comfortable in your own skin will allow your true beauty to be genuinely reflected in your images.