When we set out to create Boudoir Collective, we knew that we would be working against stereotypes about what boudoir photography looks like. We made it our goal to work with artists who support our mission of reinventing boudoir art so that it highlights intimacy, elegance and feminism in its most delicate form. We hoped to be able to feature artists that didn’t rely on overused props or poses, but instead focused on the simple beauty of a woman.
Photographer Desiree Shuey was thinking about the same issues when she began focusing on her boudoir work. She knew that she would have to prove herself because she had a new vision for boudoir photography.
I have always loved photographing women; their simplicity, their beauty, just, them. I have been thinking and thinking for months and months about a different name other than boudoir. I wanted something that felt more artistic, organic, real. I came up with Women as Art and I could not be happier with how it ties into how I shoot.
When I think of typical boudoir I think of images which lack class, feeling, emotion. When I think of fine art boudoir I think of just that… fine art. It moves you and makes you appreciate the artist, their vision and the beautiful woman in them. I am drawn and enamored with photographing and revealing the heart I feel when photographing women. The art of photographing women is empowering, delicate, classy, raw, real, emotional and beautiful.
We adore Desiree’s description of how she elevates her boudoir images to fine art. May her words serve as inspiration to our community as we continue to redefine boudoir imagery. We thank her for sharing her vision and these breathtaking shots with us!
Photography: Desiree Shuey Photography