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What is Boudoir and what is it served with?


Yesterday I had a Dell engineer over to fix my laptop. We chatted while he was doing the work and he asked what do I do for a living. I mentioned boudoir photography and he was like, do I supposed to know what it is? And I realized, no, you don’t.

It’s exactly how it was when I started pole-dancing. I remember complaining to my man about how dare people not know this trick and that pole star, and once he just said it to my face: “Nobody knows about the pole-dancing! Except for the bunch of people who are doing it.”

When your newsfeed is full of photographers and every day starts with the industry hashtags and terminology, it’s hard to comprehend there’re people who don’t know what’s aperture, WPPI, ISO, colour grading and so on.

So, what’s Boudoir?
Intimate portrait of a woman sitting on the floor.
(c) Karina Murniece

“A boudoir (/ˈbuːdwɑːr/; French: [bu.dwaʁ]) is a woman’s private sitting room or salon in furnished accommodation, usually between the dining room and the bedroom, but can also refer to a woman’s private bedroom. The term derives from the French verb bouder (to sulk or pout) or adjective boudeur (sulking)—the room was originally a space for sulking in or one to put away or withdraw to.” – Wikipedia  

But today it’s mostly known as a photography genre.

I’m not going to proclaim myself as a boudoir history expert. I was never attracted to this genre until recently. I’m not a fan of vulgar pornographic art and that’s exactly what I thought boudoir is. And then I watched a master-class with Kara Marie and my world turned upside down.

Kara Marie’s Instagram

The way she portrays women in her black and white imagery really got under my skin. After that class, I knew what I want to shoot.

For me, boudoir is synonymous with sensuality. With something very intimate. And I’m not talking about badass lingerie set. I’m talking about what’s inside.

Being vulnerable.

Forget for just a moment who you are in this crazy real life and remember who you were before becoming a partner, a mother, a fighter, a survivor, a 9 to 5, a business owner, a carer…

Let yourself BE.
A woman.

(c) Karina Murniece

You don’t have to take your clothes off for boudoir shoot. The point of the intimate session is empowerment. It has to be a step into your self-love journey. Whatever makes you love yourself will do the trick.

Wanna act weird? I love weird. Wanna dress like a porn a star? If this what gives you swag. Feel the most sensual in your 5 years old onesie? I got you!

I just love photographing women. Watching them unfold in front of my camera. Getting raw and real.

(c) Karina Murniece

I remember listening to this song on repeat. I think it’s genius and I instantly broke it down into quotes.

“Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth
Oh, never mind
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself
And recall in a way you can’t grasp now
How much possibility lay before you
And how fabulous you really looked
You are not as fat as you imagine”

“Wear Sunscreen” by Mau Kilauea

You’re only as old as you think you are. And as fat as you think you are.
Give yourself a gift of memories! They are so important. Even if you hate the way you look right now, capture who you are. You are changing every year. You will want to look back. Give yourself a chance to see yourself differently, with the eyes of a person taking pictures of you. Give yourself some love ❤

And while we are on the subject I want to share another amazing photographer I take great inspiration from Joao Guedes. For me, his lifestyle portraits are the epitome of sensuality. I absolutely love his work!

João Guedes Instagram

Tell me what could be your reason to have a boudoir shoot done? I’d love to know. I’m planning the next blog post of my Top 5 reasons 😉

Truly yours, K.xx

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  1. Joana says:

    I love lingerie since I can remember , the more detailed the better .When I feel down , I put on something nice and it always makes me feel sensual , sexy and powerful…completely woman .

    • Karina Murniece says:

      I never was into lingerie until I started shooting boudoir actually. Now all I do is lingerie-shopping 😍 I must admit it took my libido to a whole new level 🔥


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