I didn’t really expect to find myself shooting boudoir photography. The term ‘boudoir’ doesn’t have great connotations for me. It makes me think of the overt sexualisation of women. It makes me think of a narrow, stereotypical idea of what it means to be “sexy”.
Normative views of what’s deemed to be “sexy” seem to be closely linked to objectification (and not just of women). A lot of boudoir photography seems to play up to this stereotype, moulding the woman to the idea; come to bed eyes and forced, sexually provocative posing. Boudoir is often ‘sold’ as a gift that you might give to someone else, rather than something you might do for yourself, to feel beautiful and empowered.
And that’s my aim with these sessions: to leave the people I’ve photographed feeling beautiful. To create pretty, soft, sensual images with a playful and quirky edge. I’m really excited to have found something new that I enjoy so much.
I have a few of these shoots to share with you. The first is the beautiful Sara. I photographed her at One Friendly Place, near Deptford in South London. It made the perfect backdrop for a creative and fun session.
If you’d like to book me for a shoot, get in touch.
Hair and Make Up by Sabrina Lilly.
Laura Babb of Babb Photo is an alternative London Boudoir Photographer, providing creative, quirky and artistic wedding and boudoir photography in London, Essex and UK wide.