Angry Panda Boudoir {NSFW}

That may well be the oddest blog post title I’ve ever written but either way…

I have a love/hate relationship with boudoir. I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but while I love the thought of girls celebrating their bodies, stripping off and feeling sexy, I’ve just seen all to many boudoir shoots that are, forgive me, but so so wrong. A bit tacky, kinda cheesy or just plain slutty. Yeah, I said it… so sue me.

But this is not one of those cases.

Hanh aka ‘Angry Panda’ really wanted to show off all her bright and colourful tattoos. She loved the work of wedding photographers The Willinghams and so booked them to do just that. “Angela rocked this session”, wrote photographer Drew. “This shoot is the beginning to an awesome addition to our offerings to our unconventional clients.”

So I’ve come to a conclusion. These are the key things to making a boudoir session awesome and not awful:

♥ Tattooed bodies – always and forever.
♥ Simple styling – setting the shoot in a plain, unfussy and unpretentious environment (no satin sheets – vom!) Your own bedroom is perfect.
♥ Cute but not overly sexy underwear – boy shorts, vest tops, cotton bras, pull up socks (absoultely no suspenders, lace see-thru knickers or peek-a-boo bras).
♥ And a panda hat never hurts either…

Clearly, as a straight girl my opinion may vary vastly from the mass market audience that most boudoir is aimed at. But I’d love to know your thoughts (guys and girls!) about the whole thing. Do you like boudoir? What do you think makes a good and not-so-good boudoir shoot? Comment me up people!

As ever, thanks to Hanh and photographers The Willinghams for sharing their work with us today. I love it!

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8 comments

  1. As a Boudoir photographer myself, I do agree on most of what you just wrote. I do however love lingerie but it isn’t about what I like though is it? The most important in a Boudoir shoot is for the client to feel comfortable and sexy. If it is in boys short and knee high socks great, if it is in stocking and suspenders, great as well.

  2. Mandy

    I think that any boudoir shoot in which the subject feels powerful and sexy is an awesome shoot. Tattoos DO make them more… interesting?? though. :P

  3. Kirsten

    Absolutly Agree With You On This Subject. This Is One Of The Best Shoot’s I’ve Seen And I Would Love To Hear Any Guy Not Say That These Pic’s Are Not Sexy. Always Stay True To You Esspecially In The Bedroom <3

  4. Beautiful shoot!!! I love tattoos and I can’t wait to get a customer like this to do a similar boudoir session with her.

    It’s definitely a different style to what I’ve been shooting. Interesting, sexy, original.

  5. Couldn’t agree more! I love these photos.. I love shooting and looking at tattoo photos, there’s just something that looks so awesome about them! I could only wish to be able to have tattoos like hers! The hat is so sexy with them too.. It’s too cute! X

  6. Rachel

    I don’t think there’s anything a boudoir client *shouldn’t* wear. Suspenders can be pretty damn sexy, and I say that as a heteroflexible lady. ;) I agree with Bertrand and Mary above that good boudoir is photography that shows a client feeling relaxed, powerful and sexy.

    “Powerful” is a key word here, and I think can be lacking from conventional boudoir. Much boudoir photography is constructed for an explicitly male, heterosexual gaze, and so whilst on an individual basis that’s not necessarily harmful, as a collective genre of photography it can rely on stock tropes that reduce the woman to an object. She does not have power; her body is moved, placed, manipulated by the photographer to meet the desires of the viewer, the man. Often these poses are from the FHM world of photographic art: they reflect heteronormative male fantasy about female sexuality. But when photographers work with their female subjects so that the woman can display her body in a way that celebrates her individual sexuality – her femininity, or butchness; her sweetness or toughness; her playfulness or her seriousness; whatever it is that makes her HER, not an object – then that is fantastic. If that means feather boas, who the hell cares? It won’t be tacky if it’s truly about her, and her photographer knows how to show that.

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