Outdoor Boudoir Photography Ideas

      After what I am referring to as the Lost Spring (in regards to the ‘soggy bunker’ of the 4th trimester and the perpetual raincloud that enveloped New England this year), I am fully ready to embrace summer time.  And it announced itself loud and clear this past week as temperatures rose into the 90s. Even the porch shade is hot. Hot. HOT.

      And now that it’s delightful outside again, and knowing that this will not last i started thinking about outdoor boudoir photography.  It’s daring and intentionally vulnerable. There’s a challenge to balancing the privacy of the shoot in a public setting.   The juxtaposition and contrast in textures is arresting visually, but the real force in these images is the open context and ambiguous story inherent in them.

      Outdoor Boudoir Photography in the City

      While I love shooting at the studio where conditions don’t vary much day to day or season to season, the call of photographing outdoors is here.  I love our Fort Point neighborhood, but I do miss the open fields and cool forests and the smell of country summer (sweet) compared to the smell of city summer (sour).  When getting ourselves out of the city isn’t a possibility there are others ways to capture the drama of shooting outdoors.  Here’s a list of places to shoot in the city to capture that juxtaposition of soft skin and the outdoor elements:





      Early morning or late evening

      Open windows

      Sometime about 20 years ago, I did an outdoor boudoir shoot! It was shot on film.  I’m not sure where the negatives are at the moment, though please rest assured that if they turn up, they will not make into the public sphere.  I mean that I actually had a friend photograph me in nature, mostly nude. At the time I didn’t think about it as boudoir photography.  My frame of reference was the nude in the landscape genre and I was likely thinking of the Judy Dater portrait of Imogen Cunningham and the Twinka Thiebaud. Apparently the Dater image was inspired by the Thomas Hart Benton take on Persephone.  Cool!  So much to unpack about the history of voyeurism.  Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite, photograph by Judy Dater

      Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite, photograph by Judy Dater

       Persephone by Thomas Hart Benton

      Persephone by Thomas Hart Benton

       The Unmade Bed, photograph by Imogen Cunningham The Unmade Bed, photograph by Imogen Cunningham

      This image of hairpins in a rumpled bed is one of my favorite photographs.  It is sensual and suggestive, minimal and modest.

      Boston Boudoir Photography

      Are you up for an outdoor boudoir photography session in Boston?  Are you daring enough to be this free and uninhibited in an outdoor setting?

      A boudoir session is an unforgettable way to celebrate and revel in your inner spirit! Modern Glamour’s boudoir sessions are customized to reveal you at your most authentic self .

      Interested in a boudoir portrait session of you own? Inquire here or email hello@modernglamour.co to book your session at our natural light Boston boudoir photography studio.

      Does one of the outdoor boudoir suggestions above appeal?  Do you have specific location in mind for your boudoir session?



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