In an effort to self empower themselves, women are said to be banding together in a new sweeping trend which sees brides to be and their wedding band posing nude or semi nude for boudoir photography parties. So popular has the trend become that some photographers have gone on to note a 50% increase in demand for such services over the last 5 years.
Designed to empower women, the nypost goes on to tell the group photo shoots are used to celebrate everything from upcoming nuptials to milestone 30th and 40th birthdays, with professional photographers like Catherine Leonard capturing the spirit of friendship with carefree portraits celebrating the female form.
Told recently bride-to-be Jennie Richards, 32: “It [our session] was all about bonding and having fun with my friends. We all felt incredibly happy and beautiful. It was great because the whole point was to feel good about ourselves.”
The sittings involve each woman getting a full makeover and being photographed separately in her lingerie as well as a group shot, too. The group photos are said to fall into two categories — either tops-off, or camisoles-on (more modest) shots.
Reflects photographer Christa Meola who gets to host an array of parties in luxury hotel suites in NYC and Los Angeles each year: “It’s a great way to bond because there’s the obvious element of strength and safety in numbers. Everyone has a blast and encourages each other to loosen up. It definitely makes for great photos when there are a lot of women doing this together.”
For women who are not feeling so brave to totally flaunt photographers choose instead to affect equally fabulous, albeit fully clothed, “glamour” shots.
The nypost goes on to note that boudoir party trend grew out of the vogue for boudoir photography, where brides pose for sultry photos to present to their husbands as wedding gifts.
Tells photographer Catherine Leonard: “A lot of girls would bring along a friend for moral support, so then we thought, hey, wouldn’t it be fun if it was a whole group of people? They bring wine and food and turn it into a real celebration.”
When it comes to choosing what to wear, most photographers will have clothing and lingerie choices to choose from. However some woman bring their own special pieces.
Of course what strikes this male author uniquely fascinating is why women choose to use bride to be get togethers to flaunt and revel in their femininity or if it all adds up to giving oneself permission to emulate the scantily clad billboard female super heroes that clad our media landscape these days which make women feel that they have a high standard to bear?