Boudoir Part 4: Implied Nude

We have shot several sessions with Professional Models in a Studio Setting and found that nude is truly challenging. To give credit to the models, they are typically in fine form, but tuning in posed and lighting to get the best representation of their full form takes years of practice. Glamour Photography allows the photographer to use props to enhance the image and bring some mystique into the story. Here, the use of a simple rd towel implies that our model is disrobed – perhaps yes, perhaps no, but this does not matter. This helps both photographer and model to be more comfortable and allows both to concentrate on what is truly important – the character of the shot and the emotion of the model. Now a bit about this Genre and some History!

Glamour photography is a genre of photography whereby the subjects, usually female, are portrayed in a Romantic or sexually alluring way. The subjects may be fully clothed or semi-nude, but Glamour Photography clearly stops short of ‘Playboy-Type” shots.

While there is some overlap in the time periods, the term glamour photography did not begin to be commonly applied to such photography until the 1960s. Before then, the term erotic photography was more commonly used. Early types of this kind of modeling were often associated with “French postcards”, small post card sized images, that were sold by street vendors in France. In the early 1900s the PinUp became popular and depicted scantily dressed women often in a playful pose seemingly surprised or startled by the viewer. The subject would usually have an expression of delight which seemed to invite the viewer to come and play. Betty Grable was one of the most famous pinup models of all time; her PinUp in a bathing suit was extremely popular with World War II  soldiers.

In December 1953,  Marilyn Munroe was featured in the first issue of  Playboy magazine.  Bettie Page was the Playmate of the Month in January 1955. Playboy was the first magazine featuring  nude glamour photography targeted at the mainstream consumer. We will stick to Glamour, much more suggestive and comfortable for all!

5 responses

  1. The glamour type of photography is so much MORE than the sexy spreads you see in the “gentleman’s” magazines. Beautifully shot.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  2. That’s pretty cool bit of history. I can’t bash playboy to much. You gotta remember, this guys and gals are photogs too, and good ones! Wish I could find this story about the production that goes into some of those shots, it’s amazing.

    I agree though that stuff like this is more comfortable to most and certainly can be more appealing.

    November 18, 2011 at 9:39 am

  3. This is a great piece, hands-down, Erik! Great shot here, and the post that accompanies it is absolutely top drawer!

    November 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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