Silhouettes have been around since the 1500’s. Back then, artists would hand cut profiles to create images. The darkened silhouette would be placed on a light background to create the portrait.

With the invention of the camera, photographers have been taking silhouettes as an artful homage to the originals. The classic dark on light outline lends itself perfectly to boudoir.

Boudoir silhouettes using natural light

To start, the boudoir photographer places the client between a light source and the camera. They can then change the settings to create a low light image or a boudoir silhouette.

At my studio, I generally use the windows as a natural light source.

boudoir silhouette - natural window light
boudoir silhouette using window light
boudoir silhouette photos

Good boudoir silhouettes require careful posing to create shapely, eye-pleasing outlines. Angles and curves are important for these images.


Boudoir silhouettes using studio lighting

The same type of effect can be accomplished with different studio lighting. In the images below, I used:

studio light silhouette boudoir photo
studio lighting boudoir silhouette
boudoir silhouette against light curtain
Adding a silhouette or two to your boudoir album offers an interesting, eye pleasing variety to the regular boudoir session. If you are interested in learning more about my studio’s boudoir photoshoots reach out using the form below. I’d be happy to answer your questions and see if a boudoir experience would be right for you.

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