Here we arrive in the 1970’s – The next in our ‘Boudoir Through the Ages’ series – 60’s/70’s Flower Power!
Loving Boudoir photography and what it can do for my clients is why I specialise in it. There is a pre-conceived idea about the word Boudoir and I am writing this series of Blogs to take you all on a journey of Boudoir Through The Ages to help to show how amazingly versatile, classy and empowering Boudoir Photography is!
To demonstrate this from a photography point of view, I decided to run a competition locally in Surrey to all women that wanted the opportunity of getting a Complimentary Boudoir Photoshoot. I explained that the series would be taking people through the ages and eras of Boudoir, transforming them from their day to day look into a throw back from some of the key eras in Boudoir. All they had to do to be in with a chance was to tell me which era they would like to be transformed into and why, and to send me up to 3 photographs of themselves.
I was overwhelmed with the response and painstakingly looked through all of the images and read all of the stories from entrants. I made my selection based on their answers, then once I had a short list of those, I selected based on their photographs as to how I could help transform them.
I arranged three separate shoot dates and there would be two Era’s covered each day. With an amazing team of Hair and Make Up artists, a fabulous venue at Hotel de Vie in Farnham, and loads of wonderful props and garments from fabulous local suppliers, the shoot came together!
The History of Boudoir… 1970s Flower Power
Boudoir art and photography is often misunderstood, and this could be considered a result of the total change in style during the 1970s. Women without their bras or even without any underwear at all began appearing in photographs and artwork. Boudoir photos were being increasingly featured in advertisements and fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. There was a large cultural and political shift in the ’60s and ’70s, and it’s no surprise that art and fashion followed suit. Sometimes cultural taboos are hard to break and despite it being for artistic purposes only, many people simply could not shake off the idea that this was just glorified pornography. By this time, photography was a permanent fixture in the art world and boudoir-style photographs were becoming more widely acceptable. With the hippie movement in full swing, women were feeling more liberated than ever and started to bare more skin. Boudoir had a sense of effortless yet glamorous ease and began to get far more risque! It was, after all, the decade of love, free love and lots of flowers!!
Our Competition Winner – the gorgeous Monika…
Monika’s competition entry caught my eye because she wanted to be transformed into the 60’s / 70’s flower power style and she’d obviously thought a lot about her answer. She told me she’s always loved the 60’s style and used to listen to 60’s music when she was a student at Art school, and dressed the same way. She used to live in the Czech Republic, where it wasn’t that easy to get music from Western Europe, so people had to hunt and search for Beatles records!
“I loved the experience, being a mum to 3 young kids, I don’t get pampered very often at all. So the whole thing, make up, hair, photoshoot in a beautiful setting was just an amazing treat. I would love to do it again. It’s a perfect gift for any woman.”
A Boudoir photo shoot can really boost your confidence if you’ve been going through a tough time, and is such a nice treat and reward for yourself if you’ve reached a goal.
If you’re in need a bit of pampering then get in touch for a full price list and availability! If you’ve got a special occasion in mind, make sure you book well in advance – it usually takes 4-8 weeks from shoot to finished product. A lot of the outfits and props that I’ve used for the Boudoir Through The Ages series are available to borrow for other shoots, so if you do have an era in mind that you’d like to be transformed into, then please do say!
Please get in touch HERE. Or just give me a call on the number below – I’m always happy to talk Boudoir!
Many thanks for reading; keep an eye out for the next Blog in our Boudoir Through The Ages series – ’90’s Glam Rock! If you missed any blogs in this series, please check them out 1920’s Moulin Rouge 1930’s Hollywood Glamour 1950’s Pin Up
Check out our fab suppliers below…
Hair and Make Up – Alice Porter Hair and Make-Up
Jewellery and Handbag – Helen @ Stella & Dot / Helen’s Facebook Page
Flower Headpiece – Bex – Blush Floral Design / Bex’s Facebook Page
Vintage Kimono – Nicola @ Pret-a-Vintage / Nicola’s Facebook Page
Kaftans – Primark
Location – Hotel de Vie / Hotel De Vie’s Facebook Page
Photography – Ginny Marsh Boudoir Facebook Page