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What is the difference between Boudoir and Pinup Portraits ?

So you want to do a photo shoot, but your asking yourself “what’s the difference between a boudoir and a pinup photo shoot?” This is a good question, first lets talk about the similarities that both boudoir and pinup offer.


Pinup and boudoir photos will both give you confidence, show case your stunning beauty, as well as its a time that will focus solely on you. Both will help you fall in love with yourself all over again, and see yourself in a light you didn’t know was imaginable.


Now lets get into the intimates of each, let’s start with the boudoir portraits. Boudoir portraits are usually more provocative in nature, kept more private between yourself or with your partner. Boudoir allows you to show your sultry, sexy side, showcasing intimacy. With boudoir portraits you can show a more bold and modern version of yourself, adding in sophisticated and fancy lingerie, and jewelry to accessorize. You’ll find flowing Victoria Secret type soft curls, beach waves, or straight sexy hair. Since this form of photography is focused solely on you, you won’t usually see or use props while shooting. Boudoir is for you, so what more would you need right. You may be asking yourself what the set looks like for a boudoir shoot, it us usually shot in an intimate bedroom type atmosphere. Boudoir can seem a bit intimidating, but from the moment you step in the studio everything is tailored to your own comfort level. 



Now let’s get to the fun pinup part, I say fun because pinup portraits are meant to be fun and playful. Here is a bit of pinup history.  The pinup style dates back to the 1900’s. A pinup model is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture. Pinups are intended for informal display, they are meant to be “pinned up” on walls and be admired. Male pinups were less common than their female counterparts.  Pinup girls were first documented back in the 1890’s.  In 1917, during World war 1, pinups were used in propaganda messages.  In the 1920, when women’s partners were away at war, women had tasted freedom, and held on to that tightly. During this age of Jazz, shortened hem, spiked illegal alcohol and bobbed hair became popular. Pinup artists like Rolf Armstrong responded to the current trend and dressed his models more scantily as well.


During World war II, pinup girls became more popular and were once again used by the US government, but this time it was to boost the morale of the service men at war. That the girls waiting for them are worth fighting for.  These photos were found inside barracks, hung up in submarines and tucked into soldiers’ pockets. During the 1950’s pinups were not only used in war propaganda but had moved into everyday advertising.

Many people believe that the early pinup genre encourages woman to fit within the constraints of perceived glamour, but todays modern pinup genre has evolved to be a safe place in which woman can express and embrace their individuality. Pinups are no longer just for the sake of giving them to a loved one, many women do the photo session just for themselves. How we relate to our visual identity, can play a role of in our happiness and mental health.  Seeing ourselves through someone else’s eyes can change how we feel about ourselves.



Pinup can be risqué, but you won’t ever find it explicit. With vintage hair and make-up, and a flirtatious attitude you will find yourself laughing and enjoying the pinup style photoshoot. The atmosphere you will walk into will be of a more one, with lots of props to set the scene. You’ll find yourself with rosy cheeks, bouncy curls, and curves for miles. Doing a pinup shoot allows yourself to embrace the playfulness of the years past. Pinups are bold, sexy, and yes even a bit cheesy at times. Which is why they often can be referred as cheesecake portraits. Pinups know they are who they are, and if you don’t like it you know where the door is. A pinup is an independent unapologetic classy lady! Often times you will find a pinup dressed in playful swimsuits, swing and wiggle dresses, pin skirts, rolled jeans, bandanas, and wife beater t-shirts.


Take a minute and imagine yourself walking into the studio, into another era, Betty Page, or Devil Doll playing in the background. Being transformed into the vintage girl of your dreams. Cat eye make-up, red lips, Victory rolls with flowers adorning them. Sounds magical doesn’t it? You can find yourself being the next Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page, or Rosie the Riveter.


Not sure what to wear? Not a problem, we offer a client closet for both boudoir and pinup!


You may now be asking yourself how will I know what to do, how to pose? Don’t worry this is something we will gladly walk you through every step of the way.


So, you see with either pinup or boudoir you can’t go wrong. It’s just what best suits your personality! You’ll leave any photo shoot with confidence, and feeling like a new woman.


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