top of page

Boudoir meaning

What does boudoir really mean?

I read similar articles on a lot of boudoir photographers website. Most of them are incomplete. I probably have an unfair advantage, being a native french speaker! Let's go back a bit in history, before the french revolution or the first Australian settlers.

Louis XVI is king. The last one France will ever have. A new word finds its official place in the french Acadamie dictionary; Boudoir. Boudoir comes from the verb "bouder", which means to sulk. It describes a small room where one can isolate. At that time, to sulk away from everyone's sight. A centenary later, the meaning of boudoir becomes more specific. It is an elegantly furnished room exclusively for women's use. A hundred years later, the word boudoir will also become a little biscuit coated with sugar. A delicacy appreciated with champagne! Those biscuits are quite dry and were very popular for teething babies in the '80s. I remember always having some in our pantry when my sister was still a baby.

There you have it! A short history lesson on the word boudoir and it's meaning throughout time!

So why do we use boudoir as a name for a photography style?

In photography, boudoir applies to a style featuring intimate, sensual, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of a client. It can be in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment. Those photos are primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the client and their special one. Different from glamour and art nude photography, boudoir is usually more suggestive. It rarely explicitly expose nudity or sexuality and features clients who do not regularly model.

Primarily used by brides as a gift for their partners. Boudoir photography is increasingly seen as an experience a person would do purely for their own confidence. The affirmation of seeing themselves as attractive, daring and sensual is highly empowering. Now that you know more about the meaning of boudoir you might be wondering how you say this word... We have the answer right here!

Feeling curious about a session? Have a look at how your boudoir experience could look like.

The image below is a direct link to our contact form. Alternatively, if you have any questions or feel ready to embrace your femininity, you can email us directly at


We have created an online community exclusively for women. Our goal is to support, inspire and encourage each other. No hate speech, no judgment, just heartfelt and caring support!

Start your day with an inspiring quote. Ask your questions directly to the photographer about boudoir or anything else. Our members are mainly from Cairns but we welcome women from anywhere around the world, as long as we share the same vision.

You will be able to;

Stay up to date with our business,

Share the excitement of our clients,

Access exclusive offers.



bottom of page