Boudoir photography has been gaining popularity over the years as a way for women to feel confident and empowered in their own skin. But did you know that boudoir can also be considered a form of art therapy? Yes, you read that right! Boudoir photography can have a positive impact on mental health, self-esteem, and body image. In this blog, I’ll share a story of a friend that supports boudoir as a form of art therapy.
First, let’s talk about body image. Many women struggle with body image issues, and this can have a negative impact on their mental health. A session can be a life-altering experience that will create a ripple effect throughout your life, and the lives of those around you. I have been lucky enough to witness this firsthand, I have had countless clients reach out to me months after their sessions to share how this experience has changed their lives.
Boudoir photography, which focuses on capturing a person’s sexuality and sensuality, can be seen as a form of sexual healing and empowerment for survivors of sexual trauma. As a victim of SA myself, I know how it feels to experience powerlessness. I have made it my lifework to create spaces in which women can feel empowered by their bodies, I deeply believe in this art as a healing modality.
Furthermore, boudoir photography can be a form of self-expression and creativity. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy can help individuals express themselves in a nonverbal way, allowing them to process and communicate their emotions. Boudoir photography, which involves choosing outfits, poses, and locations, can be a creative outlet for individuals to express themselves and explore their sexuality in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Want to explore kinky themes? I got you. Absolutely obsessed with baking and want to work that into your session to really let your creative side shine? Hell yeah.
Lastly, boudoir can be a healing modality to help emotionally process sickness and chronic pain. This is where I find the most passion. The beautiful woman in the photographs shown here is not only a single mother fighting a brutal custody battle, but a cancer survivor. She has spent years fighting her ex for the freedom to raise her daughter free from trauma, and she has finally started to see the light after successfully kicking cancer’s ass (she even had a scan today that came up clear). I wanted to tell her story with this session, the bondage she experienced…then breaking free and washing it all away, and finally, finding her sun shiny day. Collaborating on sessions like this is my true calling when it comes to artistically expressing myself, and I was honored to be able to do this for her.
I wholeheartedly believe that boudoir photography should be considered a form of art therapy. The findings support the positive impact that boudoir can have on mental health, self-esteem, and body image. Boudoir photography can help individuals express themselves, explore their sexuality, and heal from trauma. It’s time to recognize boudoir as a form of art therapy and promote its benefits for mental health and well-being. So go ahead, book that boudoir session, and unleash your Divine Feminine!