So, let’s set the record straight! Many people, including photographers and models in the industry, confuse Boudoir and Lingerie photography as being one in the same. Let’s clarify:
BOUDOIR is a French word derived from “bouder”, to pout and is defined by Websters Dictionary as, “a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room.” It is believed men were forbidden to enter the boudoir without invite, since this is where a woman could speak openly with other women about their troubles, including intimacy. Thus, they could “pout” without being witnessed by men.
LINGERIE is also a French word and is derived from Middle French, from “linge”, or linen and from Latin “linea”, from the feminine of “lineus” made of flax or linen, and from “linum”, or flax; also, partly from Old English “line”; akin to Old English “līn”, or flax. Confused? OK, here’s the gist.
Lingerie was made of fine linen or flax, hence the lineage described above. Websters Dictionary as: “women's intimate apparel; and linen articles or garments.” The confusion comes from most boudoir photography being taken in a “boudoir-style” setting.
Boudoir photography features intimate, romantic, sensual, and sometimes erotic images of models in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subject and his or her romantic partners.
Boudoir photography is distinct from Glamour and Art Nude (sometimes called Glamour Nude) photography in that it is usually more suggestive rather than explicit in its approach to nudity and sexuality.