HistoryThe nude or sexualized female form has been a theme of photography since as early as 1840. Early erotic photography such as French postcards from the late 19th and early 20th century and pin-up girls have influenced the visual style of boudoir photography.
Modern boudoir photography dates from the mid-1980s onwards, and is characterised by the empowerment of its female subjects, who now were typically the photographer's direct clients rather than being hired models.
AppealIt is common for women to have boudoir photographs of themselves made as a gift to a partner, conventionally on the occasion of their engagement, marriage, or before an enforced separation such as a military deployment. Boudoir photography is also sometimes given as a gift with the intention of reaffirming and encouraging the romance and sensuality between partners in a long-term relationship.
Increasingly, boudoir photography is seen as something that a person might do purely for their own enjoyment, for the pleasure and affirmation of seeing themselves as attractive, daring, sensual, and sexually-desirable.