Why I started boudoir photography

Why I started boudoir photography

 

If you had asked me in 2010 what I would be doing in 5 years’ time I could not have been further away from the truth. I had moved from my home in Italy to the UK, completed successfully a Batchelor degree in Economics and a Masters in International Relations, started in the corporate world, got caught in the crisis and the redundancies, turned to teaching and further studies, and found an amazing man to be by my side. To remain with him in England I changed direction and tamed my career dreams, suffering through a few more years of grey British skies and rainy weather. The wet and lack of sunshine blurred my vision and my path. Then an opportunity came up for his work in Vegas. After our rapidly organised and amazing wedding we arrived in sunny Vegas. I had a fresh start here and a loving husband who is supporting and encouraging me and my creative side. 

 Outdoor Boudoir by Martina Zando Photography

Outdoor Boudoir by Martina Zando Photography

 My love affair with photography started with my first camera around the age of 10. I was lucky to be brought up by an artistic family that loves nature, travels and beauty. I had experimented with different categories of photography but here in Vegas I had the opportunity to really focus. I love working with people, exploring body shapes and angles. I love creating poses , which I always compare to a slow dance. So here I studied portraits and boudoir, doing a sort of apprenticeship with a very talented photographer. 

I came across boudoir photography by chance at a women's trade show in Vegas. I had never seen this kind of photography before, at least not done for ‘every day’ women. I liked the concept straight away - that of "making every woman look and feel beautiful".  I think that through this work I can not only capture beautiful images but also aim to improve women's vision of themselves. We are surrounded by pictures of beautiful slim woman in magazines and in the media. The comparison with this image of beauty can make us feel inadequate or dissatisfied with our selves. I want to counteract this feeling.  I want to show every woman,, that they can be beautiful and sexy, and by doing this I can give them great confidence.

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It is my wish for every woman that I photograph to embark on an adventure.  In doing so they can overcome insecurities and fears.  They can step out of their comfort zone and ultimately have some beautiful images for themselves, their partner, (or both) to cherish for life.