Another one of those male boudoir sessions is floating around the internet again (you might have seen it - it's the nice looking guy with pumpkins?). I just feel like I need to put this out there, because each time one of these posts goes viral, the link gets messaged to me, posted to my wall, posted in my facebook group The Empowerment Studio, and all over the place.
And I KNOW that people are seeing boudoir and thinking, "Kinzie!" Which, obviously I'm down with that! You know I love me some gorgeous boudoir photos. (And you make me feel so loved when you think of me!)
But what I don't love is these supposedly hilarious photo shoots of men who are actually BEAUTIFUL people, but the session makes fun of both: A) men's bodies and B) the genre of boudoir. What I'd like to know is, why can't men actually be beautiful? Why can't we celebrate their bodies as well? Why do we have to see the body of a man who is plus size, or who is maybe not super comfortable in his body, and only laugh at it? Can't we throw them some love as well? Can't we photograph them in a way that feels sexy, that is empowering? Can't we share their photos because they are beautiful people, not because we want to laugh at them?
And I should say: I am not personally mad at a single person who has shared these posts with me in the past! I truly love each and every one of you, and the fact that you take time out of your day to think of me, and to share something with me -- that means so much. But I also don't think it's fair to the beautiful bodies out there that these posts are making fun of, to not speak up and say something. So please don't take this as a personal attack, if you've shared these posts with me in the past. I promise I still love you!! Let's just spam each other with Harry Potter memes and videos of cats doing weird things.
This is making me feel like I need to photograph men again (I've photographed some guys in the past, but it's been a while!) so that I can truly celebrate the male form as well. And I'm not just talking about only photographing muscular, chiseled men -- though they are gorgeous too. No, I want to photograph every single body, and help them see that they are beautiful.
PS: if you're looking for a "dudeoir" shoot that I can get down with -- I'd say this one does a very nice job of celebrating the male body, and you really can't go wrong with a little Harry Potter boudoir! I NEVER mind when that one pops up in my inbox. ;)
PPS: If you REALLY want to deep dive into some male portraiture magic, check out my buddy Kevin Lowery down in Atlanta who photographs men in the most beautiful way. So intimate and personal and stunning. You're welcome.