About the Terminology

We’re so glad you’ve taken a moment to understand the terminology we use here on the Audacieux Photographics website.  We’ve found that some clients are intimidated and perhaps embarrassed by some of the terms they find here: nude, bodyscape, erotic, fetish, etc.  We hope, with a review of these words and what they mean, that we’ll put your mind at ease on the type of work we do and what sorts of shots your session will contain.  If you have questions on any of these, or perhaps suggestions on terms to add, please be sure to email us at sales@audacieuxphotographics.com!

Boudoir – French for “bedroom” or “private room”, boudoir is a term that, at least in the photography sense, is used to suggest photography of a subject in attire that is commonly associated with the bedroom.   This might include lingerie, undergarments, or even normal attire in partial stages of undress.  In this type of work, any nudity is generally implied rather than explicit.  This is the most common type of work we do for our clients.

Implied Nudity – Implied nudity is used to describe an image that suggests that the subject is nude, but does not reveal that explicitly.  In images of this type, the subject’s more private parts are concealed, either by strategic positioning of props, fabric, shadow, or other objects.  The subject may or may not actually be nude, but in the image, no hint of attire is included so as to give the impression of nudity even though it’s not proven.  Images taken in this fashion are useful for evoking the seductive feel that nudity creates without being as revealing as a true nude image would be.

Nude  – The partial or complete lack of attire allowing partial or full view of the subject’s more private areas.  Nude images may include props, fabrics or even some attire, but such additions do not generally obscure the fact that the subject is nude.  Nude images are often characterized by adjectives such as “figure”, calling attention to the beauty of the human body itself, and “erotic”, implying a more sexual nature to the image.

Bodyscape – The human body is beautiful in all it’s forms, and is regularly compared and contrasted to the beauty of landscapes.   A bodyscape is a type of image we use to convey the “landscape” of the body.  These images are often anonymous, meaning they generally lack identifying components such as a face.  Bodyscapes can be boudoir, nude, or erotic, depending on what attire, if any, is present, and if a sexual suggestion is present.

Erotic – An erotic image is one that conveys a sexual component or inspires a sexual response.  While it is often an intimidating word for those not used to using it, it simply means that which arouses a sexual desire.  Erotic is also a very subjective word.  At Audacieux Photographics, we’ve shot many images for many clients.  Some, are intended to show the beauty of the human form, others are intended to induce a sexual response, and in all cases, the question of meeting our goal can only be answered by those viewing the results.  Artistic images can be perceived by some to be erotic, and those intended to be erotic can fall short of that implication.   Erotic images can also be boudoir, nude or even clothed.  They are simply intended to call attention to the sexuality of the subject or subjects.

Fetish – A fetish image is one that includes a concept that is generally considered outside the norm.  While we think the term “normal” is overrated, there are some concepts that are generally considered “fetish”.  Like “erotic” above, it is a subjective concept.  Examples of fetish include such things as a concentration on one particular body part, such as the feet, the inclusion of unusual props, the use of unusual wardrobe, or the application of alternative substances to the body, such as wax.  Fetish images may be done in any of the types listed above and may or may not be erotic in nature. 

Was this summary helpful for you?  Please be sure to let us know of any additions we should make at sales@audacieuxphotographics.com