Healing Past Trauma – The Secret Benefit of Boudoir Photography

Boudoir photography is becoming increasingly popular, and it can be a powerful tool for healing past trauma. It is a style of photography that is sensual and intimate, with a focus on capturing the subject’s natural beauty and personality. Boudoir photography sessions often take place in a controlled, comfortable environment, such as a private dedicated studio.

What is Trauma?

First, it’s important to understand what we mean when we talk about trauma. Trauma can be defined as any event or series of events that hinders our ability to cope, creating feelings of powerlessness, fear, and emotional distress. Trauma can be caused by a wide range of things, such as accidents or abuse, and the effects of trauma can linger long after the event itself has passed.

Past trauma can rear its head in several ways – it can cause people to feel like they are not in control of their lives, leading to anxiety, depression and even PTSD. It can leave an individual feeling disconnected from their bodies and out of sync with who they are. For some people, it can affect their self-esteem, making them feel less attractive or less deserving of love and understanding. This is where boudoir photography can come in handy, offering a transformative experience that can help people really see themselves and reconnect with their bodies.

How can boudoir photography help with healing past trauma?

Boudoir photography sessions usually involve a consultation of some sort before the session. This discussion will be between the photographer and the client and often touches on emotional aspects of the client’s life. The discussion may also touch on the client’s issues of self-image and self-esteem, which help the photographer understand how to approach the shoot. A skilled and understanding photographer will strive to make their client feel comfortable, safe and empowered during the session. This can help the client reconnect with their body, taking control of their image and sexual expression.

In addition to helping survivors reconnect with their bodies, boudoir photography can also provide a way for individuals to express and process difficult emotions. Trauma can leave us with a range of intense, often conflicting feelings – anger, shame, grief, guilt, and more. Through boudoir photography, survivors can explore these emotions in a creative, nonverbal way, using their bodies and poses to communicate their inner experiences. By externalizing their emotions in this way, survivors may find it easier to acknowledge, process, and eventually move past them.

boudoir image of a black woman sitting on the floor wearing gold body jewelry.

Choosing Your Photographer

Choosing the right photographer is essential to making sure that you get the most out of your boudoir experience. The right photographer understands the importance of healing past trauma. Here are a few tips to help you:

  1. Look for a photographer with experience: When looking for a boudoir photographer, you should look for someone who has experience in working with people who have experienced trauma. They should be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment that promotes healing and empowerment. You need an understanding photographer that you can trust. There is a difference between a real boudoir photographer and someone who just takes nude photos of women.
  2. Check their portfolio and reviews: Before selecting a photographer, make sure to check their portfolio to see if their style and work align with what you’re looking for. Additionally, search their Google reviews from previous clients to get an idea of their experience working with the photographer. This will give you a sense of how comfortable they were during their session, and whether they felt supported and empowered during their time at the studio.
  3. Have a consultation with the photographer: Most legit boudoir photographers offer a pre-session consultation where you can discuss your needs, concerns, and expectations for the photo shoot. This is an excellent opportunity to gauge their personality, communication skills, and professionalism. You can ask any questions you may have about the process, and make sure that the photographer is someone you feel comfortable with and trust to help you through your healing journey.

While a boudoir session is nowhere near a replacement for therapy or other treatments, many would say that it can be a valuable tool for emotional healing. For survivors who are interested in exploring boudoir photography as a part of their healing journey, the benefits can be both profound and life-changing. By providing a space for self-expression, body positivity, and emotional processing, a boudoir experience can help survivors move towards a place of healing, resilience, and self-love.


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Karice Danae is an award winning, published boudoir & beauty photographer based in Roswell, Georgia about 20 minutes north of Atlanta.

Her work can seen in issues of Looks Like Film, Toffee & Honey, Retro Lovely Magazine, True Self Magazine and Venus Cult Magazine.