Pin-Up Style Vs Boudoir Style

One of the questions we get frequently is “What is the difference between Pin-up photography and boudoir?” 

Well, let’s start with what they have in common. It doesn’t matter whether you choose a boudoir session or a Pin-up session. Both of these will give you beautiful images which showcase your beauty, build your confidence and help you to see yourself the way others see you. It’s too easy to get caught up in self-doubt and to lose confidence and a photo session is a real boost of self-confidence! You’ll see yourself in a way you may not have thought was possible, and we know you’ll love it.

Burford Studio was established in the USA. We were a premier studio in the North East. Now, having moved to Glasgow, we are adding Pin-up to our repertoire. Previously we concentrated on boudoir, images that tend to be sexy, provocative, and often taken as an intimate gift for a partner.

Boudoir shows your gorgeous, sultry and sexy side. We pride ourselves on bringing out the inner diva and showcasing the fantasy! Our boudoir clients discovered a side of themselves that they quite often did not know existed. A beautiful, soft, lingerie-themed shoot which was at first shocking “I had no idea I could look like that” before becoming the more familiar “I love it”. It sometimes went from “Of course I could never show anyone” to “These are so beautiful – I will show everyone!” 

Boudoir empowers, instills confidence, and lets you fall in love with yourself all over again.

So, what about Pin-up? Well, we’ll be the first to admit that boudoir takes a bit of confidence. It’s strange to be in the position of being in lingerie while a stranger takes photos and, while we like to think we are friendly and can put you at ease, boudoir is not for everyone. 

Pin-up photography is playful and fun. It has a history dating back to the mid or early 1900s. Pin-ups were literally designed as posters that were ‘pinned up’ on a wall. The models were sexy, beautiful but fairly conservative by today’s standards. A glimpse of a stocking top was shocking but became a staple of the Pin-up. 

In World War II, Pin-up photography was used as a morale booster, and the stars of the time were often the Pin-ups that were shown in the barrack rooms across the world. Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch” with her skirt billowing around her waist was classic. Pin-up girls decorated aircraft and permeated society through advertising and the silver screen. The Pin-up as art had arrived.

So, modern Pin-up looks back to the earlier styles, generally from the ’50s, and adds a modern twist. Pin-up photography can be risqué, sexy, and self-assured but it is never explicit. It can include the hair and makeup styles of the day, props, and styling or it can be more up to date and just have the retro vibe.  

Pin-ups are bold, sexy, and yes even a bit cheesy at times. Above all they are fun. A Pin-up is an independent, sassy but classy lady! That lady is YOU!

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