In today's carnival of conceit known as social media, the term selfie has come to be defined as a snapshot of oneself, almost always shot with a smartphone. Selfies have become synonymous with the millennial generation, and have been described as everything from harmless fun to wanton narcissism. But boudoir photographer Kara Marie Trombetta of Kara Marie Boudoir (formerly known as Click Chick Boudoir) has proposed a proper business purpose for selfies in her Business of Boudoir article entitled Selfies: Yes You Have To.
And no, not with your smartphone.
Trombetta immediately goes for the jugular and states that shooting a boudoir selfie session, as it were, keeps you from being a boudoir hypocrite. And, frankly, that makes perfect sense. After all, if your goal is to help clients become comfortable being the subject of intimate photography, but you've never been said subject, you are quite literally incapable of knowing what they will be going through in their session with you.
That's a cut and dry case, already.
However, she goes on to discuss the multiple benefits of doing boudoir selfies - specifically selfies, mind you, and not a session shot by an associate photographer. As Trombetta puts it:
Putting yourself in total control of the lighting, posing, shooting, and editing will be the ultimate boudoir learning experience. You’ll be relying solely on yourself to create beautiful images. The trial and error involved in boudoir selfies is incredibly frustrating, I’ll admit. But putting yourself in front of your camera will allow you to examine each shot and immediately see what needs to be corrected in the next one.
Anyone who has ever tried a self portrait knows this challenge. Taking it a step further and trying to take an intimate and emotionally profound self portrait - well, that's an entirely different matter. She continues onto to many brilliant points about why everyone needs to do a selfie session, and in my opinion this article is a must-read for all boudoir photographers.