I must say, this is pretty funny. And I’m fully behind Dudeoir not being taken too seriously. For the most part it’s a bit of fun. Approach it with an open mind and let any preconceived notions go out the window. The danger lies in cheesy poses that look forced and unnatural — not something we do here at NYC Dudeoir!
By: Simone Hill
You’ve heard of boudoir photography where to-be brides dress down for the camera for a collection of photos only for their groom’s eyes. Well get this: Some wedding photographers are now offering dudeoir photography where to-be grooms are getting sexy in front of the camera for a partially or fully nude photo shoot before their wedding day. I called photographer Catherine Leonard, founder of NYC Dudeoir, which launched in June, to understand what’s going on. Turns out, brides usually request an album of boudoir photos to give to their fiancé as a gift.
“Guys go more for calendars than for albums,” says Catherine.
Hot or Just Hilarious? The Sexy New Trend of “Dudeoir” Photography
My absolutely sincere salute to the pun-genius who came up with this one. Boudoir photography, as you probably know, is the growing trend of a saucy, lingerie-or-less-clad session in front of the camera, resulting in sexy pictures to give to your loved one or just have for yourself to remind you of your own hotness. Unsurprisingly, the practice has mostly focused on women posing for the camera, but some photographers are generously trying to bring equality into the world of objectification, hence: dudeoir.
For instance, NYC Dudeoir is a studio specializing in “man photography.” Their idea of dudeoir is “relaxed, natural portraits celebrating masculinity.” Clothing is optional (Let’s call that “nudeoir.” You’re all welcome!) but they also give suggested staples that work well, like a white shirt and black tie combo, a tux, underwear, or boots.
There’s a growing trend of men posing for sensual glamour shots.
Brides-to-be are posing in lingerie or less for racy boudoir photos to present to their groom, and now guys are getting into the action.
Call it ‘dudeoir’ photography. Catherine Leonard, who launched NYC Dudeoir with her partner in June, said business is booming.
The pair founded NYC Dudeoir after seeing more couples request boudoir sessions through their company, Celimages Provocateur. “We got to thinking, why wouldn’t a guy want to be treated the same way?” Leonard said.
She estimates that about 60 percent of her dudeoir clients are gay and about 40 percent are straight. She’s seen brides book a photo session for their grooms. Some men have had the photographs made into calendars. One client lost a significant amount of weight and wanted photos taken because, as he told Leonard, “he never looked so good.”
“I love the photos,” one of Leonard’s clients, Lionel Zanar, told the New York Post. In one photograph, Zanar poses naked while his girlfriend covers his manhood with her hands.
A typical session costs $525, Leonard said.
When clients come for their session, they are often quite nervous, Leonard said, but they usually leave with much more confidence. “They seem like they’re two feet taller when they’re walking out the door,” she said.
Boudoir Photography Is Officially Catching On With Dudes, Too
By Sam Lansky
Boudoir photography — where women strip down and dress up in sexy lingerie for glamorous photo shoots, often to give to their husband or partner for a special occasion — has seen a dramatic rise in popularity (and notoriety).
And yet! As per usual, men are coming in and taking over. I mean, really, guys. Come on.
A New York Post story follows the work of Catherine Leonard, who founded a male portrait photography studio called NYC Dudeoir (obviously); she says that business is booming among her straight male clients: “Sometimes it’s the wife or girlfriend who inquires and buys the package, but usually it’s the guy himself,” she explained. “We have grooms who want to give their brides an intimate portfolio as a wedding present and others who are doing it entirely for themselves — they’re young and ripped and proud of it.”
It’s a recent Sunday afternoon in Midtown, and Lionel Zanar is standing in nothing but a snug pair of boxer-briefs, while his girlfriend, Meiko, looks on.
The super-fit contractor and self-defense trainer from Brooklyn is sitting for a saucy photo shoot — known in the photography business as “dudeoir,” a tongue-in-cheek play on the “boudoir” trend, in which women pose for pictures in their lingerie.
“I love the photos,” laughs Zanar, 33, who in one particularly racy shot stands stark naked while Meiko crouches behind, covering his manhood with her hands. “Meiko will be getting a really big version of it, framed.”
The gesture is perhaps the least Zanar can do for his sweetheart, who paid about $500 for the sultry 90-minute shoot. The divorced dad does, however, point out that she “pretty much bought the session as a gift to herself.”
For the photographers who launched this as a division of their company only a few months ago, business is booming among straight men like Zanar.
“Sometimes it’s the wife or girlfriend who inquires and buys the package, but usually it’s the guy himself,” she says.
“We have grooms who want to give their brides an intimate portfolio as a wedding present and others who are doing it entirely for themselves — they’re young and ripped and proud of it.”
Leonard claims dozens of average Joes (think George Costanza in “Seinfeld,” hilariously disrobing for a steamy
photo shoot in just his boxers and black socks) have also stepped up to the plate.
Now that the semi-naked “selfie” can make or break people’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (with serial sexter Anthony Weiner being a cautionary tale), an increasing proportion of dudeoir clients want a professional to art-direct and light the shots, so they look as flattering as possible.
Lionel Zanar was persuaded to do the shoot after his girlfriend, Meiko, posed for a boudoir session with photographer Catherine Leonard and enjoyed the experience. “Meiko sold me on the idea because she wanted some great photos of me, but I liked the idea for my own reasons, too,” he says. “I’m 33, I’ve worked hard to get into good shape, and I know the day will come when I’m the old man in the room. I want something to remember and show off when I’m a crusty old grandpa. I used to pose nude for artists years ago, so I wasn’t particularly nervous,” adds Zanar. “Whatever small amount of tension there was was dissipated by Catherine and her team, who all have lovely senses of humor.”
Graduate student Jemel Hodge was tipped off about photographer Catherine Leonard’s dudeoir business by a friend who previously posed for a session. “I thought it sounded like a cool idea,” says 24-year-old Hodge, from Newburgh, NY. “I like to try new things, and thought it would be fun.” He had reservations going in, but loosened up as the shoot went on. “It really wasn’t as big a deal as it seemed in my head beforehand,” he says. “You definitely get a spike in confidence after you do it, and I would recommend the experience.” He is delighted with the photographs from the $525 session. “They are very natural — nothing cheesy or too posed. I can show them to my mother without fear!”
Health-club consultant and amateur photographer Robert Maisonett, 45, of The Bronx wanted a professional set of photos done for sites such as Facebook. “I’m always behind the camera, so, with social media being what it is, I realized I have very few pictures of me to post, so I decided to do something about it,” he says. The $525 shoot took place last week at Catherine Leonard’s studio. A rookie in front of the lens, Maisonett felt nervous at first, but soon relaxed. “I was a ball of energy for sure,” he says. “It felt empowering. Not to sound corny, but I felt sexy and strong.” He says people have been very positive about the pictures, but he expects a few raised eyebrows. “Some of my friends would bust my chops for doing this,” he says.