A Sexy Idea for Valentine's Day: Boudoir Photography Takes Off

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These days, many women are getting photographs taken just to show the man in their lives. It's called "boudoir photography,"  and it's a growing trend across the nation.

Think Betty Grable or Rita Hayworth. Now, picture your wife or girlfriend posing as a pin-up.

"During ww2 and ww1 when it was a big fad," said Jack Van Matre, co-owner of Behind the Red Door Photography.

"It's something i've always wanted to do," said Jaime Cates.

Cates is newly married. She's got her photos taken for her and her new husband's first Valentine's Day as a married couple.

"I just wanted to have fun. I'm turning 30 in a week or two. So, just kind of a last little hurrah of my 20's, I think. Just something fun and different that I haven't done before," said Cates. "I'm like a mom of two, you know. I've never done anything like this."

Jack Van Matre and Crystal Renee, who co-own Behind the Red Door, have decades of experience as photographers. This style is something new.

"I started doing it maybe 3 years ago. Collectively, we've done it since last may," said Van Matre.

It's nothing like erotic photography. If a client requests a turn to the erotic, Van Matre will turn off his camera.

"There may be people that do that, but it's not something we do," says Van Matre. "What we focus on is a woman's beauty. It's more focused on maybe her outfit, her eyes, the curve of her body, and your attention is drawn is to the woman herself. It's not for someone to be sexually aroused. It's for you to appreciate the beauty of a woman herself."

"I mean, you're not just posing nude. It's tasteful and classy, and so I felt very comfortable doing it," said Cates.

Comfort is key.

"Every woman feels like she has flaws, and so there's not one that comes in here and says, 'I'm ready to do this.' We have creative posing," said Renee.

"I was like, 'Oh, my stomach, and this and that.' Like I said, I have two kids. So I was a little nervous about that," said Cates.
 
For the mom of two, the sesson was a comfortable environment in which to have a little fun.

"It's something that I want to be able to look back on in 20 or 30 years, and say, 'Oh, I used to look like that,'" said Cates.

Behind the Red Door Photography is on Park Central East in downtown Springfield, just above Big Whiskey's.

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