Genres & Styles

People photography is inarguably one of the most popular photography genres. Find below a short overview of the genres and styles I typically (but not only) shoot.

Traditional portraits

Traditional portrait photography is all about capturing the emotion and expression of the model. This classic style of portraiture involves the model looking directly at the camera. It is often taken against a simple studio setting.


In candid portrait & street photography, the subject appears (and sometimes is) unaware that they are being photographed. Candid photographs are unplanned and do not involve any posing. It can give powerful insight into a subject's real emotions.


Editorial photography is a type of photography that aims to tell a story or portray a concept. Editorial photography is commonly found in magazines, newspapers, editorial features, and journalism. Editorial photography relies much more on story than it does on a brand.


Lifestyle portrait photography captures people going about their everyday lives. This style is often used in advertisements by brands that want to inspire their customers to live the portrayed lifestyle. Lifestyle photography can be seen as an editorial style.


A home story is typically a mixture of lifestyle and candit elements and sometimes contains some boudoir or glamour shots, depending on the storyline. To frame the story, the session is usually set on-location, that could be anything from a hotel room to the home of the subject.


The French word “boudoir” refers to a woman's bedroom or private dressing room. These photo shoots feature a woman wearing some form of lingerie in an intimate setting, whether it's their very own bedroom or else a studio that is set up to look like a bedroom or dressing room.


Glamour photography is a genre of photography in which the subjects are portrayed in playful or erotic poses ranging from fully clothed to nude. Marilyn Monroe was featured in the first issue of Playboy magazine (1953) to receive mainstream attention for glamour photography.

Semi/implied nude

Fine art nude photography is a genre of fine-art photography which depicts the naked human body with an emphasis on form, composition, emotional content, and other aesthetic qualities.


Fine-art photography is photography created in line with the photographer's vision as an artist, using photography as a medium for creative expression. The goal of fine-art photography is to express an idea, a message, or an emotion. Fine-art photography is typically based on portrait, boudoir, glamour or artistic nude themes. Composings and intense editing are very common in fine-art photography to support the artists vision

The fine line between boudoir, glamour, (semi-) nude, erotic photography and porn.

While boudoir can be classified as lingerie fashion or pin-up (the subject wears underwear or clothing), glamour and erotic photography are distinguished from nude photography, which contains nude subjects not necessarily in an erotic situation, and pornographic photography, which is sexually explicit. Pornographic photography is generally defined as "obscene" and lacking artistic/aesthetic value.

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