Nomi Ellenson | Boudoir by Nomi – Episode 61

“When you’re 3 or 5 years old and you’re understanding that your grandma fits bras, you don’t think about it in a sexual way…I just equated bras with, oh people go see grandma Selma feeling uncomfortable and they leave feeling better.” Nomi Ellenson is a body positive and sex positive boudoir photographer. As a freelance fashion photographer, Nomi felt limited by what she was assigned to shoot in terms of promoting a specific kind of beauty. She started her own business so she could help change the narrative on what it means for someone to feel beautiful. She credits her photographic practice to a combination of influences. She is the daughter of two rabbis who believe in community service and putting your whole self into your work. She is also the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of The Town Shop, a well known lingerie store in Manhattan. Nomi describes her shoots as collaborations and those collaborations require that she develop a sense of trust with her clients, something she learned to do as a child watching her grandmother fit women for bras in the family store. We talk about Nomi’s path to photography, learning how to run a business, and we even do a bit of tech-talk near the end of the show. This episode sponsored by the School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video, & Related Media – Charles Traub, Chair. Links: Visit @realphotoshow on Twitter/IG/FB