I’m Nomi and I am a photographer that specializes in boudoir photography. I was born in Los Angeles where I lived until I was 14. My family moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan when I was in 9th grade and I have been in NYC ever since. I am the fourth of five children and both of my parents are rabbis. I now live in Brooklyn with my boyfriend Alex, a sound engineer at the Barclays Center, and our dog, Teddy.
I focus on boudoir photography because I want to help as many women as possible to embrace who they are and celebrate their own version of what is beautiful and sexy. I started doing boudoir on the side while I was photographing the red carpet for Getty Images and all kinds of social media photography for Cosmopolitan. I always felt extremely grateful for these opportunities but I also felt limited in terms of what I was asked to photograph as “beautiful.”
While I was growing my photo career, I was photographing models for agencies and dressing them in lingerie. My Great-Grandmother was a bra fitter until the age of 95 and she taught me a lot about bras and underwear. Growing up, I associated lingerie with feeling better because women always felt better after they went to see Grandma Selma.
One day, during a shoot in 2013, someone brought up to me the genre of boudoir photography. All of a sudden, it felt like I found what I was looking for. Boudoir was lingerie focused, which was always fun for me, but, more importantly, it was about all ages, sizes, and types of people. There were no limits. It was about embracing whoever the subject was. It felt truly aligned with who I was and the art I wanted to create.
Now I am focused on helping as many women as possible reclaim the conversation on beauty in our culture. Instead of focusing on what we aren’t compared to what we can see in magazines, I want the boudoir photography experience to be all about what we already are. There’s power in that, I know because I see it several times a week in my studio. It is empowering, fun and sexy and I am honored to do this work.