emily zoe.

what is sensual storytelling?

Sensual Storytelling embodies the art of evoking emotions, narratives, and intimate connections through photography. It goes beyond surface-level aesthetics and carries a soft, more romantic connotation, exploring the deeper layers of the human experience. Threads such as vulnerability, emotional depth, and the celebration of the female body.

As an intimate photographer, sensual storytelling means having a profound appreciation for the beauty of the female form, an understanding of the power of raw emotion in art, and a deeper need to convey intimate stories of love and longing. A playfulness and curiosity around deepening an image with the use of sensory experiences such as touch, sight, sound, smell and taste give freedom to photographers who seek to create thought-provoking storytelling.

Viewers who are drawn to sensual storytelling appreciate the depth and intimacy that can be conveyed through photography. It’s those who seek imagery that goes beyond the surface and celebrates sensuality as a form of self-expression, empowerment, rawness and connection. It’s a permission slip to deeper explore and embrace one's own sensuality and confront their own sense of what is beautiful.

Sensual storytelling transcends conventional beauty standards, challenges societal norms, and celebrates the raw, vulnerable, and authentic aspects of the human experience. Although sexual exploration very much falls inside the realm of sensuality, it's not the only form of emotion and connection we're looking to evoke. 

Sensual: Sensuality can extend to various aspects of life, encompassing experiences beyond sexuality. It can be associated with art, nature, music, and other sensory-rich domains. Sensuality evokes deeper emotions and appreciation for beauty.

Sexual: Sexuality is more narrowly focused on activities, desires, and behaviors related to sexual attraction, arousal, and physical intimacy between individuals.


Sensual: Sensuality can evoke a range of emotions, including pleasure, intrigue, and deeper connections. It often carries a softer, more romantic or intimate connotation, emphasizing sensory experiences, emotional depth, and the celebration of the human body.

Sexual: Sexuality tends to have a more explicit and direct connotation related to sexual desire, passion, and physical acts. It can evoke feelings of desire, arousal, and excitement.

sensual vs. sexual

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With The Wolves

what is sensual story-telling?

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