Preparing for Your Boudoir Session
Often, our clients will have questions about the session, so I wanted to create a full list of boudoir photo shoot tips to help you prepare!
Can I recommend just one thing?!? Yes, a BODYSUIT. You will thank me later. :)
Pigtails and loose braids can be good variations, but in general your hair should be free-flowing. Clip-in extensions, hairpieces, and even wigs can, also, be a great way to glam-up your hairstyle.
Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure, but avoid facials or waxing for 1-2 days before your session as they can cause redness or blotchiness. For some people it helps to bring a little white wine or champagne to their session to help them loosen up and relax. However, don’t overdo the alcohol--Photoshop can’t fix droopy eyelids and bloodshot eyes!
Here are a few boudoir photo shoot tips and tricks to consider:
DO cut out all tags from your clothing options including the launder instructions inside.
DO invest in at least one cute pair of panties or a bra/panty set that makes you feel super sexy and fits your body type. Bodysuits are a favorite option as well.
DON’T wear anything that is too small and digs into your skin or creates the dreaded “muffin top.”
DO consider normal clothing if you’re nervous about being too revealing, such as off the shoulder tees, jeans, cardigans, tanktops, a fitted button-up shirt, a pencil skirt, or a fitted v-neck t-shirt. Many of these items can be paired with cute undergarments to make a very sexy (but less skimpy) outfit.
DO remember that sometimes no outfit can be the best outfit. Some of our favorite images were photos taken when our client wasn’t wearing anything clothing-related, and simply covered up with a white sheet, towel, pillow, or a prop (sheet & furs provided in studio).
DON’T feel like you have to drop a ton of money on new items for your shoot. Although it can be nice to have one really elaborate piece of lingerie, we can create stunning images with the items you already have in your closet.
DO load up on accessories. Pearls, long necklaces, gaudy costume jewelry, hats, fishnets or sheer black hose, and most importantly--cute shoes!! High heels are a nice way to extend the length of your legs.
If you have any other questions about what to bring or how to prepare for a boudoir shoot, please let us know and we will be happy to help!
What to Wear
We want you to feel completely comfortable on your shoot. With that in mind, it is truly up to you with how much or how little skin you show. We love for our shoots to show our client’s personality, so feel free to bring something special as well as props. If there’s one piece of advice I can give you regarding how to prepare for a boudoir shoot, it’s this: don't be afraid to have fun!
We usually start out shooting with a little more clothing. As you become more comfortable, we can work our way through your outfit choices. Feel free to bring lots of your favorite outfits and we’ll pick out the best for the shoot.
Bra and Panties
Most importantly, bring at least one bra and pantie set. Start with basic black and then add colors and patterns. Bras and panties can be photographed alone or paired with any of the other clothing items or accessories you bring. They are also helpful when setting up implied nude poses.
A bodysuit, vintage slip, teddy and/or camisole always photographs well. Corsets with thigh high stockings, a garter belt, and heels are super sexy too. We have built our studio to work with all colors as well as various patterns and fabrics. Start simple and grow more extreme from there. Think about what colors look good on you.
Everyday clothing such as sheer tops, jeans, can look cute and sexy if photographed properly. A simple white tank top or cami can be super cute! If this is a gift for your partner then bring something from his wardrobe. This can be one of his favorite ties, or a button down shirt. Anything that makes the images more personal and sexy to him! It also adds variety to your collection of outfits and will look great in the final book.
You can easily modify the look of your outfit by changing your accessories and moving to a new background. Accessories include jewelry, scarves, hats, stilettos, stockings, garter belts, etc.
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