Preparing for Your Boudoir Session
Many clients will have questions about the session, so here, I wanted to create a guide of boudoir photo shoot tips to help you prepare for your session!
I suggest bringing a variation of the following combinations:
- One piece set: bodysuits, a teddy, fitted slip dress or shapewear.
- Two piece sets : bra & undies, high-wasted skirt/ Undies with a bra combo, or try a garter belt set, bra and stockings.
- Cover up look fabulous as well like wrap, shawls, off shoulder shirt.
- Something you LOVE - black photograph very well.
Don't forget a manicure and pedicure, but try to avoid facials or waxing for 1-2 days before your session as it can cause redness or irritation. For some people it helps to have a little something to drink to calm the nerves, so I provide all of my clients with complimentary Mimosas. However, don’t overdo the alcohol--Photoshop can’t fix silly faces 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 the garment (little white tags w/ care instructions).
Do invest in at least one cute bra/undies set (black is a great option) that makes you feel super sexy and fits your body type. (Consider high waisted undies, corset belt, or bodysuit options if tummy is area of concern.)
Do consider normal clothing if you’re nervous about being too revealing, such as off the shoulder tees, cardigans, tanktops, a fitted button-up shirt, or a high slit skirt/dress. Many of these items can be paired with cute undergarments to make a very sexy but less risque outfit.
Do remember that sometimes no outfit can be the best outfit. Some of my favorite images were photos taken when our client wasn’t wearing anything clothing- or simply covered up with a white sheet, towel, pillow, or a prop such as sheet & furs provided in studio.
Plus size recommendations
DO: high waisted undies, under bust waist cincher corset garter belt, and/or bodysuits . Pair with off the shoulder cardigan, button down shirt or lace robe.
DON’T’s include - loose & flowy (baby doll’s), corsets, busy patterns, neon colors and costumes.
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.
DON’T wear anything that is too small and digs into your skin or creates the dreaded “muffin top.”
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, I can create stunning images with the items you already have in your closet and a few pieces from my Boudoir Closet.
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
I 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. I love for our shoots to show YOUR personality, so feel free to bring something special as well as props. If there’s one think I can tell you regarding how to prepare for a boudoir shoot, it’s this:
don't be afraid to have fun!
I usually start our shoot by going through all the outfit choices you brought with accessories. I begin capturing you with a little more clothing, your loosest fitting outfit. As you become more comfortable, and open up, we will work our way through your outfit choices until the final outfit. Feel free to bring lots of your favorite outfits and I will help pick out the best for the shoot.
Bra and Undies:
Most importantly, bring at least one bra and undies set. Start with basic black and then add colors. I generally say for undies black, white, nude and a color pop like pink or red. Bras and undies can be photographed alone or with any of the other clothing items or accessories you bring. They are also helpful when setting up implied nude poses. Consider getting a high waisted undies shapewear and/or corset belt, if tummy is area of concern.
A bodysuit, vintage slip, teddy , shapewear and camisoles always photographs well. High wasted undies, Thigh high stockings, a garter belt, and heels are super sexy too.
Clothing such as sheer tops, jeans, can look cute and sexy if paired properly. A simple white tank top or cami can be super hot! If this is a gift for your partner then bring something from their wardrobe. This can be one of their favorite ties, or a button down shirt, books, or go total nerd and bring their lightsaber. Anything that makes the images more personal and sexy to them! 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.
And most of all don’t forget to bring some killer high heels! Nude heels can go with many outfit choices. Black heels are a staple. However, anything strappy, studded, or with bling is a must bring. The higher the better. Try to stay away from platform and wedges for your shoot.
Boudoir Photography for the Bride-to-be
If you're planning a bridal boudoir photo shoot, you'll want to include your wedding undergarments, shoes, and even your headpiece or veil. You might also want to bring an item of jewelry with you for your bridal boudoir photography session. If you have something that means a lot to you or your fiancé, let me know. I’ll advise you on what will catch his eye the most.