Boudoir Guide

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Feel stronger and more confident. Know who you are, find your strength, show off your beauty but most importantly, do this for you.

Be fun and spontaneous! Celebrate your body with boudoir. Your session is to celebrate the real you – the you the world sees and the secret you that lives inside.

Placing your trust in and connecting with your photographer is one of the most important parts of your session. Give yourself permission to relax and enjoy this time for yourself. After all, you deserve it.

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prep for your

boudoir session

bra and panty set

Classic and versatile, a bra and panty set is a simple outfit, and chances are you already own several! If you’re not into lingerie then this is a great choice for you.Choose a matching set or mix and match colors, patterns, and textures. You can also pair it with a skirt, heels, or a fancy necklace…just about anything.

bodysuit or teddy

These are one of our favorite choices because they are super-flattering and versatile. Plus they are an all-in-one outfit, which keeps things easy! You can find them with or without sleeves, in a variety of colors and textures…you might want more than one! If you are someone who is still learning to love their midsection (like me) then this is great choice; a bodysuit gives you coverage while still showing off your curves!

dresses

Dresses can be worn off the shoulders for a glamorous look. Or maybe you have a slinky gown that you don’t get to wear very often. Sheer or lacy dresses look great layered over a bra and panty set. There are lots of ways to play with this option.

skirts or shorts

Pair your favorite skirt or pair of shorts with a bra and you’ve instantly got a sexy outfit. Choose a skirt that speaks to your style, whether it’s a fluffy tutu or a long and flowy gypsy skirt. High-waisted shorts are a great choice if you want to go for a vintage pin-up look; denim cutoffs for a look that’s more tom.

sweaters and socks

This is also another outfit that you already own, and it’s a great choice if you’d like to go for a more cozy look. Some clients feel more relaxed in comfy clothing; I know I do!

lingerie ensemble

This is your chance to go old school with a garter belt and thigh highs. It’s a great choice if you’re going for a romantic vintage look!

nude

Some clients like to end their session this way. This choice isn’t for everyone, and you might feel intimidated just reading about this option! No worries, it’s totally up to you, and again, just an option. We can strategically wrap you in fabric or a sheet if you want to venture a bit outside of your comfort zone.

don’t forget the accessories!

This is one of my favorite ways to dress up. Dramatic earrings or a sparkly necklace add an extra touch to any outfit…so do heels. But why stop there? Don’t forget gloves, belts, a headpiece…anything you can dream up!

sleep

Nothing is better for you and your body than a good nights rest so be sure to get enough sleep for a few nights [minimum the night before] before your shoot. You’ll have a refreshed and youthful look and it helps keep the dark circles at bay.

hydrate

Water, water, and more water. Make sure you drink tons of water the day before. It will not only help your skin  glow like Beyonce but it will help with the makeup application process. Also believe it or not boudoir and doing a photography session can be quite a workout so it’s good to be hydrated and energized.

skip the spray tan

Although it might seem counter-intuitive, I recommend that you do not get a spray tan before your session, even a few days prior, because it tends to photograph orange even when it’s applied subtly and by a professional. Your actual skin tone will photograph the most beautifully and naturally.

cut your tags

Silky, see-through lingerie does not look good with a tag saying you are a size medium! Haha. Be sure to cut out your tags (or bring a pair of scissors with you if you have some outfit options you aren’t sure you will keep), so we can eliminate unsightly tags.

 

wear lose fitting clothing upon the start of your session

We don’t need any unsightly red marks on you from something that was tight or rubbing on your skin. Wear something comfy and lose while you get all dolled up with hair and makeup and then we can pick out the first outfit of the day from there!

 

hands and feet

I recommend either having polished or unpolished nails for your session. I personally don’t have a preference and frankly I feel like if you’re personal style is a bit more natural then unpolished it is! On the other hand if you’d like to spice things up a bit go for it! Just be sure it’s one or the other. I just recommend making sure you don’t have chipped polish. If you have the time & resources, grabbing a mani/pedi can not only be a nice way to prep but a relaxing way to pamper yourself prior to your shoot.

what to wear

So many exciting choices, don’t you think? I can’t wait to see what you put together for your session. If you have questions or need help choosing outfits for your boudoir photography session, shoot me an email. I’m happy to help!

 fine art lifestyle &  portrait photographer

based in southern oregon, documenting stories worldwide

 

 

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