Boudoir Photography Tips for a Great Session

Tips to have a great boudoir photography session

Boudoir Photography

When booking a boudoir photography session, many women can get a a bit intimidated…it’s  like a step into the unknown. The truth is, experiencing a boudoir photography session is exhilarating once you embrace your sexuality and find confidence within your own skin. We promise you will be smiling ear to ear once you go through the experience. Not only will you love playing supermodel for a day, you’ll enjoy looking at the photos for years to come. You can even put together a boudoir photo book of your favorite images and present it to your husband as a gift. No doubt he’ll love it just as much, if not more, than you!

If you’re thinking of booking a boudoir photography session or already have one planned, we have some tips to help you prepare and take the edge off so you can have the best boudoir photography session ever.


What to Wear

When it comes to what to wear to a boudoir photo shoot, the sky’s the limit. What do you feel comfortable in? What makes you feel sexy? Be sure to talk to your photographer to see what the studio or photo shoot location will look like and perhaps you can gain some inspiration from that.

Some ideas:

  • A white tee shirt
  • Lingerie- why not model the lingerie you plan to bring on your honeymoon?
  • A white bedsheets
  • Unbuttoned sweater
  • Something see-through
  • Thigh-hi stockings and garter
  • His work shirt and you can even get creative with a tie
  • His favorite sports team jersey
  • Your wedding gown

 boudoir photo with red lingerie and leapord skin shoes

Photo by: Sophia Joel Photography via the My Bridal Pix Network

And don’t forget accessories:

  • Sexy stilettos
  • Garter
  • Veil
  • Cowboy boots
  • Jewelry
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Think about his sport or hobby…a guitar, a football, golf clubs, etc…

Look at other boudoir photos for inspiration and see if anything catches your eye. Use your imagination and put together a few outfits that will give you some confidence to rock it in front of the camera. For the best inspiration, follow our Boudoir Photo Ideas board on Pinterest..we are constantly pinning new things 🙂

bridal boudoir photo shoot

Photo source: Examiner


Preparing for Your Boudoir Photo Shoot

If your a bride to be and you  plan on giving a boudoir photo book to your husband to be as a wedding gift, you’ll want to book your photo shoot a few months before the wedding. Boudoir photographers suggest at least six weeks before the wedding to allow plenty of time for editing and printing and then you need to factor in time for a boudoir album (typically 5-10 business days).

Of course, preparing for your boudoir photo shoot also includes primping and preening your gorgeous self. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi, massage, or facial. Wax or shave your legs, bikini area, and underarms. Moisturize your skin for a healthy glow and get a professional tan, if that’s your thing. Don’t, however, sunbathe or get a salon tan the day before the photo shoot. Sunburn and tan lines won’t make for the most flattering photos.

You can also get glammed up with some fresh new makeup, whether you splurge for a professional makeup artist or do it yourself. Some boudoir photographers offer makeup services as add-ons or include them in their photo packages. The bonus to having a professional do your makeup is that she/he knows what looks best on camera and how to bring out your best features.

bridal boudoir book

Photo source: Nearly Naked

Once the boudoir photo session day arrives remember to relax and have fun. Drink plenty of water so that you skin is hydrated and just eat something small before the shoot to avoid fatigue. Wear comfy clothes to the studio to avoid strap lines on your skin. Bring a music mix if that helps you feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Many photographers say brides are shy at first, but once they start posing, they get into a flow and work it like nobody’s business!

Don’t worry about your body or whether or not you lost those last 10 pounds. Boudoir photography is not about fitting into a supermodel mold. It’s about you and showcasing what makes you beautiful. A good boudoir photographer will work with you, listen to your concerns, and capture you in the most flattering way. You will be amazed at the results!


Boudoir Photo Book

After you’ve rocked the photo shoot, make sure to get digital images so that you can upload your images to the My Bridal Pix software to create a boudoir photo book. Boudoir books make the perfect Valentine’s Day or wedding-day gift and are a cinch to put together. My Bridal Pix offers several boudoir photo book styles and free designer boudoir templates to design and create the book just the way you want to in the privacy of your own home. We also take your privacy very serious. All the book designers on staff are female and can help you at any point in the design phase. Be sure to follow the boudoir photo book tutorial for all kinds of tips on putting together the perfect boudoir book! We’re here to help if you need us!

Boudoir book with red leather cover

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