Boudoir Photoshoot how to prepare for it

“I’ve booked my boudoir session, now what?” “How do I prepare, what should I bring?” These are a few questions you might be thinking once you’ve book your boudoir photoshoot. This article “How to prepare for your boudoir photoshoot” will help guide you through the preparation process to ensure no details are left out for a successful boudoir photoshoot. Preparing for your boudoir session is exciting, shopping for new lingerie, shoes and accessories we often over look important details that go into making your boudoir experience the best it can be.

My job as your photographer is to educate and help guide you through every step. Most clients are focused on what to wear and bring often over looking the small details that make an important difference. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as you prepare for your boudoir photoshoot. Remember…the more you put into the preparing for your session, the happier you’ll be with your images and ensure a successful boudoir photoshoot.

  • Remove garment tags from outfits. Oh those pesky little tags…no matter how we hide them underneath garments, they just seem to reappear. Although a detailed oriented person I am, I do my best to lookout for such things, however it never fails…I nailed a shot only to find tags in post production.
  • Iron and press out wrinkles from garments, then put on hangers to avoid getting wrinkled again.
  • Chipped nail polish never looks good. Get your manicure a day or two in advance.
  • Don’t experiment with hair color before your shoot but do get your roots touched up for dyed/color treated hair.
  • Avoid the sun a week before your session. Trust me, you do not want red skin or uneven skin tone. Women think tan skin looks better…although true generally speaking, they same rule does not apply for photography. Pale, milky skin looks best…trust me!!! Adding warmth to skin tone in postproduction is simple.
  • Avoid spray tanning. Orange skin looks unnatural and artificial in photographs.
  • Please bring one or two pairs of “new” shoes to your session…not ones you’ve worn for years and are broken in. I love to photograph shoes! They should have clean bottoms! Be sure they look good with your outfits. They don’t have to be comfortable, you will not be walking around in them.
  • Bring a variety of colored garments, black is great, yet sometimes we overlook a splash of color. I think one sexy black outfit is plenty. What colors goes with your skin tone? My personal favorites are ivory, pink, blue, purple and olive! Whats yours?
  • Be sure and your outfits on beforehand. Feeling comfortable and confident in what you’ll be wearing is important.
  •  Supportive lingerie for busty women is something to keep in mind. Poses where you’ll be lying on your back will flatten your chest. A good supportive bra under your garment provides a nice lift.
  • Bring a variety of outfits. Here are some examples: One or two matching bra and pantie sets. A garter belt looks great too with or without stockings. One or two bodysuits in different colors. Bodysuits a flattering on everyone and hide problematic areas. Robes and coverups, or a baggy sweater.
  • Please no razor stubble if possible.

Once your session is booked, you will receive my welcome guide filled with little goodies like this to help you prepare for a successful boudoir photoshoot and guide through the entire process. Tips on places to shop for lingerie, please refer to my welcome guide. For inspiration, check out my Pinterest boards, or start our own. To book a session with me or to learn more, please click here.


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