Preparing for Your Boudoir Experience
Something tells me that you probably have some questions about how to prepare for your boudoir experience, what do I wear? What should I bring? etc…
Well, all are a legit things to consider! If there is one piece of advice I can give you regarding how to prepare for your boudoir experience, it’s this: simply don't be afraid to have fun!
So… What to wear?
There is a bit of a deeper philosophy to answer this question.
What kind of woman are you?
A woman’s relationship with her body and her lingerie drawer is deeply personal. Some women buy lingerie like others buy shoes or lipstick – in quantity, quality and to suit the occasion. Others prefer to put comfort over aesthetics and there are those who prefer to go commando – each to their own! That’s one more thing that makes you so special!
Keeping the above in mind, there is no real list of the best things to wear for a boudoir experience. What matters is what feels right for you.
Bra and Panties
Most importantly, bring at least one bra and undies set. Start with basic black and then add colors and patterns. Bras and undies 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. (Consider high waisted undies shapewear and/or corset belt, if tummy is area of concern.)
A bodysuit (!), vintage slip, teddy and/or camisole always photographs well. High waisted undies, Thigh high stockings, a garter belt, and heels are super sexy too.
Boudoir Lingerie Inspiration
For a 2 – 3 hour boudoir shoot I recommend that you focus on 3 or 4 different ‘looks’. Here are some things to think about:
Color: We all love the purity of white lingerie (and it’s perfect for a wedding boudoir shoot) and the contrast of sexy black sets but don’t disregard the beauty and power of a matching lingerie set with strong color. It can be gorgeous for shots that focus on the face and we can match lips and nails to really make the images ‘pop’. Push-ups, demi cups or sheer bras are better than full coverage.
Waist enhancers: Women’s bodies should be curvy and shapely so any lingerie that enhances that is a good thing – think corsets, bustiers and suspender belts.
Texture: Lingerie can be crazy expensive but the top end designs are luxurious and the materials include silk, chiffon and lace. Soft and feminine textures look and photograph beautifully when contrasted with skin.
Stockings: Are definitely great for boudoir. I’m not a huge fan of ‘stay ups’ due to the rubber lining which has a tendency to pinch the skin so try and find stockings that are designed to be used with a garter. Generally stockings with a plain top are best if your lingerie is quite intricate and detailed.
If you are having a bridal boudoir shoot don’t forget to bring flesh colored or cream stockings, your veil, garter and your wedding shoes. Many women end up wearing ‘invisible’ underwear with their wedding dress so this is the time to showcase the wedding night vibe.
Everyday clothing such as sheer tops, jeans, can look cute and sexy if
photographed properly. A simple white tank top can be super cute!
Tip: 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.
An essential part of the experience is to show your personality, so feel free to bring something special as well as accessories and props.
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.
Just for your information, I have styled my home studio to offer two very
different styles of boudoir photos – from light, airy and girly to darker and
moodier style, whatever suits you. So feel free to keep this in mind when you choose what to bring with you.
My sole intention is to have you feel completely comfortable throughout your experience. With that in mind, it is truly up to you how much or how little skin you want to have shown.
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 some of your favorite outfits and we’ll pick out the best for the shoot.
Heels: Do feature in some of the images – ideally bring a black and a
neutral/nude pair. 100% stilettos and ideally the kind of shoes you can’t walk very far in.
Links to some inspiration sources:
Vintage? Try Modcloth
So there it is. Just a few tips to help you prepare! Feel free to contact me for any further assistance!