Preparing for your Boudoir Portrait Session
In my experience, I recommend bringing at least four to five outfits, because more choice is better than less. Try to prepare all the outfits at least a week before the shoot to avoid last minute stress. They should include:
- two matching underwear sets
- one or two tops or t-shirt
- a vest or dress
Lingerie and underwear
General rules: the most important thing is that they must be well fitting!
- Try everything on before; choose matching panties and bra because matching colors look better in photos.
- Avoid patterns and choose some bright colors that will pop in the pictures and/or a classic black, blue or white.
THE CLASSIC UNDERWEAR SET
I recommend sets because they photograph better than separate pieces. Try them on and make sure they fit well. There is not a general rule here. Have fun shopping and trying lots of sets on. Choose sets that make you feel good!
Cheekies are better than larger or smaller undies, because they give you more definition. I also prefer a cheeky over a thong as it is not aesthetical in photoshoots; bring your thongs only if their front side is pretty.
A cheeky gives more definition and curve, rather than a small, straight thong.
THE HIGH WAISTED AND VINTAGE
For a little retro look choose high waisted underwear. It is best if you have a pear shape or want to cover some hip issues.
THE BRA AND BRALETTE
The bra is supported and can be padded. A bralette is, instead, a bra without wires or padded cups. Both photograph well but it really depends on your body shape what looks best for you. Bralettes often have fun backs and they are fun in photos. In general they fit better with ladies with small breasts. For larger breasts sizes some support is recommended.
THE FULL BODY PIECE
The full piece bodies are fun and comfortable. They are also great to hide the stomach, if you have worries about C-section scars, stretch marks and any other issue.
- Used for centuries to tighten the waist and give support, it is a must for many women.
- For a vintage and delicate look.
They are fun to play with and help cover up if you are a little shy at the beginning of the photoshoots. Robes are also very popular for brides to be, generally in white.
WHERE TO SHOP?
Lingerie and Underwear:
- Victoria's Secret ,
- local independent shop Savvy Lingerie,
- Intimissimi USA (online only)
- Naja for ethical shopping supporting women
Underwear and sporty bralettes:
- Victoria's Secret sister brand PINK
- American Eagle for very nice bralettes
- Hottie for a great variety of tops and clothing
- Nasty Gal for daring and sexy
- Fredericks for something more daring
- Agent Provocateur for upmarket more daring
See-through tops are great to play with during the photoshoot as they are revealing, without showing too much. With the light and sunshine they show beautiful curves and allow very artistic creations. Semi-transparent lace tops that are see through yet not too revealing, to keep some mystery!
If you want to go for season-less images and have a cute and sensual look then bring a winter sweater. If they are off the shoulder, even better! I personally love warm, cozy sweaters to feel cute and sexy.
Half revealing shirt? One of his shirts? Why not!
T-SHIRTS AND TANK TOPS
There is so much choice! If lingerie is not really your thing or you want to have that "girl next door look", then panties and a tank top will work perfect for you. Some ladies like to wear one of his shirts too.
Not all the images have to be revealing to be sexy. Sometimes more is less, and you can post at least a few images on social media, worry free!
Choose whatever you prefer: high heels that slim your feet and help with posing, boots that give you length, cowboy boots, hipster shoes, trainers or you can just do the whole shoot barefoot!
Jewelry and accessories
You can “accessorize” a photoshoot with anything you want. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, but also glasses, masks, scarfs or ties can complement very well the outfits or the naked poses. Bring a selection if you like and if it is in your style. Flowers are a good option too. Don’t forget your engagement/ wedding ring if you have one.
HAIR & MAKE UP
When you are investing in a professional photographer, you want to make sure that the images look their absolute best. Professional hair & makeup artists are TRAINED to do hair & makeup so that they photograph well. While your makeup may look AMAZING in person, it will look completely different on-camera, and these professionals are trained to know the difference! They will conceal spots you don't like, contour your face so it looks the best in every light, use colors that compliment your skin to make it look flawless, make your eyes POP with false lashes & shadows, manicure your eyebrows to perfection and more! Some may think that there isn't a difference...but I PROMISE you, the difference is HUGE!
**If professional hair & makeup is simply not in your budget, that is a-okay too! I just recommend doing your makeup slightly heavier than normal, making sure to add a pop of color on your lips & using fake lashes if possible! Those little details will make the biggest difference! **
If you are thinking about a facial, please have one at least two weeks before the shoot to avoid rashes.
Have your eyebrows trimmed a few days before to avoid red spots.
Moisturize your body before the shoot. Natural scrubs a few days before are a good idea too.
If you have a tan line try to tan in evenly in natural light only!
PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FAKE TAN!
Shave / wax few days before to avoid red spots.
Don’t worry about cellulite, stretch marks, bruises etc. We can retouch the skin in post-processing!
HANDS AND FEET
Hands and feet are an important part of a woman’s image. Apply hand cream and book a manicure and pedicure before the photoshoot. Apply a nail varnish of your choice. Avoid neon bright colors.
Just before the photoshoot
- Drink plenty of water in the morning.
- Stretch out and get ready to arch and curve.
- Eat breakfast / lunch before the shoot (being hungry during the shoot is counterproductive and often makes your stomach more bloated).
- Try to get a good night sleep and do not have excessively large meals or alcohol the night before.
What to bring to the photoshoot
- Bring a friend if it will help you relax!
- Your phone with your music
- Lip balm/ lipstick
- Some hair pins
- Water bottle
- A snack
YOUR OUTFITS FOR THE SHOOT:
- Lingerie / underwear
- Hats and headbands
- Jewelry and accessories
- Wedding/ engagement ring