Many women have been asking me about boudoir sessions lately and what they entail or what to expect. So I scoured the internet and I wanted to touch on some key points and basics to help ease your mind and learn what to expect when you ready to book your session!
What is Boudoir Photography?
Boudoir photography is a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic and sometimes erotic images of its subjects. Boudoir photography can be down in a studio setting or in the privacy f your own home or a hotel room. It is common for women to have boudoir photographs of themselves made as a gift to a partner, conventionally on their engagement, marriage, anniversary, birthday or before an enforced separation such as military deployment. Boudoir photography is also sometimes given as a gift with the intention of re-affirming and encouraging the romance and sensuality between partners in a long-term relationship. Here are some tips below when thinking about scheduling a Boudoir Session of your own.
Choosing a Boudoir Photographer
As with your wedding photographer, choosing the right boudoir photographer is key to a successful photo shoot. You’ll want to feel comfortable being mostly naked in front of your photographer and the camera. When you start speaking with potential candidates, think about how relaxed and easy-going the conversations and interactions are. Take a look at samples of their work and portfolio so that you can see whether or not you like their style. Choose someone whose style you enjoy, offers a photography package you’re looking for and you feel comfortable and relaxed around. These are the key traits to look for in the perfect boudoir photographer.
Outfits, Props and Accessories
Boudoir photos typically involve lingerie, but that doesn’t mean that you have to start shopping for a lacy undergarment. Think about what kind of look you’re going for, such as sexy, playful, pinup or glam. You also don’t have to pose in your underwear; you can take great boudoir photos in a modest outfit, such as jeans and a tank top. If you know your fiancé loves the way you look in his favorite team’s jersey, pair it with cute boyshorts for a playful and cute look. If you want to channel your inner pinup model, there are plenty of outfit choices that range from barely there to full coverage. Many boudoir photography studios have wardrobe options for you to choose from, and they’ll help you decide what looks best for the look you’re trying to achieve. Props and Accessories such as jewelry, masks, toys, stockings, garters, umbrellas and anything else you can think of make the photos even more special and exciting. Talk to your photographer beforehand to see what they have and what you should bring yourself; you’ll probably need to bring your own shoes, but they may be able to provide everything else.
Hair and Makeup
In order to look the part, you’ll need to have your hair and makeup done. Many boudoir studios offer on-site hairstylists and makeup artists who will make you over as part of your photography package. Fake eyelashes are commonly used, while makeup styles can be as natural or heavy as you’d like. Remember that your photographer and stylists will have expert opinions on your beauty look, but you have the final word on your makeover. Feel free to bring your own products that you know work well, or let the stylists work their magic! If you’ve done research ahead of time on the look you’re interested in, bring photos so that they can see what you’re envisioning.
Boudoir photographers are well-versed in the different types of poses that will look great in photos. Arched backs, leg lifts and torso twists are three techniques used to achieve sexy poses, and you’ll likely spend a lot of time lying on your back or stomach. Your photographer will direct you throughout the shoot and make suggestions and demonstrations for expressions, gazes and moods to try. If you’re ever confused about how to pose, ask your photographer and he or she will typically be more than happy to show you.
After the shoot is over and you’ve received your images, a great way to present them is in a photo album. Your boudoir images are guaranteed to be beautiful, so why not show them off in a professional-quality album? Whether you plan to give your fiancé the album as a gift or you’d like to keep a copy for yourself, creating an elegant, tasteful and high quality album of your boudoir albums is the best way to preserve and showcase your sexy photos. Most Boudoir Photographers now a days offer albums within their packages or as a A La Carte purchase.