You did it! You took the plunge and finally scheduled that boudoir shoot you’ve been dreaming of for years. Now, you’re having a slight panic attack, because you have so many questions! Plus, you want to both feel and look prepared so you can knock this boudoir session out of the park!
Fear not, this post is for you!
Boudoir sessions bring about the most questions for me. And it’s understandable. Most likely, this will be the only time in your life that you have photographs like this taken, so lots of questions are normal (and welcomed)! Plus, I say, go big or go home!
Below are some tips and recommendations on how to make the most out of your boudoir session.
How To Prepare For Your Boudoir Shoot
Schedule Hair, Makeup & Nails
If there’s a time in life to pamper yourself, preparing for your boudoir shoot is it! I recommend scheduling a nail appointment the day before, and hair and makeup the morning of your session. Feel free to shoot me an email if you need suggestions for hair and makeup artists! I got you!
Choose Your Outfits Wisely
When it comes to choosing what to wear (or not wear) for your session I get A LOT of questions. The most important thing is that you select pieces that flatter your body and highlight your best assets – pun intended! ;) Check out my boudoir board on Pinterest for some outfit inspiration. This makes for a good jumping off point!
As for general guidelines, I recommend picking 3 separate “looks”.
- Feminine & Light: If you’re getting married, think of this as your “bridal look”. Think whites, pastels or another lighter, but complimentary color.
- Moody & Dark: Black, black, black! Something dark and sexy is a must-have. If you’re not a fan of black, try a jewel tone that flatters your skin color.
- Personal: Choose an item that has a personal connection to you and/or your partner. Think, favorite sports team hat, one of your man’s shirts or even a cute pair of comfy silk pj’s.
BONUS TIP – Bring a girlfriend with you when you go shopping or tell the sales woman that you’re shopping for a boudoir shoot. They are usually more than happy to help choose items that will really flatter your body type.
Now that you have your outfits picked out, don’t forget to grab a few accessories. If you’re getting married, bring your veil (if you’re choosing to wear one). Also – don’t forget the following: heels (nude or black), stockings (hello, fishnets) and any pretty jewelry you want to showcase.
Here’s something you might not have thought about, but this is very important – so listen up! On the day of your session, be sure to wear loose fitting clothing before you arrive on set. Preferably no bras or underwear since those items tend to leave marks on your skin.
Give Yourself Extra Time