Deciding to do a boudoir photography session could be prompted by a special occasion like an anniversary, a gift for your partner on the wedding day or Valentine’s Day. It could also be for milestones like a weight loss, pregnancy or birthday but what to keep in mind is that one simple reason goes above all of this, you deserve to feel and show how beautiful and unique you are and have it captured in a comfortable and empowering way. Here are some things to keep in mind for your boudoir session.
Selecting a location for a boudoir session generally comes down to 2 options- ‘In Studio’ which is as simple as it sounds and ‘On location’ which can be a location of your choice be it your own bedroom, a hotel room or even outside (on private property).
Time of day
If you are doing the boudoir session as a surprise for someone the obvious thing to think about is when you would be able to take the few hours and not have it be suspicious but the other main thing to think about is that natural light is more complementary than artificial light so, for example, if you are thinking about doing a session in your west facing bedroom, the afternoon would be the best time.
Hair and Makeup
I cannot stress enough the importance of having a high quality hair and makeup artist for your boudoir session. A professional will be able to bring out your features and will know how to apply the makeup so that it will look good on camera. Fake tanner is a personal choice but I recommend not to use it unless you have had a trial run and know how your skin reacts to it, nothing worse than having to have the whole shoot in black and white because you don’t like the colour of your skin! Don’t forget about your nails. What better way to start to feel relaxed and confident than a trip to your favourite nail salon!
I recommend to have a few options when it comes to clothing so that if a certain option isn’t really working that there is more as a backup. Generally I would start with something with a little more coverage such as a robe, piece of clothing of your partners or a bodysuit then as you begin to feel more comfortable and confident we can more to other lingerie options. For colours I would recommend to bring at least one black outfit and one outfit that is really ‘your style’ as far as colour. A pair or two of high heels and fun accessories like chunky/statement necklaces can really add variety to your session.
Most of the time if a prop is being used in a boudoir session it is something relating to the interests of yourself or a partner, for example if you are a baker bringing a tray of cupcakes and cute apron or a partners musical instrument. If going for an indoor look a bed with non-distracting duvet/pillows.
What to do with the images
Now, you’ve had this wonderful experience and have a bunch of images that you feel beautiful in, you don’t want these images looked at once digitally and then buried under the mountain of food and pet pics! Make a special print or a ‘Little Black Book’ Album.
– Bring some music that makes you feel sexy and can have fun with.
– Be sure to be hydrated by drinking lots of water for a few days ahead of your shoot and moisturize.
– Eat before your session so that you have the energy to be able to smile with your eyes and show off your wonderful personality.
Boudoir pricing starts at $250+hst
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