6 Tips to Know Before Your First Boudoir Photoshoot


Boudoir photography is a wonderful part of becoming a bride that many newlywed women overlook. The photos you take during a boudoir photoshoot are intriguing, empowering, and sexy pictures that you can use to create a professional boudoir album for your partner. Even though it may seem intimidating for you, planning a boudoir photoshoot with your photographer is a wonderful experience that is well worth the preparation and primping. To help get you totally ready and excited for a boudoir photoshoot, we’ve gathered some must-have tips to know before you show it all off.

You don’t have to wear lingerie

Although lingerie is a symbol for boudoir photography, you certainly don’t have to wear the bare necessities for your shoot. Many women opt for more modest look with silky robes, playful dresses, or even men’s attire that is more covering (like a dress shirt or a jersey from his favorite pro sports team). After all, this photoshoot is about making you feel comfortable, so you have the freedom to strut your stuff in whatever outfit works for you.


Photo Credit: Buffy Dekmar Photography

Find the right photographer

A boudoir photoshoot is something that definitely requires having some trust and confidence with your photographer. Not many women are stoked on the idea of, let alone comfortable with, stripping down and letting someone they’ve only met a few times photograph them in an exposed, vulnerable state. However, photographers who do boudoir shoots understand the boudoir process, and are skilled at making sure you are comfortable and feel completely ready for the shoot. The photographer will give you helpful tips and guide you along the way.

It’s a good idea to listen to them and follow their direction and try not to stay too much in your own head or overthink what you’re doing. By focusing on following their advice, you’re less likely to have any room in your thoughts for hesitation. On this note, take your time and find the right photographer for you. Check out the portfolio of their work and read past customer reviews so you can be sure you are choosing a photographer that has the right expertise and skills that you need.


Photo Credit: Whimsie Studios

Avoid tanning

You may think it’s a good idea to add a spray tan or tanning salon session in your pre-photoshoot preparation regime – but think again. Boudoir photoshoots are very revealing and use lighting techniques that will capture the glow and hue of your skin. This means that any slight sunburns or orange streaks from tanning will show up in the pictures. So don’t worry if it’s been a long winter and your skin is on the pale side; a boudoir photoshoot is about capturing your natural beauty!


Photo Credit: Ann Photography

Watch out for waxing

If you plan on making an appointment for a bikini or body wax, make sure to book your visit about a week before the photoshoot. This will ensure that you won’t have any bumps or redness that may pop up and be visible for the photographs. If your skin is easily irritated, keep this in mind when shaving as well.


Photo Credit: Whimsie Studios

Strut your stuff solo

During all the wedding planning craziness that goes on, it’s natural to seek some advice from your sisters or friends. However, when it comes to a boudoir photo session, do this one on your own. Having a bridesmaid at the shoot will actually hinder the boudoir experience for you: You may actually feel more self-conscious or shy, which won’t allow you to get the most out of the photoshoot. Be sure you go into the shoot solo, so the experience can be about you and your expression of love for your partner. Working independently will also help you grow that confidence you will want to look sexy and stunning in your photographs.


Photo Credit: Cavin Elizabeth

Keeping good posture is key

During your photoshoot, remember to keep your back straight, with your shoulders back and stomach in for the best angles in your pictures. Focusing on keeping good posture will flatter your physique, making you look taller, thinner, and more poised. It will also help you to feel more strong and confident.


Photo Credit: Memoire Studio

If you’re considering a boudoir photography shoot, do some further research to find out more about the experience, find the right photographer for you, and hear what a boudoir photoshoot is like from other brides. Boudoir photography may be just the perfect thing for you!


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