I’d like to give everyone a bit of advice if you’re about to book, or have just booked, your boudoir shoot with me. I’d love for you to get the best from your boudoir photography photoshoot and your final images, so here are a few tips…
What to wear
Before and after shots of my boudoir clients – you CAN look this amazing!
The most important thing, whatever you choose to wear, is that you’re comfortable. A boudoir shoot obviously encourages us to ‘push the boundaries’ from our everyday clothes, but this doesn’t mean you are completely outside of your comfort zone. There are lots of options to suit every body shape, which are glamorous and flattering, as well as affordable. Many women opt for sexy underwear, but if this isn’t for you then satin dressing gowns or glamorous / vintage evening dresses can be worn with equally stunning and sexy results.
If you do go for underwear, here are a few tips to help you choose:
• Unless you are very slim with a great bust, it may be best to avoid bra & knickers sets – they aren’t always the most flattering, particularly around the tummy area (which is tricky to retouch!).
• As a general rule, items with good support, such as built-in cups are best, particularly for ‘lying down’ shots, as they will hold everything in place. Make sure they fit well and if you are keen to hide particular lumps and bumps (we all have them!), then think about which items will best achieve this.
• Items to consider are: Corsets, Basques, Bustiers, Baby dolls, Chemises, Suspenders, Stockings and Frilly knickers.
• A great way to add a bit of drama (and props to pose with) is by adding accessories. Items such as fur shrugs, feather boas, hats / tiaras and lacy gloves are great additions to add variety to your images.
• Jewellery is also a brilliant way to add sparkle and glamour. Once you have chosen your style and items of clothing, try to find jewellery that will complement this and is in keeping with the look. For example, if you go for a vintage look, don’t wear modern jewellery – there are some great places to find authentic vintage pieces.
• Bring some nice pairs of heels, as they will lengthen the leg and add a sexy feel to the images.
If you’re not sure what works best together, bring whatever you have and we will have a play around with looks on the day. I also have a good selection of clothing and accessories, which will help complete the look you want.
Here are some online corset, basque and lingerie retailers for some ideas and inspiration…
Agent Provocateur – Gorgeous high quality lingerie & corsets (with a high price to match!)
La Senza – Good for babydolls, marrywidows, chemises, bustiers and other ideas at affordable prices
Corset Boulevard – E-bay shop selling high quality corsets at very low prices
Figleaves – All sorts of beautiful lingerie
Anne Summers – Lots of sexy lingerie and ideas!
Corsets4U – fabulous affordable corsets
Fairy Goth Mother – Beautiful vintage style lingerie, corsets and even 50’s style dresses
Kiss Me Deadly – Gorgeous vintage lingerie and shape-wear
The Burlesque Boutique – Apart from lovely corsets etc, this is brilliant for accessories!
Boux Avenue – One I’ve recently discovered, similar to Figleaves but possibly even better!
How to get the most from your shoot
Once you’ve decided on a boudoir shoot, it’s good to start planning. It’s worth taking a bit of time to really think about the style of image you would like, the clothes and props you are going to bring, and how you would like your hair and make-up done. A great way to do this is by using Pinterest, for example, to collate images that represent your chosen style. It’s a fun exercise, which I am happy to help with, and really helps to focus on what you want to achieve ahead of the shoot. I won’t recreate these images, as we want them to be unique to you, but we can look at how to make a desired style your own and work for you.
Make sure you pack items you are bringing to the shoot ahead of time. You don’t want to be rushing around on the day and then realise you’ve forgotten something you really wanted to bring. Make sure you try everything on a few days before the shoot, to check everything fits well and there are no broken zips or missing buttons to contend with.
Before the shoot
• If your hair is coloured, it’s a good idea to have this done relatively close to the shoot, to avoid dark roots or re-growth.
• If you use sunless tan, make sure it’s a subtle, natural colour with no streaks. Pale skin is fine though – often better!
• If you have your nails done professionally, again make sure they have been done recently, to avoid regrowth or damage. If not, a smart dark coloured nail varnish is a great option, and better than bare nails.
• The day before and the morning of the shoot, avoid wearing clothing or accessories which will leave marks, such as socks, watches or tight straps
• Shave or wax legs and armpits and any other body hair that you don’t want to be seen
• If your ears are pierced, it’s a good idea to have something in them – even a small stud.
On the day
• Please don’t wash your hair on the morning of the shoot – freshly washed hair is much harder to style. The day before is fine.
• Don’t put any products on your hair, or straighten it, as this will affect the longevity of the style you choose.
• Bring clip-in hair extensions if you wish (real ones are best) and we can incorporate them into the style.
• Please arrive without make-up on. If this concerns you, you can do what the A-listers do and invest in a pair of oversized sunglasses!
Please don’t worry about blotches, bruises, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, rough skin or any other body blemishes. We all have them (even those A-listers) and they can all be removed by retouching. You won’t see anything you don’t want to in the final images – I can even edit out tattoos if you’d like me to.
After the shoot
I usually select around 10-20 of the best images from each shoot to retouch and show you, depending on which package you’ve paid for. I will create a fabulous slideshow backed to music and a private password-protected online gallery for you to view and order your images. If you’ve already paid for some images with your package you can choose which ones you would like to keep.
Your images will never be made public without your consent. Some women want to keep their images secret and I respect that, so as much as I want to show off my work I will always ask before posting any boudoir images online or using them for promotion – all the images displayed on my website or Facebook page or on any promotional material have had permission from the clients.
Hopefully I’ve covered everything, but if you have any questions or any concerns at all (however small!), do get in touch 🙂 Also do keep checking this blog post as I will add bits as and when I find any more useful information.
You can also find more information on my other blog: Boudoir Photography – Why should you book your own shoot?