Boudoir Guide

I am SO glad you are here and ready to take care of YOU. Boudoir photos are my FAVORITE to photograph. We will have lots of fun, and I will make you feel so good about yourself!!

Coming fully prepared for your session is the key to having the most perfect session. This guide will help you fully prepare for your session, from skin preparation, to outfit ideas. This guide is meant to help you! As always, don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions.

If you’re looking for a guide on what to wear for men, please click HERE. It not only goes over preparation for men, but it’s excellent for boudoir couple sessions as well!

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Preparation

PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP

We recommend that you add on our professional hair and make up services. The elite make up artists will emphasize all your best features and make you feel relaxed in their professional hands. Just come with a clean face and enjoy the experience!

PROFESSIONAL HAIR STYLIST

Wash it one or two days before the shoot but not the same day. It will be easier for the stylist to work with it. Apply some hair anti-frizz if your hair is prone to static. Book an appointment with a salon to touch up routes and color. Avoid any drastic hair cut and color changes before the shoot.

DAY OF

Please come with your face and hair freshly washed. Also, make sure your hair is full dry as well! My hair and makeup artist will be able to start pampering you right away!


FACE PREPARATION

If you are thinking about a facial, please have one at least two weeks before the shoot to avoid rashes.

Have your eyebrows trimmed a few days before to avoid red spots.

BODY PREPARATION

Moisturize your body before the shoot. Natural scrubs a few days before are a good idea too. If you have a tan line try to tan in evenly in natural light only! Exfoliate your knees, elbows and feet to ensure smooth skin. Don’t forget to shave or wax! If you have sensitive skin to shaving or waxing, please be sure do do either 1-3 days before to ensure you have no redness or bumps.

I also usually suggest wearing clear deodorant the day of. It will help prevent any clumps or marks on clothing.

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FAKE TAN!

Don’t worry about cellulite, stretch marks, acne, bruises etc. We retouch the skin in post-processing!


HANDS AND FEET CARE

Hands and feet are an important part of a woman’s image. Apply hand cream and treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure before the photo-shoot. Apply a nail varnish of your choice. Avoid neon bright colors.

JUST BEFORE THE PHOTO SHOOT

Come without any make up on (unless you have it done somewhere else) and with clean moisturized face and lips.

Drink plenty of water in the morning.

Stretch out and get ready to arch and curve.

Eat breakfast / lunch before the shoot (being hungry during the shoot is counterproductive and often makes your stomach more bloated).

Try to get a good night sleep and do not have excessively large meals or alcohol the night before.

Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions we should be aware of.

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Boudoir Outfits Ideas

CUTE AND TASTEFUL BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY IDEAS

In my experience, I recommend bringing at least four- five outfits, because more choice is better than less. Try to prepare all the outfits at least a week before the shoot to avoid last minute stress. They should include:

two matching underwear sets

one or two tops or t-shirt

a vest or dress

LINGERIE AND UNDERWEAR

General rules: the most important thing is that they must be well fitting!

Try everything on before; choose matching panties and bra because matching colors look better in photos.

Avoid patterns and choose some bright colors that will pop in the pictures and/or a classic black , blue or white.

The Classic Underwear Set

I recommend sets because they photograph better than separate pieces. Try them on and make sure they fit well. There is no general rule here. Have fun shopping and trying lots of sets on. Choose sets that make you feel good! 

Cheekies are better than larger or smaller undies, because they give you more definition. I also prefer a cheeky over a thong as it is not aesthetically in photo shoots; bring your thongs only if their front side is pretty . 

A cheeky gives more definition and curve, rather than a small, straight thong. (see photos below of Cheekies)

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THE BRA AND BRALETTE

The bra is supported and can be padded. A bralette is, instead, a bra without wires or padded cups. Both photograph well but it really depends on your body shape what looks best for you. Bralettes often have fun backs and they are fun in photos. In general they fit better ladies with small breasts. For larger breasts sizes some support is recommended.

THE FULL BODY PIECE

The full piece bodies are fun and comfortable. They are also great to hide the stomach, if you are worries about C-section scars, stretch marks and any other issue.

THE CORSET

Used for centuries to tighten the waist and give support, it is a must for many women.

ROBES

They are fun to play with and help cover up if you are a little shy at the beginning of the photoshoots. Robes are also very popular for brides to be, generally in white. Robes in water shoots are fantastic!

(YES! That’s me below in the vegan leather bodysuit!)

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OTHER FUN OUTFIT ADD-ONS

SEE-THROUGH TOPS

See-through tops are great to play with during the photo shoot as they are revealing, without showing too much. With the light and sunshine they show beautiful curves and allow very artistic creations. Semi transparent lace tops that are see through yet not too revealing, to keep some mystery! 

LONG SLEEVES

If you want to go for season-less images and have a cute and sensual look then bring a winter sweater. If they are off the shoulder, even better! I personally love warm, cosy sweaters to feel cute and sexy. 

SHIRTS

Half revealing shirt? One of his shirts - like a tee shirt or jersey is SO fun!

SHOES

Choose whatever you prefer: high heels that slim your feet and help with posing, boots that give you length, cowboy boots, hipster shoes, trainers or you can just do the whole shoot barefoot!

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

You can “accessorizes” a photoshoot with anything you want. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, but also glasses, masks, scarfs or ties can compliment very well the outfits or the naked poses. Bring a selection if you like and if it is in your style. Flowers are a good option too. Don’t forget your engagement/ wedding ring if you have one.

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WHERE TO SHOP?  

(I’ve linked all shops to make it easier!)

Lingerie and Underwear:

Underwear and sporty bralettes:

  • Aerie - It has the CUTEST bralettes and affordable bra and panties sets!

  • GAP

  • Victoria’s Secret


What to bring to your Photo shoot

CHECKLIST

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Bring a friend if it will help you relax!

Your phone with your music

Flip flops or similar

Eye drops for contact lenses / hay fever

Lip balm/ lipstick

Some hair pins

Water bottle

A snack

YOUR OUTFITS FOR THE SHOOT:

Lingerie / underwear

Tops

Shoes

Hats and headbands

Scarfs

Jewelry and accessories

Wedding/ engagement ring

ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR OUTDOOR PHOTO SHOOTS:

Trainers to walk on paths

Sunglasses

A towel to rap in when you change

A small towel to clean your feet

Sun cream

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Thank you so much! I can’t wait to photography your beautiful self!

xoxox Mallory