Boudoir Guide - Couple

Thank you for booking a couple’s boudoir with Mallory!! If you’re looking for a way to get closer to your partner, a boudoir session is certainly the way to do so. It’s the art of getting close to that special someone in your life. In the hustle and bustle of life we need those moments to get close and celebrate what we have. Explore your relationship in a new light, spark that fire, feel alive, adventurous, excited, erotic, sensual, passionate, and just plain sexy AF. This might be the best date you’ve ever been on. You’ll finish with art displayed in your home, and you’ll look back and say “I can’t believe that’s us!”

At Photography by Mallory, we believe in getting close to the one you love, no matter who you love. We support all kinds of love! <3

This guide will go over some different options to help you prepare. This is a condensed version of my full guide which will go over more thoroughly on how to prepare for your boudoir, especially for women. This guide will go over details for what to wear for men, and some tips for outfits for couples.

Women, please view my full boudoir guide HERE.



Let's be honest, guys have it much easier than women at getting ready! 

well fitting jeans

boxers or boxer briefs - whichever you prefer!

a couple of button-up shirts (better if plain in color)

a tie (if that’s your style)

a t-shirt (plain color us best)

If you have any meaningful items such as football shirts, props or accessories feel free to bring them to your session too, and we will incorporate them into your shoot.

If coordinating with your partner, be sure to coordinate colors, but don’t be too matchy-matchy.


Before the shoot...

Hair cut & color - be sure to do this at least 2-3 days prior to the shoot to allow a fresh cut to settle. If it's a new style this will give you some time to get used to it - although, any drastic hair style changes are not recommended right before a photo shoot.

Take care of any waxing or tweezing at least 24 hours prior to the shoot to be sure there is no residual redness or puffiness that will appear in your photos.

If you shave your face in the morning, but your shoot is in the afternoon or evening, you will want to shave again right before you are photographed to avoid a 5 o'clock shadow.

Be sure to moisturize well after shaving too. Preferably with an unscented light lotion made for sensitive skin like Cera-V which you can find at any drugstore. Avoid moisturizers with sunscreen as this can interfere with flashes or other lighting used during photography causing the skin to cast a whitish glare.

No spray tans please! Not even for guys - same reasons apply as for women. The color of a spray tan does not tend to look natural in photos no matter how well it's applied, or how good the product you use. Also, don't lay out in the sun right before a shoot. You risk getting sunburned which even the most skilled photographer and retouching techniques have difficulty fixing.

If you want a more natural, lightly tanned look use a high quality matte (no sparkles) bronzing powder applied with an extra large brush, like the one by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (found at department stores or online). A bronzing powder needs to be applied sparingly with a big fluffy brush on clean, dry skin. So be sure to allow any moisturizer to soak in for at least 15-20 min. before applying bronzer.

To ensure your lips photograph nicely, (so they're smooth, not flaky or chapped), generously apply lip balm at least 2-3 days in a row before the shoot. My favorite is Carmex - it exfoliates dead skin so that your lips will look great in your photos.


Boudoir shoots can be so fun as a couple! Here are some tips to make it the best shoot ever!


Book an hotel, a romantic time together and a photoshoot.


Do not take this so seriously! Play and have fun with it!


Is it sport, music , art or just a coffee?


Hugs and kisses for you both :-)