12 Super Helpful Tips on How to Prepare for a Boudoir Shoot

A Guide for How to Prepare for a Boudoir Shoot

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Congratulations on booking your very own boudoir session! Get ready to feel like a Queen– the fabulous main character in the journey that is your life! If you feel nervous, that’s totally normal! A boudoir session can feel like a huge step outside of your comfort zone but the newfound confidence and empowerment on the other side of that step is well worth the nerves! 

To help with the nerves we designed this guide to help you know exactly how to prepare for a boudoir shoot! Get ready to slay the day! If you want to know what boudoir outfits to wear to your session that will look amazing, Check out our blog “What boudoir outfits to wear to your session”

Knowing what you want is the first step on how to prepare for a boudoir shoot

When wondering how to prepare for a boudoir shoot the first thing you should consider is what you want. Every woman wants something different from her boudoir session. This is because your boudoir session is more than just sexy photos. It is a documentation of you, your story, and the beautiful body that has carried you every step of the way. For some women, that means challenging any preconception they have about themselves. For other women, their boudoir session is about celebrating a journey of self-love and acceptance.

With that being said, whether you want to bare it all or would rather stay mostly clothed is up to you! Create a pinterest board with only 10-15 images of boudoir photography that you resonate with. We say only 10-15 because it forces you to really hone in on your style and preference. It may not be a shortlist, but with this, you’ll have a good idea of what you like and what types of images you want to capture! 

Talk to your photographer beforehand about what images you do and don’t want and what poses and state of undress you are comfortable with. Ask your photographer questions! The more your photographer knows about your needs and expectations, the more prepared they’ll be and the more prepared you’ll feel during your session.

Click here to check out some of our favorite images from previous sessions to get an idea of exactly the style and type of images you want.

Choose your wardrobe

Not sure what to wear for your boudoir shoot? Bring items that make you feel sexy and stunning. That can be lingerie, an oversized sweater, or even a gorgeous dress. Boudoir is all about what makes you feel hot and confident! Your photographer can also recommend pieces that will work best for your skin tone and body type, and the style of shoot you are going for!

Dress comfortably to your session

When you get dressed to go to your photo shoot, be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothes that won’t leave marks on your skin. That means no jeans, no bras, and no clothing with elastic bands. Those red marks from tight clothes will show up in your photos, and you want your skin to look as fresh and smooth as possible.

Also, leave the waist trainer at home! Your boudoir photographer will know exactly how to pose and light you in the most flattering way!

Don’t forget the accessories

Sometimes it’s the little things that make us feel the most beautiful. Maybe you have a glamorous piece of heirloom jewelry or a pair of six-inch heels that make you feel unstoppable. Choose accessories for your session that show off your personality and capture you at your most confident.

We have had some clients bring props to show off their personality such as their favorite book or even roller skates because they love roller derby! 

Hit the mall or Lingerie Stores

Don’t be afraid to splurge for your wardrobe. We believe that women can and should feel sexy in any old thing from their closet. Still, your boudoir session is a special occasion to celebrate your body! Boudoir is an opportunity to wear something that makes you want to give yourself a second, third, and fourth look in the mirror! 

If nothing in your closet screams sexy or makes you feel amazing, then it’s the perfect excuse to go shopping. Grab your best friend and pick out outfits and lingerie that you love. Just be sure to try everything on before your session, in case something doesn’t fit or doesn’t look the way you want it to.

How to Prepare for a Boudoir Shoot The Week Before

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Get pampered

If you wax, make sure to do so at least four to five days before your session to avoid any unsightly bumps or redness. This is also a good time to have your eyebrows done and visit the salon for a touchup, if you need one. Make a day of it and get a manicure and pedicure while you’re at it! These things will help you feel your best and boost your confidence before your session. 

Avoid tanning

In the days leading up to your boudoir session, avoid spending a lot of time out in the sun. While a nice healthy tan is great, sunburn or tan lines won’t look good in your photos. And absolutely don’t spray tan because it will give your skin an orange cast and just doesn’t look great. Remember, you want to look like your naturally beautiful self!

Stay hydrated

This is good advice for life, but especially for looking your best in your boudoir images! Drink plenty of water the week before and the day of your shoot to ensure your skin looks healthy and hydrated. You should also avoid alcohol and reduce your salt intake.

Make sure that you are lotioning up and keeping your skin and face extra moisturized the week of your session! 

Try on everything one more time

Slip into those sexy new (and favorite) outfits once more to make sure they all fit. This will give you an idea of which outfits you are the most excited to wear! Remove any tags and labels and make sure every piece is clean and ironed or steamed. Hang up each outfit after ironing to make sure they hold their shape when you take them to the studio.

How to Prepare for a Boudoir Shoot The Day Before Your Session

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Have an at-home spa day

The day before your boudoir shoot is the perfect time to pamper yourself at home. Take a nice bath, shave, and be sure to moisturize. Once you’ve soaked, enjoy a relaxing evening at home with a good book or a favorite TV show and go to bed early to get plenty of sleep. You want to be well-rested for your big day!

Pack everything up

Make sure all your outfits are gathered together, and you’ve packed everything you need for your shoot. We always write out a tailored checklist for our clients to make sure they don’t miss anything. Pack any props and accessories, as well as extra deodorant and lotion, just in case.

How to Prepare for a Boudoir Shoot The Day of Your Session

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Look fresh and clean

Arrive to the studio with clean hair and a moisturized, makeup-free face. The makeup artist will ensure you look your best, so give them a blank canvas to work with. Also be sure to wear clear deodorant so it doesn’t rub off on your clothing.

Give yourself plenty of time

Rushing leads to stress, so be sure to leave early for your session and give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot and get to the studio. Check the traffic when you get up in the morning to know if you need to plan a little longer driving time.

Don’t forget to eat

A lot of women think they should skip breakfast before their boudoir session but nothing could be further from the truth! Your boudoir photographer wants you to eat! This helps keep up your energy levels and no one enjoys doing a session on an empty stomach! You have a long day of posing and strutting your stuff ahead of you, so be sure to eat before you go. A full breakfast may make you tired or cause you to feel bloated, so eat something light and filling.

Take a deep breath and relax, we got you!

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The most important thing you can do on the day of your session is relaxing and enjoying it. Feeling nervous is completely normal! Your photographer will be there to guide you through poses and positions, making sure that you feel comfortable.  

If you want to have a checklist on how to prepare for a boudoir photo shoot, you can download our PDF here:

Want to see more tips and fun behind the scenes? Follow us on Instagram! If you have any other questions on how to prepare for your boudoir session, please reach out to us anytime!

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