Preparing for your boudoir photo shoot

photo of model putting on lipstick

I highly recommend using a Professional Makeup Artist. It is well worth the money for the truly fantastic job one can do for you. (You are of course welcome to do your own makeup.)

If you do choose to use a makeup artist don't forget to allow time to have it done! Double that if your having your hair done as well.

Here are some tips if you plan on doing your own makeup:

  • Lipstick should be at least one shade deeper than usual. Especially if your hair or clothing is black.
  • Avoid frosted lipstick as it shows up very light in photos.
  • Blush and eye makeup should be applied slightly heavier than normal but neatly and precisely.
  • Eye shadow should be a shade lighter so that the eyes are brought forward.
  • Use a powder-based makeup as oil-based makeup appears shiny, OR
  • Use an application of powder to achieve a matte finish on the skin.

Clothing, Props and Ideas

Most people think that boudoir photos mean lingerie or nudity. The truth is, you may choose to include anything you want in your session. You will never be asked to wear anything or pose in any way that would make you uncomfortable. The list of things you can wear, bring or do is endless!

Here are a few ideas:

Besides just wearing that bra and panty set, consider…

Something of his:

  • His favorite ball team sweatshirt or jersey
  • His favorite old shirt
  • His golf clubs
  • His hard hat
  • His hunting jacket
  • His overalls
  • His uniform
  • His work belt with tools
  • The tools of his trade

Something with class...

  • A fur coat
  • A vest (Leather or Dressy)
  • An evening dress
  • An off the shoulder top
  • Fuzzy sweater
  • Hats and gloves
  • High heels
  • Stockings (various)
  • Sparly Blouse

Something sexy...

  • Anything fishnet
  • Anything thin or transparent
  • Anything tight
  • Body Stocking
  • Boy Shorts
  • Colorful panties and bra
  • Cutoffs that are too short
  • Lingerie
  • Tasteful nudes (Playboy style, etc.)
  • Thigh high stockings with or without garters
  • Thongs or tee backs

Something different...

  • Anything that he gave you
  • A vest, visor and playing cards
  • Bath Robe
  • Bath Towel
  • Tank shirts that are too short and/or tight
  • Tee shirts with rips or holes
  • Biker shorts
  • Tight shorts
  • Leather Jacket (leather anything really!)
  • Mini Skirt
  • Scarfs (as an outfit!)
  • Silk boxer shorts
  • Something borrowed
  • Something funny
  • That special Halloween costume
  • The honeymoon outfit
  • The outfit you wear around the house
  • The school girl outfit
  • The tools of your trade
  • Western hat and boots
  • Workout outfit with dumbbells

Some props you might like...

  • Any props from home
  • Any romantic items
  • Candles
  • Flowers/Flower petals
  • Scarves
  • Sun glasses
  • Wild jewelry
  • Wine glasses
  • Your favorite teddy bear
  • Strands of beads

The list is endless. Use your imagination and be creative! Think about it from his perspective as you make your decisions. After all this is a gift for him, so imagine what he would prefer as you go through the closet.

Quality Photos take some planning, and your choice in clothing is important. Make sure that your clothing is in good condition. (No holes or tears, that aren't supposed to be there!) Tags should be removed from items where they might be visible. They always show through sheer materials, and many non-sheer materials as well!

Other tips that might help

On the day of your shoot, Make it a light meal, so that you feel comfortable during your shoot, but don't forget to EAT! Having a piece of fruit shortly before the shoot will help give you an energy boost, which you'll need as posing for each shot does take some effort. Having a bottle of water on hand during the shoot is a good idea too.

If you feel nervous, you are allowed to have a friend at the shoot. (Boyfriends or husbands are usually not a good idea, but are allowed. A girlfriend or sister is a better choice.) You may even plan to split a session with a friend.

Try to plan your day out in advance, so that time doesn't ruin your experience: Leave work an hour early; If you have a hair/makeup appointment, book it far enough ahead of your shoot to leave some free time; Leave a little early to get to the appointment; etc. This will help you stay relaxed and stress free for your shoot.

Come to the appointment in loose fitting clothes to reduce the amount of marks on your body. The marks take some time to leave and may waste some of your shooting time. A button up shirt will help keep your hair and makeup undisturbed too. A clear deodorant is also advised to keep clothes free of marks (and also allow you a better range of poses!)

This is usually a bit of an adventure, so plan well and prepare to have some fun. I am always willing to answer your questions so please email me if you have any!