Boudoir Guide


• My goal is for you to look and feel natural and real for your boudoir portraits. Your images to be beautiful and sexy, but also reflect the real you.
• Bring a variety of outfits to change into, and I will help you pick out the ones that will photograph the best (I like to stick to three outfits, but bring more if you’re unsure)
• Simplicity is always best, so when in doubt keep in mind that “less is more”.
• Avoid going over-the-top or getting into “costume” outfits.
• Elegant and simple bra-and-underwear combinations are preferred, without the fuss of knee-high tights or corsets.
• Include other wardrobe items such as tank tops, men’s dress shirts, or anything else that says “lounging around being sexy” (Ex. comfy slouchy sweaters, silk robes, etc.)
• Avoid patterns and small contrasting stripes/patterns (ex. polka dots) as they’re distracting and causes an optical illusion in photographs.
• Avoid extremely tight fitting undergarments as they leave indentations on the skin.
• Wear minimal jewelry for your portrait. Jewelry that you wear on a daily basis is fine, but try not to accessorize and add extra jewelry that you normally wouldn’t wear. If anything, it should be kept simple and it’s color should be neutral and non-distracting.
• Avoid a professional tan or intentionally tanning outdoors prior to your session. A fresh tan may look good in person but the camera is more sensitive to skin tones and your natural color is always more flattering in photographs.
• Opt for bare feet for boudoir as opposed to accessorizing with heels. This will look more natural.
• Your hands will likely be a focus for some of your portraits, so a fresh manicure is highly recommended. Keep in mind that you should avoid distracting colors; typically a neutral polish or French tips are best.
• For hair and make-up, try keeping it natural as opposed to going too over-the-top. You may be more comfortable with having your hair and make-up professionally done, or you may be more comfortable doing it yourself. Whichever you choose, it is important that you feel beautiful and confident. For fake eyelashes, be sure to choose natural looking lashes, heavy-set/extra length lashes will droop your eyes and cause unwanted shadows.

Recommended Things to Bring:

- Three to four lingerie sets
- A simple slip
- A slouchy sweater, your fiance's white button up shirt, or flannel button up shirt (depending on his personality/what he wears a lot)
- A pretty robe (off-white or pastel/neutral color, short or floor length)
- Your Veil (if you're not planning to wear one for your wedding, let me know, and I can bring one to the boudoir session)


Some of my boudoir clients prefer a more modest approach to their portraits, whereas others are looking for more intimate images which can include subtle implied topless poses. I find that it is best to have this discussion ahead of time, so please let me know what you are comfortable with.