Whether you want to take boudoir photos to boost your confidence or find a sexy new way to spice up your relationship, taking provocative photos can be exhilarating. But if you haven’t done anything like it before, figuring out what to wear for your boudoir photoshoot can be a little intimidating.
Choosing your outfit can be the most demanding aspect of a boudoir photoshoot (though this could pretty much apply to any photoshoot). The pictures are going to be highly personal and intimate, and you want to look your very best. But how exactly do you go about finding that perfect outfit?
The options seem endless: Do you show a lot of skin or cover parts up? What lingerie do you want to try? What hairstyle do you go with? What about shoes, if any at all? A lot goes into the final look of your photographs! No matter what age, gender or shape you are in, there’s always something fun and whimsical to try out in a boudoir session. From animal print or sheer lace to bright coloured lipstick and sparkly accessories, there’s no wrong choice to make.
At Vanity Studios, boudoir photography is one of our specialties, and trust us when we say we have seen it all! That’s why we compiled this list to guide you through selecting the perfect outfit to help you feel confident, comfortable and make the most out of your boudoir photoshoot.
1. Comfort is Key
Typical studio photography sessions are more traditional, especially if you are coming in for a simple headshot. A boudoir session, on the other hand, is all about being comfortable and having fun. Considering the intimacy of a boudoir photoshoot, you want to feel as comfortable as possible in what you are wearing, whether the item of clothing is literally comfortable to wear or just something that does not irritate your skin or ride up the wrong way.
If you’re the type of person who can wear 6-inch stilettos without breaking a sweat, go for it! If you know that you struggle in heels and think that your discomfort might show up in the photos, then go barefoot and let loose. This is your chance to feel at your most while dressing the least!
2. Show some skin!
For over 100 years, boudoir photography has been a unique opportunity to people to do something they would normally never do. Even if the shoot may seem out of character for you, it can be exciting (not to mention important) to embrace that side of you!
If you are a beginner, you might be nervous about showing off too much skin. Yes, the photos are meant to be sexy and provocative, but they don’t have to show all of your body. You can cover up certain parts with a sheet or wear a flattering corset that will help you feel confident if you have areas you’d rather not reveal. By only revealing a little bit of skin at a time you can even put more focus on your eyes and lips while still looking sexy and also feel more comfortable whilst getting photographed.
If you want to go all out and discover a new side of yourself, do it! Bust out that new lingerie you’ve been saving for a special occasion, or go completely nude if you like. It is entirely up to you, and as long as you opt to book your boudoir photoshoot at a professional photography studio, you can feel comforted by the fact that the professional photographers are vastly experienced and completely judgement-free. This is your moment to shine and the photographers know how important it is to let you feel as comfortable, safe and free as possible.
3. Don’t be afraid to express your kinks
Pretty much anything goes at a boudoir photoshoot. Maybe you like a little S&M magic – bring out the leather ensemble and crack that whip! Are you manifesting some real dominatrix vibes? Put your partner on a leash and let’s go!
The whole point of a boudoir photoshoot is that you get to do what you want and free yourself and your body of the constraints of normal life. Express yourself and your sexuality and do not let anyone judge you or make you feel insecure.
Rather than the usual portraits one would take at a photography studio, a boudoir photoshoot allows you to be your favourite version of yourself and go all out with crazy, sexy outfits. On top of stunning images, you have the benefit of sharing this special once-in-a-lifetime experience with your partner if you choose to do it together. Think of boudoir as your personal fashion show – albeit a lot sexier. The best part is to have absolutely fun with it!