How to Get Ready for a Boudoir Photography Shoot

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you may be wracking your brain for the perfect gift. A boudoir photography shoot might be the key to making this Valentine’s Day the most memorable one yet. Photographer Central Pro Erica Peerenboom offers some tips for getting ready for your boudoir session. 

Find the right photographer for you

First and foremost, research local photographers in the area that specialize in boudoir photography. Boudoir photography is different from regular photography, and you want someone who knows how to shoot and light the female form properly. Look through their portfolio and make sure their style matches what you envision for your images. Call the photographer and talk with them, either on the phone or in person. You want to feel comfortable and know that they understand the direction you want to go with your images. When you have a positive connection, it makes all the difference in your photos.

Inject some glam

Hair and makeup make a big difference in your finished portraits. I work with a professional makeup artist who comes to the studio and does my clients’ hair and makeup right before the shoot. My typical boudoir look is big tousled waves, smoky eyes, and a red lip. My makeup artist understands my vision and direction with this look and does an amazing job of transforming my clients into boudoir goddesses. Consider upping the glam factor and you might find yourself with a whole new level of confidence.

Highlight your assets

Pick your outfit wisely. Try it on before you come to the shoot and make sure  fits you properly. If you aren’t comfortable in an outfit, it will show. Make sure it accentuates your body type. If you are worried about your belly, don’t pick a bra and panties. Go with a one-piece teddy or lingerie set that covers you. Sexy is not always about baring it all. If you are having trouble picking an outfit, a white sheet set can be incredibly sexy too. We can drape it over areas you don’t want to show but give little peeks of what you do want to show. Small details like shoes, heels, jewelry and fingernails can also make a big difference in your images.

Have fun

Communicate with your photographer throughout the process. Tell them if you are uncomfortable or don’t feel like the pose is you. While you should trust your photographer, I also want my client to be comfortable—and if they aren’t, it can show in the images. I am constantly asking them if they are okay: whether the temperature is alright, if they’d like a drink, etc. A great photographer should leave you with nothing but a positive experience and feeling better about yourself. It’s a fun time activity! And the final product of your images is just icing on the cake.


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