Your Ultimate Guide to 'Boudoir' Sessions: Everything You Need to Know
There are so many things to think about when booking a boudoir session, what will you wear, who will be there, how will you know how to pose. I delve into what a session looks like in more detail.
If you're looking for a fun, unique way to boost your confidence, give a treasured gift to a loved one or simply celebrate your body, consider boudoir photography. It involves posing in seductive clothing or lingerie in front of the camera with the goal of creating beautiful images that you and maybe a partner will love forever. This guide will give you everything you need to know about boudoir photography, including what it is and why it can be so much fun. We'll also show you how to prepare for your shoot as well as where to go for an experienced professional.
What is Boudoir Photography?
Boudoir photography is a type of photography that captures a woman's intimate side. It can be done in a studio or natural environment, and is often used as gifts for partners or loved ones. Boudoir photography has been around since the early 1900s but has become more popular recently thanks to social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
There are many reasons why a woman might choose to take boudoir photos. Some women do it for themselves, others for their partner. Some want to capture a special moment in their lives and preserve the memory forever, while others just want to try something new. The best part about boudoir photography is that it can be done by anyone at any age!
Why do a boudoir session?
Boudoir photography is a fun and empowering experience for women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. It's an opportunity to celebrate your femininity in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident--and it can be just as enjoyable for men too!
Boudoir sessions are about more than just posing in lingerie; they're about celebrating your sexuality and exploring how you want to present yourself outside of the bedroom. You'll learn how to pose confidently while having fun with it at the same time--and if nothing else, have a great time after your session is over!
How do I prepare for my Boudoir session?
Before the shoot, make sure you have outfits or lingerie ready. Remember shoes and accessories if you plan to wear them, many women love a pair of lovely heals.
If you're having your hair and makeup done professionally, this can cost anywhere between £75-£200 depending on where you live and what kind of style you want! If this is something that interests you but it's out of reach financially right now then consider doing a look yourself before you arrive at the photographers salon or before a photographer arrives at your agreed location.
How Long Does it Take to Get Boudoir Photos Taken?
The time it takes to get boudoir photos taken depends on the photographer and their style. Some photographers will have a minimum time requirement, while others can work with you to create a custom schedule that works best for you. If you're looking for something quick and easy, consider hiring a mobile photographer who can come straight to your home or hotel room and shoot there!
Do I Need to Bring Anything with Me?
You may not be sure what to bring with you, but there are a few things that will make your shoot easier and more comfortable.
Shoes. Got some ridiculously beautiful shoes that you can't REALLY walk in?! Bring them! This is a perfect opportunity to show them off for a few shots!
Hair accessories (bows, headbands, whatever makes you feel good!)
Clothing for the session: It's best if this is something that makes you feel confident, beautiful or sexy! You'll want at least two outfits so that you can have some variety in the shots you receive at the end of the session.
A dressing gown and slippers for in-between shots, I love to be cozy so I'm assuming you do too!
Nipple covers, if you don't want to reveal nipples under sheer outfits, bring some stick on daisies
A good photographer should have some water and light refreshments (I'll offer you a glass of bubbly!) but just incase I recommend bringing some water as some of my clients have said that the session can sometimes be a bit of a workout (think, arching your back, pointing toes, holding poses)
What Will Happen When I Arrive at the Studio for My Session?
You'll be greeted by your photographer and welcomed into the studio. Your photographer will chat with you, answering any questions that come up and getting to know more about who you are and what types of photos would be most meaningful for your session. Once everyone is ready to start, we'll begin with hair and makeup if that's something you've chosen. The photographer will show off the space as well as all of our lighting options before getting started shooting clothed shots (if this is what was agreed upon).
Next comes the fun part: taking off layers! Your first few poses will likely be very modest--just showing off some skin here or there--but don't worry too much about being uncomfortable; if anything makes you nervous or self-conscious during this process, let us know immediately so we can fix it together! It may seem strange at first but once everyone gets used to working together in front of cameras things tend go much smoother than expected :)
You can have a great time and feel amazing after your session.
Boudoir photography can be a fun and empowering experience. You'll be able to feel beautiful after your session, you'll have the opportunity to make new friends with the photographer, and you'll get the photos that you want in the end!
The whole point of boudoir photography is having fun while getting great pictures out of it.
How many outfit changes will there be?
The amount of outfit changes you have will depend on the type of shoot you are doing. If you are doing a full shoot, it's likely that you will have at least four outfit changes. If you're doing a mini shoot (which typically lasts 1-2 hours), then two outfits should be enough.
Where can I find a studio that offers boudoir photography services, or a photographer who specializes in it?
If you're looking for a boudoir photographer and you're in Hampshire, Berkshire or Surrey then look no further, you've already found me! But if not, start by asking friends and family for recommendations. If there's a studio in your city that specialises in this type of photography, check it out! Online reviews are also an excellent way to learn more about the photographers or studios that serve your area.
Once you've narrowed down your list of potential photographers, ask them about their experience with boudoir photography and what sets them apart from other photographers who offer similar services (if any). You'll want someone who knows what they're doing--and also someone whose personality meshes well with yours.
Finally, ask about their packages: Do they have one available through which all images are printed? How many prints come with each package? Are all prints included or just select ones? Will you get the digital images to use how you wish, and will those be watermarked?
How do I ensure I am entering a safe space as a woman going into a boudoir session?
Before you embark on your journey of self-exploration, it's important to ensure that you are entering a safe space.
A woman going into a boudoir session should feel comfortable and respected by her photographer. This means finding a professional who has experience with boudoir photography, as well as finding a studio that is clean and professional. Additionally, it's important for photographers who offer this service to have their own code of conduct for clients--this ensures that everyone involved will be treated with respect throughout their time together.
Finally, it's always good to ask whether or not the photographer offers any sort of safe space during the shoot (i.e., having someone else present).
I would personally recommend booking a zoom consultation or a face to face to give you an opportunity to see if the photographer would be someone who could make you feel safe.
If you want to do something special for yourself, then boudoir photography is a great option. It's also a great way to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. If you're interested in learning more about how boudoir photography works I would love to set up a completely obligation free zoom call to discuss the options I can offer.
Before your consultation with me I will ask you to consider a few different things and prepare answers including:
Why are you doing the shoot?
Where do you want to hold the shoot, in my studio or somewhere else?
Do you want to bring anyone with you?
Do you want the shots to be dark and seductive or light and suggestive?
Do you want to be fully nude at any part of the shoot?
At the end of the shoot, what do you want to do with the images?
A book for a partner?
A private online gallery?
A USB disk?