Boudoir photo shoots aren’t just for Playboy Bunnies. Anyone with a little courage can do one! You don’t even need any money–DIY photo shoots are totally doable with your camera’s self-timer button.
Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a pro, here are my five tips for a breathtaking boudoir photo shoot:
One: do your research. If you’re hiring a pro, look through their portfolios. If you want a colourful retro pinup shoot, don’t hire someone who only does black and white artsy photos. And know what you’re getting for your money, whether it’s an hour of their time and ten edited digital files or an entire afternoon and a disc of images.
For DIYers, research how to do use your camera to get the pictures you want. Things like blurred focus and back lighting are simple to do and have amazing results. And don’t forget about resolution, especially if you plan on printing (btw, my favourite photo printing site is Shutterfly, and they frequently email out 40% or 50% off coupon codes!).
Two: chose a theme. Are you going for dark and sexy, colourful and playful, soft and suggestive? Shoe choice is critical, you can do a whole boudoir photo shoot with just pictures of legs in shoes! My sister is a stylist and you can check out a whole post about shoes on her blog, barefootlouboutin here.
Three: prepare poses: Trying to look sultry is difficult when you’re in a bustier and you don’t know what to do with your legs. Check out my Pinterest board here for inspiration. Bring your favourite pictures to the photo shoot–your photographer will know exactly what you want and you will know exactly what to do.
Four: bring props. A string of pearls, a champagne glass, bubble bath, a white flowing drape, a change of shoes. You might not use any of them but at least they will be there if you need inspiration.
Five: set a date. Don’t just talk about it, do it! Use it as motivation for your other body and self image goals–you won’t skip cardio if you know you’ve got a photo shoot in your undies coming up.
Now just be brave and go for it! Whether you share your boudoir photos or keep them for your eyes only, you’re going to look back at these when you’re 90 and say, “damn, girl!”
Shoes: I found some on ebay here and here
Camera: Olympus O-MD E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm IIR lens