Tips for Picking the Perfect Lingerie for a Boudoir Photoshoot

by Susanna Wallner on April 20, 2021

If you thought of spending an hour with a photographer while wearing nothing but lingerie makes your muscles tense, you’re not alone. Countless women struggle with low poor self-esteem, particularly when it comes to matters of physical appearance. Even if you struggle to like the way you look, you probably have a favorite outfit that gives your ego a bit of a boost. Now, imagine the surge of confidence that special outfit gives you times a hundred – that’s the power of a boudoir photoshoot. 

While it may seem counterintuitive, there’s something about stripping down and letting your inner and outer beauty shine that makes you see yourself in a new light. A boudoir photoshoot is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your sexy side and you may just discover a strength and confidence you didn’t know you had.

Here are some simple tips to help you pick the perfect outfit for your boudoir photoshoot so you can look as sexy and confident as you feel.

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How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Boudoir Photography When it comes to choosing an outfit for your photoshoot, there are no rules. While boudoir photography traditionally involves lingerie, it’s really about wearing what makes you feel confident. If you feel comfortable and sexy in a silky robe rather than a lacy bra and panties, who’s to say you should do otherwise? Take the time to try on different options to find the outfit that makes you feel amazing.

Here are some tips for picking the perfect outfit:

  • If you’re going for something sultry, choose something in red, grey, or black. This sheer velvet leopard bra and panty set is perfect for that dark and sexy look.
  • To keep things light and playful, consider something white, ivory, or light pink instead.
  • If you’re going for that flat tummy look, consider a pair of high-waisted shapewear undies or add a corset belt to your outfit.
  • To keep your midriff more covered during the shoot, choose a high-waisted two-piece or a sexy camisole or chemise so you still get to show off your legs.
  • Try something different and go with a bodysuit – they’re flattering on almost all body types. This marabou sheer black teddy is a great option.
  • Bring a few extra outfits with you, even if you don’t think you’ll wear them. It never hurts to have a few extra pieces you can use to differentiate your shots. Get creative with accessories to add intrigue and highlight your personal style. Try wearing one of your partner’s ties or go with these sexy wrap-around garter top leg wraps.
  • Once you’ve chosen an outfit or two, try it on in a few different sizes to find the one that feels most comfortable and flatters your figure.
  • Try on your outfit at least a week ahead of time to make sure it’s the right size. It also doesn’t hurt to spend a little time getting comfortable wearing it.

Remember, you don’t have to go straight for the skimpy bra and panty set – if you want to start out a little more covered, that’s perfectly fine. Try out a sexy satin loungewear set or wear one of your partner’s favorite button-down shirts. You could also go with a classic like a satin chemise and slowly peel away the layers over the course of your photoshoot.  

Additional Tips to Prepare for a Boudoir Shoot

Though boudoir photography is all about letting your inner beauty shine through, it doesn’t hurt to expend a little effort making sure your outer beauty is at its best. In the weeks leading up to your photoshoot it’s important to take care of your body and your skin so you’ll look and feel your best.

On the day of your boudoir shoot, avoid wearing tight clothing or jewelry that could leave impressions on your skin. If you’re considering a fake tan, skip that as well – your photographer can always retouch your photos afterward if necessary, but you want to avoid making his job more difficult.

Here are some additional tips to prep for your shoot:

  • Cleanse your skin twice daily. Choose a cleanser appropriate for your skin type and wash your face in the morning and evening to remove dirt, excess oil, and other impurities.
  • Always wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is a must, even if it’s cool and cloudy outside. Go with at least SPF 30 to get the most protection.
  • Use plenty of moisturizer. Keep your skin healthy and hydrated by applying moisturizer after cleansing your skin twice daily in the morning and evening.
  • Start using products that can help reduce the signs of aging. Including an anti aging cream in your daily skincare regimen can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Exfoliate your skin 1 to 3 times weekly. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin that can dull your skin tone and complexion.
  • Take care of unwanted body hair. Lighting can emphasize unwanted hair, so pay a visit to the salon to take care of unwanted facial hair and to give your eyebrows a trim.
  • Wash your hair the day before. To avoid looking greasy or flaky during your photoshoot, wash your hair the day before and consider using a volumizing mousse when you blow it dry.
  • Pick the perfect nail polish. Treat yourself to a manicure and pick a nail polish color that matches your choice of lingerie or stick with a classic like a French manicure.
  • Think about what shoes to wear. If you’re not going to be wearing heels during the shoot, be sure to exfoliate the bottoms of your feet. Otherwise, pick a sexy pair of heels to match.

Even if you’re giving the photos from your shoot as a gift, boudoir photography is all about you. It’s about putting your most confident foot forward and letting both your inner and outer beauty radiate. Start prepping for your photoshoot by choosing the perfect outfit (or a few of them) and put a little extra effort into caring for your body and your skin in the weeks leading up to your shoot. When the big day arrives, swallow your nerves and make the most of the experience. You deserve it!

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by Cherry on January 14, 2023

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