Boudoir Photography Ideas

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Sexy and alluring photographs are created during a boudoir photography session. Women often choose this type of glamor portrait session as a personalized anniversary, holiday or wedding gift for their significant other. Preparing for the risque photo shoot requires shopping for cute and erotic lingerie, trying new hairstyles and experimenting with bold, seductive makeup.


Some women prefer artistic nudes, while others entice their partner by hiding their best assets under revealing lingerie. Buy new bra and panty sets, one-piece lingerie, garters, heels, tank tops and sexy stockings. Add one of your partner's oversized button-up shirts, boxer shorts or favorite T-shirts to your clothing pile. Try on all clothing items before the photo shoot in the privacy of your home. Make sure you like the fit, color, cut and style before it is documented on film. Ask the photographer for clothing suggestions for your body type and view samples of previous shoots for clothing ideas. Ultimately choose bold, sexy and revealing clothing items made of lace, leather, satin, silk and velvet.


Some women choose to center their session around a theme. This will highly influence your clothing choices. If your ultimate end result will be a pinup-style calendar, choose to focus on holidays and seasons. A sexy Mrs. Claus-style teddy is perfect for December and panties covered in hearts are a fun option for February. Another popular theme is professions. Consider being a naughty nurse, busty librarian or female police officer wielding a large baton.


Some boudoir photography studios offer professional makeup artists and hair stylists. Plan a consultation visit to discuss makeup application, allergies and preferences. Most makeup artists provide their own cosmetics, but if you have an allergy or sensitive skin you may want to purchase hypoallergenic cosmetics in shades recommended by the makeup artist prior to the session. Most boudoir sessions focus on heavy application of lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. To complete the boudoir look on your own go for wet, pouty lips and accentuated eyes.

Hair Styling

Although messy bed-head hair from a wild night is sexy to your partner, attention to hairstyling is a must during a boudoir-photography session. Whether you hire an on-set stylist or groom your own tresses, plan for quick style changes. Start with a loose french twist or updo. By simply removing a clip let your hair fall naturally into a sexy, slightly disheveled look. Ask the photographer if you can bring a curling iron for touchups between set changes. Go light on hairspray, so your hair will flow naturally.


The night before the photo shoot, do not wear anything tight or restrictive. Crimping of the skin from tight panties or a snug bra strap will be visible. Plan to wear a loose-fitting sundress to the studio, with loose-fitting undergarments underneath. You will change into your boudoir clothing at the studio. Drink lots of water and avoid greasy food before the session, to ensure clean, clear skin. If you have hired a makeup artist, arrive with a freshly washed face. Take care of any personal leg, bikini and underarm grooming a few days before the shoot to allow for redness of waxing or shaving to go away.


About the Author

Angela Tague writes marketing content and journalistic pieces for major brands including Bounty, The Nest, Lowe's Home Improvement and Hidden Valley. She also provides feature content to newspapers and writes health and beauty blogs for Daily Glow, Everyday Health and Walgreens. Tague graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications in 1999.

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