If you don't know what to wear for your Boudoir session?
If you're like most of my clients, you have at least a few questions about what you should wear for your session. Wardrobe is the #1 topic I get questions about from my clients. I get it! . What to wear, how to choose outfits, or how to dress for a photoshoot… So if you have a couple of burning questions about your next photo session, let’s talk about boudoir photography and how to dress for it.
Planning how to dress for a photoshoot is one thing, and deciding what to wear for a boudoir session is something completely different. For many clients it’s their first time doing a boudoir photoshoot! If you have never done something before, how are you meant to know!? If you learn just one thing from this week’s blog – I want it to be VARIETY. Bring as many options to your photoshoot as will fit in your bag (styles, colors, accessories). Let’s look at 4 main categories to explore when choosing how to dress for boudoir photo shoot.
If you are going to run out and pick a few things, keep the tags on everything until we have our session. If you don't end up using it. You can always return it.
Below answers some of the wardrobe questions that are most common and has some info to help you get a sense for your options as you're planning out your boudoir session wardrobe.
BOUDOIR WARDROBE FAQS
How many outfits should I bring?
You'll have time for 3-5 looks in your boudoir session (a "look" can be lingerie, clothing or an outfit, or an implied nude look wrapped in studio sheets).
If you're not sure which outfits will be photograph best together, you're always welcome to bring more than you need on your photoshoot day. We can look through your options together and I can recommend what outfits would look best for each set.
What colors are best for boudoir?
This is mostly about what you love and feels like "you." My biggest exception is neon and super bright colors, which photograph a little harsh. It's best to skip those.
You can also think about the feeling a color conveys; neutrals feel grounded, colors can feel lively, pale colors feel soft, and deep colors can feel bold and dramatic.
Patterns vs. Solids?
Solid colors let the focus be more on you, so I highly recommend sticking with these kinds of piece, adding a variety through a mi of fabric and textures (silks, linens, laces, etc.).
That being said, its best to avoid patterns. It often takes away from our subject-WHICH IS YOU.
STYLES OF LINGERIE
Bra & underwear sets
A well-fitting bra and panty set in a solid color is a simply, lovely option. Go for a balconette bra to show off your cleavage, or a lace bralette for a soft, romantic look.
You can have just your bra and undies on for photos, or pair it with ‘normal’ clothing. It’s a great way if you don’t want the photos to be too revealing. For example an over-sized unbuttoned white shirt, or a classy blazer on top of stunning undergarments always photograph well. I always recommend you bring at least one black panty.
When it comes to bottoms, cheeky or bikini styles emphasize curves, while high-waisted styles feel fun and vintage-y while drawing attention away from your waist.
One piece sets are a must!
One piece lingerie flatters ALL BODY types!!!!
Bodysuits, vintage slip dresses, shape wear. One piece sets are perfect especially if you're conscious of your body, they will help you shape your body the way you want. For the ultimate shaping – a corset is my favorite, it’s a classic, and a bonus point to adding variety of looks.
Think lingerie – bodysuits, vintage slip dresses, shape wear. One piece sets are perfect if your conscious of your body, they will help you shape your body the way you want. For the ultimate shaping – a corset is my favorite, it’s a classic, and a bonus point to adding variety of looks.
Lingerie That Covers the Stomach
If you're self-conscious about your tummy area, there are tons of options that will be flattering to your figure. I want you to be as comfortable as possible during your shoot. Some styles to consider are shape wear, the chemise, a robe, camisoles, bodysuits, teddys, and corsets!
The babydoll is NO NO, they do not photograph well. Try and avoid them.
Bring the relaxed vibes with your favorite chill loungewear. Super soft t-shirts, wide neck sweatshirts, or over-the-knee tall socks can all feel really comfy and casual.
One of my favorite pieces are robes! These add layers, personality, and texture.
Always remember, you don't need to be in lingerie!!! It's what YOU are most comfortable in. Think blazers, sheer tops, jeans, skirts, cardigans. You can also wear it without a bra top, or on top of some gorgeous lingerie. If you are doing a boudoir photoshoot as a gift to your partner, then bring something from his wardrobe. It will make the images even more special and sexy for him if you’re wearing his shirt, a favorite tie or a football top- these all bring a relaxed, casual vibe and can capture an everyday side of yourself.
You can also combine lingerie with other items from your closet-try a beautiful bra paired with a pair of jeans. Or your favorite comfy t-shirt paired with sexy lace bottoms.
ACCESSORIES & SHOES
Shoes vs. Barefoot
The majority of my clients go barefoot to keep a relaxed, natural vibe. I love throwing on a pair of heels for a few sets, but don't worry- I have sexy red bottoms in our Luxury Closet that add the perfect touch.
Avoid Costume-y Vibes
I want your portraits to feel sincere, real, and like an artistic reflection of you! However, a fun touch is bringing something of your significant others-their favorite jersey, their work shirt, their golf clubs, etc!
You're welcome to bring along other pieces that speak to your style and personality- if you're getting married don't forget your veil, or bring along your sentimental jewelry that you can show off.
GET YOUR MIND READY
“Boudoir Style Guide for Suzanne Claire Studios
If it’s your first time preparing for a professional photoshoot, you might feel awkward, scared, unsure, etc. It’s okay, we all feel this way before doing something for the first time.
At this point of your photoshoot preparation, you need to lift your spirits. Do anything to feel as good as you can about yourself on the day – read affirmations, listen to uplifting music and podcasts…
If we have already planned your session, then I hope this guide empowers you with inspiration and info as you look ahead to your boudoir session day!
If you don't already have a session booked but would like to learn more about my work and a boudoir session, check out my website www.suzanneclairephotography.com.
Can't wait to see you in the studio!
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