Boudoir photography captures an intimate celebration of love.  It can be bold, tender, understated, vivid, and is always a wonderful experience to have.  My clients often finish our session saying they felt like they just spent an afternoon at a spa and that it was so much fun, even for those who were hesitant at first.

If you choose to do a boudoir session, you don’t need to spend months dieting or working out, nor do you need to spend oodles on a suitcase full of lingerie that you’ll rarely wear again.

Here are some helpful tips I like to share with my clients before they have a boudoir session.

Great Make Up

Great make up is a must, so spend some extra time (or get it professionally done) so that you look stunning.  False eye lashes are a great way to add a bit of extra glam.  Think eyes, cheeks, lips -make sure you have all three, plus a great base of foundation (that matches your neck color, check for the “line” along your chin when you blend.)

Fabulous Hair

 Don’t go too wild on the hairspray.  Natural with a little oomph.  Great hair is just as important as fabulous make up, so if you think you need a little help with your hair, get it done or ask a friend who’s gifted at it.


Check to make sure you look great all around in the outfits you choose.  You want to accentuate your favorite features and minimize any “trouble” areas.  Make sure you try on your outfits in full before you get to the shoot and you’re happy with it.  Only bring items that are clean and look (at least) nearly new.  A tired bra, shirt or undies are going to look tired in the picture.

Sexy doesn’t necessarily mean less clothing.  Here are some wardrobe or theme ideas:

Men’s dress shirt (white is my favorite) paired with panties, loose tie optional, fedora is a fun one.  Heels or bare feet.

Boyfriend/husband’s favorite t-shirt with cute panties.  Fun knee high socks add a cute element

Swimsuit in/by the pool

White sheet, wrapped up in

Shawl/cover up loosely wrapped in

Bra/pantie set

corset and panties (stunning -highly recommend, particularly for curvier figures)

Sheer shirt, tank top or camisole with panties

vintage night gown or slip

sexy costume

topless with casual jeans (use arms to cover breasts or lay stomach down.)

apron, panties and heels (recommend “cooking” props: cookbook, bowl and wisk, cake/cookies on a plate, etc.)


Jewelry:  any thing from chunky to elegant.  If you’re going for a dramatic look, try rhinestone/costume jewelry, chandelier earrings, even a bracelet.  Bring options and we can work with it.  For an understated look, small earrings/studs and a simple necklace that has significance ads a really nice touch.  You don’t have to wear jewelry, but often it’s lovely to add.

Shoes: Just as important as underwear!  It’s amazing what a splendid pair of shoes can do for a boudoir shoot.  I’m a huge fan of barefeet, but those sultry heels do amazing things for a sexy outfit.

Hosiery: Thigh highs, fish nets, garters -great ways to add more touches to your look