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A boudoir photo scene brings sensual images to mind—rumpled sheets, coy glances, and bitten lips, to name a few.
Boudoir is just another word for a woman’s bedroom or dressing room,1 but it has come to mean so much more. Since you’re here, you’re undoubtedly curious about the modern understanding of boudoir.
Whether you’re wondering what to wear to a boudoir shoot, or just looking to enhance your collection of intimates, our article on boudoir outfit ideas, tips and tricks is here to help. So, fetch the fancy sheets, set the soft lighting, and put on your finest “come hither” gaze—we’re breaking down the best of the boudoir.
It’s always easier to plan to a theme. Think about it—birthday parties, charity auctions, proms, and even the Met Gala are all themed events. A theme gives you a jumping-off point to inspire your creativity.
Here are a few boudoir shoot themes to tickle your fancy:
When you’re setting a sexy lingerie scene, it’s important to know who you’re dressing for—whether that’s your partner or you.
If you’re planning a special memento or moment for an intimate partner, take a moment to consider how they like to be tantalized.
What turns your partner on? Do they love the long, graceful line of your neck, or is your lower back their favorite part of your bod? Do they like to run their fingers through your hair? Are they the type to take things slow, or lose themselves in a fit of passion?
All of these questions can be addressed through your gorgeous lingerie. For instance, buttoning yourself into a look with lots of layers can create a tantalizing package to unwrap, either through a series of photos or together in the moment.
Boudoir outfits should first and foremost make you feel like Aphrodite—a powerful goddess of desire and sensuality who lights up any room. That means the first person you should be trying to delight is yourself.
To help you find your picture-perfect boudoir outfit, consider these questions:
If a skimpy thong and sheer bralette make you feel like a sultry siren, go for it! If you prefer a look that’s a little more modest, like a bodysuit or boxers and a bra, don’t be afraid to follow your woman instincts.
Here’s a revolutionary idea—boudoir outfits don’t have to be uncomfortable.
Loungewear lingerie is a fantastic option for first-time boudoir photoshoots. It’s hard enough to feel comfortable in front of a camera, let alone posing in your underwear. Throwing on a shirt, a wrap, a silky lace robe, or even a pair of briefs adds an element of mystery to the equation, and gives you a bit more fabric to work with, too.
Consider these approaches to comfy boudoir outfits that can make you feel sexy and comfy:
Gorgeous Lingerie isn’t a prerequisite to getting frisky. Take the boudoir session to the beach (or the beach to the boudoir) in a flattering swimsuit.
A swimsuit look can be particularly fun for a boudoir photoshoot, and it’s a good way to dip your toe in these sultry waters. Posing in the waves or by the pool can feel more natural than going all out in a conventional boudoir shoot, and the thicker fabrics and slightly more modest cut of a swimsuit can help lend you that extra boost of confidence you may need to feel your best. Shooting in a swimsuit also helps you avoid finding bras for hot weather and learning how to pack bras.
Channel Sports Illustrated in these bodacious boudoir swimsuits:
We’ve recommended sexy lingerie, loungewear, and even swimsuits to fit all kinds of sensual sensibilities. Now let’s chat a bit about mindset.
The brain is the most important ingredient in the recipe of arousal. If you feel good inside, odds are your body will feel good too (and you’ll look even better).
When you’re shopping for intimate wear, make an effort to imagine the experience of wearing it:
Your feelings will inform your experience—follow them. If a boudoir outfit looks alright on the model and you think your partner might like it, but something about it just doesn’t sit right inside, don’t hesitate to move on to other options.
There are no wrong answers here—it’s all about what feels good.
Whether or not you were originally planning on taking photos in your boudoir outfit, finding an ensemble you feel sexy in may inspire a desire to document it.
There are lots of ways to take sensual boudoir photos. Let’s take a mini-tour of different ways to create a totally banging boudoir photoshoot.
If you have access to an instant-print camera, your boudoir photoshoot can be as simple as pressing a button. Who says you can’t take boudoir photos selfie style?
This type of boudoir photo shoot is an ideal choice for folks who’d rather not pose in front of a stranger with a camera. Plus, the classic flash on a polaroid camera is universally flattering and lends a flirtatious air to the photos
Of course, if you don’t have an instant camera, you can always recreate the effect on your phone. If you do decide to go the digital route, remember to stay in the moment and have fun (save worrying about the filter for another time).
Release yourself from the stress of planning and producing a photoshoot by hiring an expert boudoir photographer.
There are tons of professional boudoir photographers offering their services online. You’ll definitely be able to find someone who aligns with your vision, and offers a package you’re comfortable with.
There are plenty of benefits to working with a professional photographer:
Turn your boudoir photoshoot into a bonding experience by recruiting your partner to take the pictures. It’s fun, it’s sexy, and it could result in some photos worth cherishing (and a nice cuddle, too).
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