Boudoir photos? To do or not to do?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hey there! I think you should totally do them! I did them a few months before our wedding and had a book made for DH to open on the wedding day, he obviously loved it, and I had such a great time doing it. I would highly suggest talking to the photographer first. Groupon often times (at least around here) has some boudoir photo shoot sessions, each offering slightly different packages. I reached out to one of the photographers who was offering a nice package deal and got a total “creeper” vibe from him so I moved on. The photographer I went with was so nice. I spoke with her about the session and she had a couple suggestions on outfits, we discussed how many times I could change, how many pictures I would get, etc. I opted for my friend to do my hair and makeup because she was in cosmotology school at the time. The package I bought was an absolute steal at $89 for 2 hours with 15 edited pictures but she would give me all of the unedited pictures as well. If you get with the right photographer I think you will have a great time. They should pose you and help you along the way so don’t feel like you need to be a model and know what will look good. You can bring the inspiration pictures you have to give them an idea of what you are going for but I’m sure they know what looks good and what doesn’t. During my session the photographer would strategically place me to give the best/most flattering angles. Go for it!!!

Post # 3
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

sara79:  Wow that’s a crazy good deal.  All the ones I’ve seen are like hundreds of dollars, plus a hundred+ dollars PER image!

Post # 4
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you should give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. With one caveat…find a photographer who’s good and one you feel comfortable with!

I did some from a Groupon (with lots of research on the photographer) and had a much better experience than I anticipated (awkwardness, dicomfort, etc.). I too had never done it and feel a little shy about that stuff. I found a photographer who promotes natural beauty and women of all shapes and sizes. I’m not a model so I didn’t want to feel judged/uncomfortable about my body. That helped me feel comfortable I think.

Beforehand, she asked lots of questions about what style I like, what my FI would like to see, any of my trouble areas (so she can strategically place me or items), and lots of other similar questions. She was very friendly and approachable throughout. I felt a lot more comfortable than I thought because she was polite and nonjudgmental, didn’t stare or be rude, and very profressional. She also was very good so she knew how to play up my features and downplay trouble areas. She was amazing!!! 

Though it was a Groupon for the session and was about $100, the prints were expensive. Because that’s how she makes her money. I was pleasantly surprised by how many I loved! I think she took about 400 pictures, showed me about 150 and I narrowed it down to 50-60 I LOVED. Because I loved so many (I was worried I wouldn’t like any), I spent more than I planned. But it’s a wedding gift for FI. It also turned into a gift for me because it was a big self esteem booster. I spent most the morning doing hair and makeup (which looked fabulous and was pampering) then shot, went to lunch, and came back to see the photos. I did it on my birthday too which made it a special/memorable one 🙂 I’m still waiting on the prints and will give to FI at our wedding this summer. I think he’ll love it!

Post # 5
858 posts
Busy bee

I had mine done this past OCtober for my groom wedding gift. I absolutely love them. I had them done by my sisters best friend and they are amazing photographer. They were so beyond proffesional that i didnt feel awkward or shy. As the shoot went on, i only felt more comfortable. And im the kind of girl that doesnt show belly and i bared it all!. I think as long as you keep in mind that you are doing this for your man, and the shoot is professional, dont worry. 

My photo session was a little different then the usual corset and fancy underwear. And i think that is what i love the most. One thing that we made sure was to make the photoshoot me, not crazy hair and makeup. dont get me wrong my hair and makeup were fabulous, but the photo’s look like me.

<br />Do it! These will be photo’s that we treasure forever.

Post # 6
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Do it!

One of my friends just got her BFF to be her photographer! Was almost free, just had to pay to print some of them and for the album to put them in!

Another friend got a pro package that included 4 or 5 outfit changes (not provided, just she was allowed to change) a hair stylist, makeup artist, photographer, 2 8×10 prints and a 20 picture album. I think she said it ended up being around $1000 when it was all said and done. 

My fave shot from hers, she stole (borrowed) her future husbands favorite button up shirt and wore just that and a pair of lacy boy short/hipster underwear. It looked AWESOME! 

If you go with a close friend and the DIY route, Pinterest has a ton of pins about posing for boudoir!

Post # 7
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Definitely do it!

I did mine a few weeks ago and I could not be more pleased with how they came out!  My FI will get them on our wedding night, so he hasn’t seen them yet.  I secretly sneak peaks at them all the time though- especially when I’m having a particularly bad body image day because my photographer did such a wonderful job making me look and feel beautiful in all of the photos.  I think sometimes these were more for me than him lol.

I used a photographer a friend of mine had used for her photos and had a wonderful experience with.  The bonus was I got to see her photos before doing mine so I knew I would be pleased with her work.  It was important to me too to have a female photographer for comfort reasons.  I too am pretty reserved and introverted and I had no problems! It’s a little awkward at first but she helped me pose in flattering positions and was reassurring the entire time.

I paid $300 total.  $200 for the photos with 10 edited images and about 100 non edited images (although she ended up editing around 13 images) and $50 for hair and $50 for make-up.  

I haven’t made an album yet (i’m still deciding on a nice one) but that will add to the total cost.

Like PP’s friend- I borrowed my FI’s favorite flannel and wore some lacey boy shorts with it and I think those will be some of his favorite photos.  You don’t have to show more than you are comfortable to still get amazing and sexy photos.  I also did some with white bridal panties and a strategically placed  cathedral veil (as these are a wedding gift after all) and I loved how they turned out!  My photographer suggested we start with the most conservative outfit and work towards the most revealing which gave me the chance to get comfortable.

I don’t think you will regret doing them- just do research on the photographer!  You definitely need to be comfortable with them.

Good luck and have fun!

Post # 9
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m going to be doing them for a bride whos wedding party I am in. Since I am a female and she knows me well, she feels more comfortable with me then a complete stranger. Maybe you can find someone by refrance of someone you trust? also, do your hair and makeup with someone you know you like. That way there is comfortablity to start with. 

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