Post # 1
Has anyone done DIY Boudoir photos?
I’m seriously thinking about it. I’d love to have the professionally done but a) can’t afford it with everything else wedding related and b) not sure how comfortable I’d be half naked in front of a relative stranger.
So I’m looking for some tips on taking the pics myself. And will sites like blurb or shutterfly or inkubook allow me to upload semi naked photos?
Post # 3
Mrs. Candy Corn did her own! Check out her post and see if it helps.
And I’m curious myself about whether any/all/no sites will allow uploading boudoir photos. Hopefully no problems if they’re tasteful?
edit- Just checked mpix.com’s policies, and they do boudoir photos and nudes, as long as they’re tasteful. That’s a good sign!
Post # 4
MrsCandy Corn did a post on her DIY boudoir pics, hers turned out really good
Post # 5
I would make sure you had a good camera and a tripod or really close friend helping. I know its frusterating taking pictures of yourself, with all the back and forth. Also lighting will probably be the biggest obstical since it will be indoors (i’m assuming) and at home lighting just doesn’t do it sometimes.
Okay some other tips, and I am no expert just like to play around, open up all the windows in the room and do it at a time of day where the sun isn’t directly coming in. After you take some shots, slowly take away light. I say this because you can edit a photo to some degree to get the mood, but the quality of the picture itself is going to come from the lighting and natural lighting is the best.
That being said, I think it is a great idea. I don’t think sites will have too big of a problem with the picture content, as they aren’t being posted online, but I don’t know
Post # 6
Oh! This is a great question! (if they’ll print them)
Do you have a friend or bridesmaid that would be willing to help you? Mrs. Candy Corn did some great DIY Boudoir pics here.
She used a tripod. I think I might do this. I don’t have a tripod, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out all macgyver like…. I’ll probably make a box or something to put it on, or duct tape the box to the wall. hehe
Post # 7
I ready Mrs. Candycorns post. That was actually my inspiration but she didn’t really give many tips (unless I missed them which is totally possible).
I don’t have a tripod for my camera but my FI does. I’m going to try to use his or macguyver it like LLauRRa!
Keep the tips coming!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
Here’s a post from someone that was hoping to do the exact same thing, and one from someone who apparently did it successfully and is willing to share tips. (I think that the photo on the first site is pretty cool.) Anyway, perhaps you want to consider using props like a candelabra, large mirror or pillows to tastefully add visual interest, texture and ambiance. (If it works into your budget, maybe you can get a room for the day at a nice hotel to use as your "studio".)
I agree with quirkyparsnip. Proper lighting can make all the difference. I find that natural, early-morning light tends to be especially flattering in general. Make sure you find a way to let the light shine in without letting the neighborhood in on your little project! ;o)
Post # 9
With some digital cameras you can use a remote to take the picture. I tried getting one when I was doing DIY boudoir for my long-distance fiance, but I guess it wasn’t compatible with my camera. But that would make it a lot easier to have enough time to get into position, rather than pushing the delay and rushing to look sexy. 🙂
Post # 10
I’m tyrying some DIY boudoir pics tbis afternoon while my fiance is away. If anything, I can just delete it if they turn out poorly! I like photography, but I know this is goign to be tricky. At least I have a tripod and a remote!
Post # 11
Hmmmm, I’m inspired! Our wedding is only a week away, and I don’t reasonably have time to do this before then, but our honeymoon is in September and it would be a supercute kick off present for him…..please post any tips here when you’ve done yours!
Post # 12
I hadn’t considered this. Mixed feelings…
Post # 13
I gave up. I might try again next week, but our room is just so small that it’s hard to position the tripod, the remote was working on and off, and while I might have still considered trying, my FI called and I got all bummed out and just wasn’t in the mood anymore.
The tips I could give right now though are
remote (with a timer so you can hit the button, hide the remote, and get into position)
good lighting (preferably natural, just open the windows)
lingerie that doesn’t blend into wherever you are shooting at
space to move the tripod around…
lots of time and patience to try different things
and I’m a huge fan of "less is more" boudoir. show just legs, or just the curve of your back, just your torso, etc. Full bodies can be nice too, but be sure to throw some of those in.
take your regular bra off maybe 20, 30mins before you want to start so you don’t have bra lines.
make sure the room is warm so you arent all goosebumpy or uncomfortable
remember to pay attention to your facial expressions as well when your face will be in the shot…
make sure nothing will interrupt you
and that’s about it so far.
Post # 14
I JUST tried out some DIY photos last night while my FI was out of the house. I’m having the real ones done professionaly but wanted to do a "test shoot" before the big day. I was also curious as to how they would turn out as opposed to paying all that money for the pro shots. While I think they turned out pretty good, I am still going with the pro. Here’s a few tips I learned…..
White sheets (if you are shooting on a bed) make a big difference, dark or colored bedding just doesn’t look as good and give as much contrast.
Try to take the photos in a room with a nice big window. Instead of shooting in our master bedroom, I did the shoot in a guest bedroom where the large window was in a great spot for natural light to shine in. I shot the photos around 7 pm at night and the lighting was really nice.
I don’t have a remote but I did use the self timer mode. On my camera (Canon Rebel XSi) there is the option of setting continuous photos in the self timer mode, thus I didn’t have to reset the timer after each single shot.
When trying to focus in on your shot, use a teddy bear or pillow or something in place of where you will be in the photo. When you are focused in for the shot, set the self timer, jump in position and throw away the bear/pillow.
Here’s a few "appropriate shots" in case you are wondering how things turned out.
Post # 15
mariahjane20, I love the angels you took! And those were the DIY! Great job! I’m so excited to do these 🙂