(Closed) Questions for ladies who did Boudoir Shoots

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I will answer your questions from the photographer’s point of view.

1.  No one outfit works the best.  I encourage you to view many samples to get ideas and inspiration of what you like and what you will feel the most comfortable with.  Any color will do, but I would avoid wearing white.

2.  Number of images varies drastically with photographer and cost.  Some will show you an entire shoot in a gallery and let you select a limited number of finals.  Some will do a shoot and burn and give you many images.  Some will cull down the images to the XXX best and give you those.  The images you get should be completely retouched.  For a 1-2 hr shoot, you should be supplied at least 25-50 proofs.  I would be weary of anyone that can give you over 100 proofs for a one hr session…..think QUALITY over QUANTITY.

3. I think an 8-10 page album is nice.  So anywhere from 10-20 images.

4.  Relax, be yourself, bring many wardrobe options, listen to your photographer, ask to see previews on the LCD of the camera so you can fix anything you don’t like including facial expressions, odd posing, etc.  Drink lots of water the day or two before and get a good nights sleep.  Pluck eyebrows and all facial hair, get a mani/pedi, and use a little more foundation than usual…with powder.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

MY vote drink BOOZE…. seriously you’re so much more free and happy and confident! Best advice I can give. I downed a bottle of wine with a gf just before I got changed… and boy did I feel a helluva lot better about posing half naked.

I had several outfits:

-fantasy school girl

-bra/ panties

-just panties

-his mens button down shirt, and panties

-leather corset and knee high boots

-favorite sexy nightie (wow that’s a lot!)

I got a book made and used 30 pictures I had about 100 to choose from she took about 400 but only shows the ones worth showing…

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just had my shoot on Monday! πŸ™‚ I brought about 5 different outfits, but looking back, I wish I had brought more, because it’s always good to have options. I will say that most shoots seem to take place in places with white sheets on the bed, so bright colors are always fun, IMO. Otherwise, just think about what colors look best on your skin tone, and don’t be afraid to bring more unconventional outfits (ex. I brought a football jersey, and also did a bunch in a white tanktop/wifebeater and boy shorts. It doens’t all need to be bras and panties or skimpy lingerie).

My photog told me that she took 727 (!) photos in the roughly 90 minutes that I was there. Those will be edited down of course–a lot of them were the same pose, just 4 or 5 shots of it. I will be getting an 8×8 book with 20 pages in it. I also think she’ll be sending me a gallery of the final images (not sure how many), and I pick which ones I want in the book whether I want them in black and white or color, etc.

As for tips, definitely just go into it thinking of it as a fun time. My photog made me feel SO comfortable-it was like hanging out with an old friend, so hopefully you’ll feel similarly with yours. I definitely agree with @user re: pampering yourself–get your hair done, nails done, makeup done if possible, and don’t be afraid to bring some wine/champagne along with you. Also ask if the photog will have music playing; mine did, but if she hadn’t, I would have wanted to bring along some tunes. Also, make sure you wear loose fitting clothes there so that you don’t start out with lines on your skin from bra/underwear. Most of all, have fun! πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

And I’ll answer from a client’s perspective:

1) My shoot included four sets/four outfits, so I took about 5-6 outfits that were completely different from each other and decided there. I think I took one button-up white shirt, one see through shirt, one corset, three bra-panties sets in different colors, two pairs of stilletos, one pair of boots. Shopping for them was a lot of fun! I chose stuff that were cute but also that i felt comfortable in and helped cover my insecurities (only boyshorts or skirted panties to cover my butt, push-up bras etc). The studio that I went to had props you can use like a hats, scarves, feather boas that came in very handy. I loved the hat! By the final set I got really comfortable and used my birthday suit instead πŸ˜› It helped that I had a very fun, easy going female photographer.

2) I got all the raw images on CD. Can’t remember exactly but maybe 300+ for 90 min?

3) 30 edited photos of my choice. My package had the largest album they offered, I can’t remember how many pages. I chose the prettier, artsier ones for the album. My husband kept the more risque ones on his computer for his own viewing pleasure.

4) Just relax and have fun! I found it to be a really empowering experience. For the 90 minutes there, I felt like a sexy supermodel. Don’t worry about dieting. They know what they’re doing and will have awesome lighting to make you look your best. Spray tanning also helps in looking toned and sexy. I stayed by myself at a hotel two hours from home so I was really nervous. I couldn’t sleep the night before, got bags under my eyes, and my stomach went into a nervous fit and got completely bloated right before the shoot. Somehow none of that showed. I did hate my makeup though. I used their makeup artist because it was included in my package, and she was someone who I’d never met before and we just didn’t connect. I would go somewhere where you know and feel comfortable, maybe somewhere where you’ve already had a trial run.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I wish I could do these! I mentioned it to FI and he thought it was weird. πŸ™ 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

1. I think the outfits that work best are the ones you feel you look best in! I have big boobs so I didn’t feel like the typical babydoll style of nighty would photograph well for me. I opted for a few bra/panty sets with a robe to keep me a little more covered up. I had 5 outfits total (including one of my husband’s football jerseys, which he LOVED even though it was the most covered-up thing I wore! lol). 

2. I think there was about 50 edited images. 

3. I did a 20 page (10 spread) 8×8 album. Some pages had 1 photo over 2 pages, some there were 2 per page. I think total there was like 14 photos used. I thought that was plenty

4. relax! remember that the photog will toss any unflattering pictures so don’t worry about that. 

 

p.s. my husband LOVED that i did this and surprised him with it on our wedding night. He was totally shocked I would do something like this but super super excited about it. He said I should do it for him every year for his birthday haha. (then i told him how much it cost. then he said ok maybe every other year)

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did this for myself! I did give him the book but I love it way more than he does and I don’t care. Love it, so hot.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@vmec: Totally agree, my photog just sent me the RAW gallery of shots for me to see and I LOVE how I look! I know my hubby will love it, but it almost doesn’t matter to me know, because I love seeing myself so confident and hot looking πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I loved it so much I’m doing another one. I now know that my photograher was good, but she wasn’t the best! So I have a more creative shoot this summer with my acclaimed wedding photograher. I’ll have some shots with just a veil and garter on… and a few shotes naked with the ring… etc. Some more bridal like shots…

Course I’ll take my own advice well. Consume a bottle of wine to loosen up!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Some answers to your questions:

  1. I’d say solid colors. I had a matching ivory and another black set and I loved the way those ones turned out. I’m pretty simple so I think I liked that they reflected me. We did some others with an apron…meh. And statement necklaces! I never thought I’d bare it all [and I really didn’t, but I did a couple holding “the girls” with big statement necklaces that turned out really cool.
  2. I probably got about 50 edited images from my shoot. 
  3. I just included my faves in a small album. Maybe 20?
  4. Booze. I didn’t but feel like I would have been more adventurous and confident if I had. Bring props that reflect you/your relationship. I stole one of my hubby’s ties, his drumsticks, and brought an apron. My photographer had some fun backgrounds and tulle too! 

Most of all, relax, have fun, and be YOU!

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