(Closed) I’m doing a boudoir shoot…any tips?

posted 9 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m having mine on Saturday. I’m bringing a girlfriend with me, who can always make me laugh and feel really comfortable. we are meeting for some ‘liquid encouragement’ beforehand.

I’ve also scheduled my hair/make up trial for the morning, so I can have it done professionally, and it won’t cost me any extra. They are going to do my wedding make up, and then add a bit more sultry feel afterwards for my shoot.


Post # 4
527 posts
Busy bee

I wrote a few blog posts about my boudoir shoot experience and I know a few other Bees have as well.  Here’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head…

  • wear something you are comfortable in that makes you feel good
  • have a little “liquid courage” nearby if it helps (but not too much)
  • relax and be yourself
  • i had a friend with me which helped my nerves tremendously

I actally ended up having soooo much fun at my shoot that I want to do another one.  Alas, they are too expensive 🙁

Hope you have a great time!  Good luck!

Post # 5
4884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  1. Have FUN. This is not meant to be a terrifying experience!
  2. Bring some of your favorite music
  3. Bring several levels of undress so you can go risque if you want, or stay modest.  A mens button down shirt and a pair of heels works WONDERS and doesn’t show everything.
  4. This sounds ridiculous, but practice with your face in the mirror.  Some shots I’ve seen have the woman trying to look sexy, but she just looks kinda silly because she’s trying too hard.  Parted lips and a raised eyebrow are winners. 
  5. SMILE, like genuinely smile.  Laugh!  Laughter is sexy and looks good on everyone.

Post # 6
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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@KristenGotMarried:  Those are good tips!

I second the “liquid encouragement”.  Definitely practice your expressions in a mirror – no duck face!!

Post # 7
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I so agree about the faces thing.  I cannot make a sexy face at all.  I look pissed off, lol.  But I found a slight, smirky smile worked for me.  Unfortunately I didn’t figure this out until my shoot and many of my photos I didn’t like because of the face I made.  Have fun…I loved my experience!

Post # 8
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I’d drink a glass of wine before you start & make sure to wear something that you’d feel comfortable in.  Try to relax and just enjoy the experience.  Have fun!!!

Post # 9
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For starters, find an outfit that you love that is sexy without being super revealing — the men’s shirt one is a good idea. I used a satin robe with a pretty bra and undies set on underneath it. This will make you feel confident starting out. Sheets and throws are also great for strategic camouflage.

Don’t worry about having to “look good” from nose to toes. You can wear something that you love from, say, boobs up, or knees down, or whatever, and tell them that you want a set of pics in that outfit that highlights the parts you’re comfortable with, and doesn’t include “trouble spots.” I used a corset for this, for example, and we have lots of great closeup shots of torso, face, my back with the lacing, etc etc.

Definitely bring heels. Higher the better. It’s OK if you can’t walk in them. (I can’t.) They will make your legs look fantastic, whether you’re standing, sitting, or sprawled on the bed.

The pics that I have on my tummy/leaning on my elbow on a pile of pillows, and then on my back are super flattering positions. 

Definitely laugh. Some of those are my favorite. Another look that worked for me was eyes closed/looking down — very demure and feminine with the lashes.

Finally — TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. They know how to make you look good. And they will. 🙂



Post # 11
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Make a fierce mix of songs that make you feel sexy and confident. I use one for when I workout and when I am getting ready to go out or for a special occasion. It just helps you focus and gets you in the right attitude to flaunt what your Fiance already loves. 🙂

Here are some of my faves:

  • Bootylicious
  • Lady Marmelade
  • Crazy in Love
  • Yeah
  • My Humps

Basically anything that has a great beat and is kindof cheesy works. Im sure you have your own list songs that make you feel good!

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