(Closed) DIY Boudoir attempt #1. Am I going in the right direction?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@diyboudoirr:  Do you have a tripod? Also, upward angles aren’t as flattering to almost anyone, try to get some shots where the camera is looking down at you.

Also, I can’t see your face/hair so don’t know if you did this, but make sure your hair looks nice (I did some & didn’t do my hair & because of that I hate them – changing outfits makes my hair frizzy). And don’t go overboard on the makeup, but use slightly more than usual if you don’t wear much of it.

Also, you’re taking them outside? Be careful of neighbors!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I did tons of research before I did mine, and I was actually really happy with how they turned out.  I picked a bunch of outfits, and I didnt use daylight because that didnt evoke the boudoir feeling for me.  I picked nice lingerie out and a few of his shirts.  I made sure my hair and makeup was done, and that I had a ton of lotion on my skin.  You can edit the pics in a simple editing program to give them different effects too.  I did this right on my camera but i know many bees downloaded a few programs, i think they were free.  I agree that up angles make no one look good.  I didnt use a tripod but i used a ton of stuff to prop the camera at different angles.  I used the self timer so i didnt have to hold the camera.  and as far as number of photos, I did enough to fill an album, but you can do as many or as few as you like!  My actual shoot took me a few hours and I would say the whole experience took me 6 hours total so make sure you have enough time so you’re not rushing!  Google diy boudoir to get a lot of great inspiration.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@diyboudoirr:  Glad you liked them.  I think their photos are so cool.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@diyboudoirr:  I think you have the right idea, but I definitely second a tripod.  Another thing is, if you’re taking pictures next to a window, pull the blinds all the way up.  Also, a plain sheet draped over walls/furniture can make a very nice backdrop.  These are some pics from my boudoir shoot to give you an idea for angles.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@diyboudoirr:  Yes a tripod makes things 100x easier! Borrow one for sure. Also, if you usually don’t wear makeup, you don’t have to. I don’t wear face makeup, except for eyes & sometimes lipstick. I put a small amount of blush on my cheeks to give me some color but not too much, just a touch of it. Your skin complexion might be better & you may not need it :). You can do them inside your home. Set up your camera on tripod or a safe stand, clear any clutter away from the walls (so they won’t be in camera view), this includes furniture & picture frames, everything & don’t be in front of a window. Get all of your lamps & put them around you (but not so they’re in the photos). Set the camera on timer & take a photo, go look at it & make sure there aren’t any wierd shadows & that its not too bright & adjust your camera settings if you need to. You can also hang/tack up a sheet to get a different backdrop, just make sure its not wrinkled.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like the last one the best because it looks the most crisp- the first one is grainy and the second I think the bow is super distracting and there are too many light colors- maybe use some dark colored lacy underwear.  Agree with everyone about the upward angle not being the best but it works okay in the last picture in my opinion- it makes you look super tall.  You also get a hint of “you can almost see up my skirt” which your Fiance might enjoy.  If you could get that picture with the railings looking perfectly straight framing the picture and blur out the blinds in the background a little bit, it would be much improved.  I don’t really love the outfit- I think something less cozy would be better for the body pics (like the first two) and it’s mostly just the strings in the front that are distracting in the last.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m gonna go against the grain here and say that you look super hot in #1 and I really like the shadows on your legs in #3.

If you don’t want to spend the $ on a tripod, you can do what I did and use your camera’s 10 second delay self shot feature… I just waited for a day with good natural light, propped the camera (I just have a cheap point-and-shoot) on some books stacked on my dresser and kept pushing the button and then jumping over to the bed to pose lol. Some of them turned out pretty good all things considered!

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

hooooly crap that’s huge. haha sorry!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@diyboudoirr:  Honestly, my Fiance leaves for work at 3 am and I got right to work after he left.  I showered and started getting dolled up.  It was still dark when he left and we have the black out curtains in the bedroom.  There was one single incandescant bulb in there, not the daylight one but the other light, and in some shots I draped a white button down shirt over it to diffuse the light even more.  I also had our lights on in our closets (also one incandescent bulb in each, one closet in front if me and one from the side) but i dont think it through much light.  I mapped out that shoot days in advance, and at night while falling asleep, thought about every possible place to set the camera to get interesting angles.  All I have is a simple digital camera, nothing fancy but always remember you can zoom… and you can crop later.  So dont think you have to get the shot perfect.  In a lot of the shots, I propped the camera on the shelf in the closet overheard and shot it from far away, then I cropped it on my computer and the camera first.  I had a mirror nearby too, to look into and pose and play with angles so I wasnt wasting my time running back and forth.  My camera has a two times timer on it so it would take a shot at ten seconds and then another at 2 seconds after that.  This was a good discovery for this project.  The best place i found to pose was right on the bed.  I flipped the comforter over, and used some with the sheets all messed up too. I also was able to clear off the dresser and sit on that to get some different angles where you can see my reflection in the mirror too. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Maybe I just like bright colors but I think you need a little color in your outfit

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