Have you done a boudoir shoot?

posted 4 months ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Worker bee

I did three shoots with different photographers. If you find one that will provide hair and makeup that makes it easier and is usually less expensive. You can let the photographer know if there are certain areas of your body you want to highlight or hide. A good photographer will notice your strengths and pose you appropriately. It was overall a good experience and finding the right photographer is the most important part. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I did one a few years back.  They did my hair and make-up and offered wine.  The studio was very private and relaxing.  I don’t know if it was the hair & make-up or the wine but by the time she was ready to photograph me, I was super comfortable and feeling confident!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I haven’t done a boudoir shoot but I have modeled (in various states of dress and undress) and had some other experiences that might be able to help you!

1- After your shower, do you moisturize your skin? Put on lotion or oils? If you don’t, you might want to start and if you do, practice taking more time to do it- and do it in front of a mirror- spend some time appreciating your skin and your various body parts. We spend a lot of time being shown images of other people who are supposed to be ideals of beauty and we often do not see our own.

2- If you are looking at other images for inspiration, look for people who have a similar body shape, size as your own, so you’re seeing images of attractiveness that reflect more closely what you look like. That will help boost your confidence.

3- Candles (or candle lighting) make skin glow! So if you have the option to have some candles safely included in your shoot, go for it! You will look like a mystical unicorn sex goddess creature!

4- During the shoot- if it feels uncomfortable, it will look uncomfortable, so you want to think about what feels good to your body and then make minor tweaks or adjustments so that it looks good on the camera (your photographer can give you feedback about that).

5- Being who you (truly) are and allowing the camera to capture and reflect that is better than trying to put on a new identity- if you are playful (or goofy) or shy (or introverted) or aggressive (or aloof)- you’re better off letting the camera capture those things while you happen to be wearing lingerie than trying to put on a look that appears to be sexy- that’s what makes people look super awkward- unless you are someone who is confidently and overtly sexy, don’t worry about “performing” sexy. Being you, wearing lingerie and looking into the camera (or not) and feeling good in your skin (and letting it show) is already some sexy ass shit. Trust me.

6- Lean on your team! They do this and are there to make you look great. Ask them for feedback and then trust what they are saying. Your success is in their best interest and in the best interest of their company because a happy customer sends others. So go for it!

Have fun!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I just booked a boudoir shoot and I was/am scared as heck, so I say do it!!!! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I have, and it was a great experience. I did it right after my divorce as a present to myself. I had two photographers, one was a friend of mine and one I didn’t know (they are colleagues), but both made me feel extremely comfortable. Their instructions were clear, they were good about letting me know if I looked too “stiff” or how to move to look more natural, and most importantly, they hyped me up! I felt sexy & confident, and it was really fun. Everyone I know who has done one has been glad they did. As long as you’ve found a great photographer, I think you should go for it!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I want to do this as a wedding gift for my husband to be! I didn’t know it was so popular! I’m sh*tting myself though..

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I would love to do this for our 15 year anniversary in November, but I would have horrific anxiety leading up to it. I’d have to have an entire bottle of wine before the shoot to feel comfortable. 😂 I guess that gives me nearly 9 months to lose some weight though. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Any Bees confident enough to share pics of their sessions? 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

natasha0b :  I think you should totally do it! Ask her for advice on what to buy/wear/bring etc. 

It would be an amazing wedding gift to your new husband! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2007 - City, State

I want to do one so badly.. thinking for our anniversary next year, April 2020!! I’ve akways wanted to do one, but I definitely need to try to lose some weight and tone my body. I think my hubby would love a book of photos for sure. I’m glad I’m not the only one wanting to do this… 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I thought long and hard about doing on but I get caught up in not being able to act sexy in front of a complete stranger and it would probably be worse if I ask a photographer I know because that would be so awkward! I decided to buy a polaroid and let FH take some during the honeymoon so that it’s a fun experience for both of us. And even if they’re not professional and edited, he will still have a set a photos where he thinks I look beautiful.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

 

I did them and had so much fun! I usually hate photos of myself, and part of the reason I did the shoot was to feel more comfortable and confident. My advice is to follow the Facebook or Instagram pages for some of the boudoir photographers in your area. You can get a feel for their style and the mood they do (I liked that the lighting for these was on the darker side, but I’ve also seen some boudoir pics where the light is very bright and also looks nice). It will also help you get an idea for poses, and one of the things I noticed was how good my photographer was at working with women of all sizes which made me feel like I was in good hands. I noticed some photographers get a little too wild with editing (like too much blurring of the skin/face or cheesy color pop photos where it’s black and white with only one piece of color), or some were strangely into props (tons of necklaces, flowers, scarves, etc.) I would also advise looking into their options for how you recieve the photos. I did not want a hard copy of any of my pics, and fortunately my photographer had the option just for digital access to the album. I would have been frustrated having to pay for a book I didn’t even want. 

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