Planning your wardrobe for a boudoir photo shoot is not as simple as one might believe. There are many different directions to go, each one with rules to follow in order to achieve the look you want. In this post, the second in a three-part series on what to wear for a boudoir photo shoot, we will delve into the sexier side of things.
Lace is a special textile and the perfect go-to when it comes to lingerie. It breeds a feeling of allurement and desire while still being able to look classy, feminine and mysterious. Lace offers a variety of choices to achieve every look. Lacy body suits are my personal favorite. A bra and garter set is also a great choice, with lots of personality!
Lace panties come in every shape and size, with thongs and cheeky styles being the best for pictures (where light can hit the booty perfectly!) When choosing panties, I recommend you to find a bra and panty set. If not a set, get fabric styles and colors that closely match. Dressing in lingerie takes some thought and effort. If you’re having trouble finding exactly what you want, check out Marie Angelique or Kiss Me Lingerie for beautiful products.
Less is always more with a boudoir photo shoot aimed at achieving a super-sexy vibe. You can accessorize with simplicity (for example: just a scarf and panties,) and with some creative posing, we’ll really have something good!
Straps make stunning accessories. They may be difficult to work your way into and can take forever to get on right, but the effect is well worth it. The important guideline to take away is to always go with a larger size to ensure there’s no digging in to your skin!
You can incorporate jewelry, but there are a few rules you need to follow. Refer to my first post about a comfy-style boudoir photo shoot to read my thoughts on jewelry.
Things to Stay Away From
Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, but some outfit choices don’t translate well on camera. Corsets, for instance, are very difficult to shoot. Corsets find a way to hug your body in just the wrong way, causing unwanted pinches over the top of the material. In the bedroom they look great, but for pictures we want to avoid anything that appears to be ill-fitted or unflattering.
One preference I have as a boudoir photographer is to steer clear of babydoll nighties. Again: perfect for the bedroom– but unless they’re well-fitted they don’t read well behind the lens. Options for poses will be a lot more limited, even if the nighty fits adoringly.
(Here is an example of a tight nighty that actually looked really good! It is very fitted though, and doesn’t fall as a babydoll nighty usually does.)
Are you feeling bold? Implied nudity is a great way to go for your boudoir photo shoot. You can wear your panties, but we will select a pose so you have the illusion of being naked. You might be concerned it will look tacky, but there’s always a good way to use the lighting and your body to keep it tasteful and classy.
At the end of the day, the reasons behind getting your boudoir photo shoot are far more important than what you’re actually wearing. If for empowerment, you will feel empowered whether you’re donning panties with an oversized sweater or a black lacy bra. If you’re doing it as a creative gift for your significant other, he will appreciate your body no matter what is on it.
When you are ready to book your sexy boudoir photo shoot, contact me here. To see of an example of what one of these may look like, check out another post of mine by clicking here.
Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photographer for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.