Tis the Season
In a blink of an eye, it’s November and you’re now sipping your hot Starbucks out of the notorious holiday cup. Once you book your Christmas boudoir session as your special gift for your special someone, it’s time to think about ideas for your Christmas boudoir session. This is the fun part!
Fun Christmas Boudoir Session Ideas
When I’m envisioning Christmas boudoir session ideas for my clients, the goal is not to get too cliché but to get a little creative. We can still style a wonderfully Christmas feeling shoot without Santa outfits or holiday lights. To prep for sessions, I suggest that my clients bring in about four different outfits. For your Christmas boudoir session, there are some fun options you can bring with you!
Comfy Sweater Weather
Make sweater weather sexy and bring a comfy, oversized sweater, knit socks and a cup of cocoa.
Deep Red Lingerie Set
Deep red lingerie is a sexy yet subtle way to get into the holiday spirit. St. Charles based Liviara, one of my favorite local vendors, has a gorgeous corset and lingerie set in Bordeaux, a deep rouge– perfect for your Christmas boudoir session.
Take one of your man’s shirts for that oversized look. Add in a tie paired with thigh high stockings or knee high knit socks that match to perfect your outfit.
You can even forgo a full lingerie set for a few photos. Cover up with a fur throw (I love this one from West Elm and this one from Bed Bath and Beyond) and pearls for a sophisticatedly sexy look. Or a white scarf (both Target and Etsy have cute ones) with a red thong will create a beautiful contrast and truly give that holiday look.
Bodysuits are a perfect addition in your outfit rotation as they’re a slightly more modest counterpart of little negligées. While I’ve shot bodysuits for other occasions, I’m envisioning some more season-specific garments. A red, lace, long sleeved body suit, like this one from Forever21, would be perfect with white high heels with the classic touch of pearls. Or a more casual approach with a gray bodysuit would also be great for your holiday boudoir session with red high heels. Free People has a nice option in a lot of different colors or Aeri has a great assortment of cozy but cute winter bodysuits.
While I tend to not use many props in my sessions, there are a few that come to mind that would work really well!
- The obvious choice, a Christmas tree! I already have this in the studio!
- A dark red throw –I do already have a blue throw at the studio that would also look great.
- Wrapped gifts in a classic, shiny gold wrapping paper.
- A large coffee cup with “Cocoa” on it. Here’s a shot below of a cute mug that makes for a fun photo. Instead of a light pink, summery mug, I would try something like this cocoa find on etsy or a mug from a St Louis favorite of mine, Mrs Shoppe on Etsy.
Here are some ideas to get you started! There are so many ways you can make a boudoir session feel like the holidays. Getting creative with the styling and direction of my shoots is one of my favorite parts of a boudoir session.
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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.