Accessories for your STL Boudoir Session

Many clients ask about props and accessories when booking their boudoir session. I am very opinionated about this subject. There are some things I absolutely love and there are some things I don’t particularly care for but we can make them work if they are important to you and your significant other.

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Good Accessories for your STL Boudoir Session

Heels. I feel like this is an obvious choice.  Good heels are going to lengthen your legs and make your calves look great.  Don’t worry if you aren’t great at walking in them.  You won’t have to walk far. 🙂  There are black stilettos in the studio in multiple sizes for those of you who don’t have any at home.

You can’t go wrong with black or nude heels.  If you want to go all out, get these Louboutin heels.

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High socks with your bodysuit or a sweater and lace panties is something I love.  I haven’t decided if this is a trendy thing yet or not, but I’m going with it because it’s adorable and sexy at the same time. I love these thigh high socks that are on Amazon Prime right now.

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Pearls are classy and necessary accessories if you are going for a timeless look! I don’t think they make or break your photos, but they do give you something to do with your hands. Unless you are someone who wears pearls often, I think you can get away with this imitation pearl necklace.

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I love coffee cups, especially the ones with cute sayings on them, like “hello gorgeous“, “future mrs.”, or “does this ring make me look engaged?“, etc.

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Accessories I don’t necessarily love but we can definitely make work

Hats and caps are really hard.  They can cover the light on your face, which is something I don’t love, but with a little adjusting, we can make it look beautiful. 🙂

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 accessories for your boudoir session//Black bra// a cute flannel//red converse sneakers//Cards hat // Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

Jewelry in general is difficult just because it doesn’t lay right if you are in a pose laying down. Usually, if an outfit really calls for jewelry, we will photograph some sitting or standing poses.

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Anyway…

No matter what though if certain accessories are important to you, we can make them look beautiful in the images. Talk to me prior to your session so we can brainstorm ideas. I want this session to be exactly what you dream! 🙂

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Outfits for 2019 Boudoir Sessions

Fashion is continuously changing, which means my what to wear guide for boudoir outfits needs to change, too. Thankfully with boudoir, it’s a minimal change, so you can still check out some of my previous what to wear posts.

black lace body suit// white socks//industrial setting//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Boudoir Outfits

There are a lot of things that are still the same from what I recommended before as far as outfits go, but there are things that have changed as well.  I’ll cover both. 🙂

black lace bra and panty set// black heels//industrial setting//cream chaise lounge//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Things that have stayed the same.

Cheeky underwear, thongs, and high heels are still a must in the lineup for boudoir outfits. Be sure your underwear are about one size too big to prevent those skin indentions. Your high heels need to be really high!

black lace underwear//white fur rug//monkey shoulder whiskey/boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Body suits are still my favorite to start the session off with a bang. The biggest thing to watch is to make sure they fit well, not too tight or too loose.  You also want to be sure they are thongs or cheeky with a high leg line. We want those legs to look super long!

pink body suit//tan strappy heels// white rug//blue velvet chair//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I still love off the shoulder baggy sweaters with thigh high socks and Calvins, but I also love the same baggy, off the shoulder sweater paired with heels and lace underwear.  Both options look super classy and beautiful.

cream chaise lounge//white fur rug//gray cardigan//gray socks//black lace underwear//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

A timeless option is borrowing your man’s button up shirt and pairing it with sexy lingerie and thigh high stockings and heels.  Maybe grab some pearls or his tie as well.

blue denim shirt//black bra and panty set//coffee mug//industrial setting//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

White sheets are still a big favorite of mine.  These photos are always a hit with clients!white sheets//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Things that have changed.

Probably my favorite thing, which isn’t really a change in the lingerie/fashion world, only in my shooting arsenal, are silk or lace robes.  I love that it gives you something to do with your hands. It also covers up areas you may not want to show, plus it looks timeless and classy.

silk kimono// chunky jewelry//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Jewelry can be a nice touch, especially pearls.  I was always anti jewelry before, but if we pose you just right, jewelry can look super classy.  Pearls are always a timeless addition!

black body suit//pearls//big jewelry//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Soft/neutral colors are still a favorite in the studio, but I’m liking bold colors now as well.  A big thing is to stay away from really bright colors.

off the shoulder tan sweater//green lace panties//cream chaise lounge//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Anyway.

No matter what, the photos will be amazing, so don’t worry.  I have a lot of experience posing different types of clients and different types of outfits. Preparing your outfits is just a small step in the process!  For more tips, check out this post.

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Valentine’s Day Boudoir Photos//STL

What man doesn’t want photos of his girl in lingerie for Valentine’s Day?  Boudoir photos really make a great Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift! A beautiful, classy album filled with tasteful, yet sexy photos of you will thrill him and skyrocket your confidence level.

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What to Wear for your Valentine’s Day Boudoir Session?

Honestly, wear the same thing to your Valentine’s Day session that you would wear for any boudoir session! Props are great, but let’s make this something that could have been taken at any time.

I love bodysuits, off the shoulder sweaters, silk robes, and, of course, make sure you have 1-2 matching lace bra/panty sets.  You cannot go wrong with that look. Heels are a must to lengthen your legs and maybe some thigh highs and a garter set, too.

I love, love, love thigh high socks with off the shoulder tees and lace underwear during the winter.  If you can find this, we will have a great variety of sexy/cozy images for your album!

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Session Prep Tips

Check out this blog post for tips to prep for your session! The main thing is to be sure you are drinking plenty of water.  I also recommend a spray tan with Missy at Just Fakin Tans.

Enjoy your holiday eating as well.  I know it may make you self conscious during your photo session, but I can retouch the imperfections so your photos will look like you really do the rest of the year.  Magic. 😉  I am all about enjoying this time of the year.  You can work out and get back to your pre and post holiday diet after the new year.

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When to schedule for Valentine’s Day Delivery?

NOW! I’m not kidding.  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, literally 7 weeks after Christmas.  At the very latest, January 22, 2019 is the last day I could photograph the session in order to get your album back to you in time! And that is really, really pushing it. Schedule now because you need time to prep your outfits, too.

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Boudoir is for Every.Body

Plus Size Boudoir

Women come in all shapes and sizes.  Beauty is found in every single person.  There’s a difference in the confidence and attitudes of plus size women.  While some women embrace their curves, others are embarrassed. My mission in life is to help show every woman how gorgeous they are – just as they are, right now, through boudoir photography in my St. Louis, MO studio.  Step one in this plus size boudoir process is knowing what to wear to flatter your figure.  Also, see a past boudoir session of a curvy client. I will take care of the rest once you are in the studio!

women with curves//cheetah print sweater//black lace underwear//thigh high stockings//white fur rug//composite boudoir see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

Accentuating your curves

I love the clothing choice in the above photo.  The cropped sweater was tighter at the waist giving the illusion that her waist is smaller than it is.  Halley is one of those curvey women with a smaller waist, and this sweater definitely accentuated it.  She also chose black cheeky underwear that were a size too big, which allowed her to pull them a bit higher on her waist, lengthening her legs and showing off her curves even better.

Another way to do this is to have a loose yet fitted sweater. A favorite of mine is an off the shoulder sweater.  Check this one out from torrid. Maybe I love this one so much because I love faded colors right now?  Another option is this one from Amazon.  P.S. Navy looks so good in the studio.

Bodysuits

black body suit//shadows//chaise lounge//curves//plus-sized women//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

Bodysuits are tough. You really want to avoid bodysuits that aren’t a thong because they aren’t as flattering without the thong cut on bottom. Plus-sized stores don’t often have thong booty bodysuits, but I found a few options on Amazon.  This lace one is my favorite.

Forever21 also has very cute options. They are high waisted and typically either cheeky or thongs. Also, this bodysuit is one of my favorites from their online store.

High-waisted underwear

High-waisted underwear does the same thing that the cropped sweater does to accentuate your curves. It finds the smallest part of your waist line and hugs it. The trick with this is similar to the bodysuit issue.  You want wear cheeky or thong underwear.  Bikinis and boy shorts aren’t super flattering to your booty.  We have to show that thing off, right?

black high waisted panties//curves//plus-sized women//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

I particularly love these high waisted underwear from Torrid. Another option is this black bra/panty set from Amazon, which is one of the cutest I have seen.  It can be a bit risky to buy your lingerie without trying it on first, though; you never really know how the underwear will fit when ordering off Amazon.  Hopefully, if you order far enough in advance, you can return them if they don’t fit– this will give you ample time to get the size you need!

Robes

Robes are a great option as an accessory or even as a way to cover up those areas you prefer to hide. My favorite time to use a robe is in sitting poses.  All women, no matter the size, have a skin roll at your stomach while sitting.  Robes are the perfect way to hide those little “imperfections”. It’s a great clothing option to add something a little different in your boudoir album as well. See the photos below to see how we incorporated one in this client’s session.

black lace thong//black lace bra//black chaise lounge//animal print robe//jewelry curves//plus-sized women//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

black lace thong//black lace bra//black chaise lounge//marble robe//jewelry curves//plus-sized women//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

Lengthen your legs

They say the longer you are, the thinner you look, right?  Thus Pumps are probably the best option in this scenario because it gives you a few extra inches from heel to the toe of the pump on top of the 4-5 inches of the stiletto.  Speaking of, some of you love wedges, but please know wedges don’t photograph very well. I keep a pair of black 6’s, 7.5’s, and 9’s in the studio. Most women will fit in one of those sizes.  If not, check out Amazon for a pair of standard black pumps. It should be a staple in your closet anyway right?

If you are short, don’t wear thigh high anything (socks, shoes, etc) in your photos.  It will shorten your legs way too much!

black bodysuit//cream chaise lounge// curves//plus size boudoir//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

Things curvey women should avoid

I am not going to show samples of this bullet point.  That’s not fair to anyone! These points are standard no-no’s for all sizes, not just curvey women.

  • Corsets.
  • Jeans. This is hard no matter your size.  If you choose the exact right pair of jeans, the photos turn out amazing.  If you don’t, they are a total flop. It’s a tough one to get right.
  • Boy shorts or bikini underwear.
  • Sheer anything. It sounds good in theory.  It just doesn’t photograph well.
  • Wedge shoes.

Places to shop

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Final thoughts

What to wear is just the basics of how to get the most out of your boudoir photography session, whether you have curves or not.  Trust me when I tell you that I will pose you from head to fingers to toes– no need to worry at all about that!  Your boudoir session will be a day of pampering followed by the experience of a lifetime which will have you leaving you feeling better than Beyonce. Your confidence will skyrocket, and your man will have an album he won’t want to put down!

What are some clothing options you have thought about wearing to a boudoir session? I would love to hear from you. Join my email list (top left if you are browsing from your computer) and let me know your thoughts!

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Outdoor Boudoir Session// St. Louis, MO

For a while now, I considered offering the outdoor boudoir session and decided to pursue it this summer.  I’m sure you noticed on my social media accounts, especially Instagram,  that I focused on photographing outdoors a little more in preparation for photographing clients. In the process, I absolutely fell in love with outdoor boudoir photography.

By the way, read all the way to the end for a special offer!

outdoor boudoir session//cream bralette//cream highwaisted lace panty//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

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Outdoor boudoir doesn’t make sense?

When I first considered photographing my boudoir clients outside, I thought to myself, this doesn’t really make sense.  Why would anyone wear lingerie outside? Then I thought, who really cares?  Who is making the rules? If we want to photograph lingerie outside, let’s do it.  Boudoir photography is whatever the creator(s) decide it is.  These outdoor boudoir photos are beautiful, the light is gorgeous, and I get to get out of the studio in the summer to enjoy the beautiful weather!

outdoor boudoir session//off the shoulder denim shirt//cowboy boots//jean shorts//tall grass//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

What should you wear to these sessions?

A big question I get asked, and one I thought long and hard on, was what should clients wear to these sessions?  Although you will be photographed on my farm in Southern Illinois, this isn’t something for which you need to dress super “country.”  If it suits you, your style, and your personality to dress more western, then definitely go for it, but if you are a city girl at heart, then dress the way you want. Honestly, I think you can wear as much(or as little as you want). Implied always works SUPER well for outdoor boudoir sessions.

outdoor boudoir session//rocky creek bed//lace bodysuit//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

My clients from this month all chose very different styles! Maddie chose a few bodysuit outfits and a few dresses.  Vi is a little edgier and chose more implied outfits and then a dress to finish the session out.  Madi wore some lingerie and a few off the shoulder shirts that were a little more country with her cowboy boots. Stephanie went for a more lingerie style outdoor boudoir session. I literally love every single outfit that was chosen and think it fits each woman’s personality to a tee.

outdoor boudoir session//implied//jean shorts//wet hair//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

So, where do these Outdoor Boudoir Sessions take place?

My family has a farm in Anna, IL, about 20 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois.  where we raise cattle and train horses.  One of the pastures is super secluded,  PERFECT for an outdoor boudoir session. There is a very cute creek with little waterfalls, grass, trees, and the most beautiful flat rocks ever!

Seriously, would you ever think this image was taken in Southern Illinois?

outdoor boudoir session//flat rocky creek bed//cream bralette//cream highwaisted lace panty//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

outdoor boudoir session//implied photo//high waisted jean shorts//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Right outside of this little area, there is a pasture on top of a hill, which has GORGEOUS light and beautiful green grass. We usually start the session at the creek, and finish on the hill in the pasture.

outdoor boudoir session//neutral color flower bodysuit//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com outdoor boudoir session//denim shirt//brown cowboy boots//jean shorts//natural sunlight//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Can horses be in the photos?

For liability reasons, I am not allowing my horse or the farm horses in the photos or around for the session.  You are more than welcome to bring your own horse for your outdoor boudoir session, though. The photos are amazing when you throw in a beautiful horse!

outdoor boudoir session//off the shoulder denim shirt//brown cowboy boots//jean shorts//quarter horse//sorrel with flaxen mane and tail//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.comoutdoor boudoir session//anchorr croptop//black anchorr thong//sorrel with flaxen mane and tail//quarter horse//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

outdoor boudoir session//black crop top//jean shorts//purple cowboy boots//palamino//quarter horse//sorrel with flaxen mane and tail//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Precautions

Remember, we will be out in the woods in the middle of the country.  Things you may encounter are ticks, snakes, bugs, etc. Come prepared with walking shoes, bug spray, and bags to carry your outfits!

anchorr//utdoor boudoir photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

How to book your outdoor boudoir session?

I am now booking outdoor boudoir photography sessions in Southern Illinois. St. Louis clients, I hope you decide to make the trip down! I promise it will be MORE than worth the 2.5 hour drive.

To book, fill out the contact form and let me know you are interested in an outdoor boudoir session.

Outdoor boudoir sessions are only offered in 2 hour session times. Hair and makeup is included, most likely by the amazing Fringe the Salon in Carbondale, Illinois.

One week following the session, we meet for an ordering session.  More pricing information is found here. Also, check out the reason I am anti digital files and prefer albums here.

outdoor boudoir session//peach bodysuit//lace robe//leather belt//natural light//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Introductory Special

From June 3 to June 15, 2018, outdoor boudoir sessions are available at the special price below!

  • $179- Normally $249
  • 2 hour session
  • 6 outfit changes
  • Hair and makeup
  • $100 print credit towards an album
  • $400 minimum purchase
  • Studio policies apply- see policies here.

To take advantage of this special, email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com.

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Stephanie

outdoor boudoir session//kiss me lingerie blue bra and panty set//red high heels//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Vi 

outdoor boudoir session//cream lace dress//nature/photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Madi

outdoor boudoir session//liviara strappy lace bra and panty set//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Maddie

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Boudoir Outfit Tips//St. Louis, MO

The most asked question at boudoir session consults is “what outfits do you recommend”. I usually send clients the link to my What to Wear series, part’s 1, 2, 3, but I think, since it has been a year, it’s time to update for 2018. I have so many updated boudoir outfit tips, so be ready to take notes!

boudoir outfit tips//gray sweater//boudoir photo//nuetral makeup//pink lips//eyelash extensions//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Size Matters

I think the most important thing is to make sure your outfits, especially your bra and panties, fit correctly.  Some important boudoir outfit tips to note:

  • You want your underwear to be about 1 size bigger than you normally wear. I think most women(or maybe it’s just me) tend to want to fit in the size they wore in high school or college. You don’t want the lace to look stretched or to create a muffin top.  An even worse situation is when you spent the money for Calvin Klein underwear and the letters are stretched out!
  • Make sure your bra fit is flattering as well.  While I do love bralettes, they aren’t flattering to all body types, especially if they don’t hold the girls up.  You also want to make sure that when you lie down, your bust stays in the cups/fills them out.  Padded bras are great in most situations, but some poses may be better with non-padded bras (more lacy maybe), so be sure to bring several different bra types.

boudoir outfit tips//white lace lingerie//moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Bodysuits

One of my main boudoir outfit tips for bodysuits is to find a bodysuit that is high waisted. It will give the illusion that your legs are several inches longer than they are. Most thong bodysuits are high waisted, so look for those.  If you can find a body suit to show off side boob, that’s a win as well! My favorite places to find these bodysuits are Forever21 and Urban Outfitters.  Both places have the bodysuits that meet my criteria for the perfect boudoir outfit.

Pair them with an off the shoulder sweater, a jacket, or maybe a button up to really knock this outfit out of the park!

boudoir outfit tips//pink body suit//sparkly shoes// navy velvet couch//lavendar hair//moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Sweaters

When clients ask for boudoir outfit tips, I usually mention sweaters! I really love off the shoulder sweaters/ tees. There’s so much potential to make the images look more fashionable here.  There are a few pointers to remember with this one though.  You don’t want the sweater to be too large or bulky.  If they are, this ends up making you look and feel bulky. The lighter sweaters/tees/henley’s are actually better for boudoir outfits because they allow for more movement. I love pairing sweaters with thigh high knit socks.  The cozy looks always makes a girl feel great about herself!

boudoir outfit tips//cream off the shoulder sweater//tall knit socks//ombre//moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Crop Tops

I LOVE that crop tops are in now. They can be so fun to photograph with so much potential in boudoir.  This won’t work for everyone, but some women can get away with showing under boob with crop tops, which from what I hear, is considered really sexy by guys.  You have to have the right bust for this though!

Crop tops are easy to work with and still shows enough skin to make you feel sexy.  I like the looser tops usually but it’s always best to bring more options than less.  The only time I will really recommend the tighter crop tops are if we can get away with showing under boob!

boudoir outfit tips//thigh high black heels//white crop top//hair extentions//moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Robes

A pretty silk or lace robe really makes a girl feel sexy.  There is so much you can do with a robe during your session. From wearing it like normal, holding it off your shoulders, maybe giving the camera a look over your shoulder (don’t worry I will help you get that “look”), and strategically covering the areas that you want covered, robes have so much potential.

boudoir outfit tips//white lace lingerie//white lace robe//bridal boudoir photography//moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Nude

I think this outfit choice scares a lot of women.  Just remember, I am a woman, too.  It will just be the two of us in the studio, and we are going to cover the areas that need to be covered! Implied nudes can really show off your femininity, curves, and your confidence, which is the sexiest trait of all. Trust me, these images will end up being some of your favorites!

boudoir outfit tips//White sheets for an implied nude // photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

High Heels

A lot of my clients tell me they aren’t comfortable walking in heels.  I’m not making you walk in them, so no worries. We will pose in them. The main criteria for heels for boudoir photography is to be sure they are 4-5 inches tall.  Pumps are the best because they add a few extra inches to your legs when you stretch out and point your toes, and they make you feel beautiful.

I also love ankle booties with heels with the right outfit.  I seriously love this outfit. The sweater paired with these booties my clients just happened to wear to her session ended up being my very favorite photo from her set of images.

boudoir outfit tips//A shot with just legs– get the look with a crop top, black lace panties, and tan patent heels// photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Accessories

I am planning to write another blog post specifically on this topic in a few weeks, but until then, I want to discuss this topic a bit.  Accessories can make or break the outfit.  A set of pearls is not going to go very well with your man’s huge Blues Jersey (which I don’t recommend anyway, but you get the point). It would look great with a silk robe, thigh highs and a lace bra and panty set though.  What I am getting at here is be logical with your accessories.

Necklaces work with some poses, but not for all. I love when some chunky (pretty but not gaudy) jewelry falls around the cleavage.  It feels so classy! We will dive more into this in the accessory blog post to come, but I wanted to toss out some ideas!

Earrings can be too much if they are too dangly.  Simple is better with earrings, especially if you are pairing them with a necklace. Stick to gold hoops, diamond studs, etc.

boudoir outfit tips//black lace lingerie//marble robe//chunky gold necklace//moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Other Boudoir Outfit Tips

When you wear something sporty, maybe add some lace underwear in the mix to make it feel a bit sexier.  I know we have a lot of Blues fans in St. Louis, and some girls want to wear the jerseys.  I would recommend going with a fitted tee with the logo instead.  Those hockey jerseys can swallow you up since they typically aren’t fitted, which means they aren’t very flattering to a woman’s body! Boudoir photography is specifically to show off those curves after all!

Think about pairing your sporty outfits with a pair of thigh high knit socks or even thigh high stockings. Your man is sure to love this idea!

boudoir outfit tips//black lace lingerie/blues hockey jersey///moody boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Conclusion

There are so many options for outfits.  The more outfit options you bring to the session, the better. I can help mix and match during the session!

Did these boudoir outfit tips help you out?  Do you have any questions about anything in this article? Email me! I would love to hear from you!

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Curves and Boudoir Photography

Women come in all shapes and sizes.  Beauty is found in every single person.  There’s a difference in the confidence and attitudes of plus size women.  While some women embrace their curves, others are embarrassed. My mission in life is to help show every woman how gorgeous they are – just as they are, right now, through boudoir photography in my St. Louis, MO studio.  Step one in this process is knowing what to wear to flatter your figure.  Also, see a past boudoir session of a curvy client. I will take care of the rest once you are in the studio!

women with curves//cheetah print sweater//black lace underwear//thigh high stockings//white fur rug//composite boudoir photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Accentuating your curves

I love the clothing choice in the above photo.  The cropped sweater was tighter at the waist giving the illusion that her waist is smaller than it is.  Halley is one of those curvey women with a smaller waist, and this sweater definitely accentuated it.  She also chose black cheeky underwear that were a size too big, which allowed her to pull them a bit higher on her waist, lengthening her legs and showing off her curves even better.

Another way to do this is to have a loose yet fitted sweater. A favorite of mine is an off the shoulder sweater.  Check this one out from torrid. Maybe I love this one so much because I love faded colors right now?  Another option is this one from Amazon.  P.S. Navy looks so good in the studio.

Bodysuits

black body suit//shadows//chaise lounge//curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Bodysuits are tough. You really want to avoid bodysuits that aren’t a thong because they aren’t as flattering without the thong cut on bottom. Plus-sized stores don’t often have thong booty bodysuits, but I found a few options on Amazon.  This lace one is my favorite.

Forever21 also has very cute options. They are high waisted and typically either cheeky or thongs. Also, this bodysuit is one of my favorites from their online store.

High-waisted underwear

High-waisted underwear does the same thing that the cropped sweater does to accentuate your curves. It finds the smallest part of your waist line and hugs it. The trick with this is similar to the bodysuit issue.  You want wear cheeky or thong underwear.  Bikinis and boy shorts aren’t super flattering to your booty.  We have to show that thing off, right?

black high waisted panties//curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I particularly love these high waisted underwear from Torrid. Another option is this black bra/panty set from Amazon, which is one of the cutest I have seen.  It can be a bit risky to buy your lingerie without trying it on first, though; you never really know how the underwear will fit when ordering off Amazon.  Hopefully, if you order far enough in advance, you can return them if they don’t fit– this will give you ample time to get the size you need!

Robes

Robes are a great option as an accessory or even as a way to cover up those areas you prefer to hide. My favorite time to use a robe is in sitting poses.  All women, no matter the size, have a skin roll at your stomach while sitting.  Robes are the perfect way to hide those little “imperfections”. It’s a great clothing option to add something a little different in your boudoir album as well. See the photos below to see how we incorporated one in this client’s session.

black lace thong//black lace bra//black chaise lounge//animal print robe//jewelry curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

black lace thong//black lace bra//black chaise lounge//marble robe//jewelry curves//plus-sized women/photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Lengthen your legs

They say the longer you are, the thinner you look, right?  Thus Pumps are probably the best option in this scenario because it gives you a few extra inches from heel to the toe of the pump on top of the 4-5 inches of the stiletto.  Speaking of, some of you love wedges, but please know wedges don’t photograph very well. I keep a pair of black 6’s, 7.5’s, and 9’s in the studio. Most women will fit in one of those sizes.  If not, check out Amazon for a pair of standard black pumps. It should be a staple in your closet anyway right?

If you are short, don’t wear thigh high anything (socks, shoes, etc) in your photos.  It will shorten your legs way too much!

black bodysuit//cream chaise lounge// curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Things curvey women should avoid

I am not going to show samples of this bullet point.  That’s not fair to anyone! These points are standard no-no’s for all sizes, not just curvey women.

  • Corsets.
  • Jeans. This is hard no matter your size.  If you choose the exact right pair of jeans, the photos turn out amazing.  If you don’t, they are a total flop. It’s a tough one to get right.
  • Boy shorts or bikini underwear.
  • Sheer anything. It sounds good in theory.  It just doesn’t photograph well.
  • Wedge shoes.

Places to shop

posing on bed with sheets//boudoir photography//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Final thoughts

What to wear is just the basics of how to get the most out of your boudoir photography session, whether you have curves or not.  Trust me when I tell you that I will pose you from head to fingers to toes– no need to worry at all about that!  Your boudoir session will be a day of pampering followed by the experience of a lifetime which will have you leaving you feeling better than Beyonce. Your confidence will skyrocket, and your man will have an album he won’t want to put down!

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5 Things NOT to Bring to your Boudoir Session

Preparing for the Boudoir Session

I love writing about how to prepare and what to expect for your boudoir session. I think it’s especially important to know what to bring in so far as flattering outfits that will help your sexiest self shine in the photographs. Boudoir photography is all about self-confidence and showing your best self­– I want that for all of my clients! While I focus so much on what to bring, I have made a list of what NOT to bring based on my experience in my studio.
You can’t go wrong with a Calvin Klein boudoir session– crop and briefs | photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

What NOT to Bring

  • Long necklaces

In my experience, long necklaces just don’t lay very beautifully and can make an otherwise gorgeous photo look off. Of course, if you have a necklace that is meaningful and sentimental, we can make it work! But I highly advise against any sort of costume jewelry– in this case, less is more.
A deep v neck blouse accessorized with metal bangles and gorgeous earrings | photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

  • Kitten Heels

I know, this seems counterintuitive– boudoir photographs are supposed to be sexy and what’s sexier than kitten heels? Well, a lot of things! These are YOUR photos and unless kitten heels are truly your personality and you wear them all the time, don’t go buy any for your session or leave them in your closet. I promise you will look sexy without them!

  • Tight Clothes

Perfect fitting thong and a striped crop// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL
Any bras that are too tight, underwear that digs into your skin, jeans that are tight around the waist, leave them at home. Always size up for boudoir sessions– always! You want to dress for your body and love your body! It’s not worth wearing a smaller size for the sake of it and then having unflattering pinching in photographs. Save yourself the trouble! Treat yourself to a new bra and panties set that fit you like a glove and don’t squeeze you in. For ideas and inspiration on how to dress for your body for a boudoir session, check out my series of outfit ideas.

Ok, my next two items are not tangible but still so important!

  • Attitude is everything

Do try to leave any negativity at home. If some follows you to the studio, I’ll help you shake it and make it a possible experience! But do your best to be open to the experience! I know it’s a new venture for many of my clients but I promise you it will be a great day! And positive vibes make it even better! And if you’re feeling positive on the inside, it will make for better photographs.
Bringing some personality to the boudoir session: a favorite flannel, matching chucks, your favorite team’s baseball cap, with lingerie underneath// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

  • This Misconception

Forget the notion that this is all for your significant other. Of course, it can make for a gift for your special someone but when it comes down to it, it’s for YOU as well. The day is really all about you and giving you the space to feel your sexiest. Helping women realize their (awesomeness) is what gets me going everyday– Boudoir is absolutely for the woman (maybe even more so than your significant other!) When it’s all said and done and you have your album and maybe a wall portrait, you’ll realize that this experience is definitely about you as well!
Sexy Lingerie set with black heels// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// St Louis

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