A Beginner’s Guide to Boudoir – 6 Tips for Your First Session

It’s totally normal to feel nervous when you book your first boudoir session! As an experienced boudoir photographer, I’ve shot hundreds of first timers, so here are my top tips to help you have the best first experience: 

  • Choose an experienced photographer that you trust. Spend some time researching available photographers in your area. Look through their websites, social media pages and testimonials, and even speak to their former clients if you can! Make sure that their work reflects what you’re looking for and that they look like they know how to pose you and photograph you in a way that you love, all while giving you the best experience.
  • Remember that you’re going to be nervous – it’s normal. You’re in a new environment, feeling exposed in a very intimate setting. It’s okay to have some nerves! A good photographer should be able to calm those nerves and help you loosen up and have fun. During my shoots, we have so much fun laughing and talking that you forget you’re even in lingerie, and that’s the whole point! 
  • Eat a little something and make sure you’re hydrated. Don’t worry about bloating, your breakfast is not going to make a difference on camera. In fact, a boudoir session is almost like a workout, so you want to make sure you have energy for stamina during the shoot! Plus, water makes your skin glow, so be sure you’re hydrating all day to bring out that inner goddess glow! 
  • Don’t worry about getting your monthly cycle. So many people ask me “what happens if my friend visits during the shoot?” Trust me when I say, it’s not a problem at all. I shoot people on their cycle all the time and it’s never once been an issue. We can take extra bathroom breaks, if needed, and it’s easy to ensure that any sanitary products are not visible on camera. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time while shopping. Make sure you start shopping several weeks prior to your shoot so you can try on different pieces and see what you do and don’t like. You may not like what you think you would, and vice versa, especially once you see how it photographs. 
  • Give yourself grace. Boudoir is all about giving yourself permission to see yourself in a new way, getting rid of that internal dialogue, and learning to love your “flaws” and imperfections. 

And don’t forget to have fun! This experience is all about YOU, and you should come out of it feeling confident and empowered. Click here to book a consultation with me to get started! 

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