The Essentials: Must have items for your Boudoir Session

The fool proof guide to shopping for your boudoir photo shoot

Ok ladies, you’ve booked your session, now it’s time to shop.  Unless you have a career as a burlesque dancer or stage actress, you prooooobably don’t wear garters on a regular basis. So it’s no surprise if you’re unsure which style to buy.  You’re in the majority, don’t worry!

From our years of experience, we’ve learned a few tricks of the trade.  Now it’s time to divulge our secrets.  These are insider recommendations on what to shop for before your photoshoot.

  1. Garters: No elastic, please! This might seem counter intuitive, but if you’re going all out, forget the elastic and let the clips do the work. This ensures no unwanted bulging around top band like this. If, however, you can’t find a pair that work for you without the elastic, try a brand designed with this in mind. It’s a bit of a splurge, but Wolford has a line that we really love:boudoir photo shoot
  2. Heels: First of all, let’s get this out of the way, you do NOT need to bring heels. If you’re a flats only or no shoes at all, barefoot kinda gal, that’s ok with us. But for those who embrace a high heal, we recommend a classic black or nude pump. We’re particularly keen on one with a pointed toe because it elongates the leg. Why a nude or black pump, you ask? From one shoe lover to another, we understand the inclination for the hottest trend on the market (hello studded Valentino’s), but unless you plan to do a boudoir session every year for the rest of your life (which also is ok with us) sticking with black or nude pumps remain a versatile and timeless choice. They’ll go with anything without being distracting.
  3. boudoir photo shootBras: Here’s our most important piece of advice when it comes to a bra, buy one that fits. Second, (a close second), bring one with support. The first should be obvious, but frankly, it’s kinda tricky to nail the right size. Nordstrom or Victoria’s Secret offer complimentary fittings to all their customers. As for our second nugget of wisdom, it comes from a good place. You’re going to be lying down a lot during your session, so you’ll want something to keep the girls tucked in nicely. For more on this matter, check out this post, which talks about lingerie for different body types.boudoir photo shoot
    • Along the same line as this, when it comes to bodysuits or slips, if you happen to be well-endowed up top, look for pieces with built in support.  They will lift the girls and help define your waist.  Remember, you’re going to be moving quite a bit during your boudoir photo shoot, so you’ll want to make sure you’re garments are doing their job and shaping you.
  4. Underwear: This is quite personal, and to be honest, it might depend who’s on the receiving end of your pictures. But we’ll add a few qualifications to consider.
    • If you have tan lines, we recommend more coverage. Those with cellulite (you and me both) don’t let this be a deciding factor, we’ll take care of you there.
    • For those with booty envy, aka flatter bums, play it up with a thong or bikini style.
    • When it comes to buying thongs, go with this:Victoria secret black thong
    • Not this:V-string underwearThe first is almost universally more flattering.   Often times lingerie sets come with a v-string. Do yourself a favor and buy something separate to go with the top.

Layers: Having an outer option is a great way to add variety to your session and also gives you something to do in your images (like casually slipping it off). A silk or lace robe is lovely. A white shirt or trench coat is also a great alternative.  There’s something super irresistible about a lady in button-down shirt. white button down shirtDid you find this helpful?  Wonderful, maybe others would too! Spread the message by posting to Pinterest or Facebook.