WHAT IS A BOUDOIR SHOOT?
A boudoir shoot is a sexy and sensual photo-shoot where you pose in lingerie or partially nude in luxurious surroundings. Boudoir photography is very tasteful and nudity tends to be implied rather than explicit. Natural lighting and shade are used to create a flattering light that shows off your favourite parts of your body.
WHAT IS BRIDAL BOUDOIR?
A bridal boudoir shoot is the most perfect wedding gift for your groom because you can truly give yourself to your soulmate in the most beautiful and unique way.
Wedding boudoir photography is an amazing experience too so here are just a few reasons why you should consider investing in bridal boudoir photos:
You can surprise your groom with a boudoir album the night before the wedding - giving him a preview of your wedding lingerie (because we all know that you might not actually be wearing it on the day!). It will also be the greatest wedding gift you can give yourself because in addition to beautiful images you will also have an enormous confidence boost - I can’t emphasise this point enough.
You are probably looking pretty fabulous after months of hardwork and pampering for the big day and if you plan on having a family then it is the perfect time to create some beautiful memories and celebrate this milestone time in your life.
You can use your boudoir shoot to showcase your bridal lingerie and also feature those amazing shoes you spent hours searching for. Bridal boudoir outfits often include stunning wedding robes, veils and even your wedding dress if you wish.
If you are at all nervous about being photographed on your wedding day then a pre-wedding boudoir shoot is the ideal way to get over feeling camera shy. If you think that boudoir photography is about getting undressed then you are not seeing it correctly - it is much more about getting dressed - in exquisite lingerie that you might not normally wear.
- Imagine how much fun it would be to have a lingerie bridal shower and perhaps ask your closest girlfriends to contribute to a boudoir gift voucher as their wedding present to you?
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
A boudoir shoot is a celebration of your body so I don’t recommend any sort of extreme diet or exercise regimes. You are beautiful as you are, your partner will want to see you as the person he/she knows too. Your photographer will be able to advise on the poses that work well to show off your favourite parts of your body.
You can however, do some preparation to look like the best version of yourself. A good skincare regime in the lead up to your shoot is the best way to feel confident – get into a habit of exfoliating and moisturizing your skin and a mani/pedi the day before your shoot will ensure you are looking polished to perfection.
DO I NEED TO BOOK MY OWN HAIR/MAKEUP ARTIST?
I would always recommend having your hair and makeup done professionally for the shoot – it really helps enhance the experience and makes it feel extra special. A professional will also be able to give you that polished look that you want for your shoot.
If you want to use your own hair and makeup artist, then that’s absolutely fine. If you can get a hair and makeup artist to work their magic at the shoot they can be on hand throughout the shoot should you wish to switch your hairstyles and look to suit different outfits.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE BOUDOIR SHOOT?
Every photographer will shoot differently depending on their style. Before the shoot even takes place I will talk with you about what you want from the shoot, what parts of your body you like the most (and the least!) The key is to start with simple poses until you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Once you have warmed up you will work together to create a variety of imagery to choose from.
WHERE WOULD THE SHOOT TAKE PLACE?!
Typically a specially selected studio will be set up and styled for the shoot with sumptuous furnishings, flattering lighting and ultimate privacy. If you would prefer to do the shoot in your own home, then I will be happy to accommodate the setting. Some women even like to go to a luxury hotel suite. Essentially it’s up to you, the style of shoot you want and the environment that makes you feel the most comfortable.
I’D LIKE TO DO A BOUDOIR SHOOT BUT FEEL A LITTLE NERVOUS…
Nerves are completely normal and can even add to the excitement and anticipation of the day. Most women I work with have never been photographed in this way and nerves come from the fear of the unknown. If you’re feeling nervous then remember that it’s completely natural. I am there to direct you every step of the way, in a way that will make you feel totally at ease and even empowered by the experience.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO THE SHOOT?
I always recommend shooting three different looks on the day for variety so be prepared to bring a minimum of 3 outfits/options. Many women opt to bring more than that so there is some choice on the day. Like some brides i’ve worked with, you may want to bring your veil, garter and wedding night lingerie to have some beautiful shots to commemorate the occasion. You may also want to consider photographing with some gorgeous heels or even your wedding heels, too.
WHAT WILL HAVING A BOUDOIR SHOOT DO FOR ME?!
There are so many reasons to do a boudoir shoot but the number one reason for me as a photographer is that it is a fantastic confidence booster. In the run up to your wedding, it’s likely you will have been living your healthiest lifestyle. Perhaps having regular conditioning treatments on your hair and taking great care of your skin in preparation for the big day? So why not capture this moment when you are looking and feeling your best to create a sensual album of pictures that you can treasure forever.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE FINISHED PHOTOS?!
A tasteful album will be a fantastic memento of your boudoir shoot and also makes a perfect gift for your partner. Many women are so pleased with the results that they also decide to go for a large framed print to hang on the wall in the bedroom.
DO I NEED A SPRAY TAN?
Please no spray tans and let me explain why. Spray tans, while they mean so much good, can come off a little orange, you know what I mean? Besides your natural skin tone is what I want to capture in your beautiful boudoir photos! So lets go with a no.
SHOULD I WAX?
This is a complete personal preference. If you decide you'd like to wax any part of your body, please allow 1-2 weeks for irritated skin to calm down before your shoot.
WILL YOU POST MY PICTURES?
All photos that I shoot, including boudoir sessions are subject to advertisement and portfolio usage. If you would prefer to have your boudoir photos kept private or maybe you're okay with some shots being shared but just no face shots, please alert me prior to your shoot and we can discuss the matter further!
IS MY ONLINE VIEWING GALLERY SAFE AND SECURE?
Your online viewing gallery will have a secure password that only you will be given access to.
WILL YOU PLEASE MAKE ME "SKINNIER" IN PHOTOSHOP?
Our boudoir sessions are to embrace you the way you are 100%. This means I will not be editing out "rolls" or making anyone "skinnier". Love yourself! Please note that I will gladly edit out minor blemishes.