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How to Get Ready for a Boudoir Photo Shoot



Have you ever considered doing a boudoir photo shoot but don't know where to start? Maybe you think that you don't have the perfect body so you've felt intimidated? Don't worry, you're not alone. I have been considering doing a boudoir photo shoot for myself, and in just a few weeks I'll be in-front the camera in my very first boudoir shoot.  While I know my body isn't perfect, this is a way for me to embrace myself. A way for me to love my body, to build my self-confidence and my self-esteem. If you're like me, you're probably wondering, well where do I start? Today I want to share with you a few ways that you can stay confident during a boudoir photo shoot.


Find a photographer you truly feel comfortable with. If you can’t relax with this person with your clothes on, it’s not going to get much better the more layers your shed! Make sure you hire someone with great reviews, whose work you’ve seen and love. He or she needs to have experience with boudoir photography specifically, not just portraiture. They will need to know how to work with someone who may not be super comfortable at the time pictures are being taken. And consider it a red flag if they won’t make time to meet with you for consultations ahead of the shoot.

Visit the location. You need to see the set where you’ll be taking pictures in advance. Assess the atmosphere of the space so you aren’t going in blind. Ask the photographer about adjusting the temperature for you. What are the lighting possibilities? Check out what props and backgrounds are available, so you won’t be winging it the day of.


Know your limits. Establish what kind of pictures you want in the end. Are you looking for black and white nudes? Or do you want more of a sultry, calendar-girl, lingerie shoot? Decide what you are comfortable and stick with that. Tell the photographer in advance and provide examples of his or her past work that you really liked, along with some other artists’ work you may be gravitating toward. If you have a plan and know you won’t be pushed past your limits, you’ll be more comfortable the day of.

Do some prep work. You will likely feel sexiest after you’ve had time for physical self-care. If you can work out in the months leading up to the photo shoot, do so, but if you don’t have time, don’t sweat it. Find ways to accept your body, flaws and all, exactly as you are. Avoid salt (which leads to bloating), drink enough water, and get plenty of sleep the week of the shoot. Take care of your skin, but don’t pick at anything! (Photoshop can work wonders on minor imperfections.) Topically applied caffeine temporarily reduces the look of both cellulite and under eye puffiness, so use some products containing this ingredient regularly in the month before. Get your hair done, make sure you do all of your shaving/waxing in the appropriate amount of time beforehand, and get a mani-pedi.


Go shopping. Have fun choosing what (if anything) you’ll wear. Don’t limit yourself to popular chain lingerie stores. Mom and pop places usually have beautiful options for women of all shapes and sizes. What you’ll wear includes your makeup. Allow yourself to be pampered at a local makeup counter and purchase a few items you’ll be able to apply for yourself on the day of the shoot. If possible, make an appointment to have your makeup done the day the pictures will be taken. There is no cost for this, but a purchase from the makeup artist is in good taste.


Check out the competition. If you’re feeling less than confident, even after all of this, take a look at boudoir photos of real women. Find pictures of strong, confident women of all ages, shapes and races, who have posed nude for magazines, but not in a gratuitous way. You’ll find some with scars, wrinkles, extra weight, and missing limbs. If they can own and accept their beautiful and powerful bodies, so can you!

Have you considered a boudoir photo shoot? If you've done one, what tips can you share? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I've never considered having one - so much as shooting one. I think my job is so often about making people physically and emotionally comfortable.. your tips are spot on for that.

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  2. While this definitely isn't for me, I have a few friends who have done one and said they LOVED the experience. These are great tips to get ready for one.

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  3. I've never considered one before, but I can't wait to see how yours turns out!!

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  4. Never considered one either but if I do I will definitely refer back to your tips here!! :)

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  5. Thank you for sharing this! I've been considering a shoot like this. A couple of my friends have done it, and it looked amazing!

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  6. I have never done one, but I have thought about doing one for my husband as a birthday gift soon. I think it would be fun, and I know he would love it.

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  7. I think a boudoir shoot would be so empowering! I've often thought of doing one, but I haven't worked up the nerve yet. Thanks!

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  8. I have never considered one either, just incase it ever got into the wrong hands I would be embarrassed. But I have tons of photographer friends who have done some sexy yet elegant photos like these which I might do if I wasn't so shy.

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  9. Great prep tips! I did this once many moons ago last minute. I was a MLM consultant and was at the photographer's house for a show. At the end she asked if I was interested and she would do it at no cost to return the favor for the show. She provided a silk pj top and we went from there. It was fun and the pics were so tasteful. My hubby still has one by the bed!

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  10. Aw good look for your impending boudoir shoot you are going to rock it! I agree that visiting the location will definitely put your mind at ease!

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  11. I have seen a lot of these types of photo shoots. I can see where they would make a good gift for significant other. I just don't think I would do it.

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  12. I guess I am past that age for boudoir shots. It would have been nice though, if I had it done when I was younger. I love your tips, I am sharing it with my daughter, cousins and youngest sister. I think they'll be interested to have a boudoir photo shoot.

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  13. The tips are spot on and I think can be applied to other type of photo shoot. I've never done one, I guess I'm too shy and too nervous to do it.

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  14. This is good advice! It seems like it could be a lot of fun depending on how you prepare.

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  15. never done one, but I know people that have and some that are going to and would appreciate these tips. Not sure that I would do it personally

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  16. I've known many bloggers to do boudior photos, but I just couldn't manage, even at my smallest size. I just could never be comfortable in front of anyone other than my husband like that.

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  17. I have never done one and probs will not do one, but interesting photo idea. I like your tips for anyone who is interested in trying one out!

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  18. I've never done one but would love to for a birthday or Christmas gift for the hubby! Great to have this for tips and suggestions for those wanting to do it soon!!

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  19. I've never done a photo shoot like this before but this is great for those planning on getting one. Doesn't hurt to be prepared.

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  20. I did one when I was pregnant and felt oddly more comfortable about it then, I would love to get to a place where I feel like I could do one again! Great tips!

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  21. Oh sexy! I would love to do one of these photo shoots one day soon

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  22. These are great tips, I have seen a few people getting these types of shots done. I think one blogger has her photos on FB and while I am not sure I would share mine online, I love your tips to help me consider it and be comfortable about it!

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  23. These are great tips for anyone wanting to ge boudoir photos. You definitely would have to feel comfortable with the photographer.

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  24. I've heard of boudoir photo shoots. From what I hear women do them for their mates, as well as themselves, to feel sexy and powerful. Never considered one myself but I can understand the reasoning.

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  25. Those tips all make good sense to me. I have never had a boudoir photo session nor have I considered it.

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  26. I have already tried this kind of photo shoot in the past. I totally agree with you that it's really important that you feel comfortable with the photograper.

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  27. I have heard so many great stories about friends doing this and loving it. Not really my thing... but perhaps someday I can be convinced.

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  28. I have never done a boudoir photo session. When I was younger and thinner I may have considered it, now I have no self confidence. Although, I have heard these types of shoots really are helpful for confidence!

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  29. I have never done a boudoir photo shoot and not sure I would have the self-confidence after 1 and a half kids :p but props to you!

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  30. I have been wanting to do one of these for awhile now, but my confidence is super low. I can't wait to hear how yours goes.

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  31. A good friend of mine did one years ago and she still loves the pictures. They came out great. I'm sure it will be fun. :)

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  32. My friend once did a boudoir photoshoot and it was actually quite stunning. I'd be willing to try one out too as soon as I lose my baby weight.

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  33. These are great points! I've never tried it before but I agree with you, it is such a great way to embrace your body. :)

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  34. I've never considered doing a boudoir photo shoot and I don't think I ever would. I don't like being on camera, even for regular photos. I give props to anyone who does though as I'm sure it is very liberating and fun.

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  35. My sister is getting married in August. These are great tips. I'm going to send them to her and make her feel uncomfortable lol!

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  36. I would have to be in my own home and bedroom to feel really comfortable. I would have to be very used to the photographer and have known him before.

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  37. I have heard of these being done but as a photographer, never felt comfortable shooting them, haha. You are much more confident than I am!

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  38. I have seriously considered doing a photo shoot like this one for my husband. I think being comfortable in your own skin in order to do this is so important.

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  39. I have never considered doing anything like this, but if I do, I know where to go for tips. Thanks for letting me know how to do this!

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  40. A photographer friend of mine was offering deal on boudoir shoots. The price made it very tempting, but I talked myself out of it.

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  41. What a confidence booster this must be! I have never had pictures like this taken, but after having three babies, I think that I could probably use it!

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  42. I would love to do a shoot like this! You have so much confidence in yourself to be able to do it.

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  43. Wow this is great advice! I'm always afraid to get one done but now I want to!

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  44. A boudoir photo shoot has been on my bucket list for a few years now! Thank you for these tips...I think I'm ready to do it sometime this year!

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  45. I love the idea of boudoir. I just don't think I could ever do it. I'm not that confident in my body.

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  46. I've always wanted to do this. Such a cool experience! Love these!

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  47. You look fabulous girlie! I did one years ago, and loved them! I ended up created a 8x8 hardcover photobook with all of the pics in there and gave to hubby as a birthday gift. Great tips :)

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