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How to easily prepare for a boudoir photoshoot

prepare for a boudoir shoot

So you've booked your boudoir photoshoot, now what do you do? Whatever you do, don't panic! I'm here to help and advise you on how to prepare for a boudoir shoot.

One of the keys to a successful boudoir experience is to prepare for a boudoir photoshoot well. The more planning you put in before your session, the more likely you will enjoy your photoshoot and have stunning images.

"What? You mean I have to do stuff before my shoot?" Well yes, you do need to do a few things, but I promise they won't be too hard!

I'm going to break this post into two areas for you - preparing yourself and preparing the outfits you are going to bring to your shoot.

Steps to prepare for a boudoir photoshoot

It's time to plan some pre-session pampering for yourself!

Should I have a fake tan before my photoshoot?

Preferably not, there is something in a fake tan that can make you look a bit orange, and no one wants to look like an oompa loompa. Natural skin looks so much better on camera.


If you are going to have your hair cut and perhaps coloured before your shoot, I'd recommend booking it in the week before so that your style and colour has time to settle. Wash your hair the night before your shoot so that when your hair and makeup artist styles your hair it will hold better.

Waxing or shaving

Whatever your preference make sure you do it 2-3 days before your shoot to avoid any rash or redness.


As with the previous tip avoid having a facial 1-2 days before your photoshoot to avoid any blotchiness. (I had a facial once before I was due to be exhibiting at a large wedding fair, unfortunately, I had an extremely bad reaction and ended up at the doctor. I looked like I had the plague, it was really scary and I haven't had a facial since!!)

Your skin

For glowing skin exfoliate and moisturise a few days before

Manicure and pedicure

Pretty nails add that finishing touch to your images. Think about what colour your lingerie outfits will be and choose something that compliments them.

Plan your route to the studio

There's nothing worse than driving to an appointment and getting lost, it is guaranteed to hype up your stress levels and you really want to arrive on time and stress-free. You don't have to worry about parking there's loads of free parking just outside the studio,

The day before your photoshoot

You'll be getting nervously excited about your boudoir photoshoot, but you'll have most things sorted by now. Make sure you drink plenty of water, it really does help give that glow to your skin and make sure you get a good night's sleep.

The day of your photoshoot

Don't skip your breakfast, your shoot will be loads of fun, but it can be quite physical, so you do need to keep your energy up.

Wear loose-fitting clothes to drive to the studio. Tight-fitting clothes really do mark your skin - check your skin after you have been wearing tight jeans or even tight socks!

Prepare your outfits for a boudoir photoshoot

My number one tip is to plan what you are going to wear well in advance to avoid any last-minute panics! I'm not going to go into what outfits to bring in this blog, you can check for outfit ideas in this blog post

Choose well-fitting outfits

Try on all the outfits that you are planning to wear, make sure that they fit well, if they don't they won't flatter you in your images. Think about the colours, black and red are always winners, think about what you're going to do with your images. If you are thinking about some wall art, where are you going to put it, what colours would work on your walls?

Remove any labels on your lingerie

Labels can look really ugly under lacy or sheer lingerie and stopping to cut out labels can take quite a chunk out of your time in the studio.

Boudoir Shoes

Clean your shoes (my camera picks everything up) and please remove any labels on the bottom of your shoes.

Bring extras

A good idea when it comes to stockings or hold-ups (read more about the choice here), just in case you ladder them putting them on.

If you can't decide between several outfits bring them all, we can decide on the day what would work best for you.

Pack several nights before

Doing this helps to avoid any last-minute panics and helps you get a good night's sleep safe in the knowledge that you have everything ready for your boudoir shoot.

Still need more boudoir photoshoot tips?

Hopefully, this information will help you feel more confident to prepare for a boudoir photoshoot but do call me if you have more questions. I love talking about everything boudoir and helping my clients get the most out of their boudoir shoots.


If you need even more tips to prepare for a boudoir photoshoot then do join my ladies only VIP group. There are loads of women in the group who will be delighted to give you ideas of what to wear, where to buy your boudoir outfits and how to prepare for a boudoir shoot and so many other ideas and if you haven't already follow me on Instagram too.

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