What to wear for a boudoir photoshoot is the most common question that I get asked.
As a boudoir photographer with over 16 years of experience working with incredible women just like you, I've learned a thing or two about what looks amazing for all body types, curvy, skinny, tall, short - you get the idea.
This blog post will be a great starting point to get your creative juices flowing and give you a better understanding of what to think about. If you need more ideas, join my VIP group. The ladies in there love to talk about lingerie or call me, and I can help you too.
Before talking about all the different outfit choices you have, there are 3 key things to think about.
I know this seems obvious, but unless you are planning to wear is a good fit, don't wear it because it won't be flattering for you or look great in your photos.
When was the last time you had a proper bra fitting? Honestly, it is so worth it, and a well-fitting bra will completely transform your shape. In my experience, independent lingerie shops offer some of the best advice. I went to Hidden Agenda in Botley and was completely amazed at how much better I looked wearing a great bra!
My signature dark and moody images suit strong coloured lingerie, red, black, teal, emerald and gold. If you prefer the lighter images, then think about paler coloured lingerie.
Most ladies bring a little of both, so we have oodles of choice to play with.
Think lace, think silk and think about the texture of your lingerie. Little details can really add interest to your boudoir portraits and are so much more luxurious and sensual than a plain old T-shirt bra (which are fab, but they do belong under your T-shirts!).
Start with the bra shape that suits you best (push-ups, balconettes, bralettes, etc.), choose a style that gives you the right amount of support, a bra fitter can certainly give you great advice.
Choose matching knickers that flatter your derrière, and don't forget to check out how pretty the back of them are. High waisted knickers smooth the tummy and can give a retro look to your images. Brazilians are great for flattering your bottom no matter what size you are.
Bodysuits are super flattering for all shapes. Underwires with structured panels give more support for curvy ladies, whilst ladies with smaller busts may suit unstructured bodysuits.
Corsets can really help to define your waist but can restrict your movements quite a bit. Waspies provide the same effect but tend to be more comfortable.
Even everyday clothing like a pair of jeans can look cute and sexy if styled and photographed well.
Pinch one of your partner's white shirts (don't worry if he hasn't got one - I always have an oversized white shirt in the studio) can be super sexy.
A big baggy jumper can look so cute. Pair it with bed-socks for a cute sexy girl next door type of vibe.
If you are a curvy girl, then trust me, one-piece bodysuits are the most flattering and comfortable things you can choose. They are super flattering if you are a bit concerned about your tum (I meet very few women who really love their tums!).
Underwired bodysuits also offer great support. Long-sleeved bodies are flattering for your arms too.
As before, choose a well-fitting bra that offers you the right level of support, and remember that high waisted panties are super flattering.
Lace robes are so much fun to play with, and of course, I have a selection in the studio we can play with. I love the way that lace teasingly reveals a little of what lies beneath.
Shoes are also incredibly important, and they really help to tone and shape your legs. I'm going to add another post soon about shoes (I love shoes).
The most flattering ones for your boudoir shoot are high heeled court shoes or stilettos. Definitely avoid wedges, they may be very comfy, but they look ugly in the images.
Louboutins have the most amazing shapes, which look incredible in photos and that red sole - heaven, but there are cheaper alternatives out there!
Red and black are classic colours to choose from, but feel free to experiment and bring your faves in. I also have a selection of shoes you are welcome to use.
Check out the galleries for more ideas.
If you need more ideas on what to wear - join the VIP group on Facebook and ask my experienced divas what to wear and where they bought their lingerie from.
Don't forget I'm here to help you too, so call me to chat on 07917477094 or schedule a call with me.