Boudoir photography: What first-timers need to know

Have you ever considered have boudoir pictures taken of yourself? Perhaps you are about to be a new bride and you want to give your groom a very personal wedding gift. Or, maybe you’ve been married for a while and are looking for a way to spice things up in the bedroom. Or, maybe you simply want to have some sexy photos taken of yourself, for yourself. Boudoir photography can either involve having pictures taken just of yourself, or you can invite your partner into the session with you, for some steamy couples photos. In either case, there are a few things you should know before you head into the photo shoot. What follows below are the answers to the most common questions first-timers have about boudoir photography.

What exactly are boudoir photos?

Inspired by the sizzling big-screen stars of the 1920s-60s, boudoir pictures are a way to celebrate the female form (or the romantic relationship between partners). The photos are not intended to be sleazy; they are meant to be seductive, romantic, flirty or sexual – whatever it is you want to portray in your photos. Whether you want your photos to be classy, retro, modern, naughty, romantic or flirty, an experience boudoir photography can help you achieve beautiful results.

What should I expect at the photo shoot?

It can be a little intimidating to go into a boudoir photo shoot. After all, the photos are very intimate by their nature and there is a good chance that the person taking the photos will be someone you don’t know. Knowing what to expect going into the session can help alleviate some anxiety.

Clothing: Generally, you’ll decide what you want to wear in your photos and bring those items with you. You can opt to wear virtually anything you want, from provocative costumes to lingerie to nothing at all!   It’s usually a good idea to give your photographer an idea of what you plan to wear in advance, so they can plan possible sets and start to create a shot list.

Hair and makeup: In most cases, the cost of the session will include professional hair and makeup styling.

Length of session: Your boudoir photo shoot can take anywhere from about an hour to up to five hours, depending on the number of shots you have paid for in your package.

Posing: If you are nervous about knowing how to pose during your session, rest easy. An experienced Calgary boudoir photographer will guide you through poses that will be the most flattering for your body. In addition, you can research boudoir photography poses online to get an idea of what you like and what you would feel comfortable doing. That way, you can go into your session with an idea of what you want – and don’t want.

Boudoir photography can be a very empowering process for a woman and a bonding experience for couples. The trick to a successful session is to do some research ahead of time, know what you are comfortable with and head into the session with some ideas of your own. Finally, be open to suggestions from the photographer (they know what angles, poses, and settings look best!) and, above all, have fun! That’s the end goal of boudoir photography: to have fun. In the end, you’ll get stunning photos that will make you feel like the most beautiful person in the world.

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