What do I wear to my session?
First of all, congrats on taking the leap and booking your boudoir photography session! It's going to be fun, an amazing experience, and super empowering for you. A huge part of the success of your session is bringing proper wardrobe that is not only beautiful, but that flatters your body. Most of my clients are unsure how to dress their bodies in clothes that look best, let alone lingerie! It doesn't have to be as complicated. I am a believer in stripping down. Less is more. Wardrobe is an essential part of your boudoir sessionunless you plan on going nude - go you! I recommend 2-3 outfits for your boudoir session. Here is my cheat sheet for you to shop and know what to bring for your session. Hope it helps you! Feel free to reach out with questions any time so I can help you through this part of the process as well.
It's important that we focus on what you are going to wear, in a way that minimizes the outfits effect on the image so that what you are wearing doesn't take away from YOU! When we focus too much on these stand-out outfits and props, we lose focus on our goal, which is to EMPOWER YOU! With this in mind, I have created the following guide to help you select the best wardrobe for your upcoming boudoir session with me.
We want you: vulnerable, exposed, raw, and extremely beautiful. It may sound intimidating, but it's our job to empower you and provide you with a body positive experience. It's about reconnecting you with you: your femininity, sensuality, your sexuality, and your womanhood.
Wearing the WRONG pieces can actually ruin images, whether its because it doesn't fit, is a bad color, has a pattern that doesn't photograph well, or is simply not the best choice for your body type. Why wear jewelry when you normally don't wear any? Why hide behind a costume or a prop?
Pre Session Consults are important because it gives me an opportunity to see the items you are bringing to your session in advance, so that if we need to make altercations or exchanges there is still time. Skipping the Pre Session Consult and arriving at the studio with less than amazing outfit choices could potentially be disastrous. What you bring to your session dramatically affects the images, so let's make sure we get it right the first time! Please email me to schedule your pre session consult, typically 2-3 weeks prior to your session in case you need to make any changes to what you are bringing!
I have curated a Client Wardrobe that is always growing, but is not meant to be relied upon for your session. Rather, it is to supplement. I have pieces inclusive for all women including lingerie, robes, shirts and tanks, shoes, jewelry, and more. I do not charge a rental fee for using items from the Client Wardrobe, and you are welcome to have your Pre Session Consult at the studio should you wish to look through the Wardrobe and preselect pieces that would work for you so that you don't have to go out and spend lots of money on your own outfits that I might already have.
Some ideas for staple items you might want to bring to your session:
Nude and Black heels that are in like new condition. The higher the heel, the better. Stay away from ankle straps as they can make you look shorter.
Nude and Black thong brand new with the tags still attached (this is for wearing underneath the client wardrobe pieces).
Your favorite jewelry, just a few pieces is fine, probably your everyday pieces and a few special or statement pieces to go with your outfits
Corsets - Certainly a popular option for boudoir, these are great if they fit properly. They are best for standing poses and I typically like to pair them with a pair of bikini style or thick strapped thong. You want your undies to come up high enough that you don't see skin peeking out beneath the corset as this can often appear like a muffin top even if it is not. Your corset should be sturdy and tight enough to contour your waist. These are stiff and not great for many poses, but are excellent for standing poses and reflection shots in the mirror. I have them in sizes 32-44 in the client wardrobe in plain black and a few size L in red and green lace. They are best for women who want to conceal their midsection. They often will make you look flat chested, so avoid these if this is a concern or find one you can wear a bra underneath. There are some modern styles from Frederick's of Hollywood that have straps or are halter top and will pair better with a bra. Where to buy: Frederick's of Hollywood, Yandy, Amazon, Charlotte Russe, AdoreMe