Wardrobe Guide Because wearing the right thing makes a difference!

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

Lingerie Guide

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

Corset from Fredericks, Client Wardrobe piece

Bustiers/Merriwidows/Corset Hybrids - These are probably my second favorite items after bodysuits, because they are super hot and flattering. They come in so many great colors, cuts, and styles. I have a few in the client wardrobe! They often come with removable straps for thigh highs. They are great because they often boost the girls and conceals any concerns you have with your midsection. Where to buy: Yandy, Adoreme, Frederick's of Hollywood, Victoria's Secret

Lace-up Front Bustier, Client Wardrobe piece

Sweaters (black, grey, blush, white) - fitted or big, off the shoulder, sheer, crop, buttons down the front we can undo, you name it. Easy and sexy, especially with a great pair of undies...or not ;)

Fitted tank tops - a seriously underrated item for a boudie sesh. We can spray it with water, tear it, wear it sheer, or just pull on it. Super sexy! Where to buy: Forever21, Old Navy, Joe Fresh, Walmart, Urban Planet

Fitted Tank Top from Forever 21, Client Wardrobe piece

TShirts - effortless and sexy. Tight fitting is definitely best, plain or with a band or sports logo is great! Empowering slogans are fun too. Make sure it's not bulky because we want to show off your bod. Bring one we can cut up too!! Where to buy: Anywhere.


Sheer or Semi Sheer robe (black or white, mid or floor length) - These are especially great if you have a few things you want to conceal, such as arms or tummy, or if it's long hips and thighs. This is a great piece to add if you are dying to wear a cute bra and panties but don't want to bare it all. Where to buy: Torrid, Target, Walmart, Maurice's, Lularoe, Zoe & Co.

Short Lace Robe, Lularoe

Panties (black, white, nude) - High waisted is one of my favorite looks, but panties come in all sorts of cuts and styles. I also love cheeky bottoms and thick banded thongs. Pick what makes you feel comfortable and sexy. For the less "girly girl" type, athletic styles or plain cotton like Calvin Klein's are also great choices!

Victoria's Secret Panties - I love the strappy details!

Garter Skirts (high waisted, black is best and most versatile) - These are usually a "hit or miss". They can be super sexy, but if they don't fit properly they can be VERY unflattering. When they work, I love them. When they don't I hate them because I know you aren't going to like they way they look. I highly prefer the high waisted style as I feel they are most flattering.

High Waisted Garter Skirt Set from Yandy

Control Slips - These can be found in the shape wear of any department store underwear section (Target, Walmart, Macy's, Sears, JCPenny, Victoria's Secret), but can be INCREDIBLY sexy. I highly recommend buying black. Super high waisted control top shape wear with a beautiful black lace bra and some black heels is a stellar look. I have found a few intricate shape wear pieces at TJMaxx and Marshall's that I have in the client wardrobe.

Simple black shape wear for killer curves

Thigh highs, stockings, textured panty hose, or fishnets - They are certainly fun, but they don't NEED to be incorporated in your session. If you think they are sexy, let's do it. If not, it's OK to skip these. I love the look of fishnets with no undies and no bra, but that's just me! If you are going to wear them, please make sure they fit properly and are not ripped or pulled anywhere. If you aren't wearing a garter or something with garter straps, make sure you get the thigh highs with the rubber interior. If you are wearing a garter or something with garter straps, get the kind without the rubber interior.

Basic Matching Bra and Panties Set (black or white) - Simple and sexy! Choose your favorite cup style and rock it. Demi, strapless, pushup, bralette, you decide. Wear with panties, or not. We can play with the straps, play with the girls, or just lounge around and look HOT. Just make sure it fits right, because I cannot fix lingerie that doesn't fit and doesn't make you feel like a foxy lady.

Bra & Panties

Body suits and Teddys- My absolute favorite, especially in soft but contoured fabric. A Teddy is usually made of lace and is lingerie while a body suit is made of cotton and actually considered clothing. Unique and feminine details, sexy cut outs, and beautiful neutral colors! I love it all. Long sleeve, short sleeve, choker neck, halter top, racerback, see-through, lacy, cotton, whatever! Sexy, fun, flirty. Cover as little or as much as you want to. Get a fun one with color, or simple black or lace. I cannot get enough of these!! Where to buy: Victoria's Secret, Yandy, Forever21, Charlotte Russe, Hips N Curves, La Senza, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters

Body Suit from Yandy, Client Wardrobe piece

Sheer Dresses - These are mega sexy and extremely flattering on every body type. Where to buy: Yandy, Hips and Curves, AdoreMe, Forever21, Amazon

Sexy Lace Dress, Yandy, Client Wardrobe piece

Unique Fitted Clothing - One thing I always advocate is that you DO NOT need to strip down to be sexy. The right outfits have the same effect! I cannot stress enough that your comfort is of the utmost importance to me. What do you feel sexy in? Let's start there. Where to buy: Charlotte Russe, Torrid, Express, Maurice's, Boohoo.com, Forever21, Lane Bryant

Charlotte Russe

Mix it up! I love mixing lingerie with everyday clothing such as hats, sweaters, leather jackets, blazers, cardigans, sheer shirts, robes, etc to give your outfit a much more natural, less staged look. BODY CHAINS can be super fun and add a creative layer. If you are nervous about being bare, or insecure about certain parts of your body like your arms or your belly, there are creative ways like layering to cover up some things while "showing off" others. Fitted items of your partners like a collared dress shirt or sports jersey work sometimes too! **(Wardrobe hack: bringing your own white collared shirt or sports jersey instead of your partners will make for better pictures because you aren't getting lost in the fabric, but will still give the same sex appeal).

Fitted Sports Jersey

What NOT to wear

This is super important to read! In my 6 years experience photographing boudoir, and over 13 years behind the camera, I have learned that there are certain things that are not flattering and do not photograph well.

Old, faded, stained, ripped, pilled, tattered items

Neon Colors

Baby Dolls - Too much fabric adds bulk to your midsection. Honestly, they can make anybody look frumpy. I stay away from recommending these. **Wardrobe hack: good alternative is a Romper!

Things that are too big or too small

Multi Colored or heavily patterned items

Props - Nope. While props might be cutesy or have a meaning to you and/or your relationship, I feel as though they distract from the purpose of your session. I shoot for empowerment, and to have you feeling better than you ever have. I don't feel as though a motorcycle helmet or a guitar is going to help us accomplish either of those things during your session. Images like this often don't get selected during the ordering process either, and therefore it was a waste of time during your session. Keeping it simple and about YOU rather than your props is so much better, and you will be so much happier with your images.

Tanning and Spray Tans - I have stated this in other prep guides you might have already read, but IF YOU SHOW UP WITH A SPRAY TAN, old or new, YOUR SESSION WILL BE CANCELLED WITH NO REFUND. Your spray tan will not photograph well and it will stain my furniture, carpets, bedding, and clothing. I do not advocate for tanning beds because they can cause for unnecessary redness and blotchiness of the skin. I prefer you come as you are. I promise you, your white skin is going to photograph so beautifully and you are not going to look like Casper. Scouts honor!

Summer Time or Vacation Tan Lines - Editing out tan lines is next to impossible. If you are going to have tan lines when you show up for your session, you are going to have tan lines in your pictures, period. If you do not want tan lines in your pictures, stay out of the sun for a week or two before your session or schedule your session in the off season. If you are going on vacation somewhere warm, schedule your boudoir session for before you leave. If this is not an option, I can send your images out to a magician to edit your tan lines out, but this will be subject to an additional fee.

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I can't wait to see you at your session!

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Kelli Brosnahan

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