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7 Things You Need to Know Before Your Boudoir Session

More and more women are saying yes to boudoir photography than ever before. It’s an unforgettable experience that’s perfect for brides, valentine’s and birthday gifts, or just for fun. But as the nature of this type of session is quite unique and intimate, a little knowledge can go a long way before your first boudoir photo shoot.

Whether you’re still flirting with the idea of boudoir, or ready to go for it, here are seven things you should know that make a boudoir session a little different than your family pictures.

1. Once in a Lifetime

For many women, this is a one-time event, so make the most of it. Plan your outfits and accessories well in advance. It’s a good idea to schedule a hair appointment too.

2. Get to know your photographer

It’s okay to ask questions about your session and your photographer. Find out where the photo shoot will take place, and ask to speak to or meet your photographer. This will help you relax during the session.

3. Know what you like

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Any great photographer will find the most flattering poses for the subject before them, but they can’t know what you prefer by looking at you. How much skin do you want to show? Do you have a better side? Are there any poses you love or hate? Help them give you what you’re looking for.

4. Know what you want

Are you looking for image files? A photo album? Most women don’t choose to display the images on the wall so there are less options. Check with your photographer to see what they offer.

5. Choose the right outfits 

There’s no right and wrong here – choose outfits that have the most meaning to you and your partner. Consider wearing his work clothes or incorporating hobbies. Pairing sexy and sporty gives you a great combination.

6. Accessorize

This is the fun part. Bring hats, shawls, jewelry, sunglasses, feathers, umbrellas or even his power tools! The options are endless, but choose items you enjoy most.

7. It’s about you


If you’re taking these images to give as a gift (one you might have a hard time topping it in the future), don’t forget that the boudoir experience is about you. Pick outfits you love and are comfortable in, and remember to relax and enjoy your session.

We can’t stop the nerves you may experience before your first boudoir adventure, but now you know what to expect and can be more confident moving forward. When our boudoir clients leave our studio after a session, it’s with a satisfied smile knowing they made the right choice to come. Let our experienced boudoir photographers at IN-FOCUS help guide you through your boudoir experience with expert advice, creative ideas and amazing images.

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