How to Perfect Your Boudoir Photo Shoot

How to Perfect Your Boudoir Photo Shoot

There is a common misconception that the term boudoir photography simply means images of women in sexy lingerie and sultry poses. However, the entire basis of boudoir is far more complex. Boudoir photography is all about intimacy and creating a carefully composed portrait of an individual. Whether you want to use boudoir photography for your business or your personal life, there are a few steps and tips that can help you create the perfect intimate portraits every time.

Consult With Your Subject

David Victory Fashion Photographer

Above: photo by David Victory Fashion Photographer.

Boudoir photography is usually done with women who are not models and who don’t usually find themselves posing in front of a professional camera crew, especially not when most of their body is exposed. It’s important to start an open conversation with your client or subject before the actual photo shoot, even if they have done this before. Talk to them about their fears or concerns and answer any questions they may have.

According to the blog Photoshelter, experienced boudoir photographers recommend knowing when to listen and when to give direction. Confidently help your subject set up the best atmosphere for their shoot, including helping them look their best with their outfit, hair and makeup. You may want to hire a stylist, or you and your subject can work together to achieve the right look. There are many hair and makeup tutorials online that you can try ahead of time.

Perfect Posing and Angles

David Victory Fashion Photographer

Above: photo by David Victory Fashion Photographer.

When you look through a portfolio of boudoir photos, you may notice some similar poses and angles among all of the subjects. There are many tricks to posing your subject or using specific props and angles to create a flattering and confidence-boosting image they will love every time, and so will you.

Popular boudoir photo site Boudie Shorts has some expert tips for posing your model and setting up the perfect shot. For example, an above shot elongates the body and draws the focus toward the face and away from flaws. A bent-leg pose also highlights muscles and hides unflattering spots. An arched back or upward-reaching position stretches the body and looks flattering on anyone. Experiment with different poses to see what works for you and your model or client.

Get Creative with Settings

Model Daria Dali photo by David Victory

Above: photo by David Victory Fashion Photographer.

Sometimes the best backdrop for an intimate portrait session is not a traditional studio, so get creative with where you stage your boudoir photos. Talk to your model beforehand to see what she feels comfortable with. You can start out shooting in a studio or even at the client’s house, and then you can move the shoot to other locations to get a different perspective with an interesting background that is still intimate. Try a high-end hotel room so you can utilize the luxurious furniture, large windows and neutral tones. You could also get adventurous with an outdoor shoot, using natural beauty and light to highlight your subject.

Lighting Is (Almost) Everything

David Victory Fashion Photographer Playboy Playmate Abby Parece

Above: photo by David Victory Fashion Photographer.

Any photographer knows that lighting can make or break a perfect photo, and boudoir photography is no different. If you learn how to use lighting to your advantage, it can create a sultry and flattering image that will showcase the best features of your subject. According to Digital Trends, you should remove any fluorescent light from the room you are shooting in and avoid any light sources directly above or below your subject’s face. Natural light is of course the most flattering light to shoot in, so you may want to plan your session in the morning or late afternoon. But you can also create artificial lighting that is diffused and natural looking to make sure your subject looks her best.