Boudoir photography refers to a type of photography that is usually taken in an intimate setting and it is usually done by women as a fun gift for their partner. Boudoir photography has become increasingly popular in recent years and many couples are now buying each other boudoir sessions to spice up their love life.
The term “boudoir” comes from the French language and originally referred to a lady’s private room. The term has evolved and is now most closely associated with boudoir photography. Boudoir photography can be a lot of fun for the person involved and should not feel awkward or uncomfortable at all. Since our perception of beauty varies greatly across each person, boudoir photography subjects should be able to feel comfortable in their own skin but also comfortable around their photographer. This is why choosing the right photographer for you and doing your research will go a long ways towards getting the expected results.
Every woman is sexy in their own particular way. Feelings of unattractiveness, paranoia or fear have no place in a boudoir photography session. Ignore the size 0 models that you see every day in magazines and advertisements and learn to appreciate your body for what it is.
Make sure you pick an outfit that benefits you and makes you feel comfortable. A boudoir photography session has plenty of time that allows for outfit changes so make sure you bring at least 2-3 different outfits to the session. Speak to your photographer beforehand to get a feel of what you’re both looking to get out of the session and discuss the photography elements and how he will use them to your advantage. Keep in mind that a professional photographer should keep an open mind in order to discuss these topics if necessary.
In case you’ve decided to do your own make up make sure you pick a look that works for you. Speak to your photographer to get an idea of what your face will look like on print. If you’ve decided to get professional make up done, it might be a good idea to go to a salon or a department store make up counter to get new ideas for a look and see what a professional make-up artist recommends.
When it comes to choosing the right setting for your session, keep in mind that most studios won’t offer to get this done at their studio due to privacy concerns. The most common setting for boudoir photography are taken at home in your own personal bedroom. Some women may still decide to get their pictures taken at a studio. As always, make sure you discuss this with your photographer so that he may help you get the best pictures possible.
If you’re still feeling pretty nervous about the whole ordeal, you may consider getting a group session with your best friends. Many photographers will come to your home and gladly perform a group photo session and suggest improvements to get the best possible pictures. Some photographers will also offer couple’s session which can be extremely romantic and appealing for couples who are a bit open minded. A great recommendation for group or couples’ boudoir photography session is to rent out a hotel room for the weekend and decorate the room with candles, roses and other romantic motifs.
If you’re not fully satisfied with the way the pictures turned out, you should discuss the possibility of retouching your pictures. Most photographers nowadays use digital manipulation to improve the way their pictures look. This may be something subtle like light manipulation or removing a few blemishes here and there.