Good boudoir photographers know you’re feeling apprehensive. And they will help you feel more comfortable as the process unfolds through encouragement and good direction.
You’ll find the whole experience more enjoyable and confidence boosting knowing how to prepare for your photo session. You’ll be more relaxed and that will help creating more natural feelings in your pictures.
Here are some tips to help you get the best from your boudoir photography session.
Talk about your goals
Have specific ideas in mind for your pictures. Discuss these with your photographer well in advance. We’ll discuss your ideas on our first meeting to chat about your photography session. It’s FREE. No obligation. And no hard sell.
Of course, we may come up with new ideas during the session.
Good communication is the key to getting the pictures you’ll love. I’m very creative but I encourage you to share your creative ideas too.
Discuss your limits
Talk to your boudoir photographer about your limits. Your photographer should be sensitive to your comfort levels.
When we discuss your ideas, we’ll also chat about what you want your pictures to portray and level of posing you wish to have. Levels of posing could be partly clothed, implied nude or nude etc.
During your session you may find that you feel much bolder than you expected or perhaps a little shy to begin with. This is absolutely fine and normal. Communication is the key. I’ll never ask you to pose beyond your comfort zone.
Start Slow before your shoot
Start slow before your actual shoot, sit down and relax into your surroundings. Your photographer should take a few minutes to get to know you if you have not already had an initial consultation.
I find that just chatting with you for a few minutes helps establish a rapport that is useful throughout the session. And helps set a relaxed atmosphere from the start for an enjoyable experience.
Your studio session starts off with make-up. An experienced make-up artist applies your make-up. Imke usually does your make-up to give a wonderful natural look. This is perfect for boudoir photography and nudes. More dramatic make-up is applied for a glamorous look.
Try Different looks
Bring several outfits and accessories with you. You never know what might spark an idea!
You can make as many changes as you wish. Again you can be as tame or bold as you wish with your costumes.
Trust your photographer
Before your session you’ll have seen many examples of his or her work and feel comfortable in your photographer’s competency.
It is important that you trust your photographer. This may be hard to do at first especially at the beginning of your session when you’re feeling apprehensive. However you’ll be amazed how quickly those nerves subside. And you’ll enjoy the thrill of being pampered and in front of my camera.
When you trust your photographer you’ll have fun and freely experiment with ideas, expressions, and poses.
I’ll show you images on the back of my camera. Although these look nothing like the finished product, I find this helps build rapport and trust. Taking a moment to relax and seeing the images often sparks off new ideas for more poses. Getting involved helps you relax and have even more fun and enjoyment from the whole experience.
Of course, you should already have done your research on your photographer. But
Does he or she create photographs that you really connect with?
Are you confident in their abilities?
Are they going to be easy to get along with?
Good portrait photography is not just about being technically adept at lighting, camera equipment, posing, and retouching – it’s primarily about how your photographer sees you on a personal level.
I’ve found background music is great for setting the mood and creating a relaxed atmosphere. After your make-up is applied I’ll turn on some background music.
And of course the studio is kept warm so you feel completely comfortable regardless of state of dress.
Dos and don’ts in preparing for your boudoir photography session
- Do visit your hair-dresser and have your hair looking fantastic when you arrive.
- Do visit a beautician and treat yourself to a manicure etc.
- Do wear loose comfortable clothing.
- Do bring a robe or large blouse/shirt to wear between being photographed. This may make you more comfortable.
- Do bring several changes of lingerie and any props you may wish to use.
- Do have someone bring and collect you from your boudoir session. You’ll feel less inhibited without having friends or family watching you or worse attempting to get involved telling you what to do. However having someone know exactly where you are will help you feel more comfortable.
- Do not wear underwear that will leave marks on your skin especially if you intend to pose nude. This is especially important for bras that can leave marks around the back and shoulders. These take a long time to subside.
- Do not apply make-up unless you prefer to use your personal make-up artist beforehand.
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