Boudoir photography is growing in popularity rapidly, and it’s not hard to see why: it can boost confidence like crazy and be a very empowering and liberating experience. A lot of people think that they can’t do boudoir photography; that they’re too big, too old, too awkward, not pretty enough, etc. That’s just not the case.
Absolutely anyone on the planet can do a boudoir shoot; it’s all about getting the right lighting, angles and photographer. No matter what stage you are on your body-positive journey, doing a boudoir shoot can help boost your confidence!
Here are my steps to having a successful and awesome boudoir shoot:
1. Choose a good photographer
When choosing a photographer, be sure you get to see their portfolio so you can choose one whose style you want to be shot in, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. [Editor’s note: The Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide is full of awesome boudoir photographers!]
2. Trust your photographer
Along with asking to see their portfolio, don’t be afraid to request their references. Talking to their former clients can help you to decide whether or not they’re the photographer for you.
If you’ve chosen to work with a good, professional photographer, don’t worry about them seeing your body. Relax. They’re not critiquing you, they’re looking at your body like art and figuring out how to capture the best lighting and angles to really show it off.
Pamper yourself before the big shoot. Get your nails done, maybe have your hair and makeup professionally done if you feel like it, take a candlelit bath or a nice hot shower, etc. Making yourself feel beautiful will help to relax you about the whole thing. If you’re nervous or uncomfortable, it’ll show in the pictures, so do what you have to do for yourself to feel comfortable and at-ease.
4. Listen to your gut
Go into this with a clear idea of the kind of photos you want, and how much skin you’d like to show. If your photographer wants you to show more skin than you’re comfortable showing, or wants you to pose in ways that you don’t feel comfortable posing, don’t! Remember that you’re in control, this is YOUR shoot and you call the shots. If at any point you’re feeling uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to leave. This should be a fun and empowering experience for you!
If you follow these simple tips, you’re sure to get some killer images and have a blast doing your boudoir shoot!
What are your tips for a body-positive boudoir shoot experience?