Preparing for Your Boudoir Session

Preparing for your boudoir session is part of the fun of the whole experience. Feeling prepared helps with any nerves you might be feeling about your session. Below are some suggestions for getting ready, including outfits, hair/makeup, accessories and getting that super smooth skin.

Preparing for your boudoir session


Outfits to Bring:

You can bring as many outfits as you like. We will pick and choose the best ones but most of the time use them all. The choice is up to you as far as what you feel is the most flattering for you body. Bra and panty sets, nighties, all in ones, corsets, bustiers, and garter belts are all perfect choices. A robe, either for the photos or just to slip on as you change, is a great idea to bring. Some other ideas are a oversized sweater that you can pull off the shoulder, a sheer blouse, one of your sweeties shirts (and tie/hat too), and his/your favorite team jersey.  A variety of colors and styles will create a diverse number of looks for your boudoir portraits.

Shopping for outfits:

Shopping for new outfits can be almost as much fun as the shoot itself! Victoria’s Secret is of course one of the best places for beautiful lingerie, but there are plenty of other great places too. Macy’s, Nordstroms and other department stores often have very pretty items, and so does Kohls. You can find some great deals at TJ Maxx and Ross too! For online shopping, Fredricks of Hollywood is one of my absolutely favorites ( Agent Provocateur is another place to get unique and super sexy outfits (

There is some good local shopping available too. For the daring, Spartacus on SW 12th in downtown Portland has some fun, racy outfits as well as fabulous shoes. Lille Boutique on east Burnside is another great place and so is Oh Baby Lingerie on NW 23rd.

shopping for lingerie for boudoir photography


Pieces of jewelry that your sweetie gave you is great choice, as well as your wedding jewelry. Bold custom jewelry is always fun for some shots. Unusual items such as belly chains, and long strings of pearls are also good choices. Forever 21, Claires and those types of mall stores often have cheap items that are fun and perfect for a photo shoot. Stores like Freddies and Target also have inexpensive items that can work great.


Bring a selection of your favorite heels! We will shoot some barefoot too. Sexy boots are always a great choice too, whether fashion or cowboy.

Mani’s and Pedi’s:

Make sure to have your nails done (either yourself or at a salon) as they will show in the photos. Stick to either natural (i.e. clear polish or french manicure) or warm, classic colors such as pink, red, peach, coral, etc. Blue, purple, green, etc do not photograph as well as they can stand out as being a cooler tone in photos. Moisturize those heels and toes too before your shoot for a smooth look.

boudoir photography lingerie

Makeup and Hair:

Using a mask the night before or morning of is a great idea, but only use something that you have tried before and know that it wont leave you with any redness or blotchiness.

If you are having your hair and makeup done by one of our artists, arrive with a clean face and hair. She will take care of the rest!

If you are doing your own makeup, here are some tips for looking your best in front of the camera.

1. Don’t use glitter on your face. The light will catch it and it shows up as little white dots all over. Go with a matte finish, using a finishing powder is a great idea.

2. Be careful with the new strobing or highlighting powders or liquids. They too can reflect the light and can create a streaky, greasy look.

3. Fake lashes always look amazing! Practice before hand if you’ve never do it before, or have them professionally applied.

4. Do a makeup practice session before the day of your shoot to get the colors you want chosen.

5. Go heavier on the eyes that you normally would. Eyeliner and mascara are our friends in photography as the camera does tend to wash makeup out somewhat.

Do not get a new cut or color the day before your session. A week before is usually a safe choice if you are making a change.

Lacy panties

Hair removal & Skin:

Don’t wax right before your session, especially if you have never done it before. Do a test run to make sure you don’t have a reaction to the waxing. If you normally wax, you can schedule as many days ahead that you know your skin will be back to normal afterwards.

Don’t use dilatory creams right before if you have never used them before. They can make skin very red and can burn sensitive skin.

Don’t worry if you get a bit of razor burn accidentally. That can be retouched later.

Using a body scrub before shaving can help you get a super close shave and will leave your legs feeling silky smooth.


Don’t worry if you get bruised, have a breakout, or get a cut before your session as all are easily retouched.

If you have scars or birthmarks, I will ask you if you want them left as they are, lightened, or removed.

If you have any questions on preparing for your boudoir session, send me a message!


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