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What to Wear For Your Boudoir Photography Session

Updated: Aug 10

Figuring out what to wear for your boudoir session can be intimidating! So let’s find something spectacular for you. Below you'll find:

The most important factor is that you feel comfortable and confident in what you pick. If you don’t want to show your tummy, go with all teddies. If you want a sexier vibe, some leather and a corset can bring out the fire. If you want intimate bridal shots, bring your wedding veil. Whatever you want is perfect for you!

lingerie for boudoir photography in the DMV area

Tips for choosing your boudoir outfits:

  • Make sure your outfits fit properly. The straps shouldn't be too loose or too tight; it can take attention away from you in the photo.

  • Cut off all tags including the semi-permanent ones with laundry instructions (carefully!).

  • If you don't want your nipples in photos, choose something where your nipples don't show in the mirror or wear nipple covers or tape. Double-check this ahead of time as they won’t be photoshopped out. If you don't mind or do want them in photos though, that's great! These photos are for you and I've seen plenty of nipples at this point.

  • Don't pick patterns that are too busy. You want the attention of the photo on you!

  • Every piece doesn't have to be "sexy", especially if you're more conservative in your clothing. Start with an oversized sweater, a long robe, or even in full clothes until you feel comfortable. A gorgeous dress can also be a fun addition!

  • Bring a variety! Feel free to bring as many outfits as you like to the session if you'd like to choose together and want to decide as you go. We end up shooting up to four outfits.

  • When buying bottoms with clips for stockings, get stockings to go with the bottoms. You usually don’t want the clips to just dangle during your session.

  • No need to go buy your own robe if you plan to use the Client Closet! I have gorgeous sheer robes and body jewelry available for you.

  • When ordering online, consider buying two sizes of the outfit you like and returning the one that doesn't fit (double-check return policies!). Since you're currently unable to try on pieces at Victoria's Secret due to Covid and shipping times for online stores seem to be questionable, I find this can save a lot of frustration even if you have to ship some back.

Creative outfit ideas:

  • different types of lingerie: teddies, bra & panties, corsets, garter belts & stockings... the list goes on!

  • long sheer robes (which you can find in the Client Closet!)

  • oversized sweaters

  • your wedding veil

  • high heels

  • button-up long-sleeve shirts, particularly white ones

  • sexy dresses

  • your partner's favorite sports team jersey


Many women get new lingerie just for their boudoir experience! Not only does a new piece give you extra confidence during your session, it can keep making you feel amazing for long after. If you’re gifting these photos to your partner, you could wear your new lingerie for them when you gift them the photos. They’ll be stunned speechless. If this experience is for you, wear your new lingerie on important days (under your clothes, of course) to give yourself a secret boost of confidence! Every time you remember what you’re wearing, you’ll be reminded what a badass you are.

 

Lingerie brand recommendations:

I've either personally purchased from or had clients purchase from each of these brands and had a great experience! There are stunning options here organized from least expensive to most expensive—I've also added an asterisk (*) to my favorites.


Shein

Cheaper lingerie with some

gorgeous gems

[Pricing: $]


Fashion Nova

Sexy lingerie with a variety

of options

[Pricing: $]


Tutti Rouge*

Gorgeous lingerie designed

specifically for curvy women

[Pricing: $$]


Victoria’s Secret

Popular lingerie shop with

a little bit of everything

[Pricing: $$]

Savage x Fenty*

Size-inclusive lingerie brand

founded by Rihanna

[Pricing: $$]


Adore Me

Size-inclusive lingerie,

particularly for ladies with

larger cup sizes

[Pricing: $$]


Lounge Underwear*

Beautifully designed lingerie

with plenty of options

[Pricing: $$]


Bluebella

Classy & stunning

high-quality lingerie

[Pricing: $$]


Oh Là Là Chéri

Stunning designer lingerie

from Paris

[Pricing: $$]


Mari Moth Lingerie*

Gorgeous, custom-made

lingerie & strappy outfits, all

handmade in Ukraine

[Pricing: $$$]


Desirex

Handmade lace lingerie with

quite a few bridal options

[Pricing: $$$]


Marie Mur

Sexy lingerie and leather

strap sets

[Pricing: $$$]


Honey Birdette

Sexy luxury lingerie and

bedroom toys

[Pricing: $$$$]


 

Still have questions about what to wear during your session? Reach out to me! I'm here for every step of this journey and am excited to make this an amazing day for you. Let's take all the stress out of this.


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