Brides are looking for something unique and sexy to give their husbands as a wedding gift. Boudoir photography is becoming a popular choice. Boudoir images are typically sexy pictures taken of a women dressed in lingerie or other sexy outfits. They are tasteful and usually rated PG13 and tamer. The style can range from 1950’s pinup classic to dressing up in a vintage French boudoir style. Many brides are choosing a more contemporary twist and having images taken in a more natural sexy style.
Who takes boudoir portraits?
It is very important to hire a professional photographer that will know how to make you look your best. Many wedding photographers are offering this as an add-on to their packages. Choose someone you feel very comfortable with. Many brides choose a female photographer. Some studios actually specialize in this type of photography only. Their advantage is that they usually have a private studio with the right backdrops and equipment for this type of shoot. Photographers that don’t have a studio will often have you book a fancy hotel room or do the pictures in your own home.
It is helpful if the photographer provides a hair and makeup on set. They will make sure your look stays fresh throughout the shoot.
What should I wear?
Some boudoir studios will have some costumes on hand. Many do not. What you wear will be determined by your taste and the style you are going for. If you are getting married you may have received lingerie at bridal showers. Any type of lingerie will work. You can also bring your little black dress, heels and even swimwear. Another option is to bring some of his clothing. Sports jerseys, dress shirts and ties or even his boxers can make for very fun and sexy pictures. Bring more outfits than you plan to use just so you have a lot of choices. Some photographers will shoot “implied nudes”. These are images where it appears that you are not wearing anything but are strategically covered by a sheet or another prop.
How should I present these images as a gift to my new husband?
The benefit of using a professional photographer is that you have many options. Some brrides chose to make an album from the images from the session. You can also print larger images to hang in your bedroom. Make sure you get some headshots clean enough for him to display at work or to keep in his wallet. Your photographer may also offer DVD slideshows set to music. Wedding gifts are usually given on the wedding day itself. You can save them to share that night with him, or give them to him earlier in the day to create anticipation for the honeymoon to come.
Tips for doing a boudoir session:
Don’t be nervous. If you have chosen a reputable photographer you have nothing to be worried about. Their job is to make you look your best and help you feel relaxed. If your photographer doesn’t offer a hair and makeup artist consider going to a professional before your shoot. Your hair and makeup should be done as if for a special occasion and slightly more dramatic than your normal daytime look. Don’t forget to bring accessories like jewelry and matching shoes. Make sure you also bring your engagement ring! The most important tip is to have a lot of fun with it. Your groom will love this very special and intimate gift. For years to come he will have these beautiful images you created just for him.