It’s that time of year again! Boudoir photography is on the rise as Valentine’s Day draws near. People are flocking to your local photographers for some sexy shots to gift their significant other. Here are some helpful tips to enhance your shoot (and the model’s experience)!
1. Make Sure The Model Is 110% Comfortable!
This is key. If your subject is nervous, it will show in the photos. My suggestion is to get to know your subject a little, crack some jokes (my personal favorite), give (non-creepy) compliments. These things tend to boost your model’s confidence and make for a better session. When the model is changing, LEAVE! Don’t be weird and gawk. Unless they’re comfortable with you on that level, you give them your utmost respect and excuse yourself.
2. Wardrobe (Or Lack Thereof)
Discuss what kind of wardrobe your model wants to use for the shoot. Everyone knows what makes them feel sexy. Talk about adding in accessories and glamorous textures. Having a model closet helps as well. Little things like pearl necklaces, fur coats, and lace gloves go a long way. If the subject wants to do an implied nude or a FULL nude shoot, let THEM be the ones to suggest it. More often than not, it sounds gross when a photographer starts talking about a nude shoot before the client does. If nude or implied nude photography is in your portfolio, they most likely saw it and will ask for it (if that’s what they want to do).
3. Location! Location! Location!
BE CREATIVE! You don’t always have to use a bed or a bedroom for boudoir photography shoots. Boudoir photography is about capturing intimate moments. I tend to use the entire house/hotel room for the shoot mixing outfits with each set. Some ideas could be to:
-Throw a nice comforter/fur on the floor and use bird’s eye view for angles.
-Have the model in the bathroom/at their vanity putting on makeup.
-Use the couch for a more casual implied nude scene.
4. Be Silly!
The stigma of boudoir photography is that you have to be SUPER sexy. This isn’t actually the case. Mix up the shoot with sexy AND silly photos. Nothing is more sexy than a smile (while still being sexy).
5. Get Your Lighting JUST Right
Using medium to low light is usually best, but always experiment a little during the first few test shots of the set. If you want a more dramatic feel, dim the light and have it at an angle. I would not suggest that you blind the model with a million lights for boudoir shoots. Sexy things happen when the lights get low (same goes for photo shoots).
6. Custom Theme Or Nah?
Some people want the basic bedroom photo shoot for their lover, others are more privy to something more custom. If your client has an idea expand on it, if not, throw one out there. There are times when people don’t know what they want until they see/hear it. That’s where YOU come in with some custom ideas for your client and look amazing!
7. A Little Extra Goes A Long Way
Adding simple props like champagne, roses, or chocolates will DEFINITELY go a long way. Have your model interact with their props and surroundings, it will make for a better shoot.
8. The Finishing Touches!
Touching up photos can feel like your falling down a rabbit hole of time and energy but it’s always worth it. However, DO NOT overdo it. Leave the rearrangement of the human face and body to a new-age Piccasso. Your client wants to look sexy, but they want to look like THEMSELVES. Don’t change their hips, their breasts, their bums, their legs… NOTHING. Their lover will not recognize the subject of your photo if you do. The imperfections is what makes someone human, don’t turn them into a carbon copy. ASK THE MODEL if they want anything changed or enhanced. Usually, you will get a “skin touch” request, but other than that, let them look… like THEM. Don’t diminish the face and body that their loved one fell in love with.
I hope this helps a little! Get out there and good luck! If you have any questions you can always contact me 🙂