As a boudoir photographer, the single most frequently asked question I get is:

What do I wear for my boudoir photoshoot?

When you think of a boudoir outfit, you probably think lingerie, and while lingerie is beautiful the key to choosing your pieces for your photoshoot is to remember that it needs to reflect you. If you won’t wear it after the your shoot, even if only for special occasions, don’t buy it!

KEY POINT: you probably have everything you need for your shoot already. Want to spoil yourself with new outfits? Great! You totally don’t need to though.

BODYSUITS & SWIMSUITS: These are ideal for ladies who are looking to vamp it up as well as ladies who want to be a bit more conservative and cover up more. They are so versatile and there are so many styles out there! Plus, you can find some really great ones at very little cost. No need to break the bank!

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SPORTY & PLAYFUL: If sporty and playful is your style, bring in an outfit with your favorite team jersey, tee shirt and panties or a pair of colorful athletic socks (we can a bunch here at the studio you can use). You can wear the jersey or get really spicy and wear nothing with the jersey (this is referred to as implied nude and oftentimes you’ll be wearing panties if you’re not comfortable with being completely naked).

SLOUCHY AND OVERSIZED: If your default setting is comfy, bring a cardigan or an oversized sweater, some cute panties to wear barefoot or sass it up with some sexy boots; a large men’s button up shirt or your favorite leather jacket. We currently have white sleep shirts, faux leather jacket and these thigh high boots in the studio wardrobe for you to use if you like.

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WHITE SHEET: So simple yet so beautiful!  Implied nudes using only a white sheet is probably the easiest part of your wardrobe for your photoshoot, and makes a sexy and beautiful addition to any album. For bridal boudoir ladies, the white sheet looks stunning with your wedding shoes, jewlery or garter.


LINGERIE: Maybe you love lingerie or just have some really great bra + panty sets. Check your top drawer… I bet you’ve already got some pieces that will work great!

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And then there are the GARTERS… we keep a few pairs of lacy garters here in the studio in case you want to try them on over your outfit. If you like them, great! If not, only takes a second to take them off.

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IMPLIED NUDES & BARELY THERE: You know your own level of comfort but don’t be too intimidated to step outside of your comfort zone a bit. I can help you. By the end of the shoot you’ll be feeling the most comfortable and thats when we usually break out the racier outfits/ideas. Implied nude is a great option if you want the look of nudity but don’t want to totally go there. The level of coverage is determined on YOUR comfort level.

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Finally, the most important wardrobe tip I can give you is that whatever you choose to wear has to fit properly. Ill-fitting outfits are unflattering and uncomfortable. When you book with me you’ll get access to my Private – Clients Only What to Wear blog post with much more information and links about all the various type of outfits you can wear for your shoot plus discounts with my favorite vendors. As always, reach out with any questions!


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