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 your style. If you won’t wear it after the your shoot, even if only for special occasions, don’t buy it! It’s fun to try new outfits, explore styles, and step a little outside your comfort zone, but your boudoir images are about YOU. If you have never worn garters and stockings, and probably never will – skip them! There are plenty of other outfits you can wear for your boudoir photoshoot.  Here are a few of my favorite outfits that include lingerie, cute pj’s, crop tops and so much more:

Your favourite sleepwear or silky robes and gowns look elegant and luxurious. And cute pj’s are aways a win.




If your album will be a gift to someone else, wear their favorite jersey (or yours, especially if you have a little rivalry going), baseball hat… and very little else.  Go Pats!



Or how about his lucky golf shirt and those booty shorts he loves you in.



If you’re feeling a bit shy, or your default setting is comfy, bring a cardigan or an oversized sweater, some cute panties, and a sexy pair of heels.


Accessories can turn any outfit sassy – leg warmers or cute socks (both available in the studio wardrobe) will take a simple bra and panty set from pretty to pretty sassy. Cute tee shirts are also fun… both when you’re taking them off, or just hanging out in your ‘I want you to want me” tee and undies.



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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 jewelry and your flower tiara.



And don’t forget your shoes! Pairing your wedding shoes with not much else makes a beautiful bridal boudoir image.



But they don’t have to be your bridal shoes. Any favorite pair of shoes would work.



Lets give your images a pop of color with a bright bra and panty set. So simple, yet has much BOOM factor.



While black lace lends a different kind of drama to your images…



If you love classic, vintage style, you can always include a more traditional look and wear lingerie with garters and stockings.





Or highlight your flirty side with something a little more playful (I love the look of garters without stockings!).




Shape wear is super sexy…and surprisingly comfortable.



Don’t be afraid to choose something a little more racy.


Body suits for the win… all day, every day.


Go bad ass with lots of black leather and/or some of your Harley gear.



Or keep it sweet and sexy, with a cropped tee and cute panties.




Above all, to take amazing photos you have to have fun and the more fun you are having at your shoot, the more confident you feel, and you will look incredibly sexy.


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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… I’ll even come lingerie shopping with you if you are uncomfortable with the idea of going yourself. It’s all part of the Boudoir Experience and only one of the many services I offer to my clients.

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