Boudoir Photography Planning Guide
Boudoir Photography | Planning Guide
Considering a Boudoir Photo Session in Colorado? Getting Married and want to do something special for your Fiancé? Here is how we do Boudoir Photography:
Step 1: Determine Boudoir Location Type
1. Outdoor Mountain Boudoir
If you are looking for outdoor boudoir you probably tend to be more adventurous and carefree. This is our favorite type of boudoir photography because of our love for the Colorado mountains. The term “adventurous” may just be who you are as a person but also refers the way we go about a session. We usually venture to more secluded locations and go to places less traveled. While we don’t expect anyone else to be around there is always the possibility. The goal is to get beautiful imagery with the mountain backdrop while keeping you comfortable. We might however be going down trails barefoot, climbing up on rocks, getting in water, or maybe even venturing through a little mud or leftover snow so you need to have a slightly adventurous side. We are not saying we always seek these things out but this isn’t a bedroom and day to day the conditions of the location are different. Let us know what season you are interested in and we can come up with some location ideas.
2. Indoor Urban Boudoir
If you are looking for a more traditional boudoir in the privacy of a bedroom than indoors is most likely what you are seeking. The indoors can offer it own level of sexiness while giving a comfortable intimate environment. When choosing where to do an indoor boudoir shoot we can offer hotel ideas, other location ideas like the clocktower, or talk through if in home boudoir might work. The perk of going with a place like a hotel is that you have a spotless, fresh environment with a more unique feel to the space depending on what you choose. While going with a home environment may save money there may it may not be the most photogenic for a shoot.
3. Wedding Day Boudoir
While wedding day boudoir is an option there are also more limitations. The main perk is that your hair and make up are done but if they are not done on time then your photography is more limited. Usually is best to have a more laid back day that is not rushed. If you do decide to do boudoir on your wedding day be sure to give yourself plenty of time. Another thing to consider is that rooms on a wedding day tend messy and crowded with bridesmaids. While that just means you may need to enlist your bridesmaids to do some clean up it might be harder to get it back to a non cluttered space.
Step 2: Find A Photographer You Connect With
Robin’s Take on Boudoir Photography:
Boudoir has become a trend among brides to be and with women looking to give a sexy gift to their husband. I love the idea of giving boudoir photography as a gift but there is also this side of doing it for yourself to feel confident, sexy, and beautiful. Not all boudoir photography is created equal. I believe it starts with feeling comfortable with your photographer. Being comfortable with who your around will allow you to relax, have fun, and be playful. Comfort also comes down to what your being asked to do. You may not have a know exactly how to go about a shoot and should not be expected to come up with what will look good. Rest assured that is where I come in to help you look your best. My motivation is to not only to capture beautiful images for women but also to provide a better, non-standard, creative boudoir photography. So many images I see are boring in posing, have her doing awkward things, and have bad lighting. We believe in natural photography meaning that things feel natural and that the true you is able to come out.
Note on Photography Packages:
Another trend in boudoir photography is providing packages that may not give you everything you need. Often those who shoot boudoir have packaging extras without giving you what your really want – edited digital images. You may end up paying X amount for the session only to find you have to pay more for the ability to do anything with them. Our packages are straight forward including your time with your photographer plus edited digital images delivered in a private online gallery. When you do get images some photographers will also limit the amount of photos you get to a very small amount so that they can make more money when you realize you wanted more than just a few. We give you the best images rather than focus on only giving a limited number. Some offer a pampering package experience including champagne and chocolates. While there is nothing wrong with pampering it is something that costs extra when you could be bringing your own champagne and focus on good photography. We believe some women want “extras” included in a package otherwise no one would offer them but most just want amazing sexy images of themselves to give their guy.
Step 3: Get Clothing Recommendations for the Location Type
Once you decide on your photography location, your photographer, and book your photoshoot than you can focus on what you will bring to the shoot. Outdoor boudoir may lend itself to a different wardrobe than an indoor bedroom shoot. For indoor it usually works to bring your favorite lingerie while also bringing some accessories. An outdoor shoot may bring on more of a rustic, earthy, and natural vibe. We recommend things like lingerie, jeans shorts, leather jackets, sweaters that open in the front, button down blouses, boots, and some artsy jewelry. These can be mixed and matched and not all worn at the same time. Remember with a boudoir shoot less can be more. These ideas can be used for an indoor boudoir shoot as well with more dressed up accessories such as heels. When picking out what to bring think sexy while thinking outside the box. If you are feeling unsure specific combinations can be decided on once you arrive on location.
Step 4: Overcome Your Fears
Going into a shoot is exciting but some women have questions or concerns coming into a boudoir shoot. A common misconception is that you have to be in perfect shape before the shoot. Now we aren’t saying you shouldn’t eat well and work out if you can but sometimes having everything perfect (in your mind) before a shoot is just not realistic. There are a few things we can do to help eliminate the “imperfections” you feel self conscious about. The right camera angles and good lighting are our tools to help give the most flattering look. We do work in photoshop when we believe it necessary but it is based on own discretion for the best complete product. If you prefer more photoshop edits beyond what we do on our own than we can talk about that if you buy prints or an album. Our images are edited for the best overall look so generally one would not need additional photoshop.
Some might have questions about privacy and wonder how their photos are going to be used. While we do desire to market our business we also value your privacy therefore do show full nudity or use your full name. We have an agreement is meant to protect both you and us so if you have questions or concerns just ask.
Note on Our Boudoir Portfolio:
We have over 21,000 photos and over 550 pages on our website. What you will notice however is that we currently do not show Boudoir photos to the same level as engagement photos. There are a couple of reasons for this the main one being our experience till recently has been wedding day boudoir. As we haven’t had specific sign off on these types of photos being shown we have opted to not show those photos and specifically remove them from online galleries showing all images. We believe that while boudoir can be different in how we work with you to make you feel comfortable the key principles of things like lighting and knowing how to use professional photography equipment stay the same. For those reasons our pricing is currently discounted and we may even work with you a little more particularly if we are shooting your wedding down the road.