If you’re looking for the perfect wedding day gift for your husband-to-be, step outside your comfort zone with a stylish pre-wedding bridal boudoir photoshoot.
Boudoir photography can be sophisticated, sexy, fiery, and feminine – in fact, it’s the perfect way to show off and celebrate everything your fiancé loves about you. Plus, boudoir shoots can be incredibly empowering, helping you feel your best as your wedding day draws close.
But not all women are comfortable with the idea of posing for the camera in their lingerie – so there’s a lot to learn before you take the plunge and book your boudoir photoshoot.
Why Choose A Bridal Boudoir Photoshoot?
Unlike a watch or a tie or a fancy pair of cufflinks, a boudoir photoshoot is a unique, original gift. He’ll love seeing you dressed up to the nines in a sultry setting – especially if it gives you a confidence boost.
A boudoir photoshoot can also help if you’re typically a little camera shy. There’s nothing like baring (almost) all in front of the camera to help you shed your inhibitions, so this is ideal if you want to overcome your nerves before the big day. (This is especially good if you’re having a wedding videographer.)
Boudoir photoshoots also offer the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to some new lingerie, and get your hair and make-up done by a pro – so if you love to pamper yourself, a boudoir photoshoot is the perfect excuse.
What Happens On A Boudoir Photoshoot?
Good boudoir photographers will do everything they can to put you at ease as soon as you arrive for your photoshoot. They know that this isn’t an everyday experience for most women, so they’ll understand if you’re a little nervous. Over a glass of fizz, you’ll discuss the kind of vibe you’re looking for, the kind of photos you’d like to create, and which parts of your body you like most (and the parts you’re not so comfortable with).
When your hair and make up is done, and you’re ready to begin, the photographer will work with you to create some simple poses. As you go through the experience, you’ll likely become more comfortable and confident, allowing you to explore more elaborate or intimate poses, depending on the kinds of photos you’d like to create.
Afterwards, based on the package you choose, you’ll select your favourite images to be printed for you and your husband-to-be.
Choosing A Boudoir Photoshoot Photographer
Many studios offering boudoir photography are run by women. That’s because many women are more comfortable with the idea of being nearly nude in front of other women, rather than men. That said, there are some male-fronted photography studios that offer boudoir photography, so you’ll need to decide which option you (and your fiancé) are more comfortable with.
Look at the work of a variety of photographers and see which ones capture the vibe you’d like to go for. Some specialise in pin-up or burlesque style shoots, while others focus on creating a flirty, feminine allure. If their work isn’t immediately available online, ask to see their portfolio before you make a decision.
Most importantly, the photographer you choose should make you feel comfortable, confident, and at ease. Call the studio and discuss any concerns you have before booking. If they’re the right studio for you, they’ll be able to address your queries with empathy and confidence.
What To Do Before Your Boudoir Photoshoot Session
Let’s start with what not to do – and that’s fall for any crash diets. Not only are they unhealthy, but they defeat the object of the boudoir photoshoot. This experience is all about making you feel good in your own skin, and presenting a confident, sexy version of yourself in your photos. After all, your husband-to-be loves you as you are – so you should, too.
It’s a good idea to treat yourself to some lingerie that makes you feel great. Most photographers allow you time to go through a few outfit changes, so make sure you have a variety of glamorous sets that you love.
Top Tips For A Sexy, Empowering Boudoir Photoshoot
Rule number one is to be honest. If you feel nervous or uncomfortable at any point during your photoshoot, don’t be afraid to tell your photographer. They’re there to make sure to feel great throughout, so be open and honest with them. That way, you can work together to make sure the photoshoot is exactly what you’re looking for.
Besides that, here are a few other tips you may want to consider when preparing for your bridal boudoir photoshoot.
- Incorporate accessories from your wedding day. Whether it’s your veil, your wedding shoes, or your bouquet, these elements will enhance your bridal boudoir photoshoot and make it truly special.
- Include something of his. Your husband-to-be is sure to be pleasantly surprised if you include one of his shirts, or something else that reminds you of him, in your boudoir photoshoot.
- Choose your favourite photos. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy to be swayed by the photographer, or what you think your fiancé might like. But your favourite photos are the ones you’ll want to look back on time after time as a memento – so make these the ones you keep!
- Remember that nobody expects you to know what to do. This isn’t an everyday occurrence, so ask questions, try new poses, and be open to the experience.
A bridal boudoir photoshoot is an empowering experience that will make a gorgeous, glamorous gift for your fiancé. For more fabulous wedding gift ideas for your groom, guests, or wedding party, take a look at our wedding gift guides. Whether you’re looking for something creative, affordable, or both, you’ll find tons of great inspiration in our articles.