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6 Frequently Overlooked Items To Bring To Your Boudoir Session

Updated: 5 days ago

boudoir shot of a woman in bed wearing fishnets

Hi everyone. I'm Michael. I'm womens portrait and boudoir photographer from New Jersey who works with woman from all over my state, as well as the NYC and Philly areas. I've photographed hundreds of women over the years, and what I've learned is that the smallest details can really push your session to the next level.

Feeling a bit lost in the whole "getting ready" for your boudoir session process? You're not alone! Getting prepared can be tough to do when you're not exactly sure what you'll need. Not only that-- sometimes clients wait till the last minute to prepare for their boudoir shoot, and may not quite know where to even begin! If you're lucky, you may get a bit of help, as some boudoir photographers provide their clients with some guidance in the form of a "prep guide," but many, sadly, do not.

Fear not! I'm here to help. And it's easier than you think. There are a few essentials that every woman should bring along to their boudoir session, many of which you already have.

Boudoir need not be complicated. Your session is about having fun-- so leave the worry behind, and keep it simple. With only a few simple items, you can have the session of the century. ---Everything else is just a bonus.

I've created a list of 6 frequently overlooked items every woman should bring along to their boudoir session. These are some essentials basic items which are the foundation of any boudoir session.

By gathering up these few of these overlooked items, you'll have a great foundation and nothing will be lacking for your session. If you've got extra time and money to bring in all 6 of these? Great! The more the merrier.

Let's take a look at a few of my session essentials...

1. A Cute Pair of Jeans

Jeans, really? Yes, Jeans! One of the most versatile item you can bring along to your boudoir shoot is something you have around home that you use every day-- your favorite jeans! I've had my clients bring jeans with them for years, and with good reason.

Everyone looks good in jeans. Jeans are an item everyone has, and not only that, they really do look great in boudoir photos. Jeans? Yes! Jeans! Jean and a bra, or jeans and a tank are a cute look for photos. They can even be work alone. Get the idea?

They are great for both standing shots, and while laying down. Why are jeans so great in photos? I think they are a familiar item which to which everyone can relate. They are comfy, personable, and when used in the right way-- even sexy.

Bring along those jeans... BUT please leave the "Mom" jeans and the "high waisted" jeans at home.

2. Your Favorite High Heels

Heels are another necessary, but often overlooked boudoir item for your session. Don't have any? See if you can borrow a pair, or head out to your local shoe warehouse and pick up a sexy pair of black heels.

They are great with almost any lingerie outfit-- and even jeans, as we noted above.

High heels are an essential accessory that should not be overlooked when preparing for a boudoir session. Not only do they serve as a timeless symbol of femininity and sensuality, but they also have the unique ability to elevate the overall aesthetic of your photographs.

By elongating your legs, improving your posture, and accentuating your curves, high heels can help create the illusion of a more slender and toned physique. Additionally, they can act as a confidence booster, allowing you to channel your inner vixen and embrace your body with unabashed self-assurance.

When selecting the perfect pair of heels for your boudoir session, consider choosing a style that complements your chosen outfits and reflects your personality, ensuring that your images convey an authentic representation of your unique allure.

Heels add the flavor of refinement and sensuality to poses.

3. Fishnet Stockings

boudoir photo of a woman wearing fishnet stockings

Fishnet stockings have come on super strong over the past few years as a boudoir accessory, and with good reason. They are super seductive and when photographed right, can bring your session to a whole new level.

Most women don't have these laying around home (or maybe you do!) but they are an easy purchase these days. I typically have a few pairs in my gear bag for clients, and one of my favorite pairs can be purchased easily on Amazon.

Fishnet stockings are a tantalizing accessory that should not be underestimated when planning your boudoir session. These alluring and intricate garments possess an undeniable appeal that can effortlessly enhance the seductive ambiance of your photoshoot.

Fishnets work wonders by adding depth, texture, and a touch of edginess to your overall look, while simultaneously celebrating your femininity and sensuality. They also have the power to accentuate your legs, making them appear longer and more shapely, thus creating a more captivating visual effect.

When choosing fishnet stockings for your session, consider a style and color that harmonizes with your outfits and reflects your personal tastes, allowing you to confidently express your individuality and inner vixen. Note that these tend to come in multiple hole sizes, typically from small to large-- with, what I've found, no consistency from brand to brand. I tend to stick with the medium and large size holes.