Updated: Jun 11, 2019
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" 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 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 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 items, you'll have a great foundation and nothing will be lacking for your session. Got extra time and money to bring in a few more after you've rounded these up? Great!
Let's take a look at a few of my session essentials...
Jeans, really? Yes, Jeans! One of the most versatile item you can bring along to your session 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.
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.
Heels are another necessary 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.
Heels add the flavor of refinement and sensuality to poses.
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.