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DIY Boudoir Photos: Tips for Capturing Stunning Images at Home

Updated: Apr 8

an attractive woman capturing a DIY boudoir photoshoot

Hello, fellow boudoir enthusiasts! My name is Mike Cassidy, and I'm a professional boudoir photographer who's been capturing the beauty and essence of individuals through my lens for many years. As a passionate advocate for body positivity and self-love, I believe that everyone deserves to feel confident and empowered in their skin.

Boudoir photography is an incredible way to capture this intimate self-expression, and it's become my favorite genres to shoot. I love my job, and I'm known for offering my clients an amazing boudoir photo shoot experience. My clients travel from across the Northeast work with me and can spend $2000+ dollars on their experience. I thought it would be great fun to do a little DIY boudoir photo shoot "How To" so you can get started with some DIY photography right from home!

Now, you might be wondering, "What is a boudoir photoshoot?" Boudoir photography is a sensual and intimate style of portraiture that showcases the beauty and allure of the human form. Typically, sessions feature lingerie or other elegant attire, and these images are intended to evoke a sense of vulnerability, confidence, and romance. Over the years, boudoir photography has gained popularity as a means of celebrating one's body and embracing self-love.

stunning black and white boudoir booty pic

In today's blog post, I'd like to introduce you to the concept of DIY boudoir photos (or boudoir selfies) that you can create at home and get some great images. With the right approach, you can capture stunning images of yourself or a loved one in a comfortable and familiar environment. This not only saves you the cost of hiring a professional photographer but also allows you to explore your creative side and celebrate your unique beauty in a way that feels authentic and personal.

As an experienced boudoir photographer, I'll be sharing my insights, tips, and tricks to help you create a memorable and empowering DIY boudoir photoshoot experience at home. From setting the scene and selecting the perfect wardrobe to mastering the art of posing and capturing the perfect shot, I've got you covered. So, without further ado, let's dive into the world of at-home boudoir photography and discover how you can create stunning images that celebrate the beauty of the human form.

young woman taking a selfie

Setting the Scene

As a seasoned boudoir photographer, I cannot overstate the importance of creating the right atmosphere for your at-home boudoir photography. The environment you choose will not only serve as the backdrop for your stunning images, but it will also significantly impact your level of comfort and confidence in front of the camera. Let's explore how to set the scene and establish the perfect ambience for your intimate photoshoot.

First and foremost, selecting an ideal location within your home is crucial. The key to a successful boudoir shoot is finding a space that's both visually appealing and free from clutter. Typically this is your bed-- but this could also be your bedroom, a cozy corner of your living room, or even an outdoor area if the weather and privacy permit. Remember, the space should be an extension of your personality, evoking a sense of warmth and intimacy that reflects your unique style.

a woman in a DIY boudoir session

Don't you need fancy lights to do this?

Nope. If you're an influencer-type you may have a ring light around...and great, you can use it... but no special gear is required. Natural light (a.k.a. window light) is a boudoir photographer's best friend, as it creates soft, flattering illumination that accentuates the curves and contours of the human form that creates those sexy photos. Natural lighting is my personal favorite!

When scouting for a suitable location, take note of the areas in your home that receive an abundance of natural light throughout the day. Large windows, glass doors, or skylights can be advantageous, providing the perfect lighting conditions for your at-home boudoir session. Diffusing the sunlight with a white curtain or sheers can also help you achieve that dreamy, ethereal effect in your photographs and creates a wonderful flattering lighting.

Creating a comfortable atmosphere is essential for a successful boudoir photoshoot. You want to feel relaxed and at ease, allowing your inner confidence and sensuality to shine through in your shots. To achieve this, consider adjusting the room temperature to ensure you're comfortable in your chosen attire. You may also wish to incorporate scented candles or essential oils to enhance the mood and create a calming environment that puts you at ease.


Visually appealing location. Utilize natural light. Comfortable atmosphere. By carefully considering these factors, you'll be well on your way to capturing stunning boudoir images that truly reflect your unique beauty and personality.

blonde woman posing for boudoir

Styling and Wardrobe

In boudoir photography the right styling and wardrobe choices can make all the difference in capturing breathtaking photos. When it comes to your at-home boudoir photoshoot, selecting the perfect attire and styling elements is crucial for showcasing your unique beauty and personality. Let's delve into some tips and tricks that will help you look and feel your best during your DIY boudoir session.

a woman taking a boudoir photo at home