Updated: Jun 16
Warning: This post is about boudoir props of an erotic nature.
Well, that title is an attention grabber! Have you been looking for some boudoir prop ideas for your upcoming session? Great! Boudoir poses and props certainly do go hand and hand. I've photographed tons of boudoir sessions over the years, and I've seen just about everything you could imagine someone would bring in to a session...and then some!
I definitely have fun during my sessions. The exciting part of being a boudoir photographer is you never really know what direction a boudoir photo shoot is going to go! Even though most clients will discuss their plans with me, occasionally clients have a certain idea in mind, and don't bring it up until session day. It's not unusual at this point to receive requests to shoot with certain props the client has brought along... but maybe were a bit hesitant to ask about at first.
Props aren't necessary for a successful session, but they can add a bit of fun. A boudoir photo shoot can go from start to end with only a few bra and undie sets-- without any props, and turn out super cute. I don't keep statistics, but I'd have to say clients are bringing in more and more items to include in their photos. Props, when used properly, will notch up the impact of a photo. What are some common props?
When you think boudoir props you may think along the lines of your husband's favorite sports jersey or even his necktie-- and you wouldn't be wrong. There is a new sexier breed of boudoir out there today and woman have been notching up their prop game filling their albums with amazingly sexy boudoir poses. It's been a fun past few years!
I understand these sexy props aren't for everyone, but there certainly is an increase in these items popping up an sessions, and why not? They're cute fun.
Here are some of the sexy props which have been walking through the doors lately and windup up in albums.
Sexy Boudoir Prop 1: Restraints
I see more styles of rope restraints and wrist & ankle restraints being brought into sessions over the past few years. So much so, that they've moved a bit more into the mainstream of props. Tying people up has become, umm, a bit normal. Restraints definitely add a bit of spice to your session, and are great fun. Tying up wrists behind the back adds a bit of tantalizing fun to your session. Have you been thinking about this idea? You wouldn't be alone.
Lately, I even have couples bringing in complete sets of bed restraints-- the kind that attach to all fours posts of the bed. Restraining your partner definitely leads to to couples shots on the wild side. Great fun.
Sexy Boudoir Prop 2: Sexy Heels
Kick your heels in the air, and wave them like you just don't care. Your shoes may not wind up in every shot, but they definitely add a sexy edge to certain poses. Cute shoes certainly send a message and are a "must bring" to every boudoir session.
Shoes have been a boudoir staple for years-- and they are still going strong. These too, have been notched up by clients a bit over the past few years. Heels are great for all poses: laying, standing and sitting. Many clients now want the sexy red bottoms of their heels to make an appearance in their albums, as well.
This is a "must bring" accessory for your session.
Sexy Boudoir Prop 3: Handcuffs
Ahhh, good old handcuffs. Furry, or otherwise, I love handcuffs. I guess they are a kind of restraint, as listed above, but I think handcuffs have their own special place in boudoir. Behind the back...behind the head... or even to a bedpost-- they certainly add a bit of naughty fun to a shot.
Whether used solo, or in a couples session, they are fun to photograph.
Pro tip: Make sure your key works (test it!) before locking yourself down.
Sexy Boudoir Prop 4: Vibrator
Hey people, what's the sound? Something really buzzy's going 'round. A vibrator adds some zazzy fun to a boudoir session, and over the past few years this prop really has grown steadily in popularity. They're not just for your hiding in your night table any more!
Boudoir is a view into a women's private world, and this prop can really can make those intimate shots sizzle. It may not be for every client, but for those who want their boudoir photos a bit more on the erotic side, vibes can turn the heat up on your session.
Typically, its just used as a prop in a bit of a playful manner, but I've had couples sessions and BFF sessions where live ammo was used to capture some true moments of passion.
Sexy Boudoir Prop 5: Booty Plug
A little bit of jewelry for you booty. I suspect that with the rise of the "booty" in social media over the past few years, this part of the body has become more of focus. Booty plugs aren't what they used to be-- They have been reinvented with cute jeweled shapes such as hearts and diamonds and come in a variety of colors accented with stainless steel.
You see something once, and don't think much of it, but when it pops up again you think there may be something new going on here. These little gems popped up a few years ago have made appearances in both couples and regular boudoir sessions. Featured in standing shots with sexy stockings, or in laying down shots, these glittery accessory can really take your standard every-day style boudoir booty pose and take it up to the next level.
While definitely not a prop on most peoples list, for the booty fan this can be just the right accent piece for an amazing boudoir pose.
Sexy Boudoir Prop 6: Your BFF
Although your BFF is not really a "prop," one popular requests is to bring a friend along and share a session or to pose for a few photos together.
Friends have been coming in to share boudoir sessions for years. Why not? It is a fun way to spend an afternoon together. Each has their own photos taken, and each gets their own great photo album to have and share.
Now, more than ever, it's really no surprise when BFFs are looking to take a few shots together, as well. From my experience, when it comes to the BFF shots, well-- you know the saying-- what happens in boudoir, stays in boudoir -- it seems those shots are more for staying between the BFFs than they are for anyone else.
And that's ok!
Sexy Boudoir Prop 7: Vibrating Undies
When it comes to sexy fun-- whether its a couples boudoir session, or a BFF session, vibrating undies are a blast! Back in the day, when I had bridal groups or bachelorette groups come in for a boudoir parties-- well-- some of the ladies were looking for a bit of fun on the wilder side. Somewhere along the lines I came up with the idea of sexy boudoir prop "grab bag."
Each of the ladies would have to pick a prop from the bag, and have to use it during their session. One of the items in the grab bag was a pair of vibrating undies, which always seemed to be a favorite.
I've also used them as a prop in couples sessions. Vibrating undies are also a fun prop for couples who want to spice up their session, as well. They boyfriend/husband can control the remote, while the female partner is trying her best to get through her poses... despite the-- *distraction.*
These were so fun, I started bringing them along all my couples sessions, and keeping them on hand. They've been a hit for years-- Although they can be a bit of a posing distraction.
...Just remember to bring along the batteries!
If you've been thinking about steering your boudoir photos in more of a sexy direction, there may be a few ideas in this post that will make you say hmmmmm. Keep in mind, your should discuss any special prop ideas with your photography to make sure they are on board with your ideas.
Generally, it shouldn't be a problem, but everyone has their way of shooting boudoir. It would be a little awkward breaking out a favorite vibe to do a few sexy shots for your boyfriend and catching your photographer off guard, and not quite sure where things are headed.
If you're not sure how to bring this up-- When searching for a boudoir photographer near you, see if they offer an "erotic" boudoir session. If you don't see anything along those lines listed, it never hurts to send them an email to ask about it and get some feedback. If they are an experienced pro, I'm sure they've heard it all.
If you have any questions regarding boudoir, erotic boudoir, or even sexy props, send me a note. I'm here to help.