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What To Expect In A Boudoir Session

Updated: May 9

a boudoir photographer and her client

Hi everyone! Are you ready to experience the ultimate indulgence and capture your alluring beauty in an intimate boudoir session? That's probably what brought you to this post. As a boudoir photographer with years of experience, I understand that you may be feeling a mix of emotions and have many questions about what to expect during your session.

In this blog post, I will take you through the details of what to expect from a typical boudoir session, from preparation to the final product. This post is a brief overview... but you'll have a good working knowledge of the boudoir process.

Let's take a look...

Boudoir Session Preparation:

Preparation is the foundation of a successful boudoir session, and investing time in this stage can make a world of difference. To begin, selecting the perfect lingerie is essential. This not only includes finding pieces that suit your personal style but also ones that flatter your body shape and accentuate your unique features. Don't shy away from trying on a variety of styles, materials, and colors, as this will help you discover what makes you feel the most confident and sensual.

In addition to lingerie, your makeup and hairstyle play a significant role in the overall look and feel of your boudoir session. It is important to consider the type of makeup that will best enhance your natural beauty while still making you feel comfortable. For hairstyles, think about the image you want to portray – whether it's soft and romantic or bold and daring – and choose a style that aligns with that vision.

To achieve the best possible results, it is highly recommended to collaborate closely with your photographer throughout the preparation process. Sharing your wardrobe ideas, makeup and hairstyle preferences with them in advance will allow for valuable input and guidance. Their expertise will prove invaluable in helping you make the most informed decisions for your session, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Boudoir Preparation is a topic that can easily take up an entire blog post (or two... or three) of its own. For more details on boudoir prep see my post Guide On What To Wear To Your Boudoir Session, 25 Things To Consider Before Your Boudoir Shoot, or from Beautiful You Studios, How To Prepare For A Boudoir Photoshoot. --There are tons of great resources out there, so take advantage.

During the Session:

On the day of your session, you will arrive at the studio or location and be greeted by your photographer. They will help you feel comfortable and relaxed by guiding you through the process and making you feel at ease. Your photographer may also offer some suggestions for poses or props to help you feel more confident and natural in front of the camera.

Boudoir photography sessions are usually done in a private, intimate setting to create a comfortable and safe environment for you. The lighting will be soft and subtle, and the focus will be on capturing your beauty and sensuality in a tasteful and artistic way.

During the session, your photographer will take a variety of shots, including close-ups, full-body shots, and everything in between. They will guide you through each pose and make sure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout the session.

The length of your session will vary from photographer to photographer... but remember, a boudoir session is a bit of an indulgence, so you may be there a few hours.

a boudoir photographer working with a client


Following the session, the photographer's work shifts to selecting and editing the most captivating images from the shoot. This process requires a keen eye for detail and a dedication to refining each photograph, ensuring that every image meets the highest standards of quality. The time it takes to complete this stage can vary (this step can take your photographer a while!), but it is essential to be patient, as the end result will be well worth the wait.

Once the images are ready, the photographer will typically arrange a viewing session with the client or provide an online gallery, depending on the client's preferences and availability. In some cases, clients may have traveled a considerable distance for their boudoir session, making it more practical to offer an online gallery for reviewing their images. This approach ensures that the client has the opportunity to view their stunning photographs at their convenience, regardless of their location.

The viewing session or online gallery serves as the perfect opportunity for the client to appreciate their images and make any final selections. The photographer's expertise will be invaluable in guiding the client through the decision-making process, offering advice on which images would work best for specific products, such as albums or wall art. This collaboration between the client and the photographer ensures that the final products will be a true reflection of the client's unique beauty and personality.

What to Expect in a Boudoir Viewing Session:

During the viewing session, clients can anticipate a carefully curated selection of images that showcase their beauty and sensuality in a tasteful and artistic manner. The photographer will present each image with attention to detail, highlighting the aspects that make each photograph exceptional. This presentation allows the client to fully appreciate the artistry and skill that went into capturing their unique essence.

The photographer will also offer guidance and suggestions on which images would be most suitable for specific products, such as albums or wall art. They may discuss the merits of each image, from composition to emotion, ensuring that the client makes informed decisions regarding their final selections. This collaborative process allows for the creation of a personalized package that not only reflects the client's preferences but also complements the chosen products.

In addition to providing insight on image selection, the photographer will also present information on any additional products or services that the client may find appealing. This could include retouching services, additional prints, or other specialty items. The photographer works closely with the client to tailor a package that meets their needs and budget, ensuring a satisfying and memorable experience from start to finish.

a woman viewing a boudoir album

Final Products:

Once the client has made their final image selections and chosen their desired products, the photographer's focus turns to the meticulous process of retouching and preparing the photographs for printing. This stage involves refining each image, ensuring that every detail is perfect and that the photographs exude the highest level of quality. The final product is a testament to the photographer's skill, the client's unique beauty, and the unforgettable experience of the boudoir session.

The range of final products available can vary, with options including a beautifully designed album that showcases the client's captivating images or a stunning piece of wall art that captures their beauty in a distinctive and artistic way. These tangible mementos serve as a lasting reminder of the empowering and transformative boudoir experience. Clients can look back on these cherished keepsakes and appreciate the confidence and self-love they gained from their intimate session, enjoying their alluring images for years to come.


In conclusion, a boudoir session can be a wonderful and empowering experience that celebrates your beauty and sensuality in a tasteful and artistic way. By taking the time to prepare, relax, and trust your photographer, you can expect to walk away with stunning images that showcase your unique beauty and personality.

Remember, a boudoir session is all about you, and your photographer will work with you every step of the way to create a personalized experience that suits your needs and preferences. Don't be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have; your photographer is there to help you feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire process.

If you're ready to experience the ultimate indulgence and capture your alluring beauty in an intimate boudoir session, contact me today to schedule your consultation. Together, we can create a unique and personalized experience that celebrates your unique beauty and sensuality.

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