A boudoir session is a great time for dress up.


To Wear, Or Not Wear:

Sexy doesn't necessarily always mean less clothing...  As a matter of fact, some of my all-time clients favorite shots are portraits!  Clothing, lingerie, or implied nudity can all be sexy.  


The biggest topic of discussion I have with my clients is wardrobe.  The simple key is to plan your boudoir outfits around your comfort level.  Bring old favorites you already own.  Hit the lingerie shop and pick up a new piece.  Whatever the strategy:  the goal is to wear items that make you feel beautiful.  You'll look sexiest when you feel confident.  


I do not shoot with a time limit.  We are free to switch outfits during your session as desired, or needed.  You are welcome to bring as many items as you wish to haul along on your session day.  Once in a while, an item may seem like a good idea, and may not photograph so well, so its always great to have a few backups on hand.  Changing outfits is fast and easy, so trying something new just takes a few minutes.


My clients will receive a comprehensive Prep Guide upon booking that contains lots of great ideas & tips-- both simple, and down-right sexy.  For those of your doing some boudoir research, here are a few guidelines--


Dress it up


You may like starting the session wearing a cocktail, or other fitted dress.   Paired with some great heels...what's not to like?  Fitted clothes are best when you are photographed.  I prefer starting your photo session in this type of outfit.  I recommend you bring along a fitted dress.  


Casual Attire


A simple white tank top can be the hottest thing you own.  Sheer tops.  Pajamas.  Pajama bottoms paired with a bra.  If you are doing your photos as a gift:  His tie, sports jersey, or uniform.  One of the most popular looks is a mans white button down shirt.  I can shoot that simple outfit in a hundred ways.  What about your favorite jeans?  Paired with a bra, or photographed slightly unbuttoned...  now you're getting the idea!


Bra Sets


Probably the "must have" boudoir outfit of any session is the bra set.  Who doesn't own lots?  Bring your favorites, or pick up something new.  Opt for lacy, and leave your t-shirt bras & casuals at home.  




I know not everyone is a lingerie person.  The great thing about a Boudoir shoot is that its your chance to dress up.  That corset you bought for that special occasion?  Now is the time to break it out of the closet.  The same for garters and stockings.  A vintage slip or cami.  They all fit really well in a Boudoir shoot.  As you know, lingerie can range from demure to sultry, to down-right en fuego, and can lead to some undoubtedly sexy photos.  So bring what suits your mood!


Vintage Wear


I am a big fan of vintage.  I really need to start making a collection to share for shoots.  If you have anything vintage... please bring it.  A vintage slip or cami.  Tulle skirts.  Sheers-  such as bed shirts.  It's all very romantic, and although you may not be walking around wearing sheer as daily routine, it seems to be one of those things that works in photos.




Accessories are important!  I've seen them all, so Ill pass a few ideas along to you:  stilettos, thigh-boots (ouch!)  Scarves.  Jewelry. Pearls.  Fishnets.  Thigh highs.  Garters.  Necklaces--  OK, I'm going to stop here for a second.  Please bring a few long necklaces.  They are a must.    


"Under The Sheets"


Lots of women like to shoot photos "under the sheets" to give the look of "implied" nudity.  If you are planning on shooting in this fashion, please bring a nude g-string if you are not comfortable being nude.  It can be removed in editing and will give you the appearance of being nude in your "under the sheets" shots.




...and oh, by the way


Tags.  Please removes tags from your underwear and lingerie.  Tags are not sexy.


Mani-Pedi.  Do it. Get your nails done before your shoot.


Deodorant.  Yeow.  Big white patches under your arms are definitely not a good look (and not easy for me to fix.)


Don't overdo it with tanning.  Sunburn is not a good look, and cannot be fixed.


Do not wear any body makeup or bronzers.  


Get a good nights sleep the night before.  I can fix a lot of things, but tired isn't one of them.


Mike Cassidy Photography

Toms River, NJ 08753


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