How I Help My Clients Prepare for Their Boudoir Shoot


I know that getting ready for a boudoir shoot, even inquiring about one, can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. For the most part, it's out of our comfort zones. That's why I prepare my clients by offering guidance and information that ensures they feel confident and ready to nail their session!


Personal Consultation:

The experience begins with a phone consultation where I get to know my clients on a deeper level and vice versa. After all, they will be in their undies, posing for a camera!


It's so important that they get to know me and feel comfortable enough to trust me with their boudoir experience. We talk about why they want to do a boudoir shoot, their vision, their comfort level, and any specific preferences they may have. The consultation also helps me tailor the session to their individual needs and ensures that we're on the same page.


Wardrobe Selection:

Wardrobe is always a main topic. Choosing the right wardrobe is key to achieving the look and feel for their boudoir shoot. I always ask if they consider themselves a girly-girl, tomboy, or somewhere in between. 

Also, where they shop is important to know. Knowing this helps me learn their style and create an experience specifically designed for them.


From experience, I believe there are certain outfits to avoid. I offer guidance on what I think will work best and flatter their figure and align with their personal style. I suggest staying away from flowing baby doll outfits. They don't flatter curves.


Bodysuits, white button-down shirt (classic boudoir) or cut-off t-shirt with a cute pair of panties are all "go to" outfits. I also encourage clients to bring at least 5 or 6 pieces, just in case they're not feeling an outfit the day of the session. 


Makeup:

Although not a must, a professional makeup artist (MUA) can elevate the overall look of a boudoir shoot. I work with a very talented MUA who specializes in creating gorgeous looks that range from soft and natural to bold and glamourous. She's also a licensed esthetician and while applying their makeup, she graciously provides skin care tips for my clients.


Posing Guidance:

For many clients, posing in front of the camera can feel uncomfortable. That's where my expertise comes in. During the session, I provide gentle guidance and direction to help my clients feel at ease and confident in their movements. I encourage natural expressions and authentic moments, that ensure each pose captures their unique personality and sensuality.


As my client's cheerleader, I tend to get excited when I see they're starting to feel the vibe during their boudoir shoot. Most of the time it's hard for me not to let out an enthusiastic "Yes!" or give a high-five. So, I warn them in advance that this tends to happen!


Relaxation and Comfort:

Creating a relaxed, comfortable and judgement-free environment is essential for a successful boudoir session. Chocolates, their favorite music, fragrances, satin sheets, fluffy blankets and pillows that feel good next to their skin, are always on hand.


My clients feel safe to express themselves freely, and they know that I have their back. I do whatever it takes to help them feel relaxed and safe and to enjoy the experience.


It's my job and goal to make the boudoir experience enjoyable, empowering, and unforgettable for my clients. Informing them about the process and answering their questions are key. The more they know about how I work and what to expect, the better prepared they are. And then it's on!


-R