“I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it” – Marilyn Monroe
Boudoir photography is a fabulous way for any bride-to-be to channel her inner Marilyn while indulging in the pleasure of feeling every inch a woman. Could there be any better gift from bride to groom, guaranteed to spice up a couple’s first night as husband and wife, and to keep the relationship sizzling for many nights to come!? As you might have guessed, a boudoir photo shoot involves wearing a lot less than a wedding gown. A wedding boudoir photography session is also an exciting and self-gratifying experience, allowing a bride to explore and reveal her most feminine and sensual beauty on film. Does the thought of posing naughtily in bridal delicates before a stranger with a camera induce more than the usual dose of pre-wedding butterflies? Not to worry, blushing brides. We’ve got you covered with all the boudoir basics and lingerie loveliness to get your sexy model mojo purring.
The intimate nature of wedding boudoir photography calls for a great match between you and the person behind the camera. If you don’t mesh with your photographer, chances are it will show up in the photos, so perusing several online portfolios of boudoir photographers is a must. Also, consider whether you’d prefer a male or female photographer. Many studios are staffed with all-female photo crews to help ladies feel most at ease while posing provocatively in lacy underthings. When shopping around for photographers ask to see their boudoir portfolio apart from what is posted on their website. You’ll want to ensure the quality of photography is consistently great, and they aren’t just showing you a few lucky shots online. Most importantly, the photographer should be someone you can totally trust to be directed in poses that will be sexy and flattering. Positive and playful artist-client chemistry is bound to develop into breathtaking photos of beautiful you.
Primp and Pamper
Many boudoir photographers offer packages with the convenience of professional make-up and hair styling included. If your chosen photographer doesn’t offer makeup or hair services, request a referral and get it done professionally to look and feel your absolute best before striking a pose. (Of course, you can also go more au naturel and opt for no primping or makeup too!) Do indulge in all the beautification and pampering you can afford, including a mani-pedi, waxing, eyebrow shaping and hair colour touch-up. Keep in mind that your photo session isn’t the best time to experiment with a radical new look, so best to delay getting that purple-streaked punk haircut you’ve always dreamed of until after your photo session. You want to look back at your images in ten years and feel that you look like “you”, rather than a collection of cringe-worthy photos!
Styling the Boudoir Bride
You’ve said “Yes” to your bridal boudoir photog shoot! Now, it’s on to exploring how you’d like to express yourself on camera. Some photographers offer deluxe packages with multiple outfit or ‘costume’ changes; a great option for someone wishing to portray a few different boudoir moods and themes, ranging from the “fresh and innocent bride” to the “smoldering honeymoon siren”. Whatever your chosen aesthetic, you’ll get to indulge in the thrill of lingerie shopping beforehand and come out with some exciting new pieces to add to your repertoire.
If you’re a glam girl, choose a look that’ll flaunt your curves, like the reversible Ursula corset by Dreamgirl, featuring a sexy lace-up back and cleavage-tickling black scalloped lace. Complete the vintage vixen look with thigh-skimming garters and stockings. Check out the rest of the Ursula Collection by Dreamgirl
If you’re eager to show off your amazing abs to the camera, go for a delectable bra and panty set… and don’t forget a string of pearls for draping over your lips and cleavage. The Merlyn Push Up Bra by Change of Scandanavia Lingerie features sultry black European lace overlay on a luxurious fiber with straps that can be criss-crossed at the back. Complete the look with the sinfully sweet String Panties from the Merlyn Collection by Change Of Scandinavia Lingerie.
You may want also want to portray the sultry honeymooning hottie. Seeing you photographed in this delicious Sheer Enticement pleated chiffon babydoll by Dreamgirl with matching thong will make a new hubby delirious with desire. Click here to view this babydoll and thong set in sizes 1X to 4X. Check out the rest of the Sheer Enticement Collection by Dreamgirl.
Capture a boudoir image starring the cheeky bride of his dreams in the Parisian Nights Garter Teddy by Dreamgirl, tailor made for the sexiest bride-to-be. Check out the rest of the Parisian Nights Collection by Dreamgirl.
For a boudoir photo that blends all the radiance of a demure bride with the sensuality of a red hot seductress, include in your shoot the Lace Courtesan Gown And Thong Set by Dreamgirl. This show-stopper is also available as part of the Lace Courtesan Collection in Plus Sizes.
After exploring every sensual, provocative and glamorous side of yourself in front of that lucky lens you’ll need to choose how to reproduce your photos. Today’s bridal boudoir photographers offer everything from luxurious photo books and fine art prints, to digital discs capturing your session.
Whichever medium you choose, a naughty nuptial photo session will not only be the gift of a lifetime for your groom, it’s also an awesome celebration of your gorgeous bod and an amazing pre-wedding gift to yourself!
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Sources and References:
www.kissedbylightphoto.com – Boudoir Bride images