Unveiling the Magic: Boudoir Shoots 101

by Tonya Wright

Alright, lovelies, let’s strip away the misconceptions and bare it all about boudoir shoots. Is it for you? Spoiler alert: it’s for EVERYBODY. Boudoir is about empowerment, self-love, and embracing your fabulous self. So, grab your favorite drink, settle in, and let’s unravel the secrets of this misunderstood art.

What the Heck is Boudoir Anyway?

Boudoir isn’t just for the OnlyFans crowd – it’s an artistic celebration of you. It’s about feeling confident and sexy. You don’t need a model’s look or a Victoria’s Secret contract. It’s all about you, feeling fantastic, and having a damn good time.

Photographer’s Touch: Choose Wisely

Different photographers, different vibes. Boudoir should always be a safe space where you call the shots. Some aim for the romantic and beautiful; others may crank up the sexy. It’s about YOUR goals and YOUR comfort. Find a photographer who aligns with your vision and makes you feel like a rockstar. Check out their gallery for a hint into their style and what kind of work you can expect.

Who’s Boudoir for Anyway?

Boudoir is the VIP club that welcomes everyone.  It can capture the romance between you and your lover or allow you to shine solo. Whether you’re pregnant, post-baby, gaining or losing weight, engaged, married, freshly single, or just because – there’s always a reason to celebrate. Your images can be just for you or shared with a special someone. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with.

What Goes Down in a Boudoir Sesh?

First rule: bring your ride-or-die. Sure, I’ll be your hype girl, but nothing beats the comfort of your BFF. Champagne, favorite tunes, and lots of laughs – shoots are meant to be a blast. Wear as much or as little as you like. An off-the-shoulder sweater or white t-shirt can be just as sexy as fine lingerie. It’s YOUR comfort zone, and your photographer is there to capture your authentic self.

The Luxe Treatment: Because You Deserve It

Now, let’s talk packages. Standard or Luxe, take your pick. Standard – an hour of fabulousness at your place or a favorite outdoor spot. Luxe – picture a camera-side spa day with finger foods, florals, props, access to my client closet, and professional hair and makeup. We’ll chat beforehand, set the stage, and make sure you step in front of the camera feeling like the badass you are. 

Lastly, a word on privacy

Your photographer should never share your boudoir pictures without your permission. Privacy is extremely important to me, and my tech setup is the way it is so that anything I capture is under lock and key. Always be open and honest with your photographer about what you are and aren’t comfortable capturing or sharing. If you know a boudoir shoot sounds like the thing for you, but you don’t know how to get over the pre-shoot jitters, check out my blog on how to feel confident in front of a camera.

Ready to capture your magic? Let’s chat, plan (this is your invite to get a Pinterest board going), and make this a shoot to remember.  📸💋

Meet the Author

Tonya Wright is a wedding and elopement photographer based in the greater Portland Oregon area – and wherever her passion for photography takes her.

Her photography focuses on authenticity and genuine emotion, steering clear of clichés and awkward poses. To her, when you’re grooving in your comfort zone, with the people you love, doing what you love, everything clicks.

You can follow Tonya on Instagram at @nestandlove