Boudoir photography is a fun way to capture sexy, yet elegant images. To create images that reflect a client’s intimate and sensual sides, here are tips on nailing boudoir photos that you and your clients will love.
When taking boudoir photos, lighting, composition, and poses are used to highlight the features, mood, facial expressions, and angles of the subject.
Here are 7 tips When you take boudoir photos, your customers will feel like a million dollars.
1. Communicate with the customer
Because of the intimacy of the setup, it is important that you connect with customers to make them feel more comfortable. This is vital both before and during the session!
Proper communication prior to the shoot can help you get to know the client better and become more aware of the uncertainties they may have in the session. While filming, the last thing you want is awkward silence when taking photos of someone half-naked in front of you. So it is very helpful here to ask a few simple questions.
Here are some questions to ask before the session:
- What do you love most about your body?
- What kind of outfits do you plan to bring?
- What is your favorite music that gets you going?
- Are there any props you’d like to include?
- Who are you doing this session for (yourself, someone significant, etc.)?
Here are questions to ask while filming:
- Do you have a preferred site? (This will play a big part in how you portray them, which we talk about below.)
- Which lingerie are you most looking forward to?
- What are you going to do with these photos?
Find the balance between the client’s needs and limitations. Knowing these details can help you brainstorm the right strategy to move forward.
2. Perform the posing
Some people can pose naturally while others need help. For this reason, knowing how to handle certain body parts is crucial for photographers.
You can help clients achieve attractive poses by using the arms and legs of the subject to create shapes or symmetry. Remember, posing doesn’t have to be over the top. It is important that the customer feels natural and self-confident.
Make sure you check for distortion as parts of the body closer to the camera may be more highlighted.
One of the best ways to help your client feel great is to ask them this question before you even start shooting: “Do you have a preferred side of you that you love?Often times, women have one side of their face and body that they like more than the other. If you can find this out right away, you can adjust the poses to highlight that side.
3. Play music
Before the shoot, ask your client about their favorite music (along with some favorite songs) and create a personalized playlist for them based on their preferences. Music can give you a range of feelings, and playing pieces of music that your clients love is a great way to make them feel comfortable and relaxed during the session.
It’s also very easy to ask your client to dance during certain songs so you can catch some fun candids.
Here’s the key though – if you’re not familiar with your favorite music, take your time and listen to some of the songs! That way you can sing along while the music is playing, and your client won’t feel like they’re the only person playing the music.
4th Fix hair and wardrobe disorders
If you’re used to doing other types of meetings like weddings or even family reunions, you’ve likely heard customers asking you for Photoshop fly hair or a random bra strap.
When it comes to boudoir shoots, such requests are usually made much more frequently. This is usually because there is only one main topic to consider. When you don’t wear a lot of clothing, it’s easier to point out perceived imperfections.
So don’t be afraid to actively tell your customer to fix some of their lingerie or move a piece of hair out of the way. Be overly critical when it comes to these items because if you don’t post them, chances are your customer will! This will help you save time, especially when editing.
5. Use the correct lenses
Your lens choices can affect or affect the boudoir photo shoot. As a rule of thumb, when in doubt, use a 50mm or 85mm lens. These have minimal distortion and create a nice bokeh, especially if you are shooting at f / 1.4 or f / 1.8.
If you are using something wider than 50mm (e.g. 35mm or a larger area for a zoom lens like 24-70mm), You have to pay close attention to where you position your customer in the frame.
With such lenses, distortion occurs at the edges of the frame, which, depending on the positioning of the subject, can work both to your advantage and to your disadvantage. A wide angle can help give the illusion that your subject has long, flattering legs, but it can also completely distort her face and make her look awkward.
6th Start with clothes on
For most clients, this is their first boudoir session. If you start filming by asking them to strip down to their underwear, they can be extremely nervous! Your goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe. So try to start the shoot by letting her wear her least revealing lingerie.
This will give them time to warm up, get to know you a little, and be comfortable showing some skin. Use this time to teach them some basic poses that can be used throughout the session instead of trying to explain complex poses while they have little to nothing to do.
7th Get the details
While capturing full body photos of women is great when taking boudoir photos, take the time to capture the details. If your customer ordered an album, these close-ups can help tell a more robust and complete story.
From intricate lace details to a bra strap falling off her shoulder to pulling off a piece of clothing, these are all photos that can bring focus on something other than her face. Taking detailed photos is another way to make your client feel more comfortable in front of the camera as they don’t have to worry about their face in the frame.
Bonus tip: Take your own boudoir photos
To nail down your clients’ boudoir photos, practice by taking boudoir photos of yourself! If you are a man it is easy to adapt by practicing self-portraits. This way, you can experience what your client might feel when in front of the camera, and you can practice different poses and find flattering angles.
Whether you are a newbie or a seasonal boudoir photographer, attend a boudoir session with a positive attitude, openness and creativity to make your clients feel comfortable and look their best.