"Sexuality is less about the actual act of having pretty good sex...much more about surrounding yourself with an ever simmering sensual energy, pulsing just underneath your daily life and infusing almost everything you do."
~ Sera Beak
Are you hesitant about boudoir? Don't worry, many are. The photography genre is shrouded in rumors and taboos and it doesn't help if a person gets paired with a shady photographer!
Capturing boudoir is always interesting to me because it's as much as encouraging confidence and empowerment in front of and off the camera as it is breaking down these social assumptions and misunderstandings. Boudoir is more than the body and simply being sexy. As an art form, it extends to experience, authenticity, and power. There is so much we are capable of and so much beauty in our being; sometimes it just takes being behind camera and viewing oneself through another's eyes (or lens) to realize it.
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A common misconception when it comes to boudoir photography is what to wear. Clothing is an integral part of our lives, after all, we wear clothes every day. The right outfit can change our mood, boost our confidence, exude authority, or gives us that extra oomph we need for the day- the same goes for boudoir photography. Some are very hesitant just because they think they have to be nude or be in lingerie and that is simply not the case.
Boudoir follows the notion of the quote from the beginning of this post. Boudoir highlights and captures the sensual energy that exists within you (within everyone) that emanates charm, confidence, and command. So how does this relate to looks? Consider the "look" the packaging or icing on the cake that is unstoppable and insurmountable you. When you are having a boudoir photo session done, you want to feel your best and comfortable and that is where your look comes into play. You can do traditional lingerie or delve into cosplay. Here are a few boudoir looks for everyone and anyone to try for their next boudoir photo session.
Photo by Luke Jeremiah
Certainly, you could go nude, but you can also simply wear your favorite nude or color-matching ensemble. As nude works as a neutral color, this look can pair well with any set you want to have your boudoir session in.
Photo by Alexander Jawfox
A cult favorite, the bodysuit, in any style, shoots well. It's simple and classic but can still be jazzed up with different styles. Pair with an elegant coverup or bold jewelry. In this manner, it can work well for those whose tastes are daring to those whose tastes are more modest. It's perfect for creating that beautiful hourglass shape and as the average person tends to have tummy-concerns, this number can fix that up quickly.
The Little Black Dress
Every woman ought to have a little black dress. This is a timeless piece that easily moves between classic and contemporary. It may just be the icon for female sensuality. Put on a bold red lip and red bottoms! This will be an image you want to brag about all the time!
Photo from VOGUE Russia, 2018
The Button Up
This is such a comfy look! A blend of simple, minimalist, and subtle sensuality. Short or oversized, this look is great for my fellow reservationists, homebodies, and introverts. We have so much energy on the inside that is undeniably attractive. The mystery makes this look even more striking.
Photo from Etsy.com
The Silk Slip
A must-have in every dresser. The silk slip is a representation of classic elegance and feminity. The intricate lace detailing and quality of fabric create a touchable texture through the image. This look is popular for maternity and bridal looks and great for creating an elegant and soft look.
Photo from Etsy.com
The Glamorous Robe
Where are my divas?! Whether strutting about daily or bubbling over with passion on the inside, there is no way to not feel fabulous in a large, feather robe. The cool thing about this robe is that it works well anywhere and in any style: inside, outside, black and white, dramatic, classic, daring.
Photo by Cucu Marius-Daniel
The Pajama Set
Many of us love rolling around in our pajamas and you can totally do that in your session. That sensual energy still comes through! Whether it's graphic print as in the photo, a silk pajama set, a cozy cartoon gown- if you can wear it, you can be captured in it.
Photo by Yohann LIBOT
The Boyfriend Borrow
Who doesn't love borrowing their significant other's clothes? Tees, jeans, hoodies, or jerseys, you can wear it all. Not only is it comfortable, but it is also the perfect thing to wear if you want to gift your love with a beautiful custom album or print collection-for their eyes only, of course.
Photo by Cloe Thurlow
This is where you can get loose and fun. Bring in the props and backgrounds. If you love cosplay, have a favorite book, movie, or TV series, are obsessed with a certain game, or have an interesting hobby, you can incorporate it into your shoot. Along with Star Wars, a favorite one I've seen is Harry Potter.
Photo from VOGUE Italia
Go back in time with a vintage or historic look. This is another timeless look that is perfect for history buffs, historical fiction lovers, period enthusiasts, and fashion icon lovers.
Do you think there are more looks that can be fitted onto this list or would you try any of these looks out? Let us know! We'd love to hear how you would plan your look!
Photo by Adnarim93 Creative
Are you ready to try out one of these looks in your very own boudoir photography session? Send a message to start designing your session or learn more about boudoir photography with Adnarim93 Creative in our exclusive boudoir space, Lady Muse.