What could wow him more than a few sexy photos of you in a barely-there negligee? There's no question that boudoir shoots are becoming more and more popular among brides-to-be. But as with most romantic gestures, there's a right way and a wrong way to turn him on. WeddingChannel.com breaks down the dos and don'ts you should know before stripping for the camera.
By Amy Eisinger for WeddingChannel.com
Do: Research Your Photographer
Last time we checked, any respectable photographer will ask before posting your boudoir photos on their website. But the fear of having your private photos scattered over Google isn't the only reason you should ask for a portfolio. You also want to check out their style. Boudoir photography can range from very sexy to abstract and artistic. After seeing a portfolio, ask your photographer to walk you through a typical session. Your comfort and privacy should be a top priority.
Don't: Crash Diet
After you've made your appointment, there's no need to suddenly swear off carbs and sweets because you're having photos taken in your Skivvies. Remember -- these photos are just for two people; and we're betting he'll already be impressed just because you did them, which means the only person left is yourself. Rather than focus on the parts of your body that you don't like, concentrate on picking outfits that will play up the parts of your body that you do like. And yes, that means if you love your eyes, tell the photographer you'd like lots of sultry retro-style close-ups on your face.
Do: Make Love to the Camera
Well okay, not literally. What we mean is, do commit yourself to the photo shoot mentally. It's perfectly normal to be nervous before a boudoir shoot (let's face it: we're not all Playboy models for a reason), but once you're there, try to make eye contact with the camera for a few shots.
Don't: Bare Everything
Remember: it's a boudoir shoot not a sex tape. So leave a little to the imagination. That means a shot of you lying on your stomach with some fabric draped over your derriere can be way more sexy than the "full monty." In fact, there's no reason that you ever have to go topless in your shoot -- unless you want to. Half-unbuttoned shirts hanging from your shoulder and stockings on the floor can evoke just as much to the imagination as seeing it all really happen.
Do: Go All Out
Go ahead -- have your hair, nails, and makeup done professionally for the shoot. You'll likely feel sexier with everything done by a pro, and just in case you're a bit nervous on the day of, it'll be less to worry about. Likewise, splurge on a new piece of lingerie (or two) that's just for the shoot. Photos of you in something he's never seen before will help make the photos extra hot.
Don't: Be Corny
Don't pucker up and pout to the camera if that's not your style, and don't go all "bad girl" with leather accessories if you'd never do that in real life. Fake-sexy will only make him think one thing: it's fake. Instead of trying poses mastered by Pamela Anderson, just pose in a way that you think is sexy. Your photographer should also be able to help give some ideas. And start slow -- there's no need to unleash that "come hither" stare in the first shot, just work up to it when you feel comfortable.
Do: Set the Mood
Do something to keep yourself relaxed throughout the shoot. Bring a friend who can make you laugh, if you think that will help ease any tension; have a little champagne (just don't get trashed!); or play some music to help you unwind.
Don't: Go Tanning
Since it's a boudoir shoot, you won't want any unsightly tan lines detracting from an otherwise gorgeous photo. And while this sort of thing can be removed with retouching, it's probably best if you plan ahead and don't go tanning (or if you do, minimize tan lines as much as possible, if you know what we mean). Similarly, on the day of the shoot, avoid wearing any tight undergarments beforehand. You won't want any elastic marks showing on your skin (and those can take a long time to disappear once they're there).
Do: Be Yourself
There's no rule that says boudoir photography has to look like a Victoria's Secret catalog. If you're bedroom style is more oversize button-downs and boy short undies than black velvet and lace, talk to your photographer about ways to make your personal style show through. These days, there are all kinds of themed shoots too: fun and flirty, old Hollywood glam, naughty housewife -- the list goes on. There's probably a theme that will suit your style and keep you comfortable, while still making the photos spicy for your hubby-to-be.
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Photo: Angelica Glass Photography
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