Gentlemen, if you’re reading this, we suggest you jump ahead to the next article, because this one is for the ladies only! We’re sure you’ve heard of it, but you probably don’t know too much about boudoir photoshoots, unless you’ve already done one before. Lucky for you, we’re about to give you the low down on what it is, why you should do one and all those fun details. Don’t let it intimidate you, it’s not just lingerie and bed sheets, it’s about having fun and embracing your inner woman and maybe even getting a fun little present out of it for your groom-to-be!


What is it?

A boudoir session is for any and every woman out there, really bride or not. But it is definitely something that a lot of brides do. Simply put, yes, it’s basically where you pose in lingerie – but there’s so much more to it than that! 


“It can be very tasteful and very sexy at the same time,” said Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir. “It doesn't have to be anything super risqué.”


Why do it?

If you are a bride, there’s no better time to do it! Not only are you probably looking your best, but if you are in need of a gift for your groom on wedding day, this is the perfect idea! Even if you don’t do it as a present for your groom, do it as a present to yourself! There’s no time like the present to embrace yourself and your body. 


When to do it?

If you plan to put the photos into an album for your significant other at the wedding, do it at least six to eight weeks before your wedding day, Critsey told us. That gives you enough time to view the photos after the shoot and choose which ones you want in the album, without feeling rushed. 


It may be tempting to wait a little closer to wedding day, especially if you have stepped up your work out game but resist the urge to wait so that you avoid the stress of having to rush and worry about if it will come in time. 


Where to do it?

There are so many options when it comes to location. It can be in a hotel room, an Airbnb or even your own bedroom. Sometimes, boudoir photographers will even have their own studio you can shoot in. Location will also depend on the styleyou are going for. If you want super lux, find a high end hotel in the city. If you want more low key, your own bedroom is probably the right vibe. 


What to wear?

Well, lingerie, obviously, but dig deeper than that. Think about color and style. Do you want a really sexy black and red themed shoot with garter belts and stockings? Or do you want to go a little more casual sporty with a cute sports bra? 


Critsey suggests thinking outside the box:

“Consider bringing bridal items, like your veil, or maybe the groom’s tux shirt or cufflinks. You can be really creative.”


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About this week’s guest: Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir® works with clients to create beautiful boudoir images. Critsey has been at the forefront of the growing boudoir photography genre for many years. She is the best-selling author of “Boudoir Photography – The Complete Guide to Shooting Intimate Portraits” which is available on Amazon. She’s been published in a long list of magazines and blogs, and featured on national television. Her second boudoir book is due out this year.


Photo Credit: Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir