So, you’ve decided to do a boudoir shoot after all. To be sure you make the most of your time (and your money!), here are a few simple tips to get the most out of your experience!


1. Do your photographer research

Research your photographers and make sure that you choose somebody that fits your style. It's just like picking any vendor for your wedding day, really. You want to get to know them a little, look at all their photos, read their website and really check everything out because if you click with them or not will make a difference on the kind of product you get. 


“If you use your wedding photographer, make sure they have experience with boudoir,” said Critsey Rowe of Couture Boudoir. “Only because it is a little tricky, you definitely have to pose women to be the most flattering. Look at their work and make sure it fits what you are looking for.” 


Especially for a boudoir shoot, you really want to feel comfortable with them because you're definitely putting yourself out there a little bit!


2. Do it early

You already know that six to eight weeks out before the wedding day is the sweet spot to do the sessions, assuming you want to make the photos into an album for a wedding day gift. But, the earlier the better. That will give you as much time as possible to look through pictures and put together an album without feeling stressed.


“Most of my clients do an album because that’s the gift that they give,” Critsey said. “We call it a little black book. It’s the last little black book he is ever going to want. It’s just something sweet to wrap up and give to him.”


3. Pamper yourself with hair and makeup 

Most women who do a boudoir shoot will have their hair and makeup done for the session; some boudoir photoshoot packages will even include the extra pampering! Also, telling your significant other you have a “hair and makeup trial” is a great excuse for secretly spending the day in a photoshoot and they won’t think twice when you actually show up at home with your hair and makeup done!


4. Loosen Up

Bring some champagne or some wine and have a little bit to calm your nerves. Play your favorite playlist in the background or bring a friend to cheer you on. Do whatever you think will help you relax and don’t scare yourself out of it! Typically, after the first 15 minutes of shooting, you are completely relaxed and have a great time because you see how easy it is to be yourself.


5. Get Inspired

Just like with anything for your wedding – flowers, dresscolors– you want to have some inspiration for what you are looking for in the end product. It’s time to put that Victoria Secret catalogue to use and start flipping through it for inspiration. As usual, Pinterest is also a good source for outfit and pose inspiration.


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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