Your 8 Step Guide to Getting Boudoir Photoshoot Ready

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Working as a boudoir photographer here at Chelsey Luren Portraits is something I am so grateful for. To have women completely trust me to capture timeless, intimate photographs that they will cherish for the rest of their lives, is, well, an overwhelming honour to be honest. I absolutely love what I do for the women I work with.

A big part of why I have been able to build that trust with my clients is largely due to my type A personality (Read: I make sure that you are prepared in Every. Possible. Way.).

To make sure you not only feel relaxed going into your boudoir photoshoot, but can get the most out of this experience that every woman needs to have at least once in her life, let's answer this question: 

How do I prepare for my boudoir session? Is there anything I should do beforehand?

Here is my '8 Step Guide to Getting Boudoir Photoshoot Ready', to get you fully prepped for your session!

1.) Hydrate

Regularly drinking enough water in general is important, but this is something that deserves extra thought prior to your photoshoot. Staying well hydrated not photographs wonderfully by giving you a healthy glow, it will give you the energy you need for your photoshoot experience. Increase the amount of water you drink at least 1 week prior to your boudoir session. 

2.) Beauty sleep

I don't know about you, but I tend to be a bit cranky when I'm sleep deprived. That mood is the last way you want to enter into an experience that is SO MUCH FUN! 

Getting solid sleep before your shoot will also ease up puffy eyes and dark under eye circles. And much the same to number one on this list, it will give you the energy you need to rock your shoot. Aim to get 2 nights of good sleep prior to your boudoir shoot. 

3.) Manicure and pedicure

Your fingers and toes will be in a significant number of images. The little things are what make the difference between an okay image and a great one, so make sure that your nails are painted without chips. Not only will you be seeing your mani for the next 20, 30, 40+ years in your portraits, but having a mani and pedi done is a great way to pamper yourself before your boudoir session.

4.) Pick your outfits

In an hour long session, there is usually enough time for 5-6 outfits. There are so many directions that you can go for outfits. From a cozy sweater with cute undies, to a corset and garter belt, to wearing nothing but sheets, all are completely acceptable. But the best answer to the question of lingerie and boudoir outfits is this: 

Choose what makes your feel beautiful.

5.) Pack your bag

Being well prepared helps to keep you relaxed the day of and ensures that you don’t forget your all of your favourite lingerie, those cute stilettos you need an excuse to wear, or the jewellery your husband bought you for your anniversary. Do this 1-2 days before your session.

6.) Boost body image

It's time to stop hating your body for all the things it's not, and loving it for what it is. Sure, there are things we're always going to not feel completely in love with, but let's celebrate the parts of us that we love. In the weeks leading up to your boudoir photoshoot, spend time boosting your body image through self care and realize that you are absolutely stunning

For an in-depth guide on how to do this, download your free copy of my eBook here.


7.) Hair and makeup

Makeup for photoshoots is done differently than everyday makeup, which is why all of our boudoir sessions include professional makeup. Camera makeup translates differently than everyday makeup and ensures that all of your favourite features are highlighted, emphasized and not lost on camera.

Decide on the look you want for yourself and come prepared with a photograph for our stylist so that they are able to recreate the exact look you want. The best part of all of this is that it allows you time for a breather before your session and to feel spoiled and cared for for the day! 

8.) Relax! 

Your boudoir portrait session is an event that doesn't happen everyday, so make sure that you get the most out of it! Give yourself extra time to get to the studio, have a leisurely breakfast and/or lunch (depending on your session time), and take a moment to get breathe. Being relaxed and grounded will make sure that you get the most out of your session and really enjoy yourself.

And there you have it! My "8 Step Guide to Getting Boudoir Photoshoot Ready".

Was there anything that you felt was glaringly missing from this list? What item helped you most in getting prepared for your photoshoot session?

I would love to hear from you and see what you felt made the most impact for yourself!

If you haven't had a session with Chelsey Luren Portraits yet, what are you waiting for? Book your free boudoir consultation today by emailing

XOXO, Chelsey

Hair and Makeup by: Kristin Esson of Pretty Please XOX


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