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Ultimate Beginners Guide: What Is a Boudoir Photo Shoot



In today’s blog post titled: What is a boudoir photo shoot, we’re going to discuss what is a boudoir shoot, what you need to know about them, and how to prepare before booking a boudoir photoshoot. Consider it the ultimate beginners guide.

Before we get too deep I want to discuss the elephant in the room. That voice of self doubt, concerns of body shape and size, not having “sexy” lingerie, waiting for the right moment or time, and the all-too-common lack of self confidence.

I get it ladies, and gents, I really do. As a boudoir photographer I still, after 16 years, doubt my work at times. I can feel self conscious even sharing certain boudoir photos. I start telling myself I could have done better or be better. Sometimes, that I’m not even good enough and for my own first boudoir photoshoot, I felt and said so many of the same things. Elephant Be Damned!

If you are still on the fence about boudoir photography and still hearing the pesky voice in your head giving you excuses as to why not… I want you to read below as to why you have NOTHING to worry about. Then read further to learn what is a boudoir photo shoot….

Oh and one last thing… read all the way down to view a special boudoir photo gallery I put together for this post.

What Clients Say After A Boudoir Photoshoot

After the boudoir photoshoot I could not wait to see my pictures! I had such a fun experience during my shoot and could not wait to see the results. It’s helped me to feel so much more confident in my own skin. I’m more confident both in the bedroom and in every day life.

Diane P.

I couldn’t wait to see my boudoir pics! I knew Brandy was going to do a fantastic job and she did!!! DEFINITELY do it!!! I think you’ll feel so empowered and ass-kicky.

Laura G.

I was a little shocked looking at my photos… I couldn’t believe that was me! I didn’t do the boudoir photos for anybody but myself! I finally felt comfortable and beautiful rocking my mom bod! Whether you’ve just gotten divorced, you’re single or happily married everybody deserves the chance to feel the way I did with Brandy even if it’s just for one day. That one day will change the way you look at yourself forever!

Jennifer P.

I cannot wait to see her magic unfold, yet again. All of my insecurities melt when I get undressed. She knows where I am self conscious and turns it into something amazing! Please stop waiting, take the plunge. I promise you WILL NOT regret it! Your only regret will be, why did I wait so long to do this?!

Amanda D.

If you’re still on the fence about what is a boudoir photo shoot and it’s right for you, I have hundreds, maybe even thousands, of testimonials, reviews, and emails that all say the same things in similar ways.

What is a boudoir photo shoot?

The definition of Boudoir is; a woman’s private quarters (bedroom). A boudoir photoshoot is a type of photography session that captures photos of the subject (that’s you) in various positions and poses, wearing lingerie or partially nude with material coverage, in a private setting like a bedroom. In the case of brandywine boudoir photography, the subject (that’s you again) would come to my private boudoir studio called House of Boudoir.

What is a boudoir photo shoot? A boudoir photo shoot is a type of photography session that focuses on capturing intimate and sensual portraits of you. The goal is to produce an elegant and tasteful set of images that can make you feel beautiful, confident, and empowered. During the shoot, your photographer (that’s me @brandywine) will collaborate with you to create tasteful photos that capture all the best aspects of your inner and outer beauty.

Boudoir photo shoots are usually done in a cozy setting like a bedroom or studio. The photos will focus on flattering angles that bring out your best features and express the distinctiveness of your identity. In addition to emphasizing body language, lighting and poses, boudoir photographers will often provide wardrobe assistance, helping you choose pieces that flatter your figure and showcase how confident you feel during the shoot. The photo session also provides an opportunity to step back from our everyday lives and indulge in self-care and relaxation.

After the photoshoot, you’ll receive a set of soft edited images (on average about 70 photos total) that will make your confidence soar. Whether you plan to surprise a partner with a set of prints or keep the photos for yourself, boudoir photography allows you to showcase your beauty and share it with pride. By taking time to celebrate who you are, you can create lasting memories and keep inspired by your own power and beauty. Still curious what is a boudoir photo shoot?

What to expect with a boudoir photoshoot.

Expectations for what is a boudoir photo shoot. For the most part a boudoir photoshoot is simple and I’ll provide boudoir photography tips. Here are the top 10 most common things to expect with one of my boudoir photoshoots;

  1. Don’t come hungry. An empty stomach and feeling hungry can be a distraction for everyone. Eat before & I do provide wine or water.
  2. Shower & shave. Make sure you’ve showered and shaved. You want to do your part before arriving. You’ll pay less for professional editing too.
  3. Meet & greets. If we have never meet or spoken much this is the moment we get to know one another. Trust me when I say I’m laid back.
  4. Hair & makeup. Professional hair & makeup done for you by my in-house stylists and cosmetologists. They are some of the best.
  5. Wardrobe selection. I provide for you a collection of lingerie and material. All, sizes, styles & colors. And you can always bring your own.
  6. Room or setting selection. At my studio you select 2 rooms, 5 if you’re booking me for longer. These will be the themes for your photos.
  7. Listen to the photographer. We know what we’re doing. Positions & poses that may seem odd usually end up being some of your best shots.
  8. Relax and let go. This is the time I aim to make you feel like a movie star. After a few camera and lighting adjustments we’ll start to flow.
  9. Talk to me. Let me know what you’re feeling or thinking. I will put you at ease and help guide you to the tigress you want to be.
  10. Glow. Yep, after the photography session you’ll already start feeling a glow and the glow grows once you sit down to see your photos.

Additional info to help better explore what is a boudoir photo shoot

Additional information for what is a boudoir photo shoot. Not all boudoir photographers are created equal. That’s to say I’m good but surely there are far better photographers out in the world. The best way to determine if a boudoir photographer is right for you is view their work and read their reviews. Search google for boudoir photos and sift through the search results and image results.

Reviews are a dead giveaway. Low star ratings and unhappy clients (within reason) are a sure sign you may be in for trouble later. You can view Brandywine Photography Reviews here to get an idea of what they should look like.

When considering a boudoir photoshoot think about the audience of the photographs. Before you get self conscious, I’m here to tell you there’s not a single man, or many women for this matter, that are EVER going to think your boudoir photos are bad… even with a sh*tty photographer. In fact, and more often than not, they will drool and look on in shock.

So when you consider your audience consider the types of positions and poses that will really drive home the point lol. Maybe the photos are just for you and your confidence and you may decide to share with a special someone some time later. Or you are wanting to recapture that special person’s lust and boudoir photography will surely do that. I hope the article what is a boudoir photo shoot is helped you better understand what is a boudoir photo shoot. PLEASE feel free to leave a comment and ask any questions you may have.

Commonly asked questions about boudoir photoshoots.

How much does a boudoir photo shoot cost?

Boudoir photography cost. The cost of boudoir photography ranges between $300 to $5,000 dollars depending on the photographer. It’s also important to note that not all boudoir photographers offer the same products or services. I charge $500 and you get 70 soft enhanced photos on average.

How much are boudoir photos?

Each boudoir photo can cost between $5 to $20 dollars depending on if they are edited or enhanced by the photographer. I give you unlimited downloads to all photos no extra charges. I charge $20 per photo for professional enhancements.

Are boudoir photos a good idea?

Boudoir photos are a good idea for anyone looking for a confidence boost, to explore something new, and to capture memories for yourself or a loved one.

How to prep for a boudoir photo shoot?

To prepare for a boudoir shoot make sure you eat before, shower and shave, clear you schedule to avoid being late, relax and let go of expectations, and finally enjoy yourself. It’s wise not to drink or consume any drugs beforehand that could impede the photoshoot.

How many outfits for a boudoir photo shoot?

The photography subject should expect at least 2 wardrobe changes with a boudoir photoshoot. Some boudoir photographers provide many outfits to choose from. Other times you are welcome to bring your own outfits.

This boudoir image gallery can give you additional boudoir photo ideas.

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53 responses

  1. MARIA WARREN Avatar

    I can’t wait to see how my shoot goes and see my husband reaction.

  2. Bridget Avatar

    You’re incredibly talented. I love to see how comfortable you make these women feel and how beautiful you portray them ❤️

  3. Allison Whitaker Avatar
    Allison Whitaker

    This was so informative and helpful! I am so impressed by your creativity, professionalism, and skill. I’d love to shoot with you sometime.

  4. Kimberly Hinson Avatar
    Kimberly Hinson

    I loved working with brandy for my pin up shoot. She was very professional and made me feel comfortable. Being plus size that is off the upmost importance.

  5. Heather Avatar

    I always look forward to seeing your work. You are so talented. I look forward to working with you in the future. 🙂

  6. Meghan Dalton Avatar
    Meghan Dalton

    These photos are beautiful! She does such a great job bring the entire setting to life!

  7. Latosha Casini Avatar
    Latosha Casini

    I’ve done 3 shoots with Brandy so far-2 pin up and a family shoot Michael Myers style. She makes you feel so comfortable and ALL the pictures have been amazing! Best family shoot Ive ever done! Can’t wait to do a couples budoir session with my partner 🔥🤤. I accidentally deleted my pin up photos a year later and she was able to email them to me again, over a year later, almost immediately after I emailed her. Best photographer ever!!!!

  8. Amber Clement Avatar
    Amber Clement

    This will make you feel truly amazing!!! and just a completely confidence booster!!

  9. Nikki Scruggs Avatar
    Nikki Scruggs

    Her work is amazing. She makes you feel very comfortable!

  10. Amber McAfee Avatar
    Amber McAfee

    Never had the pleasure of being Brandys Client but I’ve been a fan of all her work for years and after a life changing weight loss I’m looking forward to finally taking the leap and booking a appt soon!

  11. T Love Avatar
    T Love

    Can’t wait to book a shoot .. had to go with someone else a few years back because Brandywine was booked ..

  12. MARIA WARREN Avatar

    Love reading the comments. And makes me more excited to do something outside of my comfort zone.

  13. MARIA WARREN Avatar

    My date is getting closer. Can’t wait even though I am still very nervous.

  14. Jessica Gearhart Avatar
    Jessica Gearhart

    The experience truly changes the way you look at yourself! Brandy puts your doubts at ease. Can’t wait to do it again!

  15. Jessica Gearhart Avatar
    Jessica Gearhart

    You have such an incredible talent! You make all your clients feel comfortable and beautiful. It was a true pleasure working with you for both of my sessions!

  16. Amanda Asmar Avatar
    Amanda Asmar

    Excited for this!

  17. Kim Privette Avatar
    Kim Privette

    I’ve been wanting to do this for so long. I want to be just a little more happy with my body before I commit but it’s close.

  18. Erica Powell Avatar
    Erica Powell

    Brandy makes you feel so comfortable. Go in with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed.

  19. Alisha Savage Avatar
    Alisha Savage

    A photo shoot with Brandy is something everyone needs to do! Such an uplifting, powerful and eye opening session! I had never felt so good about myself as I did after my boudoir shoot! Went in full of self doubt and left feeling like a whole new woman! Thank you Brandy for what you do!

  20. Meredith Kiser Avatar
    Meredith Kiser

    This is such a fun, empowering, and sexy thing to be a part of. I can’t wait to book at the new location.

  21. Rachael Hyder Avatar
    Rachael Hyder

    I pray things work in my favor so I’m able to have Brandy be my photographer. She is so talented!! These are amazing photos!!

  22. Jessica Avatar

    I’ve done 2 shoots with brandy now and both were awesome experiences and totally addicting! I can’t wait to do another shoot with her! It’s such a confidence booster. She’s an amazing and talented artist!

  23. Juli Avatar

    I think you’ve given a lot of good information for someone looking to try it out. Your price points seem to be reasonable as well for the vast majority. Love the work and the reviews by women you’ve worked with. Congratulations on your new location.

  24. Taryn Lynch Avatar
    Taryn Lynch

    I have done a boudoir shoot before but not with Brandy. I want to so bad! This explanation would have been so helpful before my last one. (The picture we’re not as good as I was hoping for) I’m trying to plan one for my husband and my anniversary in June. I cannot wait!

  25. Sherry Wyatt Avatar
    Sherry Wyatt

    I have never done anything like this, but have wanted to for the longest time! I’ve been eyeballing Brandywine Photography for the longest time and have never committed to a session! Her photos are always done so tastefully and professional! Always beautiful pictures!

  26. Brittany Banner Avatar
    Brittany Banner


  27. Margaret Lawrence Avatar
    Margaret Lawrence

    I can’t say enough about Brandy. She is professional and absolutely knows how to make you feel sexy. No matter your size or confidence level. If you are on the fence about getting a boudoir shoot done, pull that trigger and treat your self!!! I do these shoots for me. It’s an experience from start to finish.
    Plus Brandy is super sweet and sexy!!

  28. Tina Kirby Avatar
    Tina Kirby

    That first time is nerve racking but once you get through the first few photos, your nerves start to fade. Having photos done by Brandy is like eating chips, you can’t just do one lol

  29. Crystal M Avatar
    Crystal M

    I hope to one day get the chance to work with you

  30. Jonnie Harvey Avatar
    Jonnie Harvey

    I canNOT wait for my appointment in March!

  31. TJC Avatar

    On todays episode of things I’d never thought I’d do, I give you the couple shoot. It was an amazing experience with my beautiful wife! Brandy did an awesome job and is very professional!

  32. Tori lee Avatar
    Tori lee

    So want to do this. I’m going to soon. If I win a chance or if I have to beg my husband

  33. Samantha Smith Avatar
    Samantha Smith

    So excited about this!!

  34. Allison Hinson Avatar
    Allison Hinson

    I have never had a shoot but by looking at Brandy’s work, she captures beauty in every shot she takes! I have always wanted to do this!

  35. Angie B. Avatar
    Angie B.

    If you haven’t done a boudoir/ pin up shoot with Brandy yet I highly suggest it! It’s so fun and she makes you feel very comfortable and that’s coming from an introverted gal here lol. And if I can do it anyone can lol. I will say a few glasses of wine helped me relax more. Ha! And my husband loved all my poses! It was well worth it. And I’ve done 4 sessions through the years. My last was 2020 for my gift to my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary. Must say he loved them and I shocked him at the same time! He said best gift ever which was music to my ears. So ladies go for it. You will not regret! Brandy knows how to pose you and I also let her know which body part my man loves the most. Pictures turned out GREAT!! Can’t wait to do another session!! My husband says he can NEVER have too many pictures of ME!!

  36. Ivy Jacqueline Henrickson Avatar
    Ivy Jacqueline Henrickson

    Definitely new to this all but want to feel like my old, confident self again! Praying I win this giveaway! 😩🥰🖤

  37. Crystal Pratt Avatar
    Crystal Pratt

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful

  38. Kimmie K Avatar
    Kimmie K

    The info about getting ready for a shoot is very helpful!

  39. Brandy Ross Avatar
    Brandy Ross

    Amazing work! Brandy’s ability to instruct and make you feel comfortable doesn’t go unnoticed. I can share first hand that the confidence boost that comes from boudoir photos by Brandy is out of this world!

  40. Brittany Banner Avatar
    Brittany Banner

    You are so unique and beautiful. Your work is one of the best around! The experience of shooting with you is amazing. You are so talented and have so much to offer! I cannot wait to return in your new location!

  41. Samantha Clanton Avatar

    These are just beautiful. Cant wait to book an appointment

  42. Collette Scruggs Avatar
    Collette Scruggs

    I so want the opportunity to do a photoshoot

  43. Dana S Avatar
    Dana S

    Even at what I considered my worst look, Brandy helped me feel like a hot vixen. She would share photos on the camera during the shoot and was constantly giving encouragment and helped me feel comfortable and sexy. Even if it is for just a few short hours, the feeling lasts much longer. Looking forward to another shoot very soon!

    1. MARIA WARREN Avatar

      Comments like her past clients like you make are helping me get more excited about my first session.

  44. Celia Worley Avatar
    Celia Worley

    I absolutely love your work and cannot wait for you to help me feel beautiful!!!

  45. Meghan Dalton Avatar
    Meghan Dalton

    I love the confidence she brings to all of her clients. Looking forwArd to doing this in the furture.

  46. Heather Quillen Avatar
    Heather Quillen

    ❤️ It would be awesome to eventually get to book an appointment! Definitely on my list of must haves.

  47. Hannah Webb Avatar
    Hannah Webb

    I highly recommend choosing Brandy as your boudoir and pin-up photography. I have been following her work for years and finally scheduled my first boudoir session about 6 years ago and have tried to do one a year since. She makes you feel so comfortable and the nerves just slip away! I have done boudoir, pin-up, family sessions with her. She even photographed our vow renewal last year. I always walk away feeling beautiful and full of confidence. Tip: Try not to cheese the entire time from being so excited and happy, practice your RBF haha Can’t wait for my next session!

    1. MARIA WARREN Avatar

      Thank you for your comment. I love reading what others say as I have my first session coming up.

  48. Tina Avatar

    Empowering. Can’t wait to do it again!

    1. MARIA WARREN Avatar

      All the comments from past clients makes me feel excited.

  49. Tori lee Avatar
    Tori lee

    I have never been more excited about something. I really truly want to experience this. I had the opportunity once before but due to finals in college I couldn’t go. I will never miss that opportunity again. That’s for sure. I

  50. Brandywine Avatar

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