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What to Wear At Your Boudoir Session

What to Wear At Your Boudoir Session

Getting ready for your boudoir session and not sure what to wear? Believe me. It is easier than you think. There are countless ways to feel sexy! If you are feeling overwhelmed by options, here’s the guide to get you started. Choose what is best for you, suit up and get ready to reveal yourself!

Do you have to get naked at a boudoir session? Of course not. Your comfort is key – I?ll take your lead and photograph you in what you bring in or want to choose from our studio wardrobe.


You may already have some amazing things in the back of your closet, the bottom of your drawer or a bag full of recently purchased things. You do not need to follow the list from head to toe. This is a list to generate ideas. Use this to get started. This is your moment to be daring, be bold and have fun! Is there a piece or two you already own that you never have a chance to wear? A gorgeous vintage piece you have been holding onto but never had the opportunity to wear? I will photograph you in whatever you bring. We’ve got a few cool items to add into the mix at the studio.

Having photographed people in and out of their skivvies for a number of years, I have found the following items to be classic, timeless and easy to gather. Think beyond bras and underwear! A boudoir session is the time to reveal the parts of your body you love the most.


Rather than dwell on the things you aren’t happy with, start by listing the parts of your body that you love. It’s those that we want to showcase. Love your legs? Consider patterned tights or thigh highs. Want to showcase your toned stomach? Go for low cut briefs or a cropped top. Have sexy shoulders? Off-the-shoulder, scoop neck shirts look incredible and highlight those features.


This is a fun part of preparing for your boudoir photo shoot. As you begin to collect wardrobe ideas, choose items that you feel great in; fabrics that feel good on your skin and that you feel confident in. Do a trial run. Try on what you are thinking about bringing. Then edit – Fit is critical.

The day before your boudoir shoot, lay out what you are thinking about bringing. Pack up your wardrobe picks, any jewelry, and props you might want to use. Carefully cut tags out of anything that?s coming with you. ?When you arrive, we?ll assemble the looks together.

In addition to the wardrobe you have chosen, put the following items in your bag

  • robe – the place to start if you are feeling modest and they can also be used between looks
  • scarves – for draping, wrapping and twirling against the body, scarves can show your figure without revealing skin
  • portable steamer – I have one at the studio, but if your photographer does not and you will be carrying things over that may get wrinkled, think about bringing one


As you browse, keep top of mind the parts of your body you adore. Accentuate what you love. Boudoir portraits don’t have to show a lot of skin. Boudoir portraits should be about revealing you, not just your body. It’s about so much more about texture, fit, drape and shape than about how much of you body is showing.

This list, though not exhaustive, is a great place to begin.

hips and curves


adore me



lane bryant

agent provocateur

nubian skin

toru & naoko


trashy diva

blush lingerie


Online shopping has its benefits, but in my humble opinion nothing beats actually seeing and feeling a garment before you invest in purchasing it. These Boston shops have helpful, skilled and knowledgeable sales staff who can guide you in finding the right shape and fit for your body.

40 Winks


KM Hudson

Hubba Hubba

STUDIO WARDROBE or my (reasonable) excuse for collecting cool things

Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly gathering items here that are forming the basis of a studio wardrobe. It’s been a fun search, finding beautiful vintage items that will photograph well and will fit multiple body types. How does this fabric drape? How would this robe drape? Who can I put into this vintage tuxedo jacket with tails? The last being an insistent and pressing question.

These are pieces that you can add to items you’ve brought in, or you can create a look with them if it suits you. I also have a slowly growing selection of silk flowers that can become headpieces, flower crowns, or any kind of adornment.

A women posing in bed wearing black lingerie and striped long sleeves.

Boudoir Mood & Style Quiz

It’s not the wardrobe. It’s the mood.

Options for your portrait session can seem overwhelming.

You might not be a lingerie person. And that’s totally ok! We want to help you find the vibe that feels right for you.

Whatever your style is, whatever your comfort level, this quiz helps you find the right look just for you to express yourself. So let’s get this party started!

Photography is a powerful tool for self expression and affirmation