Posing, planning and putting on the right shoes!
I have kind of just sneaked this one in here! ‘Is a SMILE the best makeup a girl can wear??!’ will definitely be next week - I promise - but my Look Book arrived earlier this week and I wanted to show you all what’s in it!
What are you thinking about when considering a boudoir shoot?
Are you expected to run around before a shoot, buying thigh highs and sexy lingerie, that, let's face it, you are more than likely never going to wear again?
Should you 'brave it' and bare all, exposing your 'au natural' beauty?
Is it acceptable to wear your hubby's Superman t-shirt and some cheeky knee high socks?
The answer?? All of the above - and more! Anything goes, because this is YOUR photo shoot - if you want to wear a silky night gown that goes from your chin to your toes - go ahead - do it!
The list of possibilities is endless - there are no set rules of what to wear - wear what makes you feel like a million dollars - wear something that is going to make you feel beautiful - something that is going to put a smile on your face - something that is you! That can even mean sweatpants if you really want to!!
- bra and panties
- one piece lingerie
- a white shirt (especially hubby's for that 'just out of bed' look!)
- a tank top and panties
- topless with jean shorts
- a leather jacket
- a fur coat
- a corset with panties and thigh highs
- a silky nightgown
- a white sheet (draped casually, leaving just a little for the imagination)
- your birthday suit!!
Once you've emptied your closet and thrown the contents of it all over the floor - and finally decided what you are going to wear (3 or 4 outfits) - you may want to consider accessories!
- a long delicate necklace / string of pearls
- flowers for your hair
- a hat
- a veil (adding a bridal theme can be a lovely idea if this is going to be a wedding gift for your hubby-to-be)
- oh, and SHOES!
Another endless list of possibilities.
Wearing jewellery (or something in your hair) can give us something to 'play' with - adjusting your hat or touching your necklace during a pose can provide us with a very natural looking shot.
And - it adds a little bling!
But, if you want to stay 'simple' that is beautiful too.
Or - we can go BIGGER!!
- dirt biking boots and helmet
- snowboard and boots
- an old bicycle with a basket
(all of these have been tried and tested)
- a guitar / violin / cello (I think this would be a fun one)
- ooh, a horse (may I suggest an outdoor shoot for this one though - not the studio)
It's easy to incorporate your passion and interests into a shoot - it's your photo shoot - make it personal.
So…you've packed your lingerie and pearl necklace - and hubby's hockey stick - and you've made it to the studio - YAY!
Now, we 'set the scene' for each outfit!
The studio has lots of space - and LOTS of furniture!
- a bed
- an antinque chaise lounge
- a door frame / wall / closet
- even a fire place, if you want to curl up with a coffee in your ‘sexy’ sweater!
I know how nerve-wrecking boudoir shoots can be - you ask yourself -
What am I expected to do?
Do I have to know posing - how to create a certain expression on demand?
It’s the fear of the unknown because you are saying - “I don’t know how to do any of that!”
It’s all good - I will help you every step of the way - direct you through posing - unless, of course, you are a natural and can totally ‘work’ the camera all on your own (you’d be surprised what can happen when you get into the swing of things!)
And with these few posing tips, you will be doing just that - because now, you know exactly what to do!
Here’s your first little lesson...
Always point your toes, whether you are standing, sitting or laying down - killer heels are super sexy, but bare feet for boudoir is my absolute fave!! - pointing those toes will elongate your legs - making them look like they go on forever (this one’s a good one for a shorty, like me!)
Bend your elbows and knees to create triangles.
Create an ‘S’ shape with your body - drop your front hip (the one closest to the camera) - bend that same knee - and then bring that knee across towards your other leg - twisting at the waist - very slimming!
Holding your shoulders back (no slouching) will make them look thinner - and will elongate your neck.
Let me tell you - you’ll be missing the gym that week - posing is a workout (I’m tired just thinking about these!!) - I’d say it is more fun than a gym though (and less sweaty!)
So, you are getting your workout and totally pulling off the posing - but - where do you look?
I will get you looking at the camera (occasionally) - looking across the room (at your imaginary hubby) - looking out of the window - or down your shoulder - and at your hands.
When looking away from the camera - especially when you are looking down at yourself - it can give a real intimate / feminine feel to the image.
And looking directly at the camera is bold - it shows confidence.
It is always nice to get that variety in one shoot
Should you smile?
I have a little trick up myself to get you laughing - well firstly, you’ll look at me strange - then you’ll probably laugh at me, in sympathy - which will then make you laugh again, genuinely - and then you will smile!
I simply tell you to - LAUGH!! It actually works - everytime!
Sometimes, even those in between shots are the winners!!
Should you try for a serious look?
Yes! Variety is good! (just no duck faces!! - please!)
This is actually a simple one...
Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth - that’s it!
By doing this, your lips will naturally part on your breathe out (and now I am sat here typing and breathing in and out in an exaggerated manner - you are too, aren’t you??!)
Gasping also works!
Thoughts are also helpful!
Think of that thing that makes you laugh - and you will laugh - or at least smile :)
Think of your hubby - whispering sweet nothings into your ear - hehe, blushing??
Think of your hubby (again) - undressing himself - undressing you - slowly - now we’re talking!!
Memories trigger certain emotions - and expressions - that we can most definitely use to our advantage - for that ‘oh so natural’ look!
Oooh, I just thought of another posing tip...
Putting your tongue to the roof of your mouth will make your...relaxed chin (hehe) disappear!!
How ready are you now??
You should be feeling confident - and ready to get your beauty on!!
There's lots of boudoir photography options available, all of which can be custom made just for you - check out my packages and pricing here.
CREDITS: Justina Green (model) - Megan Julie (model) - Shae-Lynn Jastrzebski (model) - Jess kollesavich (Clean Slate Hair & Beauty) - Jennifer Banda (JB Makeup Artistry) - Dark Knits Boutique (corsets)
If you'd like to see the exterior of this Look Book - you will find it on my Facebook page - Pretty as a Picture Photography
Coming up in the next blog - "A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear"! Is it though??