1. THE BRA AND PANTY SET
Classic, easy to style, and works for everyone, you can’t go wrong with a bra and panty set. With this simple ensemble, I recommend accessorizing for variety to your photographs. Bring a jean shirt, a cardigan, a leather jacket, even a t-shirt or mens shirt. These little touches add a lot to styling and help set the mood to your photos.
One of my favourite looks in this category is high waisted underwear. Yep, I said it! They’re kinda like granny panties, only sexy and not saggy. The high waist not only helps for modesty but also makes your body look longer and adds a quality of couture to the final images.
Want to add some extra sexiness to the bra & panty duo? Garter belts and stockings are the way to go; belts come in all kinds of styles from romantic to strappy and sultry. I also LOVE Strapped Lingerie to add as an accessory (bonus is that they’re locally made!)
You can also pair your bra with cut-off shorts, a skirt, or even leather bottoms. Another option? Pair your bottoms with no top at all! This is such a versatile category!
TIP: Make SURE your bra fits properly — a bra that doesn’t fit can cause nip-slips or bulges.
JUST SAY NO TO: Push up Bras — the extra padding in push-up bras can add more volume to your overall shape than most women desire. If you’re small chested, bralets, sheer cups and unpadded bras work best for on-camera.
2. THE TEDDY/BODY SUIT ** My personal go-to!
One piece and you’re done! The range on the sexy-scale for teddies and body suits can go off the charts, but the best thing about a teddy is that there’s one for everyone. The variety in shapes, styles, colours and fabrics means that no matter where your tastes lie, you can find something to suit your own personal style. You can get a modest body suit with long sleeves and ramp up the sexiness in posing while staying covered up or you can go on the risqué side — there really are no rules here.
TIP: Often, a one-piece swim suit can do the trick too!
JUST SAY NO TO: Corsets. They were all the rage not too long ago, but I’ve found for the type of shooting I do, they don’t allow movement into a lot of flattering poses. You’re much better off wearing something that hugs your body than something that you’re cinched into. Flattering posing FTW.
3. THE SWEATER LOOK
Another classic look, this is a relaxed look for the casual gal. This look will work great on every body shape and can have a flirty or sexy feel. Sexiness can be played up in posing and set mood, or made flirty by directing emotion during the shoot. You can choose to wear a bra underneath or opt out, that’s your choice, but I do recommend full-bum bottoms.
TIP: Pick a sweater that is pliable and loose. We want to be able to drape it, pull it and position it throughout your shoot.
JUST SAY NO TO: Jerseys. A lot of times if a boudoir shoot as a gift, women will bring their partner’s jersey in for a shoot. I have come to outlaw them in my studio because they’re huge and have NO SHAPE! Big baggy & bulky does not look good on camera and in turn makes the person wearing it look bulky. INSTEAD: Shop for a few go-local-sports-team accessories. Touque, mitts, a kids-size t-shirt, even one of those big foam fingers would work! But definitely NOT a jersey! You’ll thank me for that!
Nada, nothing, nudie-bootie. Yes, this is an option — my number one rule when opting to wear your birthday suit is to keep the posing top-notch-classy. You can really get some timeless, beautiful images using just you and your gorgeous-self. Typically I use posing along with light and shadow to keep particular parts hidden from the camera, but one of the popular looks with this category is to use a plain white sheet for more coverage.
TIP: Want that artistic nude look, but not sure if you’re brave enough to let it all hang out? Bring a nude thong and a nude strapless bra and the rest is magic. Please Note that this is the only time I really recommend a thong!
I really think this is an under-used look, mostly because it’s not the first thing you’d think of when it comes to boudoir. This look plays well into a flirty mood, with shorts and top all in one and you can find and endless variety in styles and fabrics too. One of my favourite things about rompers is that you can wear it loose and flowy for a romantic look, but it still defines the waist with a draw string or elastic around the middle.
JUST SAY NO TO: Baby-dolls. They’re flowy and cute in person but because they flow out from the waist they actually add more width to the mid-section on camera. Unless it’s a maternity shoot I would stay away from these.