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boudoir photo shoot

Boudoir photo shoots are one of our favorite topics. Where else can you get super glam and wear your most decadent lingerie? You know, the kind that you’re reserving for a “special occasion” (though we’d argue that any day is a good day for fancy lingerie).

So whether you’re contemplating a future boudoir photo shoot or planning for one that is happening soon, here’s everything you’ll need to wear and bring (plus a few extras!)


Loose-fitting clothing

You don’t want anything that will leave a mark or impression on your skin.

Comfortable shoes

Just in case you can’t find parking near the studio

No makeup

Skip makeup if you’re doing your makeup yourself or your makeup artist is meeting you at the studio

Clear deodorant

So you don’t have any marks on your clothing that the photographer will have to re-touch

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Pack everything you’re planning on wearing

Pack it all night before so you’re not rushed the morning of the photo shoot

Make-up, accessories, jewelry

This is the time to be extra glam!

Sentimental items

Your bridal veil and wedding jewelry for a wedding boudoir photo shoot, your partner’s team jersey, baby accessories or props if you’re doing a pregnancy boudoir photo shoot

A favorite pair of heels

The extra height is especially flattering for your legs and butt!

A robe

To keep you warm in between shots

A pre-made playlist

To keep you relaxed and motivated throughout the photo shoot

A trusted friend

To help you feel more comfortable and to help with unpacking, steaming, and styling. Don’t worry, you can return the favor when she has a boudoir photo shoot!

Related: What To Wear For A Boudoir Photo Shoot

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Don’t forget

Your ID

Always important to travel with

Cash or quarters for parking

The photo studio may not have free parking

The final payment for your photoshoot

This one is self-explanatory!


They’ll add character to your photos

Inspiration photos

We suggest making a board on Pinterest or saving a bunch of photos with poses that you like so you can flip through them for inspiration between shots.

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Backup outfits, stockings, and tights

Things happen – stockings rips, clothes get stained with foundation or lipstick. It’s always best to bring more clothes than you think you’ll need.

A steamer

To take out any wrinkles or creases in your lingerie (you’d be surprised how wrinkled panties and babydolls can get!)

Water and a snack

So you’re not hungry during the photo shoot!

A comfortable change of clothes

To wear after!

Feeling more prepared for your boudoir photo shoot? Great! Boudoir photo shoots are a celebration of your beautiful self. They’re snapshots of a moment in your life that you’ll cherish and remember forever. We hope you have an amazing time at your photo shoot!

Related: Behind The Scenes Of My Boudoir Photo Shoot Part 1: Pre-Shoot Planning

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Elissa Unlined Wire Babydoll P5018 in Pearl White
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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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