What Not to Bring to Your Boudoir Session

What Not to Bring to Your Boudoir Session

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Helping my clients prepare their wardrobe options for shoot day is one of my favorite aspects of what I do.  

Thorough session prep requires patience, some trial and error, and lots of at home fittings.  

Aaand maybe a tall glass of wine as you search through all of the online shops out there- so many options!

But when you have all the right wardrobe pieces ready to go, it’s a breath of fresh air.  

You will have an added layer of confidence when entering the studio that will allow us to focus more on how you feel behind the camera rather than what you are wearing.

I honor that everyone has their own style and preferences that make them feel like a goddess but not everything translates well in your images…. trust me on this one. 

Some things that seem like common sense, are actually big no no’s for your session wardrobe.

There are endless ways to get creative with your wardrobe styling and source pieces that are reflective of who you are while still prioritizing how things will show up on camera.  

I want to share with you the top 4 items you should not bring along to your shoot.

I encourage you to not view this list as limiting, but rather as insight to help maximize our time together in the studio and create images that you’ll look back on for years and years to come.


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Ill Fitting Bras

You’ve probably heard this before, but 80% of women are wearing bras that are not properly fitted.  80%!! If you fall into this group, it means you are likely not getting the support you need and unfortunately that is going to show up on camera.

Ill fitting bras look like too much or too little space in the cups and the band, wire, or straps digging into your skin.  

If you’ve never had a professional fitting, chances are high you are wearing an ill fitting bra and are not aware!  You can get a free professional bra fitting at most local boutique lingerie shops or Victoria’s Secret.

I always suggest bringing along 1-2 bra and panty sets to your shoot to wear as an outfit or to pair with some pieces in my client wardrobe, like our popular body jewelry pieces.  

So please, please take the time to get those bras fitted before bringing them to your shoot… You’ll thank me later..

Busy Patterns

Busy patterns simply distract from the star of the show- you! You’ll want to limit those to a simple lace design or a monochrome pattern (like an animal print). Patterns such as polka dots, stripes, or small floral don’t translate as well across the board and I believe take away from the impact of your photos.

Solid colors are the way to go. Bright colors, especially reds and royal blues, (my personal favorites) pop very well both in our studio setting and outdoors.

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Corsets and Shape-wear 

I know wearing a corset or shape-wear piece is tempting.  But these items limit your mobility which can make our posing very difficult and in some cases impossible.  

It is far more important that you are able to move and breathe freely than it is to have an itty bitty waistline.

Additionally, these items tend to create harsh skin creases and bulges that are not flattering to have in your pictures.  

The posing that we do is customized to create those sharp silhouette lines anyway so a corset is counter productive.  

If you are self conscious about your midsection, I recommend going with a bodysuit or chemise instead.

Many Pairs of Shoes

You only need to bring 1-2 pairs of shoes with you to your shoot.  

In fact, many of my clients end up going barefoot for their images because of how free, natural and comfortable they feel.

Shoes are also bulky and having more than needed is an unnecessary pain to travel with.

Wearing sleek black or nude heels helps us elongate your legs so definitely bring high heels if that is your style, but don’t stress if it’s not. We’ll make magic either way;)

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Interested in learning more about booking a boudoir shoot in Tulum, LA, or Miami? 

The first step is to schedule a 15 minute phone consultation with us:

During your phone consultation, we’ll walk you through what to expect before, during and after your session as well as answer any questions you may have about your experience. The phone consultation is also the time to choose your session date and even arrange your pre-session payment plan with us.

We can’t wait to chat!

Much Love,


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