I feel like every time I shoot a session it's my favorite and having Ms. M in front of the lens was no exception.
Ms. M's session kicked ass for a number of reasons. Her hair and makeup were perfect for the location. She listened with the intent to follow, and she trusted my directions to get the perfect poses and looks for each frame. However, the most important thing was that her looks weren't your typical boudoir lingerie pulls. This was a beautifully styled session .
Today we are going to break down each look and why it worked, where the pieces were purchased, and how it was styled.
BOUDOIR SHOULDN'T BREAK THE BANK
Now don't me wrong, I LOVE to shop for lingerie. It's so much fun! However, after window shopping on Agent Provocateur's website pieces add up pretty quickly and the average woman probably isn't trying to spend $1600 on lingerie.
All the items you will see today were purchased from Target, Forever 21, or came from the client's own collection. I think the most expensive piece was about $20.
Remember, it's never the price of clothing, it's how you style it.
LOOK 1: Bodysuits for Boudoir
White Bodysuit: $3 Forever 21,
Cut-off shorts, Heels: Clients previously purchased pieces
Let me be perfectly honest. I love bodysuits. They are so fucking sexy. They are sensual because there's an understated allure about them. I believe it's because they hide so much but let the right body parts show off. Bodysuits hug the body and this allows you to appreciate the feminine form.
This bodysuit was purchased brand new from Forever 21 for ONLY $3! Yes, a Forever 21 was actually closing down for a remodel and they were having a fire sale. This bodysuit found a new home. It's very important to make sure you look out for sales to help save you money. Even without the sale, this body retails for no more than $11.
LOOK 2: Lace Bralette & High Waisted Black Panties
Lace Bra Top: $16, Forever 21
High Waisted Bottoms: $20, Target
Right after bodysuits my favorite element on lingerie is lace. Lace is just a classic element that brings a sense of tradition to photos... even in this beautiful blue. The bra top makes it bit more modern with the straight lines that highlight the breast.
The bottoms are actually my favorite piece. I feel like high waisted bottoms don't get enough love. When not on the body they have a tendency to look like granny panties, but once you put them on they flatten the tummy area to make you look long and lean. This is perfect for most body types. It's especially useful when you have a little muffin top going.
Look 3: Lace Faux Silk Top & High Waisted Floral Bikini Bottoms
Top: $15, Forever 21
Swimsuit Bottoms: $15, Forever 21
I love a good loose top. Yes, I know boudoir is all about the tight and sexy, but sometimes we just gotta let the girls live! this is probably my favorite top of all times. Well, not really but lets got with it for this post. The top is fun, loose, and allows Ms. M to move around freely. When you feel free in person you look free in your photos.
Since we were shooting outside floral was a perfect choice. The color couldn't have been better since we were shooting in late evening during the summer.
LOOK 4: Nude Bikini Top and Nude Mesh Bikini Bottoms
Tank Top: $15, Forever 21
High Waisted Bikini Bottoms: $15, Forever 21
Another secret I have for beautifully styled boudoir sessions is using swimsuits or bikinis instead of traditional lingerie.
I KNOW! Who would have thought?!
I find that swimsuits are equally as sexy and lingerie and no one will know the difference anyway. Furthermore, swimsuits tend to be a bit more fun, edgy, and sexy since they are designed for people to actually see in addition to being functional. Another advantage of using swimwear instead of traditional lingerie for boudoir session is that the pieces come in more colors. Having more colors provide more versatility when it comes to styling for a location.
WOW! I know that was A LOT! However, I how Ms. M gave you some ah-mazing ideas on how you can plan your own boudoir session. Just keep in mind that your boudoir session is a reflection of you and your style. As long as you stay authentic to your aesthetic you will look great. If you have any questions about styling please contact me.
In the comment section below please let me know which look was your favorite and why.
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