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Ventura Boudoir Photographer

As a Ventura Boudoir Photographer, I’m going to share how you prepare for your Boudoir Photography Session? Most of my clients have no idea how to get ready for such a revealing and intimate session. Boudoir sessions are really not too difficult to prepare for. This post will give you a better understanding of what to do and what to expect during your boudoir session.

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Arrive in Loose Fitting Clothing

The first simple thing to do is not to wear overly tight fitting clothing within an hour of your session. Maxi dresses, sweatpants, leggings are all great options. Clothing that you can take on and off quickly is a plus since you’re limited on time. The reason for the loose fitting clothes is you don’t want it to leave an imprint or mark on your skin right before being photographed.


The package you chose may restrict the amount of outfits you can change into. You’re thinking, “wait, I have to come up with more that ONE outfit?!” Don’t worry, it’s really pretty simple. Pick one or two outfits that you feel sexy and confident in. Check with your photographer to see what they recommend as well. I use multiple different fabrics for draping, and often shoot a lot of implied nudes. Implied nude means you might have something on, but the way the fabric covers you, it’ll seem like you’re naked. This makes choosing outfits a lot easier.


Bring a prop or two. I don’t mean whips and chains, although there’s nothing wrong with that, and I’ve definitely had clients bring some before for their session. Think outside the box. Are these boudoir photos for you or a gift to your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance, husband or wife? What is your significant other interested in? Are they a big sports fan? If they are, bring along a sports jersey or a hat. You can also bring your husband’s favorite tie. Bring a prop you can use that will make your pictures more meaningful.

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Hair & Makeup

Most of my boudoir packages include a hair and makeup artist. Show up to the shoot with your hair dry and washed the day before (makes it easier to style if it isn’t freshly washed). Arrive at the session with just moisturizer on your face. Don’t put on any foundation or coverup, the makeup artist will just have to take it all off of you. And don’t forget to tip them when they’re finished!

Hands & Feet

Your fingers and toe nails will very likely be seen in your photos. Your nails need to be clean and either completely unpolished, or freshly polished. Also a pair of heels can make you feel extra sexy.


Try not to stress over knowing someone is going to be seeing you so exposed. The photographer has seen it all before and won’t judge you. Their main goal is the same as yours, to make you look amazing! Drinking a glass of wine or maybe a shot of vodka right before the session can help take the edge off. Don’t drink too much though as it can make you look flushed. And of course remember not to drive after you drink unless it’s definitely worn off!

I’ve been photographing boudoir portraits for a long time now and I love helping you look and feel beautiful! This list should give you a better idea on how to prepare for your boudoir photography session. If you’re looking for a Ventura boudoir photographer, and you need more tips or ideas don’t be afraid to reach out!

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I’m a Ventura boudoir photographer, but I photograph boudoir sessions throughout Ventura & Santa Barbara County. Locations include Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Oxnard, Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Moorpark, Simi Valley, and more.

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