If you’re new to boudoir photography but are considering booking a session at our Hampshire-based studio, we know that you may have lots of questions about what we do and about the photoshoot experience.
Which is why we’re covering the three most commonly asked questions we get asked about boudoir photography.
Your boudoir photography questions answered!
Before we get started, it’s important for us to point out that as an all-women team, we totally understand that boudoir may seem scary.
We know that standing in front of a camera isn’t everyone’s cup of tea! We also realise that you may not think you are photogenic (*ahem* you are) or that you may not feel confident in your skin.
Whatever your concerns about boudoir photography, honestly, there is nothing to worry about. Boudoir photography is a fabulous way of reconnecting with your inner goddess, expressing yourself and feeling bloomin’ good doing it!
We are 100% confident that you’ll absolutely love the experience and will feel energised and transformed afterwards.
Please also remember that here at Johanna Elizabeth, our team make it their mission to provide a safe, friendly and relaxed environment for you to enjoy your photoshoot and feel confident in your own skin.
Things you should know about boudoir photography
1. Do you provide outfits or do I bring my own?
Usually, you bring your own outfits to your boudoir photoshoot. However, we do have some props – such as heels, jewellery, robes that you are welcome to use to add an extra something to your portrait.
Don’t worry if you’re unsure of what to wear though. With every boudoir session, a Design Consultation is included with one of our friendly female members of staff.
We’ll discuss lingerie options and give you advice on what has worked well for ladies we have photographed, so can confidently go out in search of clothing and wear something that makes you shine!
2. Do I have to get naked?
The short answer is no! If want to be nude in your photographs, you can be, but it is certainly not essential.
What we can do at Johanna Elizabeth is create ‘implied’ nudes by using props such as white or silver sheets to cover up parts of your body. This gives the impression that you are naked when in fact you’re wearing hidden underwear – a great solution for those who aren’t keen on completely stripping off. Nude or skin-coloured lingerie is great for this.
Our ‘Bodyscape’ portraits, in which you are completely naked, are for you if you’re feeling really brave. No one has ever regretted creating them with us and we only take that step if YOU want!
Related reading: How to feel body-confident during a nude boudoir photoshoot
3. I don’t know how to pose. Will you help me look good?
We will certainly help you look your absolute best in your portraits, so do not worry about how you should pose during your boudoir session. We are not expecting you to know how to pose for the camera.
We’ll agree in advance some poses that you want to do and your photographer will also give you easy-to-follow guidance on how to do them, and others. It’s a real collaboration process during your shoot. We will pose you down to your little finger, even posing your hair! (We promise we won’t shout any vague instructions like “Show me emotion!” at you!)
The session will be fun rather than something to fear. We’re here to help you look and feel amazing and will always photograph you in a flattering way so that you fall in love with your boudoir portraits.
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Got more questions about boudoir photography?
There are quite a few things you should know about boudoir photography before you commit to a session, and hopefully, this has helped to answer some of your burning questions. But, if you have more, do visit our boudoir page and our frequently asked questions page.
Please remember, we always welcome you to talk to us and share any concerns or queries. We’re here for you and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can get in touch with a member of the Johanna Elizabeth team on 023 92480100 or through our contact page or on social media.
Jo and team x