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are boudoir photos a good gift

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and do a boudoir shoot, you’ll be faced with the task of choosing a direction for the aesthetic. Everything from your attire and accessories to the setting, props, and your makeup will all need to be carefully considered to line up with whatever theme or look you’re going for.

Without further ado, here are some of the top boudoir trends to keep in mind as you start planning your shoot.

Something borrowed

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If the boudoir photographs are going to be a gift for your special someone, you’ll likely be looking for ways to make the shoot more personal. We love the idea of snagging something out of your sweetheart’s closet. For example, a simple white dress shirt of his would look cute unbuttoned over a bra and panty set. A tie is another incredible idea, as you can wear it with lingerie or use it creatively as a prop. Are you and your S.O. fans of the same sports team? Then consider taking a hat or jersey to wear during the shoot. This is an excellent idea if you’re going for a sportier look with your lingerie (think boyshort panties)

Retro romance

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Many women gravitate toward retro looks rather than contemporary ones. Fortunately, throwback styles are totally on trend. Whether you prefer a demure babydoll reminiscent of the ‘60s or a ‘40s-esque longline bra to show off your hourglass silhouette, there are a number of different ways to give your shoot a vintage vibe. Don’t forget to enhance the theme with subtle touches like classic red lipstick, pearls, or vintage pumps. If you’re going for a pinup look, consider a bustier, high-waisted panties and a garter belt with thigh-high stockings.

Florals galore

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Don’t forget about flowers — they can make any boudoir shoot look more feminine! This is an especially fitting theme to consider if you’re doing a spring or summer shot. Of course, you could opt to incorporate blossoms into your shoot by wearing a floral print bra and panties for a flirty look. But you could also integrate actual flowers into your shoot — for example, a bride-to-be might want to hold a bouquet in certain shots. You could also sprinkle rose petals on the bed or floor where you’re posing. Or why not float some flower petals in a bathtub? If bohemian-chic is your style, consider a flower crown (you can make one yourself or purchase one on Etsy). Remember: the flowers you choose can have a major impact on the look. So dark crimson roses would look stunning for a seductive winter shoot, but cream-colored peonies are ideal for an elegant summer shoot.


Related: How To Find A Local Boudoir Photographer


Beach bunny

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Does the sun, sand, and surf sound like your idea of heaven? Then there’s no better place for a shoot than the beach — after all, a boudoir shoot is an opportunity to express yourself. Plus, the beach offers a beautiful background for photos, and you’re bound to get some stunning shots thanks to the natural light. Who says you have to wear lingerie for a boudoir shoot? Slip on your favorite bikini if you’d prefer, or you can find sultry ways to wear just a cover up with nothing underneath. There are so many ways to personalize this shoot, too — like writing your and your recipient’s initials or a special message for them in the sand. Have special memories with your S.O. from a trip to Hawaii, or heading to an exotic locale for your honeymoon? Pop a tropical flower in your hair.

Group shoot

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More and more women are doing group boudoir shoots. And it’s no surprise: These shoots offer a fun chance to let loose with your girlfriends, and you’re bound to be more comfortable in your underthings. You don’t necessarily need to be in matching ensembles, but you’ll definitely want to discuss a color scheme or theme ahead of time so the shots look cohesive. As an added bonus, a group shoot is bound to be a stellar bonding experience.

Ready for your close up? Hopefully, these trends have given you a little dose of inspiration for your upcoming shoot. Remember: the name of the game with boudoir is feeling as comfortable and confident as possible, no matter what theme you select or lingerie you put on.


Related: The Girl’s Guide To Preparing For A Boudoir Photo Shoot


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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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