Katharina and I had wanted to do a boudoir shoot together for a long time, but as life has it, something always came up which made it tricky. When we were finally able to work together, it was a spontaneous affair! I only had three days to prepare everything, select a location and choose the outfits. Katharina gave me complete free reign, which excited me on one hand but also worried me on the other hand. I was not sure whether she would like the outfits I chose and whether she would feel comfortable in them.
I chose 4 different looks- all of them relating to a particular theme. White underwear for a “Bridal Style Look”, a very romantic beige-green lingerie set with flower printed shorts over the panties and a pink lace bodysuit, which made her look like a ballerina. For the fourth outfit, I found a colorful long kimono in my closet and thought that this would be perfect for a more bohemian hippie-style look.
How I chose outfits and prepared the session:
- Focus on quality over quantity. I chose a maximum of 4 outfits for this session because I knew if I brought more, we would waste time changing outfits and have less time for taking pictures.
- Make sure that your outfits are unique and different. I deliberately brought a range of outfits because I wanted to get a variety of styles photographed.
- Choose light, soft and pastel colors. I didn't like the idea of dark underwear for a boudoir session. It would have been hard to represent my artistic standard in fine art photography. Also, my clients always want a sensual and calm looking result, so I advise them to choose soft colors.
- Whatever you choose to wear, do not feel pressured to dress to the nines. Look through your closet and I promise you, you will find something which is appropriate. If you feel it is necessary to buy something new, please make sure that you don’t buy it because it’s trendy and fancy. Buy it because you feel stunning when you wear it.
- To make Katharina feel comfortable and not too exposed, I combined additional pieces to the basic underwear. I gave her a white lace shawl in addition to the basic white bra and pants of the bridal style theme. Katharina could play around with the shawl and cover her body with it when she felt like she was bearing too much skin.
To make the whole session more romantic and to match the outdoor location, I cut some flowers from my garden and made flower crowns, which complemented the colors of Katharina's outfits.
Photography & Article by Nicole Schiessl Fotografie