Top Six Ways to Prepare for Your Boudoir Photography Session | Annapolis Boudoir Photography

So, you’ve taken the leap and scheduled your boudoir photography session with Annapolis Boudoir! Now what?

Preparing for your session can help you feel more comfortable and enjoy the experience more. Plus, the more at ease you feel, the better your images will be!

Be sure to schedule a Zoom consultation with Linda to talk about how best to prepare for your boudoir photography shoot at our Secret Garden and studio, but, in the meantime, these six tips on how to prepare can help you make the most of your upcoming session.

Plan your outfits for your boudoir photography session well in advance.

One benefit of choosing Annapolis Boudoir for your photography session is that you will have access to our substantial wardrobe of outfits to wear.  However, if you’re planning to wear some items you already have, be sure to try everything on before your session, especially if it’s something you haven’t worn in a few years.

And whether everything fits or not, a boudoir session is a great excuse to go shopping! Pick out several looks that make you feel sexy and bring them to your shoot. The more options you have, the better!

Also, think about bringing some special props: one of your significant other’s ties, a hat and boots for the cowgirl look, some jewelry with a special meaning.

Be sure to stay hydrated.

To make sure you look your absolute best in your images, drink plenty of water in the days before and on the day of your session. You should also try to avoid consuming alcohol or salty foods, which can have a negative impact on your complexion. You want your skin looking healthy and fresh!

Refresh your look.

If you regularly dye your hair, consider getting a touchup the week of your boudoir session to make sure your locks look luscious. A boudoir shoot is also the perfect excuse to do a little self-pampering: get a fresh manicure and pedicure and even a wax. These may seem like small details, but they’ll really pop in your images. And if you choose to tan, do so naturally and in the nude to avoid unsightly tan lines or get a professional tanning job. Don’t use any sprays, gels, or lotions that may take away from your natural beauty!

Don’t wear tight clothes to your session.

When choosing an outfit to wear to your session, pick something casual, comfortable, and, most importantly, lose. Tight clothing can leave indentations and lines on your skin that will stand out in photos, so avoid bras, socks, belts, or especially tight jeans or tops. Go for something loose and comfortable, like sweats or a hoodie, that won’t leave any marks on your skin

Bring plenty of extras.

You’ve invested time and money in looking and feeling gorgeous at your boudoir session. The last thing you want is a rip in your lacy lingerie or a pair of torn fishnets to ruin your day. Make sure you have backup pieces, just in case the worst happens, and save yourself from stressing about a run in your tights.


Most importantly, take a deep breath and relax! Have fun with your photo session. Your photographer will do their absolute best to make you comfortable. They’re here to make you feel like the glamorous and gorgeous woman you are, so let them do their job and embrace your most sensual self.

Boudoir builds self-esteem and confidence

About Annapolis Boudoir

Linda McCarthy is a premier Maryland boudoir photographer conveniently located in Davidsonville, MD, and serving the Greater Annapolis area, Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  Linda is all about empowering women by guiding them towards falling in love with themselves and greeting the world with love, confidence and a renewed sense of energy. 

Our studio is in a 100 year old farmhouse on an acre of land with extensive landscaping, including our Secret Garden and pond, which provides beautiful venues for your boudoir photography session.

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