August 17, 2020

Tips for your boudoir photo shoot

Posted in: Pacific Northwest Boudoir

Five tips on how to relax for your session

Tips for your boudoir photo shoot

Looking for some tips for your boudoir photo shoot? Are you nervous about your boudoir session? Here are some tips to help you relax during your shoot:

  1. Play Music – In your questionnaire once you book your shoot I ask you what type of music you like and then put together a playlist of your favorite artists and songs. This is tailored specifically to you but you are absolutely welcome to bring your own music as well! This will help you to feel calm and comfortable.
  2. Deep Breathing – Practice deep breathing. This is a proven relaxation method. Breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale through your nose. Repeat until you feel are feeling better. Once you sit in my stylist’s chair and start to have your hair and makeup done to your liking you will soon realize that the nerves and worries are starting to float away.
  3. Take a Break – Nine times out of ten people are feeling relaxed and at ease once we get the photo shoot going. But, if you’re feeling overwhelmed that is perfectly okay. We can take a break from shooting and talk and relax before resuming the session.
  4. Drink – Not to get drunk, but just enough to settle your nerves. I do offer wine or champagne with every boudoir session, as long as you are 21 or older.
  5. Laugh It Off – If you’re feeling silly in front of the camera, laugh at yourself. Laughter is a great relaxation technique. It will help you loosen up and some of the best images I have captured are of women laughing at something stupid I have said or something they thought about.

All in all, a boudoir shoot is supposed to be a chance for you to forget about your worries and just relax as we take care of you. So more often than not it can be expected that you’ll be nervous when you get to my studio. But shortly after walking through my door as you sit down in my stylist’s chair, conversation starts flowing. We share our stories with each other and just really have a wonderful time.

One added bonus way to help you relax is to bring a friend! I’ll talk about best friend boudoir shoots as well in a blog post soon so keep an eye out for that. But you can bring along your best girl friend. I’ve had best friends there being hype girls, I’ve had daughters come to pump up their mom even! Girl power and that feeling of community as someone else you know and trust is in the room lifting you up is definitely an awesome route to take!

I hope this will help you with some tips for your boudoir photo shoot. If you have further questions about a boudoir shoot with me then be sure to check out my Boudoir Photography FAQ’s. This should answer many of your questions. But of course if you have any questions at all feel free to contact me at You can also peruse my gallery of work at

  1. […] It is definitely normal to be nervous for your boudoir session, so don’t worry. All of my boudoir sessions begin with professional hair and makeup. Many women say I was really nervous until I sat down in your stylist’s chair, had a few sips of my mimosa, and everything made me feel at ease. Then once your session actually starts we’ve been chatting for the past hour already that you feel like we’ve been friends for years. After it starts, you’ll begin to loosen up. If you’re still nervous, try out these relaxation tips I’ve provided in another blog post: Click here.  […]

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