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3 Boudoir Photography Lighting Tips You May Not Know About Yet

There are a lot of things that come together to make beautiful boudoir photography photos. But the key isn’t the outfits, the set, or even the editing you do on the photos. If you want to wow your clients during the ordering session, it’s ALL in the lighting. 

And while I’m sure you’ve heard loads of tips on lighting, today I’m sharing three photography lighting tips you may not know about. Especially when it comes to natural lighting. 

These tips are going to help you really elevate your images, whether shooting outdoors or in the studio. So get out your notepad and a pen — you’re going to want to write these down, trust me!

Photography Lighting Tip #1: Natural Light is Best

You don’t have to invest a ton of money into lighting if you have a setup with good natural light. With the right eye for shadows, and the right poses, you can capture the BEST images using only natural lighting.

In fact, the majority of my images are shot in 100% natural light. And there are a few reasons why.

For one, it helps me photograph faster. I don’t have to spend any time setting up, taking down, or adjusting lights inside the studio (or even with me if the shoot calls for another location). 

I can get more images in a shorter amount of time, meaning I’m being efficient with my time. And that also means I can photograph more sessions…which translates into more money.

And two, the images are SO much better. That soft, natural light can easily compliment any client and offer a subtly sexy look. And clients LOVE having that look and feel to their photos!

Photography Lighting Tip #2: Have Supplementary Lights on Hand

Now, I know you won’t always have beautiful natural light ready to go when you are. In that case, supplementary lighting is a good idea, so it’s smart to have some backup on hand. 

I know strobe lighting is pretty popular, but I prefer continuous lights. They’re MUCH easier to use, and will keep your sessions running smoothly. Plus, they complement natural lighting the best and look more realistic!

Strobes Example: 

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Continuous Light Example: 

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Ice lights also make a great addition to your boudoir photography setup when you need some lighting backup. Just remember that ice lights tend to add a bit more of a dramatic flair to your photos, but that can be perfect if moody is what you’re going for!

Photography Lighting Tip #3: Increase Your ISO Settings

This is going to sound a little unconventional, but…don’t be scared to up the ISO! 

I know you’ve heard that a higher ISO means more noise in your photos. And this can be true, but with our professional cameras, you’re not going to need to worry about noise!

I’ve shot up to 2000 with little grain — and remember, I’m using a 5D Mark iii. I know many of you are using even better cameras than mine! Your equipment can handle it. Plus, if you’re shooting photos indoors, this is really going to help you enhance the shot in a way that editing can’t. 

As long as you can work with the lighting, you’ll be golden!

Get More Photography Lighting Tips on the Podcast!

Still trying to find your footing when it comes to boudoir photography lighting? I’ve got you covered!

In episode 58 of The Sustainable Freedom With Boudoir Photography Podcast, I’m giving you FIVE additional natural light tips. You’ll get a better look at why natural light can be so great for your photos, how to use it to your advantage, and how to shoot outdoors in nearly any condition. 

After listening to this episode, you’ll never want to go back to artificial light again! 

Tune in here.


Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photogapher for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.

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