7 Plus Size Boudoir Photography Tips For Your Next Session
Have a boudoir session coming up with a plus-size client?
I know you want her to leave feeling absolutely beautiful and amazing and confident…but if you’re feeling a bit nervous, too, I’ve got you covered!
You know how important it is to make sure they don’t leave with insecurities and you want to do your best to hype them up. Because you know that when a client feels good, they also look good.
So today, I’m sharing seven things you need to know before your next plus-sized boudoir photography shoot. These tips will make a HUGE difference in your sessions and help both you and YOUR client have the BEST experience possible!
Tip #1: Suggest Outfits Based on Body Type
Let’s talk about outfits first. Remember that not every recommendation you have for every single person is going to look great. Everyone has a different body shape — and style, which can definitely influence how confident they feel, and ultimately, look in their outfits.
I like to give my clients more “guidelines” than recommendations so that they are able to choose what they like the most. After all, confidence is the best thing they can wear!
But when it comes to those guidelines, you can approach this a few different ways.
CREATE A STYLE GUIDE
This first suggestion is the route I prefer (unless a client really just wants to talk to me 1:1 which is totally fine, too!)
You can create a style guide for different body types. You can house this on your website on its own landing page, as a blog post, or pin it as a post on your Instagram profile. It could even be a downloadable freebie if you want to add a little more information to it!
Sometimes clients may be nervous about their shoot and may overthink what they want to wear. Totally normal for a first-time session! They’re just scared of what they don’t know and want to make sure they look and feel their best.
That’s when a wardrobe consultation comes in handy. You can make it mandatory, or optional, depending on how you want to model your business.
Just make sure you bake this into your client booking process like you would any other consultation!
Tip #2: Prepare Your Clients
Like I said, sometimes clients get nervous because they aren’t sure what to expect. I always say that the most prepared client is usually the happiest client. So make sure you’ve got a process for doing this!
Walk them through what they can expect from start to finish. Yes, that even includes the ordering session! It’s also important that you give them a rundown of their schedule the day of, and include as many details as possible.
And ultimately, reassure them that they’re going to have fun! That you’ve got their back and you’re going to do everything you can to make sure they feel comfortable and confident!
Tip #3: Plus-Size Poses
Now, let’s talk about posing plus-sized clients.
Once again, every body is different, and while there are some tried and true poses that I love, there are ways you can tweak them so that they look good on each of your clients.
Some plus-sized women are curvy with a tiny waist, others have a bigger chest. What matters is that you find the angles that are unique to their body.
Are you noticing a pattern here? While yes, you can follow formulas for great posing techniques, ultimately what’s going to make clients look and feel their best is tweaking it to fit THEIR body.
Tip #4: Find Out What They’re Comfortable With
The next thing you need to do is to learn what your client does and does not feel comfortable with. Everyone has their own insecurities, and with something as intimate as boudoir photography, knowing this can help you make them feel as comfortable as possible.
If you have wardrobe or session consults I recommend asking them during the consult and really talking through each of them. You aren’t doing this to be nosey, but to help your clients have the best session possible.
OR you can add this to your questionnaire depending on how you run your session experience. Either way works, as long as you are able to get some insight that can help you and your clients.
Tip #5: Know How to Hide What THEY Want Hidden
You also need to know how to hide what needs to be hidden. This is where knowing their insecurities will help.
For example, one thing a lot of my plus-size clients are insecure about is their arms. Here’s a pose you can use to thin out her arms. Still sexy, still confident, and it’s because she feels comfortable.
Mainly — only photograph what the client wants to show. Yes, you’re the photographer, but it’s not up to you to decide what the client feels most comfortable in. If they want to hide certain curves, let them.
And know that there are ways to do that without covering them up. You just have to know how to find their angles and pose accordingly!
Tip #6: Be Mindful of What You Say
Honestly, this is important for ANY client session, but being mindful of what you say around your clients holds a lot more value than you may think.
A few years ago, one of my clients emailed me prior to her session with a list of words she wanted me to avoid. She had an eating disorder, and certain words would trigger it.
She’d been photographed by another boudoir photographer and told me that they had said a few specific words that did so. And while she was able to work through it with her therapist, she didn’t have the best session because of it.
But ultimately, she just wanted to give me a heads-up. And I’m so glad she did because she ended up having an AMAZING session.
There’s a lot of empowerment and confidence-boosting that can come from a boudoir session. But at the same time, if you don’t handle your clients with care, we, as photographers, can do a lot of damage as well.
Tip #7: Hype Up Your Clients
This is the flip side of point #6. As much as you want to avoid certain words, you DO absolutely want to hype them up! Start talking up your clients in a way that makes them feel gorgeous and you will see a huge difference in your sessions.
Throughout the whole session, I’m always telling clients how beautiful they are. But another thing I like to do is show a few photos on the back of the camera so she can ACTUALLY see how beautiful her photos are turning out.
Once you show them those photos, they will for sure start trusting that you know what you’re doing and that they’re going to love their images!
Want to Learn More About Rocking Your Client Experience?
Plus size or not, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make your clients feel confident and comfortable. Because THAT is the secret to a thriving boudoir photography business. No amount of talent or business know-how can replace how good you can make someone feel during their session.
If you want to learn more about how to do just that (and honestly, a whole lot more) then be sure to check out The Boudoir Studio Accelerator — my go-at-your-own-pace style course that teaches you everything you need to do it!