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What to Expect in Your Boudoir Session

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What to Expect in Your Upcoming Boudoir Session

Did you just book your first-ever boudoir photography session? Well, first of all, yay!

Second – I  know you might be feeling a bit nervous right now, right? Totally understandable. It’s something new and unknown, and no matter how much time you’ve spent preparing for it, you’re still apprehensive about what you feel like you don’t know!

I get how those pre-photo-session-nerves go. But that’s exactly what the point of this video, and post, is!

I’m giving you a complete rundown of what you can expect to happen during your first boudoir session. And by the end of it, you can hopefully shake off those nerves because you’re more prepared. Let’s get to it!

Boudoir Session Step 1: A Glass of Bubbly

The first thing you can expect at your boudoir photography session is a relaxing glass of champagne or a mimosa during hair and makeup.

Listen, I know getting naked in front of a complete stranger can be scary! And to me, at least, the most important thing is that you one, feel comfortable, and two HAVE FUN! And this is such a good way to start off on the right foot. 

What if drinking isn’t your thing? No worries at all! We have water, soda, and OJ! I find that breaking the ice with a drink, alcoholic or not, is great for breaking the ice and easing into the session. 

Boudoir Session Step 2: Time for Hair and Makeup

Then, we move on to hair and makeup! This is the most relaxing part of the whole session. I can’t even watch because it relaxes ME while I’m watching! The patting of the face, even if it’s not mine, will put me right to sleep.

This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, but try not to fall asleep (even though you may want to!). 

But once you’re done, you’re gonna be feeling and looking like Travis Kelce’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift, in her Lover era (and yes this wasn’t a mistake — I’m a long-time Chief’s fan, sorry!). 

Boudoir Session Step 3: Outfit Changes

Now let’s talk about outfits. I always say that you should bring more than you think you need. If your photographer says to bring five outfits, you should bring eight to ten. The more, the better!

Which I know sounds a bit excessive, especially considering the fact that you will not use all these outfits. But you know how it goes…one day something fits really well but you try it on a few days later and aren’t feeling yourself anymore. It happens!

That’s why planning out plenty of options is crucial — so you know you have something you can feel confident and sexy in! Because when you feel good, you look good.


In my studio, I like to start with a bodysuit. And I know that you’re probably thinking…why not warm up with something a little more covering, like a sweater?

Because with more material, you have to move more material around to feel sexy. But with a bodysuit, you’re still covered AND look timeless. And because the bodysuit is already fitted, all you have to do is pose. No having to worry about moving things around. 

And when you get the hang of that, you’ll feel much more confident posing in underwear!

Speaking of, I always recommend bringing three to five sets. But thongs or cheekies are the ONLY types of underwear I recommend for a boudoir session. They are he most flattering! Boy shorts may be cute in-person, but not in photos!

And don’t forget to size up to account for all the movements and different poses during your session. This will help you feel comfortable while posing!

If you want some Calvin Klein vibes, which are by far my favorite, grab a pair of high-waisted boyfriend jeans for some really sexy topless photos.

And finally, I’d recommend bringing a button-down shirt or off-the-shoulder sweater for that more casual, yet sexy, look. 

Boudoir Session Step 4: Let’s Break the Ice

Next, you can expect to start with a set of easy poses to help you get comfortable. I like to call these “icebreakers!” I’ve carefully created these four poses to help you feel super confident very quickly.

(BTW, to any photographers reading this, be sure to grab my posing guide in the TLC shop. Inside, I give you all of my favorite poses so you can be sure you have the photos you need to create an album your client loves!)

Boudoir Session Step 5: Pose, Pose, Pose!

Now, we’ll get into the rest of the posing sequence! After 850 sessions, I’ve gotten very efficient with my posing, and even better, I know exactly what will look great on each body type. So even if you’ve never even posed for a camera in any capacity, I will make sure you look and feel your best! No modeling experience needed. 

Of course, I’ll cater posing direction to fit YOU and your body, but for the most part, every client gets a mix of these same poses so that you get the boudoir album of your dreams (meaning, one you feel confident in)!

Boudoir Session Step 6: Find the Prints You Love

Finally, we’ll finish things off by looking through the products offered in my studio. I have a selection of albums, image boxes, and wall portraits, all in different price ranges so that EVERYONE can find something they LOVE.

The reason I do this after your session is because your actual ordering session will be held over Zoom. And I want you to look at and feel the albums so you know exactly what you’re getting when you choose your album at the ordering session.

Most of my clients get my London album, an 8×8. It can be set out on your nightstand or put away so little hands can’t find it. Anything that’s retouched gets sent as a digital image directly to you!

Want to Learn More About Your Upcoming Boudoir Session?

So….that’s it! That’s pretty much the gist of it. Do you feel more prepared and less nervous now? I hope so because I’m telling you — your session will be so much fun! And you have my word that I’ll make every effort to ensure you feel confident and comfortable. 

Just bring yourself, your outfits, and I’ll take care of the rest!

Want to learn more about boudoir photography sessions? 

On this page, I offer advice for boudoir photographers, but over on my photography blog, I give you, the client, loads of tips and tricks for rocking your boudoir sessions!

If you’re interested, you can check it out 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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