Recently I did my very first (but hopefully not last) boudoir photoshoot and this was quite an interesting experience. I had to learn to work indoors with limited light and space.
This type of photography is very intimate by nature and can be intimidating for the model. I got very lucky for my first boudoir shoot and got to photograph a close friend, who is an absolute natural in front of the camera.
But when it comes to someone who you don’t know very well or at all, it is important to make them feel as comfortable as possible because you want to build trust.
The level of comfort and trust between the photographer and the model is evident in the final images.
When planning this type of shoot, advise your model to choose outfits they feel comfortable in. If they aren’t comfortable with what they are wearing, they won’t relax while you photograph them and this will leave you with rigid photos.
Boudoir shoots also don’t always have to involve the model only wearing lingerie or being nude. You can create beautiful photos where the model is wearing a shirt, T-shirt or a jersey.
With many people living in townhouses or having smaller bedrooms you should prepare yourself to work with limited space. Inform your model that you will probably need to move things around so they should declutter their room as much as possible before you arrive.
Even though I am friends with the model, when I arrived we didn’t jump straight into the shoot, we sat and had a cup of coffee just to get comfortable.