7 Items to bring to your Boudoir Shoot:

  1. Lingerie/outfits
  2. Personal Accessories
  3. Wipes
  4. Heels/Shoes (If wanted)
  5. Robe/Coverup
  6. Makeup/hair Essentials
  7. Confidence!

Have you ever thought to yourself what exactly is Boudoir photography and If I were to book a shoot what should I bring? No worries! I got you.

Boudoir photography generally focuses on the beauty and sensuality of the human body, and if you booked a session, YOU! It's an intimate and empowering experience that allows individuals to express their confidence and vulnerability. It can be as revealing or not as you'd like. Whether you're gifting the photos to a partner or embracing your own self-love, preparing for a boudoir shoot requires some quick thought and planning. To ensure you have a successful and comfortable session, here are nine essential items to bring along:


One of the key components of a boudoir shoot is the WARDROBE! Generally, we only have time for 2-3 outfits in a shoot, but I feel packing a variety of lingerie will help give you options and add a variety of photo options for you.

Try to pick pieces that make you feel nothing less than stunning and confident!! Choose styles that accentuate your best features and flatter your body shape. From lace to silk, bustiers to babydolls, having a diverse selection will add versatility to your photo session!

The most important thing to take note of is that make sure the outfits you chose are 100% YOU! Do not go out and purchase lingerie that is too kinky for you, going to make you uncomfortable, or just flat out not your style.

You really do not have to go out and purchase expensive lingerie, a button-down shirt with some lacy underwear can go a long way! If you are a kinky person, then go for it but don't feel pressured into spending too much money on an experience you won't enjoy.

Personal Accessories/Props

Don't forget to bring along some personal accessories that reflect your personality and individuality! These can be pieces of jewelry, scarves, hats, or any items that hold sentimental value to you. Accessories can elevate your images and add a personal touch that makes the photos uniquely yours.

If you have personal items that hold meaning to your life, bring them along too! It could be anything from a favorite book, musical instrument, or hobby-related props. Incorporating these into the shoot can add depth and authenticity to your images. I've had some clients bring flags, cowboy hats, ect and I'm always OBSESSED with the outcome! It definitely makes the shoot more YOU!


Wipes are a great tool to have especially if you plan to take any photos of your feet being bare. Studio floors even when clean can accrue dirt and grim. A quick wipe can avoid hours of unsuccessful editing or Awkard feet crops. Same thing if your arms, hands, or legs get left with some type of residue. You never know so better to just be prepared!


A classic pair of high heels can elongate your legs and enhance your posture, bringing an elegant and alluring element to your images. Choose a comfortable pair that you can confidently pose in. Even if you're not used to wearing heels, they can be transformative during a boudoir shoot.

Plus they can be a super FUN accessory!


Having a robe or cover-up on hand is not only practical for wardrobe changes but can also be a beautiful addition to your boudoir session. A silky robe or a lacy cover-up can create soft and elegant images that exude comfort and sensuality!

If you have a quick shoot this likely isn't needed but if you are just wanting something to keep yourself covered up then this can be a great item to bring!

Hair & Makeup Essentials

Boudoir shoots often involve professional hair and makeup artists, but it's a good idea to bring some essentials for touch-ups. Consider packing your favorite lipstick, blush, and hair styling products to maintain your look throughout the session.

I try my best to find artists that will stay throughout the session to make you look good throughout the shoot so that you don't have to worry about a thing! But I know some clients prefer to do it themselves, so hair/makeup essentials are always a good idea.

Last but not least, Confidence & Open mindedness

Even though this isn't a physical thing you can bring, it's probably the MOST important! A boudoir shoot is all about embracing your body and being open to trying new poses and expressions. I get it, its SO hard to be fully excited and confident if you don't feel at home in your own body. As silly as this sounds, I always recommend my clients practice in a mirror even just 10 minutes of making faces in your reflection can help you train your face and body on what angles and poses work best!

Bring a positive attitude, be willing to step out of your comfort zone, and trust your photographer's guidance to capture stunning shots. I've always thought every client of mine has been beautiful and sensual! Even if you aren't feeling that way trust me or your photographer that we will everything we can to make you feel and look your best!

And know that 90% of the time posing doesn't feel natural and we may ask you to do wacky things but trust us when we tell you it will look good!

In Conclusion

To sum things up, a boudoir shoot is a celebration of your unique beauty and sensuality. By preparing and bringing along the right items, you can ensure the experience is FUN, enjoyable and rewarding!

Remember, the most important thing to bring is a sense of self-love and acceptance, as these qualities will shine through in your photographs and create "You-nique" images that you'll cherish forever. So, gather your essentials, step into your confidence, and get ready to capture intimate moments that celebrate the essence of you!