What to wear for your boudoir session? It’s a question I get asked all too many times. The answer to me, is simple. Wear what makes you feel good. Bokeh Love Photography is the top rated South Jersey Boudoir Photographer located in Galloway, NJ. I know how to style for your to your body type and pose you so you look your absolute best with every curve and angle of your body!
how many times women hear the word boudoir and think they HAVE to wear lingerie. You do not have to wear something provocative, sensual, or something that shows off the parts you don’t love or makes you feel uncomfortable.
Well, that should be a reflection on who you are as a person and as a woman. You should wear something that makes you feel comfortable! That something can be anything from a romper to a comfy sweater or a full on designer lingerie piece.
I want a boudoir session to feel sensual, happy and romantic. I want the woman to feel empowered and to embrace her femininity. Wearing things that are daring but concealing yet modern and classic. I want women to feel pampered and taken care of. This is not just a session, it’s a wonderful experience that every woman should experience and leave knowing they are gorgeous with self esteem higher than the universe!
and find a few pieces that I think are stunning. I tend to go for body suits with lots of lace and darker colors, I love straps and matching sets as well. Show your curves ladies, they look good on you!
As a South Jersey Boudoir Photographer, I like to be more relaxed and fun. You know, us Jersey girls are sexy and powerful, and we like comfort but can totally look hot with an oversized flannel!
Here are the things I found with links below the images so you can purchase them if you would like.
(No, I am not receiving any affiliate commissions from these, I do not work for these websites or stores, I am just showing you what I like and think would work in a boudoir session.)
(All Images below are not my images, they were found on the internet with links directing to their origin)
I love bodysuits. I think it’s because they remind me of dancers. I used to be a dancer, and I always felt good wearing one of these. They were tight, and always thinned out my stomach. They made my arms feel tight, they made my back look feminine, and they make me feel like I could just float. Not only that, but they elongate your legs. They give you something to play with, you can tug at these, you can hold the sleeves, you can play with the straps, you can hide areas that you aren’t in love with, but most of all you can feel confident with these. Also, if you aren’t a fan of your legs, we can just add a tulle skirt! Who doesn’t love a tulle skirt?
AMERICAN APPAREL – Cotton Spandex Long Sleeve Double U Bodysuit
AMERICAN APPAREL – 2×2 Rib Long Sleeve Cutout Bodysuit
AMERICAN APPAREL – 2×2 Rib U Back Bodysuit
AMERICAN APPAREL – Cotton Spandex Halter Bodysuit
I adore lace. I do. It looks so delicate and classic. I am convinced it looks good on everyone. The fancier the better. I always say when you are looking for something to wear for portraits, go big or go home. You want to step outside of your comfort zone, and you want to get creative. This is something you are investing in that you may not do again and again, so be bold!
Oh, robes. My favorite thing to wear. I am in now way joking. I love robes. They make me feel so feminine, and leave a lot for the mind to think about. They’re sexy, they’re sensual, and more importantly, they make US feel wonderful because we are hiding everything. Robes come in so many different styles too. They can be solid, or made of lace, they can be cotton, or they can be wool. Which ever you decide to go with, you can take it off entirely, drape it down your shoulder, or keep it on for your entire session. Again, boudoir is not about sex and showing your goods. It is about sensuality and feeling empowered, beautiful and raising your self esteem. Your partner, of course will be happy to see the images as well!
STRAPS ARE SO MUCH FUN! It doesn’t matter what your body shape, straps will grab any curve and make you want to look! It creates shapes that were not there, and minimizes shapes that you do not want there. Straps are the ultimate brain game and they work so very well! Not only that, they’re so stinking cute! Who doesn’t want to wear these? I know I do! What to wear for your boudoir session? These! These right here!
Check out number 2 in this lineup! This is an embroidered, strappy, bodysuit! Talk about perfection! This is a 2017 trend that will hit the charts! Flowers are pretty, but prettier when embroidered!
By now, you know I love lace and bodysuits. Black is slimming but Plum is right behind with a dramatic edge. It’s slimming, it’s rich, and so very feminine!
A well fitting matched set is like the icing on the cake! I highly recommend this as a safe outfit. White lingerie is a new 2017 trend and I think it will be a great one. Nothing is as beautiful as a pure white lingerie set.
Yep. I said it. Sports Bras. Did I mention that you didn’t have to wear lingerie for a boudoir session to feel sexy? Let’s say you are a sporty girl, and you still want to feel sexy and feminine, but don’t feel comfortable in the thong and push up bra? Well, you don’t have to! Being feminine isn’t about wearing lace, or body suits. It’s about owning who you are, and being proud, happy, and feeling absolutely drop dead gorgeous! Rock it girl, be sexy, be sporty, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be sexy in a sports bra!
Yes, You all know I love them by now, but these two are different. They look like you could almost (almost) wear them outside. They’re sexy, like I am talking Victoria’s Secret sexy. But they can still work in the boudoir! They’re sensual, and fun. You can glam them up, or glam them down. Whatever you decide, you have to admit, I’m on the right track here!
Chemise, Baby doll, whatever you call it, this is a tummy pleaser. If you’ve just had a baby, or you don’t love your tummy, select this. You will not be sorry. It’s sexy, and you can still see your shape, you can still see your belly button, but it can be worn and you can still feel comfortable. I own a few of these myself, and I always feel gorgeous wearing them. Just make sure you try them on first and get the right size. If you buy them too large, they don’t look that flattering.
Yes, T-shirts can be sexy! Pizza Hot Dogs Coffee and Donuts? Yes please! All the yes’s! Pair these adorable shirts with a cute pair of bikini undies? Or how about those striped boy shorts? Maybe you’re that cute kinda sexy that lays on the couch eating potato chips and your fiance thinks you’re the most amazing thing on earth… well, here is your ticket to happiness! Feel gorgeous and comfortable!
Sweaters can be big and bulky or tiny and slinky, wear your jeans, or wear some adorable panties, to bra or not to bra… However you feel sexy, this is a great alternative to the typical lingerie!
Yes, they CAN be sexy! American Eagle has some adorable matching sets. What’s not to love about these? They’re so cute, and so feminine. They can be dressed up or dressed down, and there is no need to get stuffy in some lingerie that will take far too long to get into when these can just be thrown on, and you feel like you’re at home! If you’re in to comfort and being cute and girly – this is it.
I hope you enjoyed this lengthy post! It’s definitely full of great information regarding where to shop, what to wear, and so many different options for different body types.
If you think you’re ready to book your session with Lauren (me!), a top rated South Jersey Boudoir Photographer, email me directly: email@example.com , and let’s chat about your upcoming session!
We are at it again! We loved hosting the Atlantic City Boudoir Marathon SO MUCH, we decided to bring it back! Only this time, in addition to boudoir, we are also offering glamour! What does that mean exactly? Oh, I am so beyond excited to tell you! Glamour means, beauty, it means feeling amazing about yourself. If you aren’t quite ready to show off your bod in lingerie or a robe, bring some fancy clothes, a ball gown perhaps! Whatever makes YOU feel beautiful. You will have the most gorgeous images captured of yourself, to show off to friends, family, and your loved ones. Why not indulge and have your hair and makeup done and document this experience? Go for it! You will NOT be sorry!
Sessions are being held in the most amazing suite in Atlantic City at The Golden Nugget and will include hair and makeup by the most amazing MUA in the industry, Mia Crivaro of Creations by Mia! She is the absolute best, and I use her exclusively for all of my clients.
Things are being done a little bit differently this year, and we think you’re going to love it!
We will have gorgeous products on display and available for order at your session. I’m talking little black books, folio’s, and matted prints! You’re going to want to see these! We are big on products, and want you to get your images printed! Albums start at $400, and we do offer payment plans on all orders. Your images will be ready 2 weeks after your session to come in to our studio to view and order your images. We will help you through this entire process and make it an amazing experience for you. This sort of thing should not be difficult, thats why we are offering our full service studio experience, complete with bites and refreshments.
So what are you waiting for? Time to book your Atlantic City Boudoir Marathon with Bokeh Love Photography today!
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Check out some gorgeous photos from our last session!
In the past few years, we have been to a few different hotels. The Ocean View Penthouse Suite in The Chelsea, The House of Blue Suite at The Showboat, Luxury Suites at Caesars, and our favorite so far, The One Bedroom Suite at The Golden Nugget! We liked the Golden Nugget SO much, that we are going back this summer! It’s such a gorgeous room! I have BIG plans for the Summer Boudoir sessions this July! A few secret surprises and some really, really exciting news to share with my clients! It’s hush hush until that night!
To give you an idea of what the room looks like, see the photos below. Curtasy of the Golden Nugget website:
So what happens at a boudoir marathon? Here are some frequently asked questions to help you make the decision – to book or not to book?
What is a boudoir session?
Think glamour but sexier! Boudoir photography is an intimate portrait session where you get to feel gorgeous, let your confidence shine, and create the most gorgeous images of yourself. You will get to SEE who you have always FELT inside.
Why do you call it an Atlantic City Boudoir Marathon?
Well, simply because I have the marathon in Atlantic City. We have had great success with the beautiful hotels that Atlantic City has to offer, and we like to stay local!
What is a Boudoir Marathon?
A marathon is when a few sessions take place on the same day, in the same location. Each session has a different time slot with a 10 minute window between sessions. They are still private, but have a central location for hair and makeup.
Why should I do a boudoir session?
There are so many different reasons to do a boudoir session. You could be gifting these images to your significant other for a birthday or a holiday such as Valentine’s Day, you could be engaged and wanting to deliver a gorgeous album as a bridal gift to your new spouse, or maybe you would like to deliver a super spontaneous gift to your significant other, or be doing this for yourself, because let’s face it, we all like to get dolled up and feel sexy!
What do I wear to a boudoir session?
I suggest that you bring 5 outfits to choose from, and I will select my favorite 3. Now I don’t just pick 3 I think are pretty, I find the 3 that I think will look best on your body. I do however, give you advice ahead of time and direct what I think would look best for your shape. It’s good to go to a lingerie store that specilizes in well fitting clothing. Also, you can be fun and bring props like a football and your husbands favorite football jersey. Or perhaps he is into baseball, bring his glove, a baseball and his favorite team shirt! We can go into more details on that, but imagination is key! The impotant thing here is to wear what makes YOU feel sexy! If it’s your favorite pair of jeans a tank top and a good pair of hot pink pumps, then we will take the most amazing photos ever!
I am really shy, I don’t know if I can do this!
Don’t be shy! This is a very fun experience. I work with an all woman team, that means me (the photographer), hair and makeup (all women!) Have some chocolate and sip some champagne! It will be okay!
I am not shy at all, can I be completely nude?
Boudoir is implied nudity, however I will never tell you to take off or put on clothing. Do whatever makes you feel sexy, and I will be there to create beautiful, tasteful images for you.
How many photos do I receive?
You will receive 10 digital negatives of your choice.
Can I purchase additional digitals?
There will be many photos to choose from, and you will be able to order prints from those proofs. For ever print you buy, you will receive that digital for free.
Can I bring a friend or family member?
Yes! Please understand that this is an all woman event, and I request that spouses be left at home. Limit yourself to 1 guest, for moral support, or if they would like to book a session that they do so in advanced so there is time for photographing!
Do I need to do my own Hair and Makeup?
Hair and makeup is included in marathons, but a seperate cost for regular sessions. If you would like to have your hair and makeup done for a regular session you may do so, or I can have it arranged at the studio before your session.
How long will a session last?
Boudoir Marathon’s are 30 minutes for hair and makeup and 30 minutes for photographing.
Who will see my images? Will my Images be uploaded onto the BOKEH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY website and Social media?
As you can see in this blog post, I do post previews once a year of sessions held the previous year. They do not get posted to social media, just my blog as of right now. I never show faces unless permission is given. None of these photos are reconizable, except for my own! (Yes, there are photos of me in this blog post) In the future I will feature a section on my website with boudoir images, but again, never will I show faces without written permission to do so.
Do you have any advice to help me prepare for my Boudoir Session?
Yes, of course I do!
-Lotion is a must! Please moisturize before your session to avoid dry skin that will show up in photos.
-Do not wear tight clothing the day of your session. Please wear bagging clothing including bra’s and panties to avoid marks on skin.
-Drink plenty of water the day before and the day of your session to hydrate your skin!
-Do not color hair the day before the shoot.
-If you decided to have nails done, please do so the day before the shoot.
-Do not get a facial the week of the shoot to avoid red skin.
-Do not tan the day before the shoot, please do so 3 or 4 days ahead of time to avoid discolorations in your skin.
-Do not wear makeup, makeup will be done for you.
-Do not arrive with wet hair, hair must be dried.
Sample images from previous Atlantic City Boudoir Marathons:
To book your session, please follow this link: http://bokehlovephoto.studio-booking.com/booking/blp_boudoir/
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s easy to say that you will never take boudoir photos. It’s a scary thing, to get in front of the camera, and shed your clothing. I know, because I’ve been there. I decided to get in front of the camera last year, at my summer boudoir marathons. It was scary; I will not lie to you. After a few minutes, I started to see a change in myself. I felt good, I felt empowered, I felt free. It was finally me being myself, and being proud of myself for doing something I would never do. I started out doing this for my husband, thinking he would love this! It soon became something I wanted to do FOR ME! I needed a self-esteem boost, after having two kids; I didn’t think my body was, ya know, where it should be. I couldn’t believe how happy I was with my body, with myself, and how proud and excited I was to show my husband the photos. He loved them, of course, but I wasn’t even afraid to show him, because I was pleased with how I looked.
I want to take you all through a walkthrough of how these sessions are. In the past, I go above and beyond to get these amazing suites. I booked the sessions an hour apart, to give ample time for hair, makeup, and privacy. This boudoir marathon I am going to show you was at the Showboat just before it closed. I knew I had to book this amazing suite, because it would cease to exist, had I not booked it! It was called, the House of Blues Suite! It was majestic, fabulous, dark, and romantic. It wasn’t like my other boudoir marathons were – bright and airy. It was definitely different, but I loved the mood it was giving the photos.
I of course, take care of my clients, and had gifts and cookies prepared for them! (and some pink champagne to loosen up the nerves) The cookies (so delicious) were designed and baked by the fabulous Flourish! You can find Flourish on Facebook, InstaGram and Etsy if you’d like to have your own fabulous cookies custom designed for you!
Upon entering there was a gorgeous sitting area where hair and makeup was being done. Angela Campanale did hair and Kiara Upsher did makeup. They are both seriously, the sweetest! Angela works at a local hair salon and is AMAZING and Kiara owns her own cosmetic business so everything she puts on you is also for sale. She can even make you a custom foundation blend (just ask!) and all of her products are not tested on animals, and are super friendly for even the most sensitive of skin! (It’s also my makeup of choice, thanks for the hookup lady!) Check out Kiara Upsher on Facebook, InstaGram, and her online cosmetic store!
To start, I want to show off my own photos. I definitly broke out of my shell and opened up a lot! It was exilerating and I am so happy and proud to have these photos to show off (and give to my hubby)!
All of the women who came out were amazing! They had so much fun, and even came with friends! I encourage friends to tag along, and if they want a session or to jump in, make sure to pre book so we are prepared and you get the hair and makeup! Also, everyone who books, goes home with a goodie bag! It’s my special treat to end this night with something fun!
To see a preview of what is in store for next week’s boudoir marathon, click here!
There is still time to reserve your session, but hurry! Spots are booking up fast and I don’t want you to have to wait until next year!
I am so excited to announce that the January Boudoir Marathon in Atlantic City is finally here! These have become very well known with BLP and I look forward to planning them every year! Having these twice is a year is really fun because I get to plan a winter and summer one in totally different hotels. Each year we get so many women coming out to get photos taken for their boyfriends, husbands, partners, and even for themselves! In July, I even got them done!!
Both locations were high end and pure luxe! They are amazing! This year we looked around and decided to stay in Atlantic City! In January we will be going to the Golden Nugget in a 1 bedroom Suite. This means great things, and I will tell you why. Privacy is HUGE for me, and I want everyone to feel comfortable doing this. This suite has a living room and a private bedroom with sliding doors. So while all of the ladies are getting their hair and makeup done, munching on delicious snacks, and listing to fab music, the shooting area will be private! It’s great because you don’t have to feel pressured to do anything in front of anyone, and you can focus on getting amazing pictures taken!
Here is what the suite looks like! I am so excited and cannot wait to photograph all of you lovely ladies at the Boudoir Marathon in Atlantic City!
**Hotel photos are from the Golden Nugget website.
you will also be getting hair and makeup done by one of the top in the wedding industry, Mia Crivaro! I had the pleasure of meeting her at my cousins wedding, she is a total sweetheart! You can check out her work here, she’s FABULOUS! creationsbymia.com
If you aren’t sure if you want to book and need to see a sample, please email me and we can discus everything. For protection and privacy reason, I will not share any photos online that reveal faces, unless the client is totally okay with it. I will however show you my photos! I had a great time, and my hubby loves them! Here are some photos of me and one of my besties! (And she is responsible for our lovely makeup! Her name is the lovely Miss Kiara Upsher)
I am accepting 10 bookings for this Boudoir Marathon. With each booking a Peal Iguana Wallet Folio is included. A folio is a wonderful way to display your photos. Below is an image for you to see exactly what you will get!
When: January 13, 2015
Where: The Golden Nugget Hotel & Spa, Spa Tower, 1 Bedroom Suite (I will be emailing everyone upon checkin with the room number)
Time: Checkin to the hotel is at 4:00. The first appointment is at 4:30, Everyone is encouraged to come 1 hour before their appointment to ensure that we are running on time!
Hair & Makeup: Your hair and makeup is all done! SO EXCITING! All shoots will be in the private bedroom (with sliding doors), the bathroom (bathtub with bubbles), or in the living room if you don’t mind other ladies laughing, dancing, and singing to music! If you want to do the bathtub with the bubbles, please bring bathing suit bottoms, and a towel! Shooting will last 30 minutes, and as promised you will get 10 digital files. (But for those of you know KNOW ME, you KNOW you will be getting more than that)
What should I bring?: A robe for getting ready, 2-3 outfits (a black bra and panties is a must) Think FUN, SEXY, and FEEL GOOD! Props definitely! Boyfriends, fiance’s, girlfriends, husbands, etc. What do they like/do? Examples: Football jersey, dirt bike helmet, fire fighter pants, work shirt, tie, police hat/shirt, guitar, etc. If you would like some ideas on what to wear to your session, click here!
Can I bring someone?: Yes! You sure can! I’ve had Mom’s, sisters, BFF’s! We just ask that men and children stay home. This is a ladies only event, and not appropriate for men and children.
What will this cost? What is the Investment?: $375 includes hair, makeup, the suite, digitals, AND a Pearl Iguana Folio with two wallets of your choice. And of course munchies!
Do you sell Albums?: Albums will be on display for purchase. Custom albums are also available. Also everyone will receive a price sheet of available products with order deadlines guaranteed to be delivered by Valentines Day!
Terms & Conditions: The only images that will be shown publicly are images that do not include faces. Images that do show faces need to sign an additional contract stating that you agree to have images publish publicly. $100 non-refundable retainer is due upon booking to reserve your session, and the rest is due 1 week before shoot date (January 6th). All images will be delivered online via a password protected client access website in both color and b&w.