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How to prepare for your boudoir photo shoot

We can practically hear those butterflies flitting around your stomach! Being photographed by a stranger in nothing but her delicates is enough to make any woman nervous! But believe us when we say, there's a whole lot more to it than that... It's time to fall in love with yourself and inject some body confidence into your life.

The Femme Fatale team are experts at making you feel at home. Our glam squad take care of your hair and make up and our photographer will guide you into poses that make you feel relaxed and at ease... you'll be oozing confidence in no time!

Your Boudoir photo shoot is what you make of it.

For many woman this is a once in a lifetime experience and we want to make it perfect. You are the captain and we are your ship... steer us in any direction you choose.

We are full of ideas, tips, hints and tricks to help you nail your boudoir shoot but we love it when you bring your thoughts to the table! Browse our galleries to see what direction other Femme Fatale females have sailed. Demure & modest or provocative & alluring?

Perhaps you want to give your shoot a theme? Damsel in distress, come-hither cosplay, steamy sailor or even Marmalade down in old Moulin Rouge? Take a look at Pinterest and gather together your ideas. Chat with us before your shoot and we will try our hardest to make your ideas come to life.

Let's talk lingerie...

One thing that can make or break a shoot is how well your lingerie fits. When was the last time you were measured for a bra? We're betting between 2 and 5 years ago. We are all guilty of letting certain elements of our beauty routines slip, but this one is key before you purchase lingerie for your shoot.

A well fitting bra can make you look like you’ve had a boob job in seconds. It creates the illusion of looking taller, slimmer and having a more defined waistline. If you're planning on purchasing new lingerie for your shoot, a bra fitting is a must! They will also be able to give you advice on the best shape of underwear to flatter your bust and bum!

Plan 3-5 different outfits. Anything from matching lingerie sets or sports wear to lace robes and bodysuits. We recommend trying everything on before you come into the studio. This way you can perfect each look with jewellery and accessories and ensure that your bra and suspender straps are the correct length.

Change your shoes... change your life

When you're putting your outfits together, don't forget the most important element - Shoes! Here at Femme Fatale we're not afraid of heights and we always think bigger is better. High heels go a long way to make you look and feel sexy. When you wear heels, your posture naturally changes... you push your chest out, shoulders go back, your back arches, your bum and hips 'pop' and your knees bend. This posture create beautiful curves and lines that scream sexy! Please bring heels that are 3 inches or higher for best results.

Prepare with a pamper

We have the hair and make up covered but it's the little things that go a long way towards making you feel like a queen. Here's a some things you can do before your shoot to make you confident and glamorous...


Exfoliate For youthful glowing skin exfoliate your face and body before your shoot. We recommend doing this several times in the run up to your shoot but be sure to leave a couple of days in between scrubbings and be gentle!

Get a facial it's the perfect excuse! Why not? You're already having some 'me' time so you may as well go all out. Or if the purse strings are tight, try one at home and enjoy a bottle of wine while you're at it.

Brows Whether you do them yourself or leave it to the professionals, make sure they're plucked to perfection a few days before your shoot.


Check your roots If you colour your hair, be sure to touch up your regrowth before your shoot. Dark roots are very prominent under studio lighting.

Have a trim Book in a trim with your hairdresser to make your hair look it's healthiest. It can knock years off you and just a small trim can make a huge difference.


Hands If a manicure is your thing then be sure to get your nails done before your shoot. If that's not your thing then just make sure your nails are clean and filed.

Wax or shave If you go with waxing, give yourself a couple of days before the shoot so your skin can heal. Shaving can be done the night before. Be sure to get your legs and underarm and bikini area as well.

Tan If you usually tan your skin then be sure to schedule your appointment a few days before your shoot. Please don't tan your skin if it isn't part of your usual routine. Any number of things could go wrong and you may not like the results. We recommend embracing pale skin, it's beautiful.

On the day of your shoot

Make sure you tick all these boxes before you leave home to come to the studio:

  • You have no make up on

  • You have clean, dry hair

  • You have 3-5 different outfit changes and lingerie that fits

  • You have neat nails and brows

If you have any more questions about your session then don't hesitate to contact us.

Love Femme Fatale x

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