Tips + Techniques

Create Perfect Boudoir Photo Outfits with Everyday Clothing

March 19, 2024

By Ann Landstrom

A boudoir photoshoot is a unique and empowering experience that can make anyone feel beautiful and confident. It’s a chance for someone to embrace their body and showcase their personality in a comfortable and intimate setting. Creating perfect boudoir photo outfits can be achieved simply and affordably when you give your clients the right kind of guidance.

Someone doesn’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on expensive new lingerie to have a successful boudoir photoshoot. © Ann Landstrom

What Will Make Her Feel Like a Goddess?

Of course, one of the best parts of a boudoir shoot for your client is choosing the perfect outfit that makes her feel like a goddess. She might feel worried that she’ll have to spend a fortune on lingerie to look amazing. Instead, she can create the perfect outfit for her boudoir photoshoot with creativity and a few everyday clothing pieces.

[Read: The Boudoir Photography Empowerment Movement]

Everyday clothing items can be combined in creative ways to create a boudoir photo outfit that makes a woman feel like a goddess. © Ann Landstrom

First, Consider Her Style and What Makes Her Feel Confident

Does your client love a classic, vintage look or prefer something more modern and edgy? Once she has considered her style, she can start thinking about the clothes she already owns that can help her achieve that look. For example, a simple slip dress or a lacy bralette paired with high-waisted shorts can create a vintage-inspired outfit, while a leather jacket and strappy heels can give a more modern vibe. 

A pair of strappy heels can bring a modern, edgy vibe. © Ann Landstrom

Another tip is to play with textures and fabrics. Soft, flowy materials like silk or chiffon can add a touch of elegance and romance to an outfit. 

Faux fur or a cozy sweater can create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere in photos. And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and textures.

A cozy sweater and socks can create an inviting vibe. © Ann Landstrom

Accessorizing is Also Key to Completing Boudoir Looks

Adding a statement necklace or a pair of earrings can elevate a simple outfit and add a touch of glamor. A scarf or a hat can also add a unique element to photos and showcase your client’s personality.

Lastly, confidence is the most important accessory. No matter what she chooses to wear, the key to creating perfect boudoir photo outfits is for her to feel comfortable and confident in her skin. Encourage your clients to trust themselves and embrace their beauty — the camera will capture it all. 

Accessories, such as a scarf, hat, or string of pearls, can really complete a look. © Ann Landstrom

Creating Perfect Boudoir Photo Outfits Doesn’t Have to be Complicated or Expensive

With creativity and a few everyday clothing pieces, you can create a looks with your clients that reflect their style and make them feel confident and beautiful. 

Remind your clients to have fun, embrace their uniqueness, and trust themselves. The perfect boudoir looks are already within them.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared on Ann Landstrom’s blog.


Ann Landstrom is an award-winning master photographer whose work is known for bringing out her clients’ essence. Ann is also an accomplished educator and speaker. She is a valued mentor in The Portrait System and recently taught at WPPI.

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