Put the sizzle back in your relationship with a Valentine's gift guaranteed to delight the man in your life! Boudoir photography is gaining popularity, and what better way to celebrate your gorgeous pregnant, or post-pregnancy body? Your partner will be sure to love his unique Valentine's Day gift, as well! Not only will a boudoir photography shoot produce titillating images for both of you to enjoy, but, also, it provides a wonderful keepsake of this special time in your lives.
Who can forget Demi Moore's iconic cover of Vanity Fair circa 1991? There's something so sexy about a mama celebrating her sensual body. Whether you're pregnant, or have a new baby, embrace your curves, flaunt your changing body, and love yourself. With the right photographer and lighting, you can have a fun boudoir shoot that leaves you feeling empowered, beautiful, and sexy.
Deciding what to wear can be a challenge. It's always tricky picking something when your body is so different from what you're used to. The secret lies in finding what makes you feel your best! While Demi chose to go naked for her shoot, you can certainly choose how much you feel comfortable revealing. Here are 5 boudoir photography looks for mamas and pregnant women, to make you look and feel your best.
Look 1: Girl Next Door
An old t-shirt can be just as sexy as 'traditional' boudoir lingerie. A snug tank top over classic panties will highlight your curves to perfection, while leaving plenty to the imagination. After all, boudoir photography is as much about what you don't see, as it is about what's revealed!
Look 2: Pin-Up Girl
Teddies are a favorite lingerie staple, which work great for maternity boudoir shoots! Teddies with underwires will help define your shape flatteringly, while not revealing too much. With plenty of sheer variations with strategically placed slits, teddies are a fantastic choice to highlight your curves.
Look 3: Bold
You could decide to go all out and bare it all! Of course, most photographers use strategic lighting and posing to provide that illusion, while, in reality, you're wearing something. But your partner will never be able to tell!
Look 4: Modest
You only need to be as naked as you're comfortable being. Cover up with a sheer blouse, flowing skirt, or whatever else you'd like. Layer with robes or chemises to provide exciting glimpses of what's underneath. And, of course, the old favorite pairing of underwear under a button down boyfriend shirt never goes out of style! Choosing one of your partner's shirts will definitely amp the racy element.
Look 5: Just Be You
Your preferred maternity bra and panty set is a great place to start. It's safe, it's comfortable, and it has the added advantage of your partner remembering these pics every time he sees you in them! Lace topped panties and a supportive bra make for seductive pictures.
Whatever option you pick, the goal should be to showcase your belly and show off your curves. Pick tops that conform to your body, without being too tight. When you feel great, you look even better!
Pre-shoot tips for your maternity boudoir photography session
Take your time finding a photographer whose style speaks to you. Schedule lots of time for the shoot, so you have time to warm up. Practice in front of the mirror before the shoot, if you'd like a sneak preview... or trust in your photographer to capture you at your best. Props can feel cheesy, but small bits of fabric or lace can provide fantastic peeks into what lies beneath!
On the day of the boudoir shoot
Try to wear loose clothing before the shoot, to avoid imprints or patterns on your skin when you do the big reveal. Take along music that makes you comfortable, and choose a spot that makes you feel confident. Having your hair and make-up done professionally can make a huge difference to how good you feel. Splurge and indulge yourself, boudoir photography can make for a Valentine's Day gift for both you and your partner!
Are you ready to take the plunge? Let us know what you'll be wearing (or not!) at your Valentine's Day boudoir shoot.