Wedding Photography Trends

You may have heard of one of the latest trends in wedding photography. It involves the bride wearing a lot less than her gown. Boudoir photography is definitely gaining popularity among brides to be, but what’s it really all about? Find out whether these artistic sexy pics are for right you.

So, what is boudoir photography?

Boudoir photography is a sexy new trend that’s especially popular as a wedding day gift from a bride to her groom. Boudoir photos are usually taken wearing either just a little, or well, nothing at all. They’re hardly X-rated though, but rather PG-13, as in classic pinup-inspired pics, or what the pros call ‘implied artistic nudes.’ That means you’re not wearing anything, but you’re also not showing off anything either (think shot from the back, or lying on your stomach).

Who will take my pictures?

Many wedding photographers have embraced this trend with a female Boudoir photographer. An added bonus of going with a pro: Many brides like to have the best of their boudoir photos bound in a mini album just for their hubby, a service many wedding photographers are able to arrange. In some cities, you may also be able to find services that specialize in boudoir photography. While the shots you get may not be as high quality as those of a high-end wedding photographer, there can be other perks, like closets full of potential wardrobe items or props.

When should I schedule the session?

If you’re spending time and money on an excersise and beauty routine, you may want to wait until a week or so before the wedding to show off the results. Plus, a fun and pampering photo shoot is a good way to indulge and take some time out from wedding planning. Though you might be inclined to arrange for the session on the morning of your wedding, resist the urge. For one, you’re not likely to feel very sultry if the rain clouds looming over your outdoor ceremony site are the first thing on your mind. Second, do you really want your to be mother-in-law walking in on you while you’re posing in just your veil? Stick with a separate shoot so you’ll have time to really feel comfortable and get some great shots.

Should I have my hair and makeup done for the boudoir session?

I definitely recommend it for a couple of reasons. Number one, it is so much fun! Working with a pro will only add to your experience. Secondly, long lasting sultry eyes are the aim for the end result and looks much different than your average makeup you wear every day. Michele Bell is a professional makeup artist in New York. Michele has worked with thousands of brides from allover the world and caters to brides to be during a boudoir photo shoot, engagement and weddings from New York to weddings in St. Barths. A true wedding professional knows how to enhance not “transform” your beauty from the inside to out.

How long does it take?

Though it depends on the package you choose, your boudoir photo session will probably last about two hours. Why so long? It takes time for hair and makeup, plus the additional lighting setup. It may also take you a little while to relax. Most brides aren’t used to lounging around wearing little, if any, clothing in front of the camera, so your first few shots will likely look a bit stiff.

What does it cost?

Boudoir shoots start at $599 and include your session, professional hair and makeup, retouching, and a couple of prints. Some locations (such as a hotel room) require an added charge. Most clients also choose to add an album or the digital files. Visit our pricing page here and feel free to contact Capture Couture Photography with any questions. Please keep in mind that our packages are customizable. Boudoir parties are also a inexpensive way to keep costs down. If you can add a private session onto your wedding package, you may be able to get a better deal than if you go with a different wedding photographer. The real key, of course, is whether you gel with your photographer — if you don’t feel comfortable, it will show on camera.

Where should I have it done?

Talk with your photographer to come up with the best location. Many photographers may be able to do a photo session in a studio. Another popular site is a posh hotel room. Your own home or a borrowed home is another option. The main key is to get an okay from your photographer on the locale — a number of different backgrounds for poses are important, and they’ll also need lots of natural light.

What should I wear?

The most important thing — choose outfits that make you feel sexy. A good rule of thumb: Bring something white, something black, and something in a bright color so you can mix and match. A corset will create sexy curves. In addition to lingerie, don’t forget shoes, jewelry, and your engagement ring.

Should I bring anyone along?

Though you don’t want to turn your shoot into a three-ring circus, it’s a good idea to bring a friend. Why? You’ll feel more at ease if you can make a few jokes with a pal, plus she may be able to help with suggestions. Another idea: Bring a bottle of bubbly. A little champagne may help loosen things up. You’ll be posing like a pro in no time — but of course, this is a one-time-only exclusive for a very special audience (your very lucky groom).

Other types of Photography?

Michele offers engagement photography in the Caribbean, Saratoga Springs, New York City and will travel anywhere for her clients. Michele travels frequently to the island of St. Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Barths or SXM for photography assignments. Inquire via email for more details.

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