While it is customary for newly-engaged couples to book pre wedding or engagement photography sessions. There is another photographic adventure for a bride-to-be to consider. The “bridal boudoir” shoot. Oh god no! I hear you shriek, but hear me out.. Boudoir what on earth is it really?  The word has come to mean bedroom in modern language. Really it symbolises a “private” place for a woman to engage in an activity of her choice… oooh I say!
 
Bridal boudoir photography, or a boudoir shoot is a sexy photo session for the bride. A time to pose alone in her bridal lingerie and accessories before the big day, in peace and quiet.  The best boudoir photographers are super discreet, reassuring and have a kind, considerate nature. They have the innate skills built in to make you feel sensational through the entire process.
 
Boudoir is usually done in a woman’s own home bedroom or for more elaborate shoots stylish hotel rooms.   I know brides who have considered booking a shoot. Some have said yes and embraced the experience. Others have said no and decided it is all a little too nerve wracking. The self confidence to bear as much as you feel like bearing, the questions about how far should you go? What on earth will he/she think?
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I’m here to say yes, and advocate for the OMG, do it!  For so so many reasons, some of which a young woman may understand now and some which she will not. Let’s face it not everyone is Emma Hernan (FHM’s sexiest woman 2017) and that’s OK… All women are beautiful, simple, no arguing please. What is it about youth that makes us insecure during our most powerful time in life? What is it that stops us from feeling complete and beautiful in our given skin. Or proud of our unique body, face and features?  Women think boudoir is about getting undressed and smutty. You know the kinda shots I am talking about. When actually it is about you wearing something to show your best self. Whether that is in your bridal lingerie or not.
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Starting with a top to toe beauty routine, and ending with professional hair and makeup. The idea is to feel exquisite in the skin you have. Super confident and gloriously feminine. The rest you leave up to the photographer, to nurture and cajole out of you on the day.  The “lingerie” that fancy word for bra and knickers, can truly take any form these days. I have put links at the bottom of this post to share my very very favourites. Women often say they’ll need a few drinks to pose. Maybe, maybe not. I wouldn’t want someone to strike a pose that was totally out of character for her. A good boudoir photographer will guide you through the whole shoot, reassuring you as you go. The biggest part of it is to be yourself!
 
Our best advice is to make sure you have the right team supporting you. Booking something like this will give you images sure to make you feel a million percent beautiful and confident. They are also a pretty damn perfect present for your partner.
 
Love
Tasha, Editor of the Hampshire Wedding Club and photographer at Ikonworks

Credits

venue: the master builders / hair: riot hairdressing / makeup: frances moore / flowers: jo hicks flowers / silk ribbons: kate cullen / shoes: rachel simpson shoes / gown: hannah elizabeth / lingerie: pompadour / headpiece: victoria ferguson / model: jess j from imm models / photography: ikonworks

Your 20 second guide

Hampshire based photographers, who will shoot bridal boudoir photography

Rebecca Frost Photography

Ikonworks (me)

Rare moments

Beautiful lingerie for your photography session

Pompadour, stocked at Hannah Elizabeth Bridal (My favourite brand)

Violet and Wren

Shell Belle Couture

What Katie Did

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