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Your boudoir essentials

We made a definitive list of our top 7 boudoir essentials. If you've got one of each of these, you are golden. 

Everything else is up to us.

1. A bra & knicker set

First on the list, because this is by far the most important, is a well-fitting bra and knicker set. Go for one that gives you the best support possible. as no other item of lingerie can do this job as well as a good bra does.

2. Brazilian cut knickers

Brazilian knickers are a must for a boudoir session.Not all knickers are created equal though, and for this you definitely want to bring Brazilian (or cheeky) cut knickers.You don't need a matching bra – we're thinking of images from behind here & Brazilian cut knickers are going to lengthen your legs, as well as giving a lovely curve shape on your cheek. I promise you'll never want to choose a different cut again!

3. Heels

We're talking killer heels.These will do wonders for posture. They tuck your bum under, lengthen your legs and make you stand taller through your shoulders and chest.Go for the tallest, thinnest heels you can find. Avoid shoe boots and ankle straps – these cut off that extra few inches the heels add to your legs.

4. More coverage

If you don't love your stomach, then for standing or sitting images we suggest bringing something with a little more coverage. There are lots of options out there, so there is something for everyone.If you need support, get something with cups OR something that would look ok with a bra under it. We have a fab black lacy dress from Ann Summers that looks great over a bra and knicker set, which we recommend to everyone.

Items with support like corsets, basques or babydolls work great so don't be afraid to look around for something. If you don't need support you can look at slips, teddies or negligees - all are very elegant, but make sure they show off your figure and aren't too loose fitting.

5. Jewellery

If you never leave the house without a piece of statement jewellery, then definitely think through what to bring with you.If you're just not into jewellery you don't need to think about it at all.This is only important if it's a big part of your personality. We don't want you to be sitting there, looking at your images, thinking “I wish I wore my big sparkly necklace for that” or “there's something missing”.If you're in the middle, and you do have just a few pieces that mean a lot to you, or that you wear all the time, definitely wear them. They'll add an extra personal touch to your images.

6. Accessories

These can help make your portraits extra personal. Adding a favourite item of yours can be the icing on the cake for some portraits. We've had everything from guitars to motorbikes, from ice skates to pocket watches. Anything you would like to feature, we can work with. It could be as simple as your favourite book.Alternatively accessories can be clothing – favourite jackets, hats, summer scarves – just pick something very 'you'.

7. Partner's shirt

If you have a partner, snaffle one of their shirts to bring along. Work or dress shirts work especially well, and they will absolutely love it (although, to be fair, they'll love all of them anyway!).

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