DIY: Boudoir Photos
Mama post today!
So one day, when I actually didn't have both kiddos at home before I left for work, I was able to shower...alone...for awhile. It was glorious! I had a few hours to have some "me time" so what did I do? I played around with some makeup and my new hair curling wand. When I was finished I was feeling sort of cute, for once! Anyway, I thought I'd use the remaining hour before I needed to leave for work to take a few photos of myself for the hubs. Don't worry, the ones you'll see are pretty PG-13.
I had looked online, YouTube and Pinterest, for some tips for doing your own boudoir photos and jeeze, it's hard to find any help! I thought I'd try to give it a go anyway and see what happens. There were lots of trials and lots of errors but in the end, a few photos made the cut!
For my set up I didn't want or need to do anything over the top or super dramatic. I wanted to keep it realistic so for this I simply used the room in our house with the most natural light. I set up my Nikon on a tripod, kept it at eye level except for one or two photos which I shot from above. I shot every photo using my camera's self timer. I didn't use a wireless shutter remote because, honestly I couldn't find mine, but I feel like it's harder to hide a remote, especially in this case.
When shooting, I thought about what I do and don't like about myself but also thought about what my husband likes! I think that's a big thing people who aren't 100% happy with themselves might forget about; what does your spouse like?? This was easy for me, after two cesareans in three years I'm not comfortable photographing my lower stomach but that luckily didn't need to be photographed as my husband is definately a "boob man". (I know, TMI)
Anyway, what I'd recommend is just to use a blanket or angles to help conceal parts of you that aren't your favorite. Take lots and lots of photos, experimenting with different angles and USE YOUR LIGHT!
Editing photos can make a huge difference, too. There are tons of ways to edit photos, so get to it and play around. Choose what you love the most!
Here are three different edits of the same photo: