Top 10 Tips For [Hotel] Boudoir Sessions
If your own home is not boudoir worthy or easily available and a studio session is not your style, a hotel room is an obvious solution for your boudoir ambiance. Or is it? When you think of the rooms from hotels past, how beautiful were the rooms that you have stayed in? Take a moment to picture in your head the pattern of the comforter, the color of the carpet, or the generic pictures on the wall. Does luxury come to mind? Beauty? Do not lose hope yet. I have compiled a master list of my own top 10 tips for making your hotel photo shoot as gorgeous as you are.
2. Cannot afford a four or five star room? Don’t be discouraged because there is plenty more you can do. Inns and Bed & Breakfasts often have beautiful and affordable options. Ask if they have discounts for using the room for just a few hours instead of a full day and night. Smaller businesses like Bed & Breakfasts are easier to negotiate prices with. In exchange for free advertizing on your photographer’s blog post they may consider a decent disocunt. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
3. If at all possible, look at photos of the rooms online or through a brochure before you decide so you will know what to expect and what you may alter when you arrive.
4. Invest in looking your best. The location is important, but you darling are the centerpiece. If your session does not include a professional hair and make up artist then consider hiring one for the duration of the photo shoot or visit a salon. The way the location looks comes in second place to you so pick out various clothing otpions and langerie that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident. Trying new things is great, but if it makes you uncomfortable it will show in the photos so stick to what you know that works.
5. The atmosphere of a room may be easily altered. Remove ugly wall decorations during your session and replace them when you are done. Your may also bring in some decorations of your own such as a screen divider, a chair, or something beautiful from your own boudoir.
6. The bed is a very important prop so do not neglect it. If the comforter leaves much to be desired bring in your own. The most simple way to change the look of a room is to cover the bed with a beautiful blanket and some gorgeous silky pillow cases. The bed may be one of your best back drops.
7.Do not worry if you do not have the best blanket to bring along. Most hotel beds have white sheets and pillows. Simply remove the hideous top layers and use the classic white sheets like the movie star you wish you were, this is your photo-op after all.
8. Props are important. Whether it is something big like a screen divider or a beautiful chair or small like a basketball or your man’s favorite tie, props add variety to your photo shoot and gives you new pose possibilities.
9.Use an empty wall as a backdrop or ask your photographer to bring in some back drops of her own. If the room is very small or not very pretty this will allow you to change the scenery and get a greater variety of images. They can be serious or playful. Different colored sheets and fabrics taped to the wall (with Painter’s tape) will do the trick just fine. Get creative!
10. Lights, camera, action! Lighting drastically changes the look and mood of a photograph. Ask your photographer what lighting they plan to use. Window light, strobes, off-camera flashes, umbrellas, soft boxes, and beauty dishes all provide different looks. Suggest some of your favorite styles, but also trust your photographer when she comes up with some suggestions on the spot. She may see something you cannot see being on the other side of the camera. Variety is important. Also show your photographer examples of photos that you have seen and would like to use similar lighting, poses, or props.
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