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The cornerstone to a great boudoir shoot is some sexy lingerie that fits your body so well you feel as sexy in it as you look wearing it.  This is not as simple as running to the local lingerie boutique grabbing their discount sale items, it starts with knowing your body, what you want to highlight and what you want to draw attention to.

There are many different options out there for sexy bra/panty sets. When shopping for these, proper fit is extremely important. Honestly, these sets are the most unforgiving to be photographed in, so I don't suggest bringing more than one.

Corsets are meant to cinch your waist and give you killer curves. They usually have ties in the back that help create your shape. They are hard to put on, but don’t worry – I can help you!

A babydoll is a short, sleeveless, loose-fitting nightgown. It sometimes has formed cups called a bralette for cleavage with an attached, loose-fitting skirt falling, in length, usually between the upper thigh and the belly button

A teddy is a garment that covers the torso and crotch in one
garment. It is a similar style of garment to a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit but is typically more sheer and definitely sexier.

A bustier is similar to a corset in coverage, but it has cups built in that give nice breast support. They don’t normally cinch the waist like corsets do, but there are some hybrid styles out there that combine a little waist cinching and breast lifting.

A close-fitting, one-piece stretch garment for women. They are considered clothing, but they are great boudoir too!

A Garter Belt is a belt worn around the waist or hips with attached garters or fasteners to hold up stockings. Sometimes Garters are built into lingerie so a belt isn’t needed.

The stockings they hold up are called Thigh Highs (because they pull up to the thigh). There are two different types of thigh highs:

Some have a rubber material on the inside to help them stay up. This is REALLY important to know. If the stockings have the rubber inside they are NOT meant for garters. They are meant to be worn without them. The rubber allows them to stay up on their own. If you try to pair these stocking with garters, they are very hard to attach because of the thickness of them.

Stockings without the rubber are much more desirable for garters. There is an art to attaching the stockings. Again, don’t worry, I can easily help you and teach you how it’s done.

Shape wear is a type of tight-fitting underwear intended to
control and shape the figure. There are many beautiful options out there these days. (Not the ones that are meant to be hidden, but styles that flatter and are also pleasing to the eye).

Think of them as dresses that are meant to be worn under a dress, often with cups built in for support. Some slips can fit into the shape wear category but many do not.

Clothing is a fantastic option for boudoir! It might sound counterintuitive but think about a hot leather jacket; or ripped jeans and a sexy bra; or off the shoulder sweaters; or a sheer T-shirt. There are so many options for clothing that can be just as sexy, if not sexier than lingerie.

You can also mix the two. Try a beautiful bra with a full skirt, a tank top with a lacey thong or high socks. Why not have fun and be creative?!
Now that you know a little more about the different styles, read below and determine which is the best for you!
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Abs’ olutely the right lingerie… Want to show off those hard earned abs and a little more skin. Bra and panty sets are a great option. Things to think about are the style of panty you choose (the amount of coverage) and what type of bra suits you best. I know its tempting to pull out a bra you might wear every day - but try to look for something a little sexier, special. Something that is meant to be seen!
Lets get to the bottom of this. If a great tush shot is on your list, I recommend bottoms that show just enough, but not too much. I prefer cheeky  bottoms over thongs. Many teddies and body suits are cut in the back to show off some tush. Those are a great option too! (beware of string teddies though - they don’t always flatter!)

Legs Legs Legs - lots of options! We all want long gorgeous legs. Here are a couple of tips for that! Look for high cut undies, teddies, bodysuits. The higher the leg opening the longer your legs will look. Also bring a pair of skin colored shoes with you. That will make your legs look even longer than they are.

Need a lift but don’t want to show too much skin? Bustiers are for you! They offer amazing support while giving you a little more coverage, all while flattering your shape.

Arms are sometimes a concern for women. Well, let’s ease that concern. Look for long sleeved body suits or throw a crisp white button down over some killer lingerie. Presto - no worry needed.

How to do coverage, correctly! Even though boudoir is about shedding layers, I do understand many women don’t want to show too much skin or they are concerned about parts of their body that they might not want to show off. Here are some tips to cover, boudoir style.

If you are worried about showing your stomach think of shapewear (the gorgeous kind! Not the kind that hurts!), Slips, bustiers and corsets. A beautiful lace robe over a bra and underwear is a great choice. So is a plain white tank top and lacey undies.
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If you have some stretch marks or scars look for some more opaque materials, but stick with a style that will still show off your shape – like a bodysuit or a slip. The worst thing you can do is hide behind a lot of fabric – like a babydoll for example. It will only make you look heavier. We want to see your gorgeous shape no matter what you wear or how covered you are.

Please bring at least one pair of black and one skin colored heel with you. . If you want to bring more shoes, fantastic!! Just keep in mind, the higher the heel – the better!!

Feel free to bring any jewelry you might want to wear. I can help you choose what looks nice with your outfit and what will flatter depending on the poses that we are going to work with.

Most colors work really well in camera. Some that do not,  include bright  fluorescent colors. If you like red, look for a deeper red – something not too bright. Black is always classic and looks great on everyone.

If you want to bring a prop or two to show off your interests and personality, that’s great. .
Not every outfit has to be lingerie
Bring high heels, both light and dark
Try everything on before your session
Brand new lingerie or very lightly worn is best
Keep your body type in mind
Wear whatever YOU feel sexy in – if you don’t feel sexy in something, you won’t look sexy in it!
Bring your clothing and lingerie on hangers with a garment bag over the top. Don't stuff it in a duffel! This will reduce wrinkles and fold lines.
Clean the bottoms of your shoes (and feet) just in case they appear in a photo.
Cut tags and make sure security devices have been removed from new purchases.
The magic of photoshop stops at tan lines. I highly recommend NOT getting a spray tan - as they always streak - and stay out of the sun the week before your session to avoid sun burns or noticeable tan lines. You want your skin to be natural and even.
Make sure your mani-pedi is fresh and matches your clothing colors and styles. French tips, golds, and neutral colors look really nice. Avoid bold colors as it will become of the focus of the photo.
Opt for lacy, sheer demi cup bras over full coverage t-shirt bras.
Cocktail dress
Short robe or wrap
Fur jacket or wrap
Suit jacket
Team jersey
Fashion glasses
Hair accessories
Always bring more outfits with you than you plan to wear, this way we have options!

I ALWAYS recommend to visit your local lingerie boutiques to get your lingerie. This way you can get help from knowledgeable ladies about what you should consider in their store. However, given that this is the age of the internet, I know most of you will prefer to purchase some lingerie online - so here are a few online outlets that I recommend for their great selection and quality.

If you do decide to purchase online, make sure to order far enough ahead of time that you can return/replace the lingerie if it does not fit you correctly. Remember, properly fitting lingerie is key, and if you show up with a bunch of lingerie that doesn't fit you well we are in for a rough shoot.
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Welcome to Photography by Susan White. We are a low volume-high quality photography studio and gallery, in a beautiful new location in Pembroke nestled on over three acres of woodlands, surrounded by a nature preserve. Here we create relaxed, natural portraits both indoors and outdoors.

Our work is available on fine art canvas, or classic lustre finish, all in color or rich warm toned black and white. We pride ourselves on the reputation we've earned in the last thirty years with both our photography AND our customer service. Just ask anyone we've ever worked with.

"Photography by Susan White . . . . . . anything else is just a compromise !"
Susan has earned the degrees of Master of Photography and Certified Professional Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America.
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