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If you follow my blog you know that I’m currently developing my boudoir portfolio. Though I’ve only got a few of these shoots under my belt, it’s already becoming clear that having the right attitude is the key to getting the best result.

Here are five simple tips that, when truly embraced, will result in some absolutely stunning images.

  1. Go with a natural look.

I specialize in outdoor boudoir. To me nature is feminine and beautiful – a setting that really works for boudoir. So avoid getting a fresh hair cut or spray tan just before your session. It’s best to let beauty treatments settle in for a couple days before your shoot in order to get an effortlessly sexy result.

  1. Talk yourself up, not down.

This advice is easy to give but tough to follow. I always catch myself criticizing my hair or my skin or my flat tush. And unfortunately I’m not the only one. I think this is a bad habit most women have. But negative self-talk will make you feel and look awkward on set. Before the shoot listen to a song that pumps you up and makes you feel sexy (Kung Fu Fighting does it for me).  Or just look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how hot and awesome you are!

  1. Keep an open-mind.

We’ll try different spots, props and poses in order to get the best possible shots. Sometimes the sexiest pose is not always the most comfortable one. Try to keep an open-mind and go with the flow. Trying new things is the best way to get those fun, unique images.

  1. Trust your photographer.

Make sure you feel safe and comfortable with your photographer whether it’s me or someone else. Let me know what your favorite and least favorite looks and body parts are, if there’s anything that’s a no-go, etc. Once you’ve communicated your preferences you need to be able to relax and have fun. I will try tons of different poses and ideas during our shoot together. Some of them may not work so well but others will turn out to be absolutely gorgeous. It’s your photographer’s job to edit and provide you with the most beautiful images from the shoot.

  1. Just relax!

Posing for a photo is a little uncomfortable. Posing practically naked for a photo is a whole other thing entirely. When you feel yourself getting a little self-conscious, unsure or even just cold, take a breath and remember to relax and have fun. The result will be naturally sexy every time.