How to NAIL your Boudoir Session | New England Boudoir Photographer | Mon Chari Boudoir

You’ve been convinced and booked your session…
You’ve picked out the perfect lingerie for your shoot and now…
The fear sets inWhat do I do between now and then and when I get there!?

Below are our favorite tips & tricks for prepping for your shoot so that you can NAIL your boudoir session!


When in doubt, Let GO

If this is your first shoot, Boudoir probably seems like this super nerve-wracking yet exciting new thing! You’ve probably brainstormed and imagined what your images will look like but the number one thing you need to remember is TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!
The more you let go and embrace this new thing, the better. I will be guiding you through this process from start to finish and posing you from your head to your toes! I’ve done this a time or two and know how to make your body bend and stretch and what looks best for each and every body type! I may even have ideas you didn’t think of, I am the creative after all!
So take a deep breath and TRUST ME.



I’m dead ass serious. STRETCH GIRL. It probably seems like a silly thing, but the poses I’ll be putting you in are something most of us (Even you super fit girls!) aren’t used to! Starting to stretch before bed, especially your lower back, will help these poses feel more comfortable and help prevent soreness after your shoot!


Sometimes RBF is our BFF

The majority of us aren’t in front of the camera 24/7 and you might find yourself seeing faces you aren’t used to seeing yourself make. My rule of thumb is to TRY the serious shots, but if you are a smiley person… It will look more natural if you smile during your shoot. But don’t knock those Resting Bitch Face images till you give them a second look, Theres a crouching tiger hidden dragon in there and we will find her.
Don’t stress about making the right face too much because I WILL tell you if something looks weird, Again, Trust your Photographer.

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Don’t forget to drink your water because you’re basically a house plant with more complicated emotions.

But seriously, Drinking water more regularly does AMAZING things for your skin. If you’re concerned about breaking out before your shoot- Start adding this into your routine before your session. Lemon water is especially good if you’re concerned about bloat!
Also begin using lotion more regularly and moisturizing your face with a non-oily face lotion.
Then thank me later.


And Lastly…

Wear COMFY clothes to your session and bring an “after” outfit.

Seriously, Show up in your PJs. We won’t judge! We want you to be extra comfortable while you get your hair and makeup done, but more importantly we want to avoid any extra lines on your skin from restrictive clothing. Nobody likes panty lines after they take their panties off. :P
Plan a Girls Night Out or a Hot Date after your shoot because girl… you gonna be lookin GOOD! Bring a cute outfit to walk out of our studio in style and wear that confidence around town.


What to Wear for Your Boudoir Session | New England Boudoir Photographer | Mon Chari Boudoir

One of the first.. and most important questions to ask after you book a boudoir session is

This isn’t my first rodeo and I KNOW how difficult and daunting it can be if you’re like most of my clients and don’t have an extensive lingerie spread at home… or maybe you do and you’re just here to see what you’re missing- If so, Welcome!

Wardrobe is one of the most important aspects of your shoot- That and Posing.
(Which I handle so check that one off your list!)

Below I’ve shared my comprehensive list of styles that work best for boudoir sessions as well as where to get them!

Bodysuits & Teddies

A universal fan favorite
These styles works on all body types and shapes, accentuating your best assets.
There IS a bodysuit or Teddy out there that will make you look fabulous.


Bra&Panty Sets

Classic and timeless, available anywhere and everywhere in a variety of styles.
These are a comfort item because most of us are already prettttty familiar with them. Just please don’t wear that old t-shirt bra thats been in your drawer for way too long. Instead, swap it out for a lacy set for a little vavavoom.


Garter Belts & Stockings

Classic and timeliness; the epitome of sexy & sultry.
Adding a garter belt and stockings is a sure-fire way to knock your own stockings off.



Ever thought about doing nudes? No, Not the sketchy Snapchat kind..
Its the most exhilarating experience and the best way to leave your session feeling like a weight has been lifted.
Its also the most affordable option, which is just a bonus. ;)

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What if you have pieces but you’re just not sure their the perfect ones? When you book a session with Mon Chari Boudoir you also get access to our CLIENT CLOSET, a collection of stylish pieces ranging from XXS-3X (which we are always adding to!)
So even if you accidentally leave your bag at home, we’ve got you covered. Literally. 

So… Where do you get all this stuff?

Our personal favorite right now is Burgundy Fox ( < Click that link to check them out!), a premium lingerie subscription box that takes the hard work out of shopping lingerie and sends it directly to your door! They literally have a box specifically for Boudoir! Burgundy Fox has a questionnaire you’ll fill out so they can style you exactly how you deserve to be styled. Want to check it out? Use our promo code: MONCHARIBOUDOIR at checkout and save 15% on your first purchase.

A few of our other favorites
(with click-through links!)

Fashion Nova
Lonely Lingerie 
Blush Lingerie 
For Love & Lemons 
Agent Provocateur 
Honey Birdette
Hips & Curves 
Frederick’s of Hollywood
La Senza

5 Reasons You NEED To Do a Boudoir Session | New England Boudoir Photographer | Mon Chari Boudoir

5 Reasons You NEED To Do a Boudoir Session
…Like NOW.


1. Because Self-Love is Important

When was the last time you did something truly just for yourself?
I’m not talking about picking up that shirt you need for work from Target.. or when you grabbed that Starbucks iced coffee because YOLO.
I mean truly took the time to love yourself and reward yourself. Being a woman is HARD. We spend most of our time helping and doing things for others, we deserve to give ourselves that same time and attention. A boudoir session is the perfect opportunity to practice Self-Love.


2. Being pampered is not only okay, it’s encouraged!

You know that amazing feeling you get after you get your hair done or right after you got your nails all fresh and you’ve got that extra pep in your step? Okay, now multiply that by 1000. …That’s a boudoir session.

When you book a session with Mon Chari Boudoir we take care of all the work so you just get to sit back and relax.
From providing Hair & Makeup styling by our talented team, to sipping on your favorite beverage, posing you from your head to your toes, and finally to providing you with the perfect high quality products to display your images so you can oogle at yourself for years and years to come.
All you have to do is show up and revel in the experience. You are going to feel amazing.


3. Confidence BOOST

Remember that pep in your step we talked about in #2? Yeah it’s real- and you’ll be riding that high for awhile. Seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes is important. Often times we are our own worst critics and being able to view yourself in a difference light can be exactly what you need to switch that perspective.

Think about those closest to you; Your kiddos, your partner, or your friends&family? They deserve the best version of you and that YOU knows how to love and be loved. It may not happen overnight, but it WILL happen. And when it does, it will be SO worth it.


4. There’s no time like the present!

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “Maybe when I lose 10 lbs” or “I just need to tone up a bit first” …
Well, I would probably be living in Fiji sipping Mojitos and reading trashy romance novels on the beach.
The first and most important thing you’ll learn from a boudoir session is you are perfect exactly how you are in this moment. I have literally never had a client in my studio who had perfect skin, perfect hair, or a perfect body. Perfect does not exist.


5. Laughter if the best medicine

Worried about what to do with your hands or feeling awkward? What about being naked or nearly naked in front of a stranger? Welcome to my life.
First things first, we aren’t going to just JUMP RIGHT IN to stripping down to your skivvies. You’ll start with hair and makeup styling and we will chat and get to know each other. Once your shoot starts I play some #bootyjams and I will tell you just like I tell all of my clients the first 5 minutes of your shoot are the most awkward part. But don’t worry, I’ll be your hype girl. I will cheer you on in your sexy lingerie and you’ll feel right at home doing the no pants dance. Then once we are settling into your first couple poses and you’re adjusting to this new stretch or shape your body is making it might feel a bit strange if you’ve never done this before. You might find yourself thinking “Am I making that face? I feel like I’m making that face” (FYI I will totally tell you if you are making that face).
After that? Smooth sailing. You’ll probably be laughing at me tripping over my own feet, sweating profusely and telling you a corny joke and honestly, you will probably forget you’re even naked in front of a “stranger”. Because by then, we will be old friends. 


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Hair by: Kelsey Frederick
Makeup by: Makeup by Keria