Let me start by saying that I don’t love the term “plus size”. I am bigger girl and I prefer to be referred to as “curvy”. Some people aren’t bothered by the term plus size but some are, and I’m afraid I can’t make everyone happy as much as I sincerely wish I could. The truth is though, even when I’m doing Google searches, I search for plus size. So for the sake of online searches, I’ll be referring to us curvier girls as plus size today.
One of my most frequently asked questions I hear is “Do you photograph bigger girls?” and the answer is resoundingly ‘yes’!! Just because you’re not a size 4 does not mean you don’t deserve a boudoir photo shoot! In fact, you may be in need of them far more than someone who has the “perfect” body. I believe that a boudoir shoot can build your confidence faster than almost anything out there. I want to put your mind at ease and I hope this information helps you a bit. I’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions about plus sized boudoir and am going to answer them as concisely as possible. Hold on tight, I’ll be throwing a lot at you today!
What do I wear?
Okay, this alone is our most popular question spanning all sessions, but when you’re a curvy lady it may cause a bit more anxiety than others. You’re called curvy for a reason and a boudoir session should be all about showing off those amazing curves! Tons of women pay for boobs like yours and you’ve already got them. That’s a win right there. Once you’ve booked your session, we will set up a pre-consultation where we will talk about wardrobe significantly. Today though I’ve compiled a few of my favorite things for ladies to wear.
1) Bra and panty sets are always a solid choice no matter what size you are.
2) Shapewear can be sexy and oh so flattering! True story.
3) Oversized sweaters, chambray shirts, or lacey robes are great to play with and can be used to conceal areas you may not be comfortable showing off.
4) Corsets. They show of those ta-tas and give you the tiniest waist.
5) Nothing. Yes nothing! If you’re creating this album for your husband I promise you he won’t be sad that you did a few shots in nothing but your birthday suit.
The most important thing when making purchases for your boudoir session is properly fitting lingerie. Many times what feels comfortable in your every day lingerie, may not be the best choice for your boudoir session. This is especially important for a plus size lady. You don’t want panties that are cutting into sides causing an unneeded bulge at your waist or an ill-fitting bra that might appear too large.
There are a myriad of other suggestions I have for you and I can even give you some ideas of where to shop for these items in your pre-consultation.
What if I don’t like the way I look in the photos?
Let me just put your mind at ease right now: You will. I’ve photographed women of all sizes and they are always thrilled! What I need from you is total trust and for you to put your insecurities aside. The more you realize that you’re a sexy vixen, the more you’ll love your photos. If you lack confidence, this session will give it to you. If you already know you’re a goddess, then you’re going to love the images more than you can imagine! You might be considering this session for your hubby or fiance, but it will turn into an experience as much for you as for him.
Posing and lighting is what I do best, and for that I’ll need your trust. We joke that boudoir posing is just sexy yoga and you may even be a little sore the next day. As I’ve said before, I’m not a small girl, I never have been, and I think that gives me better insight into photographing curvy women. I’m not at all afraid to tell you to pull in your tummy or push your chin out a bit because it’s how I would want to be photographed. I’ve spent most of my adult life studying how to flatter women in photography so that’s my utmost concern on the day of your session.
What I’m about to say I need you to understand that I’m saying this in the most gentle way. You need to be realistic about your body. You aren’t tiny, and that’s okay. You won’t look exactly like some of the women you see featured on my site. But ya know what? You’re going to look curvy and fabulous and gorgeous and the all of the other things that make you fierce! Own that!
How should I prepare for my boudoir session?
I’ve written 2 blog posts about what you should do to prepare for your session here and here. Those will answer most of your questions. The big question of “should I lose weight?” may be weighing on your mind. (weighing. Ha! Pun fully intended) The answer is no, you don’t need to lose weight because you’re beautiful just as you are. However, I know some of you reading this may be dead set on dropping a few pounds. If that’s the case, here’s a few tips. Get the session on the books now! We will set it for a few months out and that will give you a goal to work towards. If you lose some weight great, if not, the session is still happening and you’ll love the results. When you’re waiting until you’re the perfect size or to look a certain way it just delays the opportunity. I can’t tell you the number of women that tell me they’ll book a boudoir session with me as soon as they lose some weight. Ugh! Let’s do it now! Work what you’re working with and get the opportunity to feel gorgeous in the skin you’re in. If you’ve already booked your session – please no crash diets! If you’ve only got a couple weeks until your session up your water intake significantly and add in some more veggies. If nothing else it will make your skin all the more gorgeous! Also, eat on the day of your session, just keep it light.
Do you have more plus size boudoir sessions I can see?
For sure! As always, our client’s privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our site just shoot us a message and we’d be happy to share with you some private galleries of shoots we’ve done of curvy girls.
I consider it an honor that you’re considering me to photograph your boudoir session. I want to do whatever I can to put your mind at ease and to assure you that you will love your photos. Now that you’re ready to book, just contact us and we’ll get you all set!