You may have seen my last blog post in which I wrote about My Boudoir Photography Experience. If it's made you start thinking about doing a Boudoir photo shoot for yourself, there are lots of things to think about before you step in front of the camera.
Whether you choose to pose at home or go about it professionally, here are some of my top tips for having some sexy pictures taken.
- What look do you want to achieve? First things first. Do you see yourself as a vintage glamour queen, a rock chick or a soft and fluffy kitten? Although you'll be able to change your look in terms of your outfit and props, your hair and makeup will remain the same so think about the kind of vibe you want to give off. Dark, heavy makeup and big hair is great for a sultry or kinky look, whilst red lips combined with otherwise barely-there make up oozes old-time glamour.
- Choose a range of different looks. It's really important to choose the right lingerie to take with you. As well as thinking about how sexy your body will look, it's also important to be comfortable, as you might be wearing your items for a while as you try to capture the perfect photograph. You can always take more items than you need and leave some out. I took about ten different bra sets and three corsets with me but actually only wore four for my shoot. My photographer helped me choose which outfits would look best for each scenario.
- Think about items which create shape. Professional lighting helps create wonderful shapes, but clothes and posture makes a huge difference as well. If you want to create curves, try reducing your waist with a corset or waspie. Wearing ruffles can add volume to bottoms and busts whilst giving a flirty and feminine look. Basques allow you to take gorgeous timeless photographs without constriction, and they also create a wonderful silhouette. Never underestimate the phenominal effect of a pair of high heels on your body shape and confidence levels!
Happy summer, everyone!
Since our last Model of the Month blog summer has arrived, and members of the Lovehoney Community haven't been shy about stripping down and showing some skin.
Every month we give you the chance to win £100 to spend at Lovehoney. All you have to do to enter is upload a photo modelling your favourite Lovehoney lingerie.
We select our favourite to win the grand prize, while any runners up receive 2,000 Oh! Points to help save for a new toy.
Our Model of the Month for May is Scorpius12 with this sublimely sexy bedroom shot.
We love the simplicity of this shot which shows off the Seven Til Midnight Fishnet Chemise with Zipper Front to perfection.
Taken from the rear to keep her identity protected while retaining sexy mystique, Scorpius12 impressed us with a strong, sexy stance and eye-grabbing composition.
She accessorises her sexy lingerie with the Bondage Boutique Leather Studded Flogger and sexy heels.
Read on to find out if you were a runner up...
The Great Gatsby hit cinemas last week, and everyone's gone crazy for 1920s fashion.
The catwalk and high street are filled with elaborate lace and embellished garments as a homage to one of the great novels of the 20th century.
But why stop there, when you could take the trend to the bedroom?
Flapper style is all about loose, luxurious fabric floating over your curves, hinting at your figure without revealing too much skin.
In stark contrast to the more constrictive Victorian-style corsets and basques, 1920s-inspired lingerie is comfortable enough to wear daily and, best of all, suits every figure.
We've selected our top picks for achieving a sexy Great Gatsby look below:
First things first, introductions! I'm Lucy (known to all at Lovehoney HQ as Plum) and I work in the Content team. Some of you might have seen me pop into the forums now and then, received an email from me, or read the odd blog I've written. If not, then hello!
I have one of the best jobs in the world, and I’m very lucky to be able to write about sex and relationships all day long.
When I was approached by Bath-based Boudoir Photography studio Divine Divas and asked to arrange a special offer for Lovehoney blog readers, I was delighted. I was even more excited when I realised I was being sent off to try the experience for myself!
Thanks to the lovely Jo and Neill at Divine Divas, Lovehoney blog readers can enjoy the same experience I had (worth over £200) for just £25 - what a bargain! Plus, with £100 credit you're guaranteed to come away from your day with at least one delicious print to savour forever.
'But I don't live in the South West!' I hear you cry. Never fear, as Divine Divas are part of the Boudoir by Fresh group who have studios all over the UK, so you're sure to find a fabulous studio near you.
Now I've had the odd photo taken before, but something told me this was going to be a different experience altogether. Knowing this would be a little more intimate, I was looking forward to seeing what the studio would be like, not to mention how I would handle posing scantily-clad in my knickers for a stranger...
The fashionistas have spoken - sexy sheer clothing is the hot trend for Spring/Summer 2013.
That's right, what lingerie lovers have been sporting for years has finally made it into the mainstream fashion world, with couture designers like Moschino and Alberta Ferretti featuring sexy sheer pieces in their latest shows.
It's not difficult to see why sheer clothing has such an appeal. There's something so overtly erotic about a sheer-through dress that it's become a bedroom staple.
But the trend has finally extended to the catwalk and high street. That begs the question - would you ever wear sheer clothing in public?
To celebrate this sexy new trend, we're giving away aDreamgirl Black Diamond Butterfly Lace Bodystocking (worth £8.00) to one lucky winner.Available in regular and queen sizes, this stretchy sheer catsuit is sure to impress your lover. Simply comment below before May 17th to enter.
Read on for the latest on this sexy fashion trend.
Each month we scour the Lovehoney Community Photo Gallery for our favourite photo of someone modelling Lovehoney's lingerie.
Amongst all the gorgeous photos uploaded during April, we saw a theme of lace emerging - whether a lacy body (like the winner, pictured left) or laced-up corsets as you'll see from our runners up.
Our winner this month is Lovable_Rouge with this utterly gorgeous photo of her modelling the Oh La La Cheri Lace Bodysuit.
Whilst we adore black and white photography, we were impressed to see a gorgeous full colour shot that managed to stay soft, uncluttered and well lit. We think she's knocked the spots of the real product photo, with her tumbling locks and beautiful pose.
We were also incredibly impressed with how she's preserved both her anonymity and her modesty (difficult in a completely lace garment!) in such a seductive way.
Lovable_Rogue wins a £100 Lovehoney Gift Voucher for this stunning shot.
Runners up get 2,000 Oh! Points added to their account to spend or save as they choose.
Read on to see the runners up and find out how YOU can enter our competition!
Although it was unseasonally cold outside this March, members of the Lovehoney Community certainly weren’t shy about getting their legs out on camera!
This month’s user-uploaded images were all about long legs, sexy stockings and seductive high heels.
Every month, we give aspiring models the chance to win a £100 voucher to spend on lingerie and sex toys at Lovehoney.
This month's Model of the Month is vision2play, with this stunning shot.
We love her classic bedroom look of plain white shirt, heels and handcuffs.
Her seductive pose is enhanced with the stylish Bondage Boutique Leather Buckle Wrist Cuff Restraints.
A downward glance is a great way of protecting your anonymity while emphasising submissive sex appeal.
Read on to see more sexy stilettos and lovely legs, and find out if you were a runner up for March.
Did you celebrate National Cleavage Day this week? At the end of March every year Wonderbra encourage women the world over put on their lowest cut tops and push-up bras and flaunt their cleavage.
With the news that the bestselling bra size in the UK has grown from 34B to 34DD in the past two years, we're anticipating seeing plenty of cleavage around this year.
All the men reading this needn't feel left out - cleavage has several meanings, so if you're sporting a tooth gap or going beltless, you could be celebrating Cleavage Day too!
To help you celebrate National Cleavage Day, we're giving away aBluebella Tatiana Open Cup Bra & Brief Set (worth £20.00) to one lucky reader.
This luxurious lingerie set is available from sizes 8 - 18 and frames your, or your partner's, breasts perfectly for optimal cleavage. How do you nab this fantastic prize? Simply comment below to be in with a chance to win.
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breast best cleavage-related news from around the web.
Between the long evenings made for snuggling and the all-important Valentine’s Day, February is definitely the month of love - and we certainly saw plenty of romance-inspired photography in February’s Model of the Month competition.
Each month, we give Lovehoney Community Members the chance to win £100 to spend at Lovehoney by uploading a picture of themselves in sexy lingerie. Congratulation to tracey3x who is the winner of this month’s competition with a romantic shot of a couple sharing a tender kiss.
We loved how tracey3x captures an intimate moment between lovers in this simple but stunning shot. The clever placement of her partner’s hand accentuates the sex appeal of the Fantasy Lace Garter Belt while her lace-topped stockings complete the look.
January is officially the stay-at-home month of empty pockets and cold weather, so we’re truly glad to welcome February, the month of love, into our lives.
The Lovehoney Community made good use of the quietest social month of the year by filling our Photo Gallery to the brim with an array of saucy, sexy photos showing off some of our finest wares.
Competition for first prize was fierce as so many members uploaded incredible photos, but in the end we chose LooneyTunes as our overall winner for this stunning shot of her showing off a full outfit bought at Lovehoney (minus the top hat).
Dressed in the Music Legs Satin and Lace Corset with Matching G-String, a pair of Seven Til Midnight Lace Elbow Length Gloves and a fluffy Feather Boa, she’s created a classy shot that shows off both the front and back of her outfit while keeping her anonymity stylishly intact. Brava!
Read on to see our four runners-up who each win 2,000 Oh! Points...