I learned a lot about boudoir shots this last week. A long time good friend wanted me to do some shot as a present for her long time boy friend and she was a bit hesitant about going to a strange studio and she doesn't have a great deal of money to spend and she is in her 40's and not perfect. She was OK with me seeing her in close to the altogether and knew I had little practical experience with boudoir photography. We got together and went over some books on photography to look at what she liked and didn't like and to discuss what she wanted to show and didn't. Luckily she and I both thought that lots of lingerie shots looked too tacky and she wasn't slim and perfect enough to make most of them look good. So I had an idea and developed a concept. We did this shoot in a local B&B with a nice setting, etc. The shoot came out 'OK'; the light was too harsh (my inexperience coupled with some lighting problems) and I really needed a better assistant than her friend. The subject had some skin issues and some jowl issues and I didn't have enough experience to light those away. I did take about 140 well exposed, well focused shots. Next day, after loading the images, I spent an hour or so editing two of the shots that fit my ideas the best into what I thought looked good to me. Didn't show much skin, less than what would show in a bathing suit, just mood and pose but, tbh, by the time I toned down her flaws the processing looked a bit over the top. So I sent her three pictures, pose 1 both in color and BW, pose 2 in color. I expect to hear that the poses looked good but that the PSing was too much and she didn't look like that. What I got back was 'Oh My God, these are wonderful.' So I responded, 'good, glad you like them. I'll work on the rest as I have time and send them to you in one big lump.' I got back an immediate email that said. 'There's more? ' I learned a few things Most important, have a concept of how you want the shots to look Being clear about what the client wants is crucial. Women, at least this woman and her friend who acted as an assistant, want to show her boyfriends/husbands/lovers shots that show them how they believe themselves to be at their best in reality. Not sexed up skin and lingerie porn but romantic, lush, moody. (The assistant wants some shots done also.) Being comfortable about looking intently at a nude/semi-nude female who isn't your wife/girlfriend is important. Nudity is not particularly sexy. Two or three really terrific shots may be really enough for the purpose Too many might diffuse the high. Always have an assistant who can help with lights and reflectors. Have clothing and venue that fit the idea. Review clothes in advance and bring a steamer. The most vital piece of clothing on this shoot was a large filmy white cloth that I ironed and brought. Always have extra bulbs. This was an interesting experience. Learned a lot. Don't know if I'd do it as a steady diet but I might try some in-home portraiture to start. No, I can't post any shots here.