With the Fifty Shades of Grey movie coming out just before Valentine's Day 2015, I've had many clients inspired to add a little naughty to their boudoir sessions. Sometimes, they'll bring their lover's tie to play with. Others have brought tame sex toys like floggers and bondage tape. 50 Shades of Grey inspired boudoir photos can simply be suggestive, or we can play with the book's themes up to a certain extent. (Our safe word is Constantinople.) You can do an entire set in the theme, or just a few photographs in one of your outfits. I want the fantasy to be yours ... and here are some ideas to get you started.
50 Shades, 4 Ways
I recently worked with my muse and hair/makeup artist Brittany Will to practice styling and photographing Fifty Shades of Gray styled boudoir photos. We had so much fun figuring out different outfits, makeup, hairstyles, props and lighting for these sets.
Simple and pretty
We started with something simple and pretty: Brittany's red Victoria's Secret teddy, red patent stilettos, a white fuzzy rug, a champagne glass ... and a set of "play" handcuffs. This set only implied the bondage-theme.
Classic and naughty
Our classic and naughty set includes a simple black bra and panty set from Target, Brittany's own black garter and stockings, black pumps and a long strand of pearls. We added a tip of the hat to the Fifty Shades of Grey S&M theme (no one was actually spanked in this set) with the red paddle. We used another strand of pearls as a little submissive set. We went naughty, but only a little naughty.
Steamy couples boudoir set
The Fifty Shades of Gray theme works really well as a couples boudoir photography session. Brittany pulled in her boyfriend to act as a prop, so she could be the conqueror here. We did a play on the sexy secretary in our styling--a white loose blouse from Target, Brittany's favorite gold-and-black bra and panty set, a pencil skirt and some FIERCE Betsy Johnson shoes with a gold bottom and zipper. (Did I say fierce?) I was so lucky to be able to borrow a killer body chain and earrings from Nearly Naked Jewelry. Check them out!
We stayed pretty tame in our set. I have a rule that all men must keep their panties on in my couples boudoir, but lots of implied and playful fun is allowed.
Fierce and powerful
We put Brit in charge in our last set. First came a leatherette corset from Camellia's Corsets (Amazon.com), and thigh high boots. We added fishnets (Leg Avenue), black panties, a flogger, red bondage tape and a mask. Oh yes, and a copy of the famous Fifty Shades of Grey book, of course. I think this is my favorite of her sets because she is a girl in charge.
If you decide to add a Fifty Shades-inspired set to your boudoir photography session, I can help you brainstorm exactly what you can wear and where we take the story. I love playing with a little bit of fantasy in your boudoir sessions to take your photos from pretty to steamy. Regardless of where you fall in that "alt" spectrum, we can style your set just for you.