When shooting indoors, backdrops and props are important. I’s more important to find ways to create boudoir photography sets on a small budget that will still wow your clients and you. When my boudoir business really started to take off, I moved from shooting in hotel rooms to opening a small studio in my area. I would never have appreciated all the fun props in the hotel rooms enough until the day I got the keys to my empty studio. Thankfully being a poor art student for many years taught me how to thrift and expand upon my creative mind.
TIP: Hang your backdrops with this “photo wire” and clip set instead of an expansive backdrop stand set up! This also saves on space in your studio! I have three different wires in my studio. 1 wire = approx 10’. I have two per wall in my studio.
Thrift for Furniture and Props:
I found a red turfed chair and a white settee on craigslist for under $70 each. I searched – for sale > furniture – in my area. Good keywords to search for boudoir furniture: settee, tufted, tuft, chair, wingback, vintage, royal, etc. Also don’t over look garage sales and local second hand stores. I’v even posted on my facebook shouting out to friends to see if they had any extra rugs, couches, chairs etc. that I could take off of their hands.
Image above: I bought that mirror for under $50 online. I simply leaned it against a wall in my studio while she was sitting looking at herself in the mirror. This is an easy low cost set that all my boudoir clients love!
Tools I used to create a Boudoir Bed/Headboard for under $15:
- A piece of drywall I had laying around (or you could use plywood, etc)
- 12 ceiling tiles from your local hardware store (.33 cents per tile)
- 1 can of paint (color of your choice) and a paint brush
- wood or some type of STRONG glue
The tiles will all line up/connect together perfectly. Line them up on your base board to see how they all fit BEFORE glue or paint. We then laid out all of our tiles, painted them grey and let them dry over night. Once they were dry we lined them all up on the board and glued them all together.
For More Tips on Creating Amazing Boudoir Photography Sets …download this FREE e-guide. This is a posing guide for boudoir but the BONUS tells you how to create a faux boudoir bed for much less then buying a real mattress.