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Creative Boudoir Gifting Ideas

Each client has her own reason for wanting to pose for a boudoir session. And every now and then I get a client who hires me, and she is doing the shoot purely for her own pleasure. She wants to have the photos for her own appreciation of who she is, right now, at this special point in her life-whatever that may be. I love shooting those sessions.

More often than not, though, my clients are looking to gift their photos to someone special in their lives. These days you can get pretty creative with how you do it. Here are some creative ways to gift your boudoir photos.

Photo Albums

The fantastic thing about photo albums or photo books is that no longer are they boring, generic covers with the peel-back plastic coating. These days, photo albums are highly customizable and can be made for any occasion. You can add a favorite quote or song lyric, perhaps a meaningful poem, or even your wedding vows. You can even purchase smaller versions for the traveling business guy in your life. Give it to your love while wearing one of the outfits from the shoot and let him unwrap you!

Pocket Watch

Could you describe your guy as dapper? Or maybe he’s just old-fashioned? While this is quite small for displaying a gift, pocket watches are very personal objects and have a perfect spot for displaying a personal photo. Imagine your love opening his pocket watch, and every time having no choice but to think of you.

Canvas or Metal Prints

This one isn’t exactly revolutionary in the world of photo display, but it sure looks good. This needs to be a photo that you want to proudly display. It also should be one that you don’t mind the occasional person who you’ve allowed to enter your bedroom/closet/master bath see. Because, eventually, someone will, and it’s not worth feeling embarrassed. Canvas and metal prints are great and look fantastic printed as a set of two or so and come in a variety of sizes.


If you thought the pocket watch would be tiny, this is even smaller. If your love is constantly on his computer, or just a techie in general, a customizable jump drive is a great, low-budget, and practical gift. What I’ve noticed about guys, is that they never get around to printing photos. So, snag the USB and print off a few favorites, and sneak them into places he’ll look. Avid reader? Sneak it into the next chapter of his book or behind the first fold of the newspaper. Some of my other favorites are putting a photo in his briefcase/suitcase, above the car visor, in the gym bag, in a clothes drawer, and in his shaving kit. The possibilities are endless, and the surprise of wondering when he’ll find the next one is sexy.

Keepsake Box

Like I said before, guys are terrible at printing photos, so do it yourself. Matted silk prints give the photos that etra “umph” of quality. Keep a collection in a luxurious keepsake box that you love to display or can be pulled out on a whim. Even better, have a few framed in a portfolio mat and set them out on his nightstand occasionally, for a reminder of how beautiful you are and how lucky he is. The two of you know what is inside the keepsake box while having it be unbeknown to others feels a little secretive and sultry.

Consider the Source

My last suggestion is to consider who it is you are giving this gift to. If they are very conservative and would blush at the thought of anyone seeing your photo, maybe the large metal print isn’t the best choice. If they (and you) couldn’t be more proud, then post that baby up on the wall! Whatever you decide, they’re going to love it. Save the ties and button-ups for that promotion gift and do something a little saucy!

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