Embrace Presets Boudoir Tones: Moody Editing Made Easy

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The Boudoir Tones Collection by Embrace Presets is a set of presets for Lightroom. These presets will help you create stunning Boudoir photographs with minimal editing. The moody tones that you will find in this pack are perfect for creating dark, sensual, and dramatic images. 

While ideal for in-studio work, you can also use the Boudoir Tones to make outdoor or wedding photography look more dramatic as well! There are 37 presets included in the collection, each one carefully designed to produce beautiful results with minimal effort from you.

These presets have been a labor of love over the past year and a half where I’ve taken the exact presets I use for my own boudoir work, fine-tuned them to perfection, and now they are available for you.


What are presets and why should you use them?

Lightroom presets are pre-designed adjustments that make editing in Lightroom more efficient.

Lightroom presets are a great way to start creating beautiful photos with less time spent editing on your computer or mobile device.

The best thing about using presets is that you can apply them to any photo without worrying about making a mistake, so even if you're not sure how to edit your photos, or which editing style you are hoping to achieve, using presets is a great way to make your images look professional and cohesive.


The best Lightroom presets for Boudoir

Boudoir can require its own unique look– a little moodier, a little more dramatic, and a little more smooth than presets you’d use for other family or portraiture work. 

The Boudoir tones are great for empowerment sessions and boudoir work, but they do more than just that too and are versatile enough to use in other styles of work too. 

I designed the collection specifically for low-light and boudoir photography, so you know the moody and dramatic tones will work for this genre. But because there are 37 different presets to choose from, you will find some that work wonderfully for flat and natural light as well. 

The Boudoir tones bring out details and make your photos look more dramatic with more contrast and minimal effort on your part. 


Why is editing Boudoir photos important?

Boudoir photography is all about creating a mood, eliciting emotion, and properly editing your photos helps to do that. Using presets in your workflow can help you create dramatic images in less time without worrying about making mistakes along the way!

Boudoir photography evokes a unique emotion that is difficult to capture with words. Moody, dramatic tones can help you create this mood without having to edit your photos for long periods of time- editing using presets will make it easier and quicker!

If you’d like to try the presets out first on your photography prior to making a purchase, head over to our Facebook Group. Members in our private Embrace community are happy to help others test out different presets before deciding on which collection is best suited for them. Here is a link to join. 


How to edit your own photo using presets

You can add a preset to your photo with one click of the mouse, and then make adjustments on everything else as you see fit.

Start by clicking the 'Develop' tab on the left side of Lightroom. Right-click on any image in the folder that needs editing (or select more than one if needed). Select “Presets” in the drop-down menu that appears, and select the preset you want to edit.

You can also drag the selected presets onto the image to change the settings or simply double-click on a preset with your cursor over an image so it becomes active. Hit "Apply" at the bottom of Lightroom's window when finished making adjustments.

Once you click it, the photo will automatically open with the new look applied to it. This is a simple way of saving time because there's no need for any adjustments after installation.

I shoot clients with a wide variety of skin tones so this set is also designed to be skin tone-centric and works well with all different skin tones! This is a huge feature of these presets as common feedback from presets is changing a skin tone too much where the client almost becomes unrecognizable. That will not happen with this package. I have also included a set of 9 Skin Brushes to beautifully illuminate your subject as well.

The Boudoir Tones is a comprehensive set of 37 presets that will transform your boudoir work to be the breathtaking, sensational imagery you envision in your mind and see with your eyes when you are behind your camera shooting your clients. 37 presets. 9 skin brushes. All in one extensive collection ready for you to use to revolutionize your work.

Looking for information on installing your presets? Click Here 


Editing tips for moody tones in Photoshop or Lightroom

-Images should be dark, moody, and dramatic. Typically when it comes to Boudoir, this is the vibe that clients want. BUT, this is not always the case, so be sure to always touch base and with your client and ask questions about their intentions before a session. 

-Play with shadows to create depth. Ombre curtains are a powerful tool for this--just make sure not to go too far in one direction or it will look unrealistic!

-In Photoshop or Lightroom, use the "Hue and Saturation" filter to make colors more dramatic. This will create a moody atmosphere with pastel or muted tones. You can also play around with different lighting filters!

-For Lightroom users, try playing with B&W presets--a great way to experiment with black & white tones without having to alter the photo's exposure or colors!

-In Photoshop, try adding a gradient filter in "Liquify" mode. This will give your photos an out-of-focus look--great for boudoir photography and other genres as well!

Embrace Presets Boudoir Tones are moody presets that are designed specifically for boudoir photography. The best thing about them is that you can also use the presets to edit outdoor shoots and other photography niches as well.

Listening to your client's needs will help create the perfect photoshoot mood for their lifestyle. If they would like a more natural, pretty look--try editing with some of the more natural presets like "Pepsi Cola" and "Make Me High" 

If they're looking for a more dark, dramatic mood--then try working with some of the darker preset options. The best part about editing is the fact that you can adjust all settings to your liking since we know every photo shoot has different needs!

If you're looking to get started editing but don't want to spend hours in Lightroom or Photoshop--start by downloading some presets like the Boudoir Tones on your photos! They're designed to make editing more quick and painless.


Examples of edited images with different moods and tones

Image with natural lighting

boudoir lightroom presets

- Moody, dark image

boudoir lightroom presets

Black & White edit: 

boudoir lightroom presets



Tips for shooting boudoir photography sessions

- Accessories:  Add a necklace or bracelet to complement the outfit. Simple accessories like stud earrings or rings are also great for boudoir photography sessions. 

- Clothing: It is important to choose clothing that flatters your client's body type and skin tone--this will make editing easier as well! You may want to check out some of our guides and inspiration for boudoir styling on Pinterest...click here

- Positioning:  The best pose is one that highlights the client's assets in a flattering way and creates an emotional response from the viewer! It should also be simple enough so they don't need much direction to get into it. 

- Hair & makeup:  Hair should be styled in loose waves or blown out to give your client an elegant, classic look. For makeup, make sure it's well-blended and natural.

- Location:  If the intention is to create a moody, dark atmosphere--choose an interior location such as in a studio, or a bedroom with lots of candles for lighting!


In Conclusion 

Boudoir is all about empowerment, self-love, and evoking a type of moodiness and sensual vibe that is truly unlike any other style of photography. Do your clients a favor by editing their boudoir photographs professionally with professional presets to get the job done properly and easily without worrying over every detail! The Boudoir Tones presets will make your boudoir photography pop! 

You can use the presets for all types of clients, and don’t forget that they work well with any type of shoot - not just boudoir!  

What is your favorite preset from this pack? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to learn more about Lightroom and editing? Click here for my Lightroom Secrets


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