Getting Ready

In preparation for your Boudoir photo session.

Please note that these are recommendations to help to make your Boudoir photo session as fun and relaxing as possible.

During The Week Before Your Session

  • Increase your water intake and eat food good for your skin (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, almonds, salmon, flax seed). Your skin will be hydrated with a healthy glow.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or eat fatty or salty foods. They will just make you bloated.
  • Moisturize (lots of moisturizer) your skin.
  • Make plans to get your hair and make-up done professionally
  • Have a manicure and pedicure.
  • Pack everything for your session so you can relax the night before.
  • Send us pictures of something you like. The more we communicate the better your session will be.
  • We have music playing with all sessions; you are welcome to bring what you enjoy.

Face

  • Use topical ointments to treat problem areas. Picking at your face will leave marks.
  • Treat yourself to a facial. This helps to make it glow in the lights.
  • If needed, wax your eyebrows. The eyebrows are one of the most defining parts of our face.

Skin

  • To tan or not to tan. Our recommendation is to not tan.
  • The spray may be more orange than expected and orange tinted skin does not work well in pictures. Instead use a gradual tanner, or use over the counter bronzer VERY lightly on your body.
  • You may end up with tan lines that are difficult to touch up to create a completely natural look.
  • There is a risk over tanning, which turns your skin crisp and rough-looking.
  • If you’re fair skinned, don’t try to change the entire color of your body. We will work with you to get a porcelain look.
  • If you go to the beach, don’t forget a strong SPF. Use a daily lotion that contains SFP.

Hands and Feet

  • Have a manicure and pedicure. Hands and feet show up in many of the pictures. Great choices are a natural color that matches everything, French mani/pedi or classic red.

Hair

  • Get a trim to get rid of split ends or frizzy hair.
  • If you color your hair, schedule an appointment to cover up the roots.
  • Having your hair and make-up professional done the day of your photo session. This is not only fun but relaxing. This could be included as part of your session, let us know and we will get the cost from one of the professionals we work with. If you use someone else, use false eye lashes for more eye definition and avoid the use of mineral or glimmer makeup, it reflects light, matte makeup is a much better choice.
  • Deep condition to give your hair that glossy, silky finish.
  • If you prefer a hairless body, be sure to shave or get waxed in the problem areas.

Clothing

  • Select the wardrobe that makes you feel good. Don’t necessarily go with what you think is the most popular Boudoir look, go with what you love the most.
  • The length of your session will dictate how many outfits you should bring. We’ll work with you on the appropriate number. For a two hour session, you will need at least 3 outfits in varying styles of dark, light, fun and sexy. If you can’t decide, bring what you have and we’ll help to pick what works best.
  • Good options are delicate, pretty lingerie, sexy slips, lacey undergarments, fishnet stockings and bustiers. If something is out of your comfort zone, but you always wanted to wear it, bring it along. You might be surprised of how it fits into your session.
  • For something bridal good options are a white bustier, lacey undergarments and your veil.
  • Bold colors work, but we caution against fluorescent, shiny colors.
  • Ruffles and baby-doll outfits may flatter certain body styles but add the appearance of extra weight to others.
  • Something of his or hers. This could be a shirt, tie or favorite sport’s something.
  • The highest, sexist pair(s) of heels you own. Boots are also an option. Shoes with clunky heels are not good for Boudoir.
  • Shoes with ankle straps are an option, but they may limit the poses you can pull off.

Jewelry and Accessories

  • For that touch of elegance, pearl earrings and necklaces are timeless. We do have a few strands of fake ones available for your use.
  • Diamonds are always good! As they are in everything in life.
  • Body chains are not only fun but add a sexy look to your photos.
  • Clean any rings you plan on wearing.
  • Gloves, hats, sunglasses and maybe even boas.
  • Including sentimental items give extra meaning to your pictures.

The day before your photo session

  • Relax! Take a hot bath, read a book, watch a moving or whatever is relaxing for you.
  • Go to bed early and get a good night sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol.

The day of your photo session

  • Eat a healthy breakfast! We guarantee that you will need the energy and will work up an appetite!
  • Feeling apprehensive or anxious about your photo session is normal. Spend your morning doing something relaxing. We guarantee that you will have a good time and that you will relax once we get started.
  • Get your hair and make-up professionally done. Don’t forget the false eye lashes and avoid the use of mineral or glimmer makeup, it reflects light, matte makeup is a much better choice.

What to wear and bring with you

  • Your outfits, shoes and accessories.
  • Two or three lipsticks of varying shades.
  • Avoid marks on your skin by wearing loose clothing. This includes your under garments. These marks take longer to disappear than you might think.
  • Face powder to touch up the shiny areas.
  • Robe to wear between set changes.
  • Brush or comb for hair touch-ups.