So I've already talked about the 5 Excuses Holding You Back from doing a Boudoir session... and how to overcome them.
Now that you've overcome your fears and signed up for your boudoir session...
I'm sharing 14 Tips on preparing for your Boudoir session:
1. Bring a few different outfit options. - I can help you choose when you get to your session! A good variety is ex. a bra & pantie set, a one piece or corset set, a silk or lace robe. Dress to your comfort level and to your body type! Also, be sure to consider which colors look best with your skin tone (ex. I am very pale, so I try to avoid white and pastel colors, because it makes me look even more washed out!).
2. Don't forget shoes! - Heels elongate and slim the legs and are a perfect touch to any look! Again, bring a variety of heels to your session and I can help you decide which will look the best!
3. Jewelry and accessories are great to add to any look. - Bring a few of your favorite jewelry pieces and I can help you pair them with your look when you get to your session. Your jewelry and accessories are the glue that ties your entire look together. Also, brides, feel free to bring your veil and garter, always a great addition to your look if you are doing a bridal boudoir session!
4. Don't forget to moisturize! - the morning of (or even right before you come) to give your skin a fresh and glowing look! Don't forget knees and elbows, that's where you can get the most dry looking.
5. Skip the fake tan - Fake tanner tends to look orange in photos and if you’re applying it yourself it can look very streaky in photos. For any other type of session, this wouldn't be a huge problem, butttt for a boudoir session, you're showing a lot more skin and it's a lot more noticeable if you have fake tanner streaks! I think natural is always best in photographs when it comes to your skin!
6. Paint your Nails & Toes! - Freshly painted nail polish always look nicer in photos! Not really a nail polish person? A clear coat still makes your nails look fresh. If you want to go all out, treat yourself to a mani & pedi a day or two before your session!
7. Don't forget to take hair ties off wrists! - What girl doesn't always have a hair tie on their wrist, right? This happens all the time and with everything else running through my mind (trying to pick the perfect light, location and pose), I sometimes miss it until we're halfway through the shoot! Not only that but having a hair tie on your wrist can make indents on your arm that will last hours and show in photos... we don't want that!
8. Avoid wearing tight clothing before your session. - This leaves indents in the skin that will show in your photographs! Tight fitting clothing includes; skinny jeans, leggings, socks, cami/tank top, long sleeve shirt. ect. Skip wearing this the day of your session, and come to your session in a loose t-shirt or sweatshirt, baggy sweatpants, a flowy dress, and throw on some sandals, furry boots (without socks! They're usually the worst offender!), or even your slippers (I'm not judging!).
9. Get hair & makeup done professionally. - This gives you that extra polished look and really looks great in the camera! I can always tell when one of my clients has had their makeup done professionally. Check out my Vendor List for recommendations on hair & makeup artists.
10. Bring extra makeup and hairspray. - This is always a good idea, in case we need to do any touch ups! Especially lipstick or lip gloss, which is the most likely to wear off. If your skin tends toward the oily side, bring oiling blotting sheets, so you can freshen up during your session if you start to feel shiny!
11. Stay Hydrated! - Drink plenty of water the day before your session. This helps make your skin hydrated and glowing. Try to avoid any alcohol or excess salt the day before your session, as this can cause greasy looking skin and bloating.
12. Bring a friend and some champagne! - Feel free to bring a friend (for moral support) and some champagne (also, for moral support) with you and make a girls day out of it! Blast your favorite tunes, pop some bubbly and make some amazing memories with your bestie!
13 . Most of all, have fun! - Don’t worry about a thing! Trust in your photographer! I will coach you through poses and photograph you from the most flattering angles. It’ll be a great time and I will make you look and feel fabulous, that’s my job!! :)
There’s still time to sign up for my boudoir mini sessions coming up on February 6th, 2020 in Downtown Utica! This will likely be the only date this year that I am doing them, as I no longer have a studio space! For more information and to reserve your Boudoir Mini Session Spot, Click Here!
(***Covid-19 Safety Note*** - Wear a mask to and from your session. Any guests you bring must wear a mask at all times. I’ll be thoroughly sanitizing the space in between sessions. If you’d feel more comfortable bringing your own blanket, bedding, pillows, ect, I would recommend doing that.)
Checkout my FREE Boudoir Session Checklist, to make sure you have everything you need for your boudoir session!