Planning Your Boudoir Session

 

Planning Your Boudoir Session

It’s time to start planning your boudoir session! With just a little thought and prep, you can ensure the best possible boudoir experience.

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What To Wear

For variety, I recommend bringing about three looks to your boudoir session. Your personal taste and comfort level should guide you. Beauty and sexiness means something different to everyone, so no two sessions will look the same. Your boudoir session is a great time to explore your own uniqueness, so we’ll talk about outfits in themes rather than specific looks.

 
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Something Pretty

This look encapsulates your femininity. It has pretty details like applique, lace, florals, gauze, silk chiffon, etc. It’s sometimes helpful to have a layer to start with that can be pulled off the shoulder or offer a little “peek-a-boo” effect.

  • A flowy kimono over a bralette

  • Lace bodysuit or separates

  • Crochet or gauze top

  • Silk robe over separates

 
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Something Playful

Here’s where you channel your “Netflix and chill” vibes, except minus the hole-y sweats. It should evoke something about your personality and be something you feel comfortable moving in.

  • Graphic tee and boyshorts

  • Denim or leather jacket over a bralette (or nothing!)

  • Cardigan and glasses

  • Boyfriend jeans and bralette (or no top!)

  • Calvins

 
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Something Sexy

Your curves, your power, your feminine wiles.

  • Black lace & red lips

  • Stockings (size up so they’re not clinging to the thigh)

  • Teddies

  • Strappy, strappy, strappy

  • (Nothing at all?)

 

Hair & Makeup

I recommend hiring professional hair and makeup services for your session to ensure you are confident and feeling your best. It is a good idea to bring the products used for touch ups during the session as well. A simple blowout can do wonders for your confidence. Hair & makeup is offered for the boudoir marathon at $100 but must be reserved in advance.

A few additional tips

  • Off the shoulder sweaters, silky robes, tight t-shirts, or over sized button ups can be really beautiful and sexy.

  • Meaningful lingerie, jewelry, or heirlooms can be a great way to personalize your session.

  • Avoid bras that gap in the cups when lying down.

  • Bodysuits, corsets, or a layer piece can be slimming options if you're feeling really self-conscious.

  • Nude shoes with thin heels naturally elongate legs. Avoid chunky heels and straps. Shoes are totally optional and not needed.

  • If you’re planning on wearing thigh-highs, I recommend purchasing 1-2 sizes larger than your recommended size, otherwise they often create shapes we don’t want.

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Planning Ahead

5 days before your session:

  • If you wax, do so a few days before your shoot to avoid any bumpiness or redness.

  • Make sure your eyebrows are nicely shaped and groomed.

  • If you’re planning to visit the salon for a haircut or color, then give yourself a few days to make sure you are happy with it.

  • Be sure to get a salon manicure and pedicure for a flawless finish.

  • Stay out of the sun – while a base tan will be nice in photos, red, blotchy skin will not.

  • PLEASE – DO NOT SPRAY TAN.

  • Drink plenty of water for luminous skin.

  • Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol if you’re worried about retaining water.

  • Try on your outfits and lingerie to make sure they fit properly; remove all tags and labels. Steam or iron your ensembles and hang them properly so they keep their shape as you travel to the studio.

The day before your session:

  • Bathe, shave and moisturize.

  • Remove ALL price tags, size & care labels, etc. from clothing, especially from lingerie and panties. They can ruin otherwise great photographs.

  • Double-check everything is properly packed and ready for the shoot: shoes, jewelry, accessories, props, slippers, lotion, makeup, and hair touch up products.

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the studio without stressing. Check weather and traffic reports to ensure you have allotted enough time for unexpected delays.

  • Enjoy a relaxed, quiet evening.

  • Plan for a good night’s sleep – eight hours is ideal.

The day of your session:

  • Moisturize EVERYTHING. Moisturize your entire body. Dewy and glowy skin is moisturized skin.

  • Use clear deodorant to avoid any white marks on clothes or your skin.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to your session to avoid red marks on your skin (no jeans, tight socks or tight clothing, for instance).

  • Eat something light but filling before you leave the house.

  • Most important: Take a deep breath and RELAX. It’s completely normal to be nervous before your shoot, but don’t worry because I’m going to guide you and we are going to have a blast!

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That’s all!

Your boudoir session is all about YOU. It will be fun, empowering and exciting! We’ll take everything at a pace you’re comfortable with and I lead everything. You’ll probably be a little nervous for the first few minutes and then you’ll just sink right into the music and love it. I can’t wait!