How to prepare for your boudoir photography session

So, you’ve booked your shoot, and now you need to get yourself ready. Here are my tops tips on preparing for your boudoir photography session.

Buy Your Lingerie / Outfits

The first thing to do is put together a collection of outfits that you’d like to wear. Get online to your good friend Google, or have a look my website and look at the sort of things you might like to invest in.

I always recommend bringing one or two sets of pale lingerie, and dark lingerie, plus anything else you might feel comfortable in. Make sure you pick something that makes you feel your best, whether that’s lacy, silky, or simple. Go and have a fitting. Ok at the time of writing that’s not so simple, but make sure what your buying fits properly and suits your body shape. 

Consider normal clothing options if you’re nervous about revealing yourself too much, such as an off the shoulder t-shirt, robe, see through negligee. You can pair these with your undies to show part of your body that still make you feel super sexy without showing all of your body.

Take a look at our lingerie buying guide to help you on your way.

How to prepare for boudoir session

Right Time Of The Month

Are you someone that suffers from pain, bloating, and general feeling of ugghhh around ‘that’ time of the month? Try and book your session with that in mind and avoid the few days before and during your period.

Fake Tan – No No No

Please, avoid putting on fake tan when preparing for your boudoir session. Orange fingers, ankles, and toes do not look attractive and are extremely hard to edit out of your images.  If you do absolutely want to get one done, please go and see a professional who will make sure it is done seamlessly.

Get Your Hair Done

No, we’re not expecting you to have your hair done especially for the session, but if you regularly have colour, or it’s need of a cut, then why not book this in a week or so before your shoot, so it’s looking as great as it can. Your shoot is all about your looking and feeling your best, so why not make sure you’re feeling that from top to toe. Don’t forget we’ll style your hair when you get to the studio, so you just need to turn up with it freshly washed and ready for styling, I would recommend adding a heat protector to your hair before you dry it to make sure it is protected if we use heat on your hair.

Have A Mani / Pedi

As per my previous point, you’ll want to feel your absolute best, so spend some time painting and shaping your fingernails. Soak and moisturise your feet and heels and make them look as attractive as possible.

Time For A Scrub

When you bath or shower in the days before your session, treat your skin to a nice body scrub or loofah to remove any dead and dry skin cells, and apply a nice body lotion or moisturiser to keep your skin looking radiant, soft and smooth.

Hair Be Gone

Now, we probably don’t need to tell you this one. But remove hair where you normally would remove hair. If you usually de-fuzz your legs, armpits and bikini area, then make sure you do this before you come to the studio. If you are waxing, please do this at least two days before the shoot to make sure any redness and inflammation has had chance to go down.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Hydration is the one of the best things you can do for your body. Please keep drinking at least 2 litres of water every day, it’ll give you clear glowing skin, reduces bloating, and actually plumps up any fine lines on your face. 

Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

On the day of your session, please wear loose fitting clothing (and preferably no socks), you want to avoid as many lines as possible on your body from waistbands, socks and hairbands round wrists etc.

Don’t Make Up

The day of your session, cleanse and tone, and apply a nice rich moisturiser your skin so your skin is ready for make-up when you arrive at the studio. 

And there we go, my tops tips on preparing for your boudoir photography session. But of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me beforehand.

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