Updated: May 24, 2020
Once you've secured your session, timing becomes key as you get closer to your shoot date.
Hair and makeup services will be provided for you
Please do not apply any of your own makeup prior to your session or anything else such as sunscreen lip gloss etc. Avoid tinted moisturizers if you regularly moisturize. Take a shower the morning of your session and make sure your face is clean so the makeup artist has the best canvas possible to make you look amazing. Also make sure you hair is clean and dry so it is ready to be styled when you arrive.
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes
Please try to arrive in comfy loose-fitting clothing to avoid line indentations during the shoot. Plus it’s way more comfortable to get made over in your pjs versus jeans and tank.
Staying Warm and Comfortable
I always encourage my clients to bring a robe or a blanket to wrap up in between sets. Slippers aren’t a bad idea either if you have them. Goosebumps are impossible to edit out of your boudoir photos without destroying the skin texture, so it's important we keep you warm for your session.
Bring all outfits you think you might want to be photographed in. Seriously, I'd rather you bring too much than not enough and/or change your mind on an outfit. Shit happens. Bring more than less. We will probably get to roughly 3-5 of outfits throughout your session. More choice is always a good thing though so bring more than you think you will need. This includes shoes, accessories, fishnet stockings, scarves, your significant other’s shirt etc.
When it comes to choosing what you want to bring, simpler is usually better. The oversized sweater or sweater dress, your boyfriend’s button-down long sleeve shirt, your favorite sexy corset or bodysuit, simple bra and panty set with a silk robe, knee high or thigh high socks and off the shoulder t-shirt are just a few ideas you can put together really quick often without spending any money.
Please don’t go out and blow $100 on Victoria’s Secret lingerie unless of course you plan to wear it for your someone special post shoot 😉
If you want, bring something meaningful to you or your significant other; this serves as a great way to personalize your shoot. It may be lingerie your husband gave you on your first anniversary, for instance, or a vintage charm bracelet you found on a scouting expedition while on vacation.
I do not provide a client closet for Boudoir as we all come in various shapes and sizes and I want you to feel comfortable in what you wear and not feel pressured to wear something you’ve never seen.
Things to consider bringing:
Favorite jewelry and accessories
Off the shoulder tops
Men’s large solid color button-down long-sleeved shirt
Knee high or thigh high socks
Cute leg warmers
Cute heels or favorite shoes
Something significant of yours that you want to include in your images
Nudity & Implied Nudity
Prior to your session date, we will discuss how you want the shoot to go and your level of comfort. I do not ask or require any client to pose nude or implied. This is solely up to YOU. I have many years of experience modeling implied nude, fine art nude, bodyscapes, and body painting so I am more than comfortable with coaching you into jaw-dropping poses. I am known to hop into the scene to show you exactly how to pose by doing it myself and then coach you into the position. I also know how to shoot at an angle so that you can appear nude even though you are clothed. This is referred to as “implied nude”.
Refreshments and Snacks
I will provide water and a vegetable & fruit platter for you to snack on throughout your session but feel free to bring some other snacks if you’d like something different to snack on. Try to avoid salty, sugary or heavily carbonated foods and drinks that may cause you to retain water or bloat.
Five Days Before Your Shoot…
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 as many shots will include close ups of those beautiful hands and nails.Stay out of the sun – while a base tan will be nice in photos, red, blotchy skin will not.If you want to spray tan, please do so no sooner than 5 days prior to your scheduled session so the color can even out over the next few days. If you have ever done spray tanning before then it goes without saying that you do not want to exfoliate your skin too much in the days leading up to the shoot as you will remove the product faster risking blotchy spots. 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 (yes even the side seam labels). Steam or iron your ensembles and hang them properly so they keep their shape as you travel to the studio.
Clear your schedule the day of
Do not plan anything for the entire day of your session, if possible. Your boudoir session may go as long as 4-5hrs with an additional 1 1/2 - 2 hrs for your makeover. If you have evening plans, keep this in mind and account for travel time from the photoshoot location. Also please let me know if you decide to make plans for the evening so I can be mindful of your schedule.
The BEST part aside from the day of your shoot is after the shoot. You’re already made up with hair and makeup so why not take advantage of it and plan a romantic dinner or girls night out after your session?? Trust me, I’ve done it after just about every shoot I was in myself.
Drink plenty of water the day before your session. You will be posed to look amazing the day of your session and this can be harder work than most women anticipate. Staying hydrated helps. Try to avoid too heavy of a meal or salty foods the night before as you can retain water or bloat from this.
Morning Workouts Forbidden!
Cancel your plans of a morning workout the day of your session. Again, posing for your boudoir session is much harder work than most women anticipate. If you tax your body before your session, you will find posing much harder than it otherwise would be. Take my word for it and give yourself the day off. A pose may look incredibly simple to do until you realize you have to stretch the neck out farther than you thought while arching your back as far as you can and keeping your toes pointed while I snap the shots…modeling is a workout in and of itself and your muscles may feel it the next day if you haven’t engaged them in a while.
Get plenty of sleep
This probably goes without saying but I want you to have a wonderful experience and for you to look your very best. Being well rested will make this way easier than if you aren’t.
Please arrive on time for your session!
My hair and makeup artists are busy people and often schedule multiple sessions per day. Please be respectful of their time and arrive promptly to help them stay on schedule.
If we are planning to do any portion of your boudoir session outdoors make sure and bring comfortable shoes to walk in. Some locations we shoot at require light to moderate hiking so make sure and bring the appropriate shoes.
If you are choosing to have your final artwork printed as an album, make sure and bring some clothes you'd like to be photographed in for your beginning set. Evening dresses, skirts or even a great fitting pair of jeans and blouse are all good choices for your beginning set. Remember that your album is going to be designed to tell a story, and working out of these clothes will help tell that story.
I will give you a call the evening before your session to follow up and see if you have any last-minute questions before your boudoir session. As always don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about anything!
If you're ready to book your goddess awakening boudoir session follow this link to book your call.