Preparing for your Boudoir Session

So, you just scheduled your boudoir session. Now what? Panic. Sheer panic. What do I wear? What is my hair and makeup going to look like? I have to diet! No cupcakes, no french fries. How will I survive?!

CALM YOURSELF. Deep breaths. It is all going to be okay. I promise. Our expert team of photographers, retouchers, and image consultants have come together to prepare a step-by-step guide to help you through the weeks leading up to your photo shoot. Here we go!

6 Weeks Away

If you’re at all like me, you’re going to want to start shopping for outfits and pinning lingerie, shoes, hair, and makeup ideas to your Pinterest boards, ASAP. But hold off for a moment and consider these questions:

  • What ideas immediately spring to your mind when you think of boudoir?
  • Who are you in your everyday life?
  • What are you trying to portray through your images?
  • Who are you really doing this photoshoot for?
  • What scares you about doing a boudoir session?

The answers to these questions will help you prepare mentally for your session. Once you’ve answered these questions, start pinning away!! Don’t be scared to think about wearing outfits that are totally outside of your comfort zone. You do have 4 different outfit changes total, so you are more than welcome to bring extra accessories or even an extra outfit so that your photographer can help you decide what will look best. Keep in mind that even if you bring extra outfits, only 4 will be photographed.

4 Weeks Away

If you haven’t already, start purchasing your outfits. Especially if you are purchasing them online. This way, you’ll have ample time to return outfits that don’t end up working out, or exchanging them for a different size. And please, please, please with a cherry on top, try your outfits on before your session and make sure they look and feel the way you want them to. The way your lingerie fits will have a huge impact on your photo shoot and ill-fitting lingerie is not a confidence booster. If you feel awkward in it, it may translate that way on camera – and we definitely don’t want that. The better you feel, the better you’ll look.

Of course, you’re never obligated to have your hair and makeup professionally done, but if you are going to, now is usually the best time to schedule that appointment. Gather all of your pinspiration and narrow it down to the final look, or a couple of images that emulate how you want to look and email them to your makeup artist. Make sure you print them out to bring to her that day as well. If you plan on having a couple of different types of outfits for your photo shoot and want a bright red lipstick for one, I suggest starting out with basics and natural tones and the corresponding outfits, then applying the brighter shade of lipstick or more eyeliner when you switch to the more daring outfits. It’s always easier to add more makeup than to take it off.

2 Weeks Away

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. H20 is your new BFF. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so treat it right. In order for your skin to look it’s best (especially since you’re baring a LOT of it), you need to be drinking the proper amount of water at least two weeks in advance. Chugging water before your photo shoot isn’t going to help. Drink a glass right when you get up, carry around a bottle with you all day, and drink a glass right before you go to bed. It will make you feel great and will give your skin a healthy glow.

1 Week Away

Totally optional, but if you are planning on waxing, getting a facial, tanning or whitening your teeth – do it a couple days in advance of your session, especially if you’ve never gotten that specific treatment done before. Red, itchy, irritated skin does not translate well on camera. Trust us. Also, teeth whitening and tanning should probably done around the same time as well.

Speaking of tanning, it’s always best to avoid getting major tan lines before your session. If you are wanting that sun-kissed look, we definitely recommend a “base” tanning bed or a LIGHT spray tan. Sunburned or cheeto-colored skin probably isn’t the look you’re wanting to go for. Unless you’re into that. We don’t judge. If you decide to get a spray tan, do it at least two days in advance to avoid color transfer onto your lingerie or the bed sheets used during the photo shoot.

Schedule yourself a mani – pedi to make sure your nails and toes are ready for their close up. Most clients are so focused on the hair, makeup and lingerie that they forget about their nails. Your hands and feet appear in most of the images, so it’s a good idea to make sure they are looking pretty and polished. Even if you don’t want faux nails or color, a nice natural light pink will help your nails look healthy and add a little extra sheen. Also, it’s always fun to Treat Yo-Self.

Try on all your outfits and matching accessories, make sure you’re happy with everything. Put on heels with your outfits for the full effect. If you love everything, cut ALL of the tags out. We cannot tell you how many times a tag gets in the way of a perfect image and has to be photoshopped out. It will end up costing extra to remove the tags, so it’s best to just snip them out entirely.

The Night Before

Pack everything you’re going to bring with you. Packing the night before helps to ease your mind and also gives you time to make sure you didn’t forget anything. (Don’t forget cash if you want to tip your makeup and hair artist, your photographer, or if you need to pay for parking.)

Take a bubble bath with candles. Obviously this is optional, but what we mean is – get in the right mindset. Treat yourself, love yourself, relax and enjoy this. This is supposed to be fun. Don’t forget that.

And finally, get a good night’s rest. You want to come to your session feeling refreshed and relaxed.

The Day of

Eat breakfast. Momma always said it’s the most important meal of the day, and she was right! Breakfast will kick start your metabolism and help you prep for the day. Drink water, eat right, and go get yourself some coffee.

Bring photos to your hair and makeup appointment of the look you’re going for. Let them know that it is for a photo shoot so the makeup needs to be a bit heavier than normal. If you look in the mirror and want something to be different, be up-front and let them know. We promise, you’re not hurting their feelings. If they apply lipstick or lipgloss, ask for a sample to take with you so that you can retouch later.

Have fun! Whether you’re doing this for yourself, or for your significant other, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with it. If you’re having fun it will make the experience that much better. Also keep in mind that doing a boudoir photo shoot is an investment. The time and energy (and money) it takes to put together a successful boudoir session will all pay off in the end when you see your images. That’s our promise. We want each and every client to have an unforgettable experience with us from beginning to end.

Well, darlings, that’s all for now. We’ll be back next week with a new blog post on *gasp* Boudoir Blunders and How to Avoid Them!

XOXO – Devinne S. and the CYS Team