You want to do this right, and every detail should be perfect. If you’re investing time and money into your glamour or boudoir session, the last thing you want is to have a rip in your lace corset or a run in your stockings the day of your shoot. If you have a backup, you can switch, and save the session. Although artistically “distressed” articles can look good in a photo, for most of us, unseemly rips (especially in certain areas) are the last thing that we want.
1. Do This For Yourself
No matter who you are doing this boudoir shoot for, deep down it is really for YOU. The end result (photographs) may be going to someone else, but the experience itself is ALL yours. It is just me and you in the room during the shoot and I want you to be comfortable, have fun and WORK IT!
2. Do Spend Time Trying On and Testing Outfits
It’s no secret that our bodies change over time, we gain weight, we lose weight, we have children, we spend more time at the gym. Some things that used to look great on us just won’t anymore, and some things that we couldn’t quite fit into we will rock now. Also, clothes that have been in the closet or in the drawer for a while, depending on the material, will change with time – thanks to humidity and gravity and us not wearing them. So, if you bring an outfit for your session that you used to love but haven’t worn in a while, you might be in for a surprise.
Instead of dealing with these potential “whoops” moments, take the time to try on any and all potential outfits.
The more you have to bring the better, because options are always good, but you don’t want to make the mistake of bringing a lot of things that aren’t right for you. The day of your shoot, you want to feel confident and on top of the world. So bring those outfits. And if your closet doesn’t bring that va-va-voom you’re looking for, maybe it’s time to go shopping. You never need an excuse to go shopping, but it’s nice to have one. Your upcoming glamour portrait or boudoir session is definitely an excuse.
3. Do Wear Loose Fitting Comfy Clothes to the Studio
Skip the bra, skip the socks, skip the watch, and forget that belt, those tight jeans, and anything else which could leave an impression in your skin. It may seem like a small thing, but these lines can dampen the look of a great negligé. Besides, you want to relax and feel confident, and tight clothes are only going to restrict you.
We will provide you a lovely silk bathrobe you can wear during your bombshell makeover so even if you came in not super glamorous outfit, this will certainly make you feel like a star getting prepped for a big shoot.
4. Do Book your Appointment Date after Your Monthlies
Nobody wants to ruin a potentially empowering boudoir session because they’re crabby, cramping, and bloated, Instead, book the week after your period when you’re high energy and feeling normal again. Your boudoir photos will look better with no strings attached, really.
5. Do Drink Plenty of Fluids
Three words: Water. Water. Water. And make sure to avoid alcohol and salt, as these will turn your lovely skin to the texture of potato chips, which just isn’t pretty.
6. Do Rock Clothes that are Right for Your Body
Everybody’s different, and everybody is beautiful. Wear the clothes that you not only feel confident in, but accent your incredible body. If you’re on a thinner side and want some curves, wear brighter colors and horizontal lines, there are so many decadent varieties of bra/panty combos that you’ll want for nothing in your quest for fabulousness.
If you’re on the curvier side and want to add some balance, try super-slimming fishnet stockings. Not certain how to dress your body the right way? Ask your boudoir photographer, they’ll have tons more tips for you as well, as they will know what will look great and what not so great.
7. Don’t Fake Tan
No sprays, no gels, no lotions. If you want a natural sun-kissed glow book a couple of sessions in a professional salon that has tanning beds, and do it in the nude (no unsightly lines this way). The last thing you want is to a) look like a sexy pumpkin or b) pay more than you have to in retouching fees.
8. Do Touch Up the Basics
If you dye your hair, get your hair done the week of your glamour or boudoir session. Shave or wax everything, the day of if possible, and spring for a mani-pedi.You’d be amazed how these little details can make or break a photo session. These pictures are going to be around for a while, reminding you of just how awesome you look, don’t skimp the small stuff.
9. Don’t Think all Portrait Photographers Are Made Equal
Do your research! Take advantage of free consultations, read reviews, scour through online galleries and portfolios and check what services exactly are included in the photoshoot experience. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because someone says they know what they’re doing and they happen to fit the right “price range” that they’re offering a quality experience. This is often a once in a lifetime event, and you should do it the right way. Choose someone who is talented, professional, trustworthy, someone whose style you actually love. And keep in mind that you will usually get exactly what you pay for.
It’s an investment, give it the attention it deserves.
10. Do Relax
It’ll be fun. Promise! If you are still looking for something special, contact me to arrange a chic glamour portrait session or an elegant confidence boosting boudoir photoshoot.
Renata specialises in magazine style portrait and boudoir photography. Her main focus is to empower women through the tailored experience and beautiful fine art portraits that will last a lifetime. Get in touch to reserve your complimentary consultation and talk about your dream portraits.