Hey girl hey!!!
So you booked a boudoir session and now you are like… ummm what do I do now!?!?!
These tips and tricks will ensure that your session is amazing a flawless and get you there feeling a little less nervous.
1. What to Wear to your Session
Arrive to the session in your first outfit with sweat pants and a baggy shirt. Do NOT wear jeans, socks, belts, watches, or anything tight over your lingerie because it will leave marks on your body and not be very flattering in photos. Also, bring back-up pieces. I always suggest bringing at least 1 extra outfit that you like. If something happens to an outfit (rip/tear/makeup) you will have a back-up plan. You do not want to be frazzled before your shoot because something happened to your outfit.
2. TRY ON YOUR 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 day of your shoot, you want to feel confident, sexy, on top of the world.
3. Drink Water (THIS IS IMPORTANT)
Water. Water. Water. Avoid alcohol and salt the day before your shoot and did I say drink water lol. Being hydrated will help your skin with a natural glow and it will also help with any bloating.
4. Get an outfit that is best for your body type
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 varieties of bra/panty combos that to choose from that can give you some more “curves”.
If you’re on the curvier side and want to add some balance, try super-slimming fishnet stockings. And also darker colors make you look slimmer if you are going for that. If you wanna embrace the curvy… you go girl !!!!
If you still are just unsure what to wear, ask your photographer. It is there job to help you and they’ll have tons more tips for you as well, as they will know what will look great and what not so great.
I highly suggest looking on Pinterest and finding girls around your size and using that as a guide to help you shop for outfits that will look good. If you are a size 10, do not look at girls online that are size 4 to figure out what looks good on them. Your bodies are different and it will not give you the desired look.
5. Pamper yourself
Shave or wax everything, the day of if possible, and get a mani-pedi. You can even go to Walmart and buy the stick on nails and toenails for your session. No-one will know in the photos that you did not pay $100 for your nails. You’d be amazed how these little details can make or break a photo session. Also let’s talk DEODORANT. Kinda weird subject right!?! But get some spray deodorant for this session. It will help not bead up or leave deodorant marks on your clothes. These pictures are going to be around for a while, reminding you of just how awesome you look, don’t skimp the small stuff.
6. Bring some make-up
Bring your make-up to the set and some lipstick choices. The session will go quickly, but the last think you want to do it smudge your eye liner and then not be able to fix it. Also it is a good idea to change lipstick colors during outfit change, so that you can get two totally different looks.
Trust me I get it. Sometimes these make you nervous. But I promise, it will be fun and your photographer will help you get the right poses and angles that look best for your body. We will laugh and also you will feel sexy.
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I’m Stephanie Small, the owner and photographer of Stephanie Small Photography. I strive to capture the events in your life that you want to cherish forever – all while ensuring it’s a stress-free process so you can focus on enjoying the moment and making memories. I’m located in North Carolina, but am willing to travel.