How to Prepare for Your Boudoir Sessionthe free little guide
WHAT TO WEAR
You can come as dressed up, or as dressed down as you want to be!
I do not provide any outfits or pieces for your session as to keep everyone as unique and original as they are! What I love about boudoir is that you can wear whatever you want! You can wear all the lace in the world, or all the comfortable undies you own. Boudoir, at the end of the day, should really be called, BoudYOU. Wear what YOU feel most comfortable in. If you want to step out of the box and feel on damn fire, then wear something that maybe makes you nervous to! If that's lace, cool. If that's leather, cool! If you want to feel more stripped down and natural, then bring your favorite jeans or underwear. If you have a comfy pair of Calvins you love, bring em! That t-shirt that you feel oddly great in, bring it! Your parter has a favorite tank of yours they like? BRING IT!
Always bring more than enough if you are having a tough time deciding what to wear! I can help you decide and narrow down the best looks for you and for your session.
Here is a list ranging from cheapest to most boujee places online that you can shop! (this list is mostly geared to lingerie, however there are some options for everyone on here like Rihanna's brand- Savage Fenty)
I cannot recommend RiRi’s company and lingerie enough! I wore ALL Savage Fenty for my own personal boudoir shoot and was in love. Reasonably priced, MADE FOR ALL BODIES, inclusive, empowering, sexy, worth it. MENS OPTIONS HERE
A trans and LGBTQ supportive underwear company! You won’t find too much lingerie here, but the amount of adorable matching undies and bras is amazing. Think about it Napoleon Dynamite had an underwear line… FOR EVERYONE <3
I would also look into local boudoir shops near you! Shopping local is always amazing and the benefit there is you have a greater chance at having some more authentic pieces just for you!
If you have no idea what you want to wear for your session I highly recommend doing a little stalking. Pinterest stalking, magazine stalking, Instagram stalking! Take a look and see what other people are wearing and take notice of what you could possibly see your self in/want to see yourself in for you session!
Jewelry and accessories If you plan to bring some, make sure you bring the stuff you feel the best in!
How to Beauty Prep
1 week until shoot
If you plan on doing any waxing, sugaring, lazering or whatever people do these days, definitely get it done at least 5 days before your shoot to avoid any redness or irritation on your skin. Same with facials! Make sure you get them done 4-5 days before your session to avoid red/splotchy skin! And I will continue to say this, but I still HIGHLY encourage you to just show up as you are if you want to as well. I think a lot of us think that the standard for boudoir has to be lots of makeup, shaved legs, hairless pits.. etc etc. Boudoir is just being you in your body and not complying to anyones body standards.
A mani/pedi goes a long way! Your hands and feet will be photographed, so pretty nails or at least really clean/clear nails will make your photos looks so much better. You don’t have to get them done, you can always do them yourself!
If you plan to get any touchups done, do it! Hair trim, getting your roots colored, or even de-stressing with a massage etc. Looking your best/feeling your best is going to come across the best! And if you we're planning on changing your look soon, maybe now is the time and then you'll photos of the new you boo.
I highly recommend staying out of the sun immediately leading up to your session! A nice tan is great for boudoir photos, but red and potentially splotchy burnt skin ain’t gonna look cute! Make sure you are using plenty of sunscreen if you will be out in the sun before your session and whatever you do, DO NOT SPAY TAN UNLESS YOU ARTIST KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING! The coloring in some sprays can be very thick and patchy all over your skin and me, myself and my camera will be getting up close and personal with your skin. I also notice vastly different color tints in arms vs. hands vs.face. However! If you need a good spray tan that is KK approved, go to Lauren of Seattle Beauty Boss.
All natural body prep ideas
Oils! The absolute best beauty hack there is. I personally drench my face and body in oils after I get out of the shower. If you want to show up with your skin extra plump and hydreated! My favorites are Castor oil for literally everywhere, jojoba oil for face and skin, coconut oil for hair and mouth health and a oil cleanser for extra clean and glowing skin!
Rice water, diluted- no joke! One day, my plan is to save rice water in the gallons every time I make a single 1 cup of rice. When you strain your rice water, they say to strain 2-3 times before cooking. Now, save your rice water. The first round of rice water, add more to that batch to dilute it. Then strain more and save more. The rice water should look cloudy not totally clear to see all the way through the water, but almost. Before I do my skin routine post shower, I spray this all over. I find the best way to use it is to drench it all over your head and body as the last water wash in your shower. Leaves your skin smooth and hair shining!
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water leading up to your shoot! Water does incredible things for your skin, overall complexion and hair. If you want to go above and beyond, maybe even cut out alcohol too because as well all know, that stuff just does weird things to your whole body including abnormal bloating.
Gua Sha!!! Look up video tutorials on this and what will work best for you and your face! You know the saying everything heads south, as you get older, including your face (which we love, yay aging) But if your someone like me who holds a lot of tensions and puffiness in my face, this tool has been a godsent. Use with oil, best Gua Sha's are stainless steel. Less than $10 most places!
WHERE YOU AT GIRL?!
Bellingham! I love the great PNW and getting naked in the forest is my specialty! I currently rent a lovely studio space for sessions in Bellingham if indoor is more your thing. I of course too, will travel to Seattle for sessions as well. I obviously travel wheerver too. Planes and trains are great!
HOW DO I KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE BADASS PHOTOS OF ME? I’M NOT PHOTOGENIC, WHAT DO I DO?!
DO MY PHOTOS HAVE TO BE SHARED? MY GRANDMA IS ON INSTAGRAM..
DO I NEED TO GET MY HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE FOR MY SESSION?
HOW DO I GET MY IMAGES BACK?
I will send you an online gallery and downloadable link via Pixiset of your high-resolution images anywhere between 3-5 weeks after your session day! A quicker turn around time can definitely be arranged and purchase or prints and albums can also be made!
* Currently I am in the process of changing over my entire system. I will no longer be just a digital photographer but I will also be offering print and album sales with every boudoir/dudeoir/couples session. Average investment for products, images and session fee is around $2,400-$3,500. Interest free payment plans will be offered and you can pay off your art work for up to 6 whole months! You even get your prints/albums while you are still paying off your pieces. I can't wait to start offering what you all have been wanting, beautiful crafted after work of your beautiful self. These photos sure a shit don’t belong in the computer and your cell phone.*