kendra K's

boudoir prep guide

You are doing the damn thing

I am so proud and excited that you made the commitment to this session. I hope you know that you are about to get way more out of this then just sexy photos, but I’m sure you already know that <3

Not only are you signing up to get some badass, stop you dead in your tracks photos, but you are also signing up to work with me! Now, I’m about to brag here for a second, so just bear with me. I’m not like a lot of other boudoir photographers. I focus on you and your entire body. That means I won’t shy away from getting up and close with your belly, arms, those little lines on your thighs and your feet, yes your feet. Showing off those stretch marks, smiles lines and every curve that make you beautifully you, thats what I’m about here. I’m not going to ask you to hide anything about your body. You of course have the option to strip down as far as you want to, but just remember, you’re here to rock yourself and rock your body! Here you are reminded to love our entire body and you might be loving it truly for the first time. You’re going to feel sexy, safe, comfortable and authentically you. All you need to do is simply show up and be yourself, I got the rest!

 

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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)

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Amazon

As crazy as it sounds, Amazon have sexed up over half of my boudoir clients! They’re reasonably priced, fit pretty well on all types of bodies, have options of colors for days and if it doesn’t fit right, they have a great return policy!
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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

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Adore Me

Quality online lingerie/bra and undie sets!
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Tomboy X

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

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Nordstrom

Nordys has actually been worn by quite a few of my past babes! Great, comfy underwear for a more natural look with a surprisingly great lingerie section!
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Torrid

The sexiest lingerie catering to womxn size 10 and above! The amount of sexy and adorable things on this site is insane! The prefect place for a perfect fit for curvy gals!
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Honey Birdette

A slight step up from Victoria’s Secret, with even more ‘Wow!!’ and even more ‘Bam!!’ The goods are real good over at Honey Birdette!
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Victoria’s Secret

As always, Queen V never fails and always has some of the most beautiful lingerie. The only thing with VS, is they definitely cater to one type of body size.
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Agent Provocateur

The creme de la creme of lingerie besides an expensive boutique store probably in Paris somewhere. It’s got the down payment of a small used car price, but the wow factor of an expensive penthouse owner in Manhattan. It oozes sexual goddess.

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!

Props & Concepts

With this type of photography there is always a story behind your body and why you are doing this session. Or there can be a particular story that you want to covey with your body. That’s why every session is so special and differs, because everyone’s story is different and what they want to bring to their session is all different. Maybe you’re doing this for someone special, or for yourself. What articles of clothings or props are important to you and your body. Want to take back your relationship with food? Bring a cake! Are flowers symbolic in your relationship? Get a flower crown! Does your partner find you sexy holding a a frying pan?! What the hell, bring it! If there is anything you are wanting to shoot with to personalize your session, by all means bring it with you. Anything additional to you, your body and your outfits are just additional! Boudoir is all about the body, but getting creative with props can be fun! We can even brainstorm together if you are wanting to think on different ideas and unique concepts. If you have a story that you want to try and covey through your session with props or with a unique concept, I am also all ears. I am open to photographing A LOT. Is it kinky? Is it personal? Does it revolve around trauma? I’m game. I here to help tell your story through your body, so let’s get creative!

Indoor Sessions

When you arrive to the studio and or your home make sure you are wearing loose/baggy clothes. Wearing jeans or even bras and underwear that are tight can leave lines on your body and we don’t want that before your shoot! Sometimes braletts can leave marks as well, so just keep that in mind! If you added on hair and makeup from Kendra K, you will arrive and get yourself all done up before we begin! When you arrive at the studio that we have previously booked and reserved, send me a text and I will come and grab you! Once you’re in the studio we will go over your looks and then you can begin!

If you are showing up with your hair and makeup done, make sure you give yourself enough time in the AM to get that done professionally or to do it yourself. (Or have a friend help) You can go as full glam as Kim K, or as minimal as Pam Anderson, Hello! But if you are picturing your boudoir images to be a little more glam, then I highly recommend doing your makeup or getting it done! Reminder, a little more is always better when it comes to being photographed and don’t forget a simple lipstick or gloss even! Hair and Makeup can be added on for an additional fee for every session. I also encourage you to show up with a fresh face too if you want to go all natural.

We’re inside, we’re safe, this is officially your zone, feel free to bring some champagne if that’s your vibe. I will make sure to bring my bluetooth for vibes, but honestly, sometimes I forget her! So, if you have a bluetooth speaker bring just in case. 😉

 

Outdoor Sessions

Yes, you will be cold. Will it be worth doing this over a studio, you outdoor lover you? Yes, Yes it will.

On the morning of your session, make sure you arrive in preferably something that will not leave lines on your body, or wear baggy clothes! No jeans or tight socks! Keep it loosey goosey. If you also own a robe, kimono, or a large blanket that can cover your entire body, bring it! Robes are the best because you can easily throw them on quickly if we have some people stumble upon us. Anything to cover your shoulders to at least your knees will do, for those just in case situations. Also, make sure you bring some shoes that you will easily be able to slip on and off. Take into consideration that your feet might be a little wet, sandy or dirty as well! Leather boots or tennis shoes won’t really do. If you have some slide on shoes or sandals, those would be best! #bringyourcrocs

If you hired a hair and makeup artist though Kendra K, you will meet at a discussed location for you to get dolled up, then head out to the outdoor location! Location can either be at your place, my place or a beauty studio.

A nice outdoor bag that you don't also mind to get dirty possibly to hold all your outfits and things!

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!

 

How to Mentally Prep

I know this can be a scary thing.

You’re nervous, you may of never done boudoir before and you have no idea how you’ll feel the day of. Well let me tell you, you are going to be a-okay I PROMISE! (Trust me, I have a very good track record with breaking nerves instantly) But what will also help is to remind yourself that everyone is deserving of photos like this. Everyone at every age! You ARE worthy. You have a body at the end of the day and that body is worth showing off, period, always, doesn’t matter what you look like.

You have already made the incredible decision to do this. You have paid your session fee, you are half way there and you know in your heart of hearts that you have hired one of the best boudoir photographers for YOU. Not only am I going to take amazing photos of you, but I will also leave you feeling  empowered during and after your session. Your pre-session nerves will be out the door almost instantly and you will have the most fun and relaxing time at your session.

Leading up to the big day, pump yourself up! Listen to your favorite music, watch your favorite shows, go to dinner with your girlfriends and have them pump you up! Do the things that are fun for you as much as you can leading up to your session. If you want to eat cake and ice cream the night before because its your favorite, do it. Or if you wanna eat McDonalds on the couch and watch New Girl, do it. Indulge in all things that you love and things that make you, you! Don’t worry about anything else other than making yourself happy. You’ll notice you will arrive to your session already feeling confident and ready because you have been living your truth leading up to this! 

If you are having any negative self doubts about your physical body, GET THOSE THOUGHTS OUT. Scroll through my instagram, see all the beautiful types of bodies and humans I have worked with and know everyone looks amazing in their photos because everyone is amazing in their body, including you. Then hop off social media, because it's toxic and read a good book. I know a lot of us have years and decades of rewiring the stories we have with our bodies. It’s not easy to just think more positively about your body, I get that. But look… you have already made the decision to do this session. Know that you are already there to loving you body even more. Send love to the parts that are hard right now and in no time you will be sending those same part much more love after you session. Something I say to myself in my head a lot is, “don’t let your brain go there.”

This is all about you and you showing up as authentically you as you can. Be king to yourself, love yourself, do things things that make you feel like you, your photos will thank you later. If you ever start to feel the nerves creep in and need some encouragement, reach out to me and I will talk you right our of it. Or my personal favorite, sit on the floor and take huge deep breaths in and out until you feel less anxious <—- always works.

Make sure you take care of your outfits leading up to the shoot. Make sure they’re nice and clean and ironed or steamed if they need it and if you want it. Preferably have them hanging up to avoid any lines or creases before you put them on, especially silk! HANG THAT ISH UP! Make sure the tags are removed, and get you and all your props and outfits all ready to go!

 Day Before and Day of Shoot

1 week until shoot

Make sure you get plenty of beauty sleep, shower, shave, full body moisturize/oil up, put on clear deodorant and double check you have all your goodies! Buy a bottle of champagne if you want a lil drink and make sure you eat something light but also filling before your session. We don’t feel sexy when we’re hangry!

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the studio/outdoor location. As we know traffic can strike at the weirdest of times and I would hate for you to run late and cut into your session time! If you are going to a studio in Seattle, there should be plenty of 2 hours paid street parking, but definitely give yourself some extra parking time. 

Make sure you have all of your outfits, steamed if need be, jewlery, props if you’re bringing any, are all ready.  Make sure you have screenshots to show your makeup/hair artist what your want (if you booked one)

When you arrive make sure you are wearing loose fitting clothes. Preferably no bra and undies as well as to not cause any lines on your body! When you get to the studio/location, shoot me a text (206)552-1480 and I will come and let you in!

After Session

Take a deep breath and give yourself a high five because you fucking did it! Relish in this love and this overwhelming feeling of body acceptance and appreciation and thrill of just being in your own skin. And dare I say, loving being your skin! Live in this as long as you can because you will continue to feel amazing for days, even weeks after your session.

Gab about your experience with your friends, share this new found love and admiration you have for you self and your body. Have a glass of wine because you did it baby!

If you are ordering products through me you will receive a couple sneaks peeks after your session and 3-4 weeks after your session date, we will have your in person or virtual reveal and ordering session! We watch a little slideshow of your photos and pick out the best of the best for your art work! These albums and prints will last lifetimes! Once your products are ordered and the initial product deposit is paid I will work on sending in your products. In person delivery will happen once they come in!

Spend the rest of your days dreaming about this experience.

Until you book your next session <3

 

FAQS

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?!
“I’m not sexy, I don’t know any poses, this is out of the box for me, I never thought I would do anything like this, I don’t want to look awkward, am I awkward? Im awkward.” Listen, I GOT YOU. I know I am going to take awesome photos of you because A. As sarcastic but truthful as it sounds, it’s my job and I am damn good at my job, so trust that. B. Every person posses a unique type of beauty and energy and all I do is just capture you in your rare, beautiful form and those pictures then turn out to be badass and sexy because they represent the real you! I capture you exactly how I see you and I find everyone beautiful because we all are. Don’t stress about posing, where to put your hands, what to do with your face, or wondering if your butt looks right. Remember, this is what I do for a living and making you look damn good is apart of my job description. Be prepared to see you though, all of you. I won’t shy away from tummy shots, getting up close with your smile lines, and hunny, we all have a little cellulite. But we love all these things about our body because they are apart of our body and we are here celebrating our body, RIGHT?! You got this and I got you boo boo.
DO MY PHOTOS HAVE TO BE SHARED? MY GRANDMA IS ON INSTAGRAM..
You have all the rights to decide what I can do with your photos. At the end of the day, these are photos of your body and everyone is different with how they want these types of photos to be shared. I'm lucky because most of my babes don't mind me sharing their photos because they look so damn good and they quote, "want to world to see!" I have so many amazing, sexy shoots that will never hit the internet or social media because the babes wanted their photos to remain private. This is your body and you have the right to decide how you want them shared or not shared. I have so many different model release options so don't you worry. You can choose between full rights, limited rights, in person rights and so on! There are plenty of options and I am positive you'll find one that you are most comfortable with.
DO I NEED TO GET MY HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE FOR MY SESSION?
Absolutely not! It goes back to the whole BoudYOU thing. If you don't wear that much makeup normally, then show up like you! Of course, a full face of glam is always fun for these photos. The more and more I photograph boudoir the more and more I am loving the more stripped down sessions. Not a lot of lace, little to no makeup, messy hair, just real. I dig it so much and capturing you in real form in my opinion is so much better than you wearing a full face of glam if you don't normally. But of course, this is boudoir and we do like to get sexy here most of the times and makeup is real sexy. So however glam, or however toned down as you want to be. Just make sure you're being YOU. Hair and makeup can be added on to your package for an additional fee.
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.*