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. It’s going to be a whirlwind of an experience and you’re not gonna know what hit yah! I can’t wait <3
What to Wear
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! It doesn’t all have to be lace and lingerie! Boudoir, at the end of the day, should really be called, BoudYOU. Wear what YOU feel most comfortable in. If you want to feel oober sexy and on absolute, damn fire, then get some lingerie! If you want to feel more stripped down and natural, then bring your favorite bra and undie set. If you have a comfy pair of Calvins you love, bring em! That cotton nighty you feel oddly sexy 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.
But, we all know that when it comes to boudoir, lace and lingerie are pretty dang great. Here is a list of places ranging from the cheapest lingerie I have come across, to some of the most expensive, like down payment on a car, extra, boujee lingerie.
- 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!
- 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.
- Adore Me Quality online lingerie/bra and undie sets!
- 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…
- Nordstroms 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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 <3
- 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.
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! If you feel like a queen in that statement necklace, then bring it! You don’t have to bring any accessories if you want to keep things more minimal, but if you do, bring your absolute favs <3
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!
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 shooting! When you arrive at the studio located in ID Seattle, (brick building, big silver door, behind the Shell Station) shoot 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 to change into your outfits!
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 Alicia Keys. 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.
On the morning of your session, make sure you arrive in preferably no undies or undies that will not leave lines on your body and wear baggy clothes! No jeans or a tight blouse. 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. 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!
If you hired a HUMA from Kendra K, we 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 the studio! My hair and makeup artist is a traveling hair and makeup artist so she has no salon for us to meet at.
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. You can go as full glam as Kim K, or as minimal as Alicia Keys. But if you are picturing your boudoir images to be a little more glam, then I highly recommend doing your makeup! 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 is you are wanting something more natural.
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. If you wanna show up with hair everywhere and no makeup- PLEASE DO. Or if you wanna show up looking like Dita Von Teese, PLEASE DO.
Make sure your eyebrows are trimmed up and looking sharp and getting 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!
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. It does not look good in photos, trust me! The coloring can be very minimal 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. Just don’t do it…. Unless you’re like a pro and do it to yourself for a living.
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.
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 like an empowered, goddess during your entire session. Your pre-shoot 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. 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!
Make sure you get plenty of beauty sleep, shower, shave, full body moisturize, 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 the studio, there should be plenty of 2 hours paid street parking. There is also a lot across the street in front of the Uwajimaya you can park in and pay for hourly as well.
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!