Be prepared (over even overprepared!)

You’ve taken the leap and scheduled your boudoir session! Now what?

Preparing for your session can help you feel more comfortable and enjoy the experience more. Plus, the more at ease you feel, the better your images will be!

Be sure to talk to your photographer about how best to prepare for your boudoir shoot at their studio, but these six tips on how to prepare can help you make the most of your session.

Plan your outfits well in advance

If you’re planning to wear some items you already have, be sure to try everything on before your session, especially if it’s something you haven’t worn in a few years. And whether everything fits or not, a boudoir session is a great excuse to go shopping! Pick out several looks that make you feel sexy and bring them to your shoot. The more options you have, the better!

Be sure to stay hydrated

To make sure you look your absolute best in your images, drink plenty of water in the days before and on the day of your session. You should also try to avoid consuming alcohol or salty foods, which can have a negative impact on your complexion. You want your skin looking healthy and fresh!

Refresh your look

If you regularly dye your hair, consider getting a touchup the week of your boudoir session to make sure your locks look luscious. A boudoir shoot is also the perfect excuse to do a little self-pampering: get a fresh manicure and pedicure and even a wax. These may seem like small details, but they’ll really pop in your images. And if you choose to tan, do so naturally and in the nude to avoid unsightly tan lines or get a professional tanning job. Don’t use any sprays, gels, or lotions that may take away from your natural beauty!

Don’t wear tight clothes on your way to your session

When choosing an outfit to wear for your drive to the studio (and to relax in during your professional hair and makeup experience, pick something casual, comfortable, and, most importantly, lose. Tight clothing can leave indentations and lines on your skin that will stand out in photos, so avoid bras, socks, belts, or especially tight jeans or tops. Go for something loose and comfortable, like sweats or a hoodie, that won’t leave any marks on your skin. AND REMEMBER to not wear your smart watch/watch in general at least a full day before your session! It will definitely leave a mark that takes time to wear off.

Bring plenty of extras

You’ve invested time and money in looking and feeling gorgeous at your boudoir session. The last thing you want is a rip in your lacy lingerie or a pair of torn fishnets to ruin your day. Make sure you have backup pieces, just in case the worst happens, and save yourself from stressing about a run in your tights. You can always return items you have purchased but did not use. (We have backup stockings and lingerie too so you are safe to not overbuy if you buy anything at all.)


Most importantly, take a deep breath and relax! Have fun with your photo session. Your photographer will do their absolute best to make you comfortable. They’re here to make you feel like the glamorous and gorgeous woman you are, so let them do their job and embrace your most sensual self.

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