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how to prepare for a boudoir session

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | |

Boudoir photography can be so empowering, but the days before your session can be filled with anxiety if you, like so many of us, are not familiar with this type of shoot. But please don't fret - here's a list of tips to help you prepare for your fabulous day!

Tips for your Boudoir session:

• Please bring a valid photo ID since age verification is required.
• Be careful trying a new skin product, facial peel or getting a tan days before your shoot. Take proper care of your skin so that you don't have tan lines or new imperfections from chemical peeling. Moisturizing during the week will also help make your skin look soft and healthy.
• Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Aside from moisturizing, you should drink lots of water during the days leading up to your shoot. Water helps your complexion glow!
• Ensure you have a good night's rest. When you're tired, it shows. Don't fret about your shoot; you're in good hands. Instead, try to relax the night before and have a good night's sleep.
• Wear loose and unrestrictive clothing to your shoot. You want to avoid leaving marks on your skin.
• Don't be late for your session. Again, you don't want to arrive stressed out, so make sure you leave plenty of time for traffic, specially if you are getting your hair and make-up done.
• Hair and Make-up: boudoir usually looks best with dramatic eyes. False eyelashes are recommended to help achieve this look. Good, streak free foundation on your face will go a long way to ensure your skin looks great in the photos, while a bit of volume in your hair will also help to emphasize that "undone" look. We recommend that you get your hair and make-up done before you come to your session if you opt for a studio shoot, so you don't get anxious as you wait for the make-up artist or stylist to be finished. But please do bring some make-up for light touch-ups during your session.

Remember: the appearance of your skin is very important, so being stubble-free and wearing clear deodorant should be part of your skin-care regime.

If you like, you can check out photos and poses that appeal to you. Try them out in front of the mirror, specially facial expressions. This way you have an idea of what to expect during your session.

Postscript: Thank you to Ed Verosky's ebook, "10 Ways to Improve Your Boudoir Photography Now," for providing us the foundation for these helpful tips!


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Fashion, editorial and fine art photographer based in Houston, TX. Sometime illustrator. Always a dreamer.