Ahead of your glamorous boudoir photography session, there are a few things to be mindful of to make the most of your exciting day! You will, of course, want to prepare the perfect sexy outfit (read about the best Colorado lingerie stores), overcome those jitters, and showcase your skin in all its luscious, glowy charm.
The main thing to consider is… I can’t edit away tiredness!! Seriously! I wish I could, but I simply can’t, so, be sure to get plenty of beauty sleep in advance for your big day.
Along with 7-9 hours of sleep, I’ve written some other considerations to keep that skin looking fresh!
Photoshoot Skincare Secrets
Not the time to get adventurous! Usually, I am an advocate for adventures and trying new things! However, the week before your session is not the time to try a whole new skincare routine. Even if you don’t have particularly sensitive skin, new changes can cause a negative reaction or redness. I also recommend avoiding facials and face masks the week or two before your photoshoot – these are notorious for creating redness or breakouts that take time to clear.
Brush Your Lips: This one is a bit random but I’ll tell you, dry lips are very hard to fix in my post-processing. The best way to brush your lips is in the days prior to your photoshoot by using your toothbrush to also make a few passes over your pouting lips, which allow for dead skin to shed off. Then, apply a moisturizing lip balm…repeat, repeat, repeat! And BE GENTLE! You’re taking off the top layer of dead skin, not 4 layers need!
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Lotion, Lotion, Lotion: Supple is key for beautiful skin! Leading up to your big day, try moisture at least twice every day for one week. On the big day, make sure you moisturize with a non-bronzing illuminating lotion. I recommend oil based lotions such as Argan Oil or Coconut Oil if you can’t find color-free luminizing lotion. But don’t slater on a ton of oil the morning of your shoot or you’ll look very shiny in your images.
Whatever you do: avoid tinted lotions or anything with even hints of color. It doesn’t apply evenly and the camera latches onto the streakiness!
Love the skin you’re in: Pimples happen, some of us have acne or acne scars – that is absolutely okay! If these are temporary blemishes that you really don’t want to focus on, I can retouch any blemishes when I am doing edits. Don’t let the pimple ruin your fun!
What else can you do to prepare for boudoir photography session?
Plan: There is nothing worse than feeling stressed because you’re running late! Please plan for traffic and aim to arrive at least 5 minutes before your photoshoot is planned to kick off.
Treat yourself: Use the photoshoot as an excuse to pamper yourself. Any excuse, right? 😉 I recommend going one day before your photoshoot to get a fresh manicure and pedicure! It really gives a complete feeling – even if you don’t pick nail polish. Chipped polish and scraggly nails (happens to the best of us!) can be a little distracting. I also recommend avoiding any waxing for 1-2 days before your shoot, as it may cause redness or blotchiness.
Curate the perfect playlist: Music always helps to get you in the supermodel zone! Curate a playlist that matches the concept of your shoot and will hype you up! Whatever makes you feel confident and pumped. No need to bring a speaker, I have a Bluetooth one at the studio to stream your tunes!
Wear loose clothes the day of your shoot: Wear loose underwear (many women even go commando the morning of their shoot) and avoid tight leggings, socks, bras, jeans, or bracelets. This is so you won’t get any annoying marks that can show up in your images. Plus, loose, flowy clothing is so cozy!
Options, please: I suggest you bring a minimum of 4-5 outfits, a few pairs of shoes/heels, and accessories only if you usually wear them. We may not use it all, but having options really helps! I love when clients bring plenty of wardrobe options so we can style different looks and moods! We usually come up with ideas that women weren’t even thinking of, and they end up loving them! Need some inspo? Check out this post for picking the perfect boudoir outfit!
Preparation is Key!
Seriously, preparation is the best way to tackle the inevitable nerves you’re likely to experience on the day of your boudoir photo shoot. Remember, nerves are completely normal and to be expected! But, when you consider the steps above, there is less to worry about and more time to truly live in the moment. You’ll feel more confident knowing you did what you could to pamper & prepare.
Take care of that gorgeous skin and remember that the shoot is designed to focus on your inner strength, character, resilience and to empower you! Don’t let anything tell you otherwise.
What skin products do you swear by?!