How to Prepare for Your Boudoir Shoot

Updated: Sep 16, 2018

So you decide you want to do a boudoir shoot. You've emailed me and it's officially booked... now what?


Likely you have a month or so until your shoot. And so the planning begins!


First thing to do is to realize you are beautiful no matter what, ten extra pounds really isn't that big of a deal, so don't stress in this last month!


What you should do is start planning your outfits and this is where you need to know bigger is better than too small. We all do it. Maybe it's because we want to pretend we're an 8 instead of a 10, maybe it's because we bought the item when we were an 8 instead of a 10, but bras and underwear cutting into your skin is no bueno on so many levels. You can be the tiniest person ever, but clothing cutting into your skin makes you look bigger, so do yourself a favor and pick/buy items that fit looser rather than tighter. Your photos will thank you for it.


Details are more important than many people realize. We get so busy thinking about our bodies and in shape or not, that we may forget things like fingernail polish or jewelry. But the little things are so helpful in creating an awesome boudoir look (and your fingertips are in more photos than you might think. You don't need to go out and get a mani-pedi, but just make sure fingernails are neat, even, and not chipped).


Shave your legs and armpits. This can get a little tricky when it comes to bridal boudoir as many of you want to wax for the wedding which means the months before the wedding are dedicated to growing this hair. In these cases I usually tell brides we should do the shoot before you start growing out your hair, even if you don't think you're in the shape you may be in another month. (Of course, many girls have basically non-existent hair anyway and no one else can really tell if you've shaved or not. But you know who you are, and you know if that's not you).


Be conscious of tan lines. If we do the shoot in the middle of summer it's likely that you're going to get some extreme tan lines pretty fast and they may not really jive with the outfits you've selected. Of course, tan lines can be sexy too, but just keep in mind that some of your outfits may show off your lines, so if you don't want that then try and tan accordingly.


Don't do anything drastic like haircuts or skin peels. You want to look good, but doing things outside the norm of your beauty routine can have some unexpected results, which you aren't going to want for your photoshoot.


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Melissa Jean Boudoir | San Luis Obispo Boudoir Photographer



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