Incorporating Your Partner’s Interests
Need help planning your boudoir session? I am here to help with these tips on incorporating your partner’s interests for a truly personalized photo shoot:
Sports – This is a popular one. If your man loves sports, bring some sports gear with you. For example, you could wear a jersey from his favorite team/player, or bring a ball, mitt, club, bat, etc.
Occupation – If your guy loves his job, try to incorporate that in your session. If he’s in the military, think dog tags, uniform, etc. If he’s a doctor, try a nurse outfit or lab coat. If he’s a firefighter – borrow his helmet and boots. There are so many options here. Some careers are more difficult to incorporate creatively, but we can even make an office job work. You can totally rock the button down shirt, tie, and briefcase. If you need help, give me a call or send me a text or email and I can help come up with something.
What does he love about you – Think about the things he loves – his favorite part of your body, traits you have that he adores. Maybe he loves your sassiness or playful personality, or how you are shy, sweet, etc. We’ll want to feature these attributes in your session. Does he love it when you walk around in his clothes? Bring some along for an added personal touch.
Fantasy – Does your partner have a fantasy? Surprise him by dressing up for your session. If he’s a big Star Wars fan and always wanted you to wear a gold bikini like Princess Leia, now would be a good time to break out that costume for some sexy sci-fi photos.
Hobbies – What does he like to do for fun? Does he play guitar, read comic books, paint? Bring along items from his hobbies. Is he a country boy? Bring a cowboy hat and boots. Does he enjoy carpentry? Bring his construction hat and tool belt along.
If you need help coming up with a theme for your session to incorporation your partner’s interests, contact me and I will brainstorm with you.
Tips to Prepare for Your Boudoir Session
Choose your Wardrobe – Lingerie is great, but you don’t have wear it if you don’t want to. A button down shirt, sports jersey, oversized sweater, or tight shirt and booty shorts are great alternatives. Be sure to try on your outfit(s) prior to your session to ensure everything fits properly. If you are unsure or at a loss, just ask. We are happy to make suggestions.
Don’t Forget Accessories – Make sure you think about jewelry, shoes, props, etc. Pack anything you need to get it ready for your session. For props, we suggest bringing personal items that are significant to your partner – sports gear, dog tags, military uniform, lab coat, etc.
Hair and Makeup – We highly recommend using a makeup artist. If you need suggestions please contact us. A MUA will make sure that you look flawless and ready for your close up.
Choose a Location – We can help you with this if you don’t already have a location in mind. We tend to do these sessions at hotels, in studio, or at a private outdoor setting.
Exposure – Talk to us prior to the session to let us know what you are comfortable with and how exposed, or unexposed, you want to be during your session. Everyone has a different comfort level, and we like to be aware and informed of your expectations prior to your session so there are no awkward moments.
Pre-Session Beauty Prep – We suggest getting a mani/pedi a few days prior to your session. If you wax, don’t forget to pencil that into your schedule, as well. If you want to have a base tan for your photos, we recommend beginning to tan a few weeks prior to your session to avoid burning – and remember to think about your outfit and avoid any tan lines that will look bad in photos. We suggest staying away from spray tans. Don’t forget to get your eyebrows shaped before your session.
Eat a light breakfast the morning of. Drink a lot of water leading up to your session for beautiful, healthy skin and get a good night’s rest the night before. Shave and moisturize for beautiful legs. Wear a clear deodorant. Don’t wear tight clothing, bras, panties, socks, etc. the morning of your session or driving to your session. These will leave red marks on your skin and we want you looking your best.
Relax – The most important thing you can do is relax. We will make sure you look amazing in your photos, so don’t worry! If you’re uncomfortable, it will show, so just keep calm.
Bad Tan Lines/Sunburn – If you have not been tanning recently, don’t tan just before your session. You can get sunburn or really bad tan lines, which are not flattering in photos. Also avoid spray tans at all cost, as they tend to photograph poorly.
Getting intoxicated before your session – If you are nervous about your session, it’s OK to have a glass of wine or two to rest your nerves. That said, don’t get intoxicated before your session. This is one of the worst things you can do. Your eyes will be blood shot and droopy and it’s just a recipe for disaster.
Choosing the wrong sized outfits – Choose lingerie that is just the right size for you. You don’t want loose lingerie that gives your body no shape or hides your beautiful curves. On the other hand, lingerie that is too tight can be unflattering.
Heavy Makeup – You don’t want to slather the makeup on too thickly. It’s more about accentuating your natural features and making you feel – and look – stunning. Try to avoid glitter and oil base makeup. Consider having your makeup professionally done. Most makeup artists are familiar with the type of makeup that is most appealing on camera.
Forgetting to shave/wax – Always remember to shave or wax any exposed area that needs to looks smooth and sexy. The ‘au naturel’ look is so ‘70s. Unless you’re going for that vibe.
Boudoir parties are all the rage these days. What’s a boudoir party you may ask? This is where I host a day where all of the slots are filled by you and your girlfriends.
You and your ladies all show up at the studio or hotel we choose (this will be decided at the time of booking) glam up, drink and just have a good time while you’re waiting for your session.
Each of you will then have your own private 30-minute session. Add to the excitement by incorporating a few shots of your whole group together.
Sounds fun, right? Don’t miss your opportunity to throw your boudoir party. Contact me today to discuss the details and set your date!
I'm really nervous. Is that normal?
It is definitely normal to be nervous for your boudoir session, so don't worry. Most of my clients are nervous their first time until the session has gone on for a few minutes. After it starts, you’ll begin to loosen up. You will find it quite empowering and a real confidence builder.
How do I know how to pose?
Don’t worry about posing. I've totally got you covered in that department. I know all the tricks to create the most flattering angles for you, no matter what shape or size you are.
What do I wear and do you provide the wardrobe?
Wardrobe is a very personal choice. Boudoir images can range from fine art nude to semi-conservatively dressed and everything in between. The wardrobe you wear should be based on your comfort level and the theme you are wanting to create. You and I can certainly discuss this prior to your session to help you come up with the wardrobe to match the look you are wanting to achieve. I do have several wardrobe items and shoes in studio and available for your use.
Do you offer sessions in other locations?
The short answer is yes, I want to make this experience personal and meaningful to you. Be it your own bedroom space, an office, on the prairie or in a barn, your images should provide meaning to you and those you choose to share them with.
I want share these pictures with my partner, but I don't want loose prints floating around.
This is a very common concern and we totally understand. Your images will be placed in a password protected gallery and will only allowed to be accessed by you or whomever you share the gallery with. We do not publish any images without your express permission.
Any ideas for the best gift?
I offer several print, album and merchandise options that you can order and have shipped directly to your door. For more information on these products, just ask.
What should I bring to my boudoir session?
For our sessions, I suggest a minimum of three different outfits and any props you may want to incorporate. I typically tell ladies to bring an entire suitcase if they want to, that way we have lots of options! Here are a few ideas on popular wardrobe and props:
Can I bring a friend?
Yes, you can bring a friend if you think it will help you relax. However, sometimes an extra set of eyes has the opposite effect, even if it is a friend. This will be up to you and your comfort level.