That’s it! You’ve decided to do it! Here are a few tips and tricks to get you ready for your boudoir session. First and foremost, I want you to feel comfortable and confident during this time. I speak from experience and with the goal of making your session as natural as possible.
If you have any questions about any of the tips or advices, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
What to wear for your boudoir session?
What you wear to your boudoir session influences how you feel and what energy you project, but it also dictates the mood and final look of the photos.
If you’re going for a romantic, light and feminine vibe, choose pastel undergarments, lace and sheers. If you want to experiment with a sexier side, dare leather, black, transparency. And if you want to show off your cheerful personality, why not choose a colorful and vitaminized outfit?
And nothing prevents you from doing all three in the same session 😉
If you’re indecisive, bring a full suitcase with you and I’ll help you make choices.
First and foremost, I suggest that you wear clothes that you feel beautiful, comfortable and sexy in. You can change during the session if you wish. I recommend 2 to 3 kits maximum, in different styles and colors to bring out your personality. If you want to do your session with one set, that’s fine too. I promise you will get a variety of photos no matter what you decide to wear.
Often, my clients feel more comfortable starting the session a little more covered up and then drop pieces as the session progresses. So you may want to bring a robe or a large scarf. Don’t just think of underwear, it can also be a blouse, a sweater that exposes your shoulders or a camisole that reveals your belly button.
Avoid clothes with small lines that create a moiré effect that is difficult to retouch.
The clothes you choose should be comfortable and above all, well-fitting. I like to keep it simple, but you can bring accessories or jewelry if you want.
If you have skin that marks easily, avoid wearing undergarments (and clothes) that leave red marks or demarcations when you go to the session. Instead, wear loose-fitting clothing and seamless lingerie or no lingerie at all. You can then put on your favorite pieces on site, without them staying on your skin for too long.
And last but not least, don’t forget to cut off all the tags!
Choose a timeless makeup
Whether you do your own makeup or let a makeup artist pamper you…
Even if you don’t usually wear any makeup, I suggest you wear some during your boudoir session because facial features tend to fade in a photo. It doesn’t have to be tons of makeup of course!
Choose a natural foundation that will even out your skin tone and hide small imperfections. And forget about oil-based products that could make your face shine. Also, watch the color of your foundation so that it doesn’t contrast with the rest of your body! If, like me, you have a tendency to blush, don’t forget to cover your bust to minimize redness.
Don’t forget your eyebrows, they frame your eyes. Not only do they show your character and convey your emotions, they often make all the difference between looking awake or asleep. You can highlight your eyelids with neutral blush and eye liner if you wish. If you wear eyeglasses, make sure they’re cleaned before you start your session. A little blush on your cheeks, mascara, lipstick or lip gloss and you’re done!
The important thing is to stay natural, my goal is to show you how beautiful you are just like that. Too much artifice would distort the essence of your photos.
Take care of your mane
Short or long, your hair is a powerful tool of seduction.
But this is not the time to go against nature on the day of your session. And I’m in a good position to say so! My curly hair becomes untamable when it’s hot or humid. So it’s really not the time to go super sleek if your hair is prone to disobedience.
If you need a hair color or cut, schedule it a week or more before our session. Remember, if your growth shows in person, it will be even more noticeable in photos. Bring a brush and the necessities to refresh your hair during the session.
If you have long hair and would like to try a bun or ponytail look for a portion of the session, don’t forget to bring what you need. I recommend that you start the session with your hair loose so it doesn’t get a bad crease. We’ll take the time to make you a beautiful bun 😉
Care for your skin
By following a simple beauty routine (exfoliation-moisturizing-protection) in the weeks leading up to your session, you can ensure that your skin is hydrated, healthy and radiant. We don’t want to immortalize our crocodile skin on winter days or the sunburn we got at the poolside BBQ.
Also think about your lips: by applying a balm or other fatty substance on a daily basis, it helps avoid dead skin, chapped lips or lips dried out by external aggressions.
Take care of your hands and feet, chances are I’ll be focusing on them at some point during your session. Apply a repair cream morning and night and make sure your nails are well filed. If you want, it can be time to get a mani/pedi.
Whether you do it yourself or hire an esthetician to wax the areas that bother you, you know how your skin reacts. Remember to make an appointment a few days before your session if you tend to blush or be irritated, for example.
Drink at least 1 liter of water a day, your body will thank you. Believe me! You will quickly see the benefits. Your brain will function better and you will be in a better mood. It also eliminates toxins and your skin will glow.
I’m even sure that it’s a habit that you’ll continue after your session!
So there you have it, I think this covers my tips and tricks for your boudoir session! If you ever have any questions about your session or the advice given here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Je suis une femme qui photographie les femmes. Je suis une photographe de l’intimité. Je déteste photographier l’évidence, le surjoué, le copier-coller, le faux. Je préfère suggérer plutôt que montrer. Dévoiler plutôt que s’exhiber. Il y a quelque chose entre la retenue et l’abandon qui me fascine.
Mon souhait d’apprendre à nous voir belles et naturelles m’a poussée à créer cet espace dédié à l’expression de notre féminité, une alternative plus authentique et émotive à la photographie boudoir.
Je suis une femme qui photographie les femmes. Je suis une photographe de l’intimité. Je préfère suggérer plutôt que montrer. Dévoiler plutôt que s’exhiber… Il y a quelque chose entre la retenue et l’abandon qui me fascine…