Preparing for your Boudoir Photoshoot- San Francisco Boudoir Photographer

Since there’s a lot to think about before your session, I put together a few tips on preparing for your boudoir photoshoot.  I like to make sure we’re on the same page… follow these tips so we capture you at your best!

First things first: Arrive with a cleansed, exfoliated, moisturized, bare face and clean, completely dry hair.

Hair Preparation

Wash your hair the morning of or night before at the latest. Make sure it’s dry, and wear it down so there are no marks/dents in it from being worn up. Feel free to add in mousse or gel while it’s still damp, after it has been washed (and before it has been dried). Don’t worry about it if you don’t have any texturizing products. Do NOT come with straight-ironed hair unless you want a straight hairstyle; if you want soft waves or curls, that won’t work with straight-ironed hair.

Brow Grooming and Facial Hair Removal

Please have your brows groomed–either tweezed, waxed or threaded–1-5 days beforehand (depending on how sensitive your skin is). Having cleaned-up brows will make a world of difference in how your eyes and whole face will look! Make sure you remove any other unwanted facial hair beforehand, too. Makeup blends best on smooth skin.

Exfoliation: Face and Lips

Gently exfoliate the face with just a washcloth and cleanser, either the night before or the morning of your shoot. Don’t rub too hard! Pay extra attention around the nose-dead cells tend to accumulate there. Use a sugar-and-oil scrub (or even your toothbrush) on your lips to get rid of chapped, flakey skin for a polished lip color application!

Moisture and Hydration

Hydration and moisturizing are KEY! Hopefully you’re already moisturizing your body every time you get out of the shower. Whether you do or don’t, moisturize the night before AND morning of your shoot. Also, drink plenty of water the day before and day of your shoot. Moisturized, hydrated skin is smoother and fills out fine lines and plumps up the skin, PLUS it keeps it looking radiant.

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Bring a bra and panty set.

This is a classic go-to option, and can be paired so many different ways!

Bring sentimental items.

Maybe your significant other recently bought you something special like a beautiful necklace; bring it! Maybe you wear his/her shirt around the house; that could be another fun prop. Feel free to bring any other items that will personalize the experience for you.

Don’t forget the accessories, heels and jewelry!

This is one of my favorite ways to dress up! A sparkly pair of earrings or an ornate necklace will dress up any outfit.

Don’t wear a bra when you arrive.

We want your skin to be free of lines, so don’t wear anything (bra, panties, even socks) that binds the skin. Think loose, comfortable clothing and slip on shoes.

Sexy doesn’t have to mean lingerie.

Your boudoir session is a celebration of your style and personality, so bring outfits you love and feel comfortable wearing. There are no have-tos! For more ideas on outfits for your boudoir session, check out this article.

Let us know ahead of time if there is a problem area for you or anything you are uncomfortable doing.

Please tell us if there are parts of your body you are still learning to love or anything else we should be aware of. We will plan with you ahead of time so we know how how to photograph you and make you look your best!

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Mar 8, 2019

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