BOUDOIR SESSION PREP GUIDE
BOUDOIR BY TRISH HADLEY
Congrats on booking your session! I totally get it took a lot of guts to do that and you might be nervous or have questions on how to get the most of your shoot. I’ve included information below regarding most concerns , but please don’t hesitate to contact me if for some reason you have an issue that wasn’t addressed. It’s my job to make sure you get through this experience while having an AWESOME TIME. Let me deal with the ‘getting good images of you’ part done. We got this. 🙂
WARDROBE: WTF DO I WEAR?
This is by far the biggest question I get so I’ll answer the best way possible: DON’T. OVER. THINK. IT. 🙂
Your Session includes 6 outfit changes. A lot of women assume they need to purchase a bunch of lingerie outfits but that’s not true. Boudoir does not have to be bra and panties. Some really popular (and more non-traditional outfits include):
– his shirt
– bodysuits (these are actually a great option)
– blazer with no bra
– coats (fur, trench coat, leather jacket)
– cardigan sweaters or oversized pullover sweaters
– tank tops and/or camis
– just jeans
– panties and a sheet
I SUGGEST STAYING AWAY FROM:
– costumes (any kind really, they photograph cheesy) or ‘props’
– patterns…solids are best
– neon anything…just don’t do it 🙂
We have items at the studio and all clients are allowed usage to them. While we don’t have a catalog of everything, I can tell you we have about 5 big tulle skirts in assorted colors (a client favorite), two pairs of wings, several bodysuits and random items like cardigans, tanks and teddies. We also have a pretty large assortment of bridal accessories like veils.
Traditional items like bras, panties, one-piece lingerie (anything that involves an actual bra or panty bottoms) you’ll need to bring with you.
HAIR + MAKEUP
Your session includes hair + makeup by one of our stylists —they are there to do the styling how YOU want. If you want a more ‘vamped’ out look with super long lashes and high volume hair or if you want just a no makeup natural look, they are there to adhere to your particular style.
HOW TO PREP YOUR FACE + HAIR
Just come in with clean face (no makeup) but if your face needs moisturizer than apply as needed or bring your favorite kind for the stylist to use. For Hair, come in with clean, dry hair with NO product. You can wash and condition as normal but it’s better to not have existing product or a buildup of dry shampoo.
If you have a look that you would like for your styling, please bring pictures for the stylists to view. They are visual and that method works better most times than trying to explain it.
If you have ANY allergies to anything whatsoever: specific brand of foundation, eyelash glue, etc., please let the stylist know upon arrival.
If you’re planning on bringing hair extensions:
If they are the clip-in or ‘halo’ type, it’s super important you’ve had these cut/styled to your hair color prior to your shoot. Fresh, never-out-of-the-box extensions isn’t necessarily workable as our studio is not equipped to handle coloring/cutting as part of the session.
SKIN + NAILS
A lot of women worry about having the ‘perfect’ flawless body for their shoot and I’m here to tell ya, A) I’ve never seen a flawless body and B) don’t worry about it. Have bruising or a wound that is still healing? It’s TOTALLY FINE. That is what editing is for! 🙂
WHAT I DON’T RECOMMEND:
Tanning. If you feel you need a little color then go for it but I suggest getting a full, even body tan (no severe tan lines), because whatever you wear for the shoot (or if you decide to be nude for some shots), having really dark legs and a super white butt doesn’t photograph well.
Because you are going to be wearing multiple outfits for your shoot, my big suggestion is if you need to wear color on your nails, choose a neutral like light pink, nude or even clear. I do not recommend black nail color as it has a tendency to look goth and out of place for most outfits (unless you are going for a goth look). Also, please have your toenails match your fingernails! You’ll thank me later.
SHOES + BOOTS
This area is a toss up because there is no requirement to bring shoes. If you love the look of high heels but hate wearing them, we can always do the ‘heel shots’ first and then you can kick the shoes off and call it good. 🙂
If you love high heels however, they DO photograph well. I would suggest going with a 3″ heel or higher however as lower heels have a tendency to look kind of weird. Also, nude stilletto heels do wonders for making legs look really long.
I’m worried about the posing, I don’t know what I’m doing.
That’s totally fine! I will tell you what to do (and even demonstrate the pose for you in some cases). Easy peasy!
How long will all of this take?
This factor mostly depends on your styling. For instance someone with a pixie cut will be a shorter amount of time than someone with waist length hair. I would estimate anywhere between 3-4 hours for the entire experience.
Can I bring a friend?
Unfortunately due to liability issues we do not allow third parties to hang out (unless they are part of the session). If someone is driving with you to your session, there are a few restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of the studio to visit while you’re in your session.
What happens after my session? How long until I see images?
It kind of depends on the time of year we do your session (fall is the busiest) but generally 1-2 weeks. Your ordering appointment is a separate, scheduled appointment that we can do either in-person or over Zoom.
Are all the images edited?
Absolutely. Not every studio will edit all of their proofs, but I’m a big believer in showing finished images only.
Should I come earlier than my scheduled time?
Nope. Your scheduled time is the start time for you to be there and to get in hair and makeup. Please do not show up early as we might still be prepping the studio and getting things ready for you!
Where is the studio?
We are located at 220 East Washington in St. Louis, Michigan (its a red, Victorian house on the corner of M-46 and Clinton Street). The studio is on the entire top floor and either my stylist or I will be ready to walk you up there and get things started!
Where should I park?
You are more than welcome to park right in the driveway (accessible from Clinton Street). The easiest door to come in is the side entrance. If you prefer to park in the street, there is side street parking as well. If you need help carrying your items, just text me at 989.313.6304 and one of us will come help you!
Still have questions? I’m happy to answer. You can just email them to me or we can totally set up a phone or Zoom chat and go over any and all your concerns.
I am looking forward to photographing you! Thanks 🙂