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BOUDOIR SESSION PREP GUIDE

HEY THERE 🙂

Congrats on booking your session! I know it took a lot of guts to commit to this and you might be nervous or have questions! This Guide gives you all the nitty gritty on how to prep, but honestly, your biggest job is just showing up. Let me and/or the stylists deal with the ‘getting good images of you’ part done.

You got this. 

WARDROBE: WTF DO I WEAR?

Honestly?

DON’T. OVER. THINK. IT. 🙂

 Most clients assume they need to purchase a bunch of lingerie outfits but that’s not true. Boudoir does not have to be bra + panties. Some really popular (and more non-traditional outfits include):

• A Partner’s Shirt
• Bodysuits (these are actually a great option)
• Coat (fur, trench coat)
• Cardigan Sweaters or Oversized + Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters
• Tank tops and/or Camis
• Just Jeans
• Panties and a Sheet
• Nude

I SUGGEST STAYING AWAY FROM:

• Costumes (they photograph cheesy) or ‘props’
• Patterns…solids are best
• Fluorescent anything…just don’t do it 🙂

Studio Wardrobe

All Full Session clients are allowed access to the Client Closet. While there’s no catalog of all the items, it mostly consists of bodysuits and random items like cardigans, tanks, teddies and some lingerie pieces. Sizes range from XS-3X.

Traditional items like bras and panties, (like an actual bra with panty bottoms) you’ll need to bring with you.

HAIR + MAKEUP

FOR CLIENTS WHO ADDED HAIR + MAKEUP TO THEIR SESSION:

Makeup Prep: Just come with clean face (no makeup) but if you need moisturizer than apply as needed or bring your favorite kind for the stylist to use.

Hair Prep: Come in with clean, dry hair, NO product. Wash and condition as normal but it’s better to not have existing product or a buildup of dry shampoo. If you normally color your hair, be sure to get it done prior to your shoots. Your roots will show in the shoot!

If you have a look your prefer (either for hair or makeup), bring pictures for the stylist. They are visual and that method works better than trying to explain it. For makeup, they can do anything from natural to full glam and for hair, they normally straighten, curl or do beach waves. If you have natural curls that don’t really need styling, they can apply product to help hold the curl or freshen them up.

If you have ANY allergies, like specific brand of foundation, eyelash glue, etc., please let the stylist know upon arrival.

Bringing hair extensions to be put in by the stylist?
For natural hair 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.
If you wear tape-in or sew-in, please be sure to have them in good condition (not dried out) and moved up relatively close to your shoot.

FYI, The stylists will not work with any sythetic hair (as it cannot be styled). Sometimes rules can be broken, it’s important you contact me at least a week in advance if you are trying to add synthetic hair.

SKIN + NAILS

Most clients worry about not 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! 🙂

I DON’T RECOMMEND:

Tan Lines..PLEASE AVOID! If you already have them, I suggest getting a full, even body tan via spray by a spray tan artist that knows how to blend your skin tones. A big reason—whatever you wear for the shoot (or if you decide to be nude for some shots), having really dark legs and a white butt doesn’t photograph well.

Neon Colored Nails. In the event you are going to be wearing multiple outfits, my suggestion is you go with a neutral color, nude or even clear. 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 own some heels you love but hate wearing them, we can always do the ‘heel shots’ first and then you can kick the shoes off and call it good. 🙂

The right kind of heels DO photograph well however. I’d suggest going with a 3″ heel or higher Also, nude stilletto heels do wonders for making legs look really long. Avoid square or blocky and ‘granny’ type heels.

The Studio Closet has heels and boots (mostly size 7-9) in black and nude. If you straight up do not love heels (or shoes) you can absolutely have a beautiful shoot without them.

FAQs

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 most cases). Easy peasy!

How long will all of this take?

This factor mostly depends on if you added styling (which can an add and extra 45-90 minutes) and if you added upgrades like the Rain Room. If you need help narrowing down the time, contact us about your shoot and we can estimate your particular finish time. As a rule of thumb, most sessions are going to take anywhere from 2.5-4 hours, depending on what we’re doing for your particular shoot.

I strongly suggest that you don’t make any other plans the day of your shoot that are going to cause you to feel ‘rushed’. Take the day off from work, make arrangements to have someone else pick up your kids. Get a massage before your shoot and make the day about YOU. 

Can I bring a friend?

Due to liability issues, third parties are not allowed to come and 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.
Also, the studio is a child-free zone, absolultely no one under 18 allowed.

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 whether you are getting hair/mu done or not. Please do not show up earlier as we might still be prepping the studio and getting things ready for you!

Where is the studio?

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 normally I will meet you at the back door to walk you up.

Where should I park?

You are more than welcome to park right in the driveway (accessible from Clinton Street), however if there are multiple cars in the driveway (usually from a stylist) there is a ‘side spot’ right at the entrance of the driveway if needed.
The easiest door to come in is the back entrance (the one that faces the driveway). 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 let me know to come help!

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 look forward to photographing you!  Thanks 🙂
~Trish