Hey there! You’ve booked a mini-session and your pics are going to look amazing! I know it took a lot of guts to commit 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. 


The best answer:


 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 (a great option!)
• Blazer or Coat
(fur, trench coat, leather jacket)
• Cardigan Sweaters or Oversized + Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters
• Tank tops and/or Camis
• Just Jeans
• Panties and a Sheet
• Nude


• Anything with patterns…solids are best
• Neon anything…just don’t do it 🙂


*Note: These mini-sessions do NOT include on-site hair + makeup. We have a list of Michigan stylists that may be able to provide these services for you before you arrive for your session. Please inquire if you would like the list.

While your shoot does not include a makeup stylist, but I’ll be upfront—boudoir is not like headshots. You can totally get away with just going natural or with minimal makeup . Should you choose to come with makeup or go to an artist before your shoot, please be aware of the following:

Foundation (depending on the type) can look wayyyy overdone compared to your real skin. Sometimes going easy on the foundation can photograph better than a really thick application.

Hair: Boudoir requires you to lay down, flip your hair, all sorts of things that require hair to be workable. I suggest just getting a simple blowout, either loose waves or curls seem to work best.



Totally optional. But if you’re going to bring it, fyi really delicate small jewely does not really show up in the photos. If you want jewelry to show it should be big, chunky and noticeable. 


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.


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! 🙂


Excessive Tanning. If you feel you need a little color then go for it but I suggest getting a full, even body tan via spray or old fashioned booth (but avoiding severe tan lines). 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 super 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.


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?
Proabably about an hour.

My advice: Don’t make any plans that immediately follow your shoot so that you don’t feel ‘rushed’. I suggest taking 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?
Unfortunately due to liability issues we do not allow third parties to hang out. 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?
For these mini-sessions, you should see them the Friday following your shoot.

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 super 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 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). 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 us know to come help!

Still have questions? I’m happy to answer. You can just email them to me . I look forward to photographing you!  Thanks 🙂