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SESSION PREP + WARDROBE GUIDE

Theme Description:

The room is entirely black with different ‘stations’ and has the overall vibe of an old motel room (think 70s-80s). There is an orange velvet chair, a blue shag rug and venetian blinds with an outside ‘view’ (fake window) of neon signs just outside.

A lot of people who consider doing a themed room start to worry that they need to have the PERFECT outfit to fit the vibe, then they start to freak out about getting said outfit. In a nutshell—don’t panic. There are really simple options you can get off Amazon or your local WalMart or Target.

As for prepping for the rest of the shoot, there’s tons of info below.

WARDROBE: WTF DO I WEAR?

I MADE A PINTEREST BOARD WITH SOME IDEAS:

I RECOMMEND STAYING AWAY FROM:

• Solid black items (Example: long-sleeved bodysuit would be a bad choice as you’d mostly only see your head, legs and hands).
• Really lacey or ‘innocent’ looking styles, this room vibe is not that 🙂
• Babydoll nighties (they make everyone look heavier)
• Flower patterns
• Flannel shirts
• Anything bulky (your husband’s huge t-shirt is probably not a great fit for this)
• Sports jerseys or shirts

FOR THOSE THAT ADDED THE ‘WET LOOK’:

In addition to the 2 outfits you can do with the Neon, if you upgraded your session to include a wet look, here’s some outfit ideas for the wet portion:

• White tank top (the thinner the material, the better) with either just a black thong or fishnet stockings (or both). If you want to show off your butt more, I’d do a black or white thong by itself.
• Swimsuit (I’d suggest a bikini or if it’s a one-piece that it has a deep v-cut for chest and high rise on the hips). I suggest either white or black and stay away from patterns.
• Your birthday suit. Yep, you can just be nakey if you’d like!

HAIR + MAKEUP

FOR BOOKED SHOOTS ON NEON MARATHON DAY (APRIL 28)

Marathon Day Shoots include (modified) hair + makeup by one of our stylists, Britt Bendall. Your session fee includes her service and she asks that you come with your chosen foundation already applied as well as DRY hair that is ready to be styled. Due to the nature of a marathon shoot, this is due to timing. She will still apply lashes (if you desire) as well as eye and lip makeup. Styling is usually soft waves. If you have any questions on this, contact us BEFORE the day of the shoots please. 🙂

FOR BOOKED SHOOTS APRIL 5-27:

These shoots do not automatically include hair and makeup, so please read below if you contemplating styling.

FAQ: Do I need to go to a Hair and Makeup stylist before my shoot?

Short answer? No. Long answer—only if you like a really finished (or dramatic) look and it’s not something you can do yourself. Boudoir (at my studio anyways) is much more focused on the body, so having finished makeup is not as important as say for like, Headshots.

If you need help finding a stylist, I may be able to recommend one for you. I have a database of stylists throughout the state so just let me know (preferably when you book) that you would like some references.

FOR HAIR, I DO RECOMMEND:

Getting a Salon Blowout.
Most salons offer these and they normally run between $40-100. It’s just a wash and style (sometimes they will do a conditioning treatment) but then they finish it with either straightening, curling or putting waves in your hair. Either way, it will make your hair look healthier. For Boudoir, you do not need to have ‘perfect’ hair. You’re going to be laying down and doing all sorts of poses and it’s more important that the hair can ‘move’ with you during your shoot.

SKIN + NAILS

Most clients worry about not having the ‘perfect’ flawless skin for their shoot and I’m here to tell ya, A) I’ve never seen perfect skin 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 a talented spray tan artist that knows how to even up your skin tones. 

Dirty or Severely Chipped Nails.
Please arrive with clean nails (a coat of neutral or clearcoat can’t hurt) or if you’re already into polish or artistic nails, it’s best they compliment your outfit.

Also, make sure your toes match your hands. 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. Avoid square heels and ‘granny’ type heels.

OTHER FAQs

I’m worried about the posing! I don’t know what I’m doing.
That’s totally fine! You will be guided the entire time of your shoot. Easy peasy!

I have big concerns about the size of my belly. Can you do something about that?!
Yes (and it’s not about getting rid of it in Photoshop, either). Posing has a LOT to do with it, so you’ll never be put in positions that accentuate it and concentrate on the best poses for YOU. Plus, the prep and wardrobe guide has lots of ideas to help with that as well.

How long will all of this take?
Neon Sessions (5th-27th) will take about an hour. On the Neon Marathon Day, (April 28) you’ll be in hair/makeup for 30-40 minutes and then in your shoot for about 45 minutes.

How many outfits am I allowed to wear?
For the Neon Sessions (5th-27th), you can wear up to 2 outfits. For the Neon Marathon Day, it’s one.

What colors will the neon be?
It’s set up so we have choices to choose from the full spectrum. When you come for your shoot, we can discuss the colors you prefer or what goes best with your outfits.

Can I bring a friend or my child?
Unfortunately due to liability issues we do not allow third parties or children to ‘hang out’. If someone is driving with you to your session, there are a few restaurants/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?
Generally 1-2 weeks. Your Reveal appointment is a separate, scheduled appointment that we can do either in-person or over Zoom.

Are all the images edited?
Absolutely. Don’t worry about your acne, bruises etc. Normally, scars are kept, but if you have a request to have it softened or just removed totally, that’s fine. Freckles and moles are left alone. Because the Neon Room is so dark, it’s a very forgiving light for cellulite as well as wrinkles. 

I understand the sessions come with 8 images… am I able to add more images or purchase an album?
Yes to both. It’s best to wait and see how many images you love from the proofs and make decisions then. If you want to see a price list, just contact me.

Where is the studio?
The address is 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), during any of the April Sessions. For the Marathon Day however, I suggest you park in the street.

The easiest door to come in is the back entrance (the one that faces the driveway). 

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