RAIN ROOM SESSIONS

PREP GUIDE

HEY THERE 🙂

You’ve booked a session on our exclusive Rain Room set! 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. 

WTF DO I WEAR?

The best answer:

DON’T. OVER. THINK. IT. 

Since this is not traditional boudoir, you don’t have to wear lingerie (unless you want to!) But here’s some other ideas that would totally fit the Rain Room set:

• Bikini or Bathing Suit

• Bodysuits (stay away from ‘heavy’ materials though, like sweater type or thick cotton)

• Tank top with panties or thong (tank top material needs to be super THIN and preferably see-through, and stick with white or light solids)

• Sheer Robe (lace or the see-through kind)

Lingerie (just make sure it’s something that is not ultra fancy and get absolutely ruined if it got wet)

• Just go nude or with panties

I SUGGEST STAYING AWAY FROM:

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

Those who have purchased a Premium Rain Room session have access to the Studio Wardrobe. We have bodysuits and lingerie pieces from S-4X.

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

MAKEUP

*Note: All PREMIUM Rain Room sessions include a makeup stylist as part of your shoot. Just come with clean face (no makeup).

FOR RAIN ROOM ESSENTIALS + X2 SHOOTS:

Your shoot does not include a makeup stylist, but I’ll be upfront—this is not traditional boudoir or 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. I suggest not applying foundation at all and just do lipstick and mascara (waterproof of course!).

Eye Makeup: Probably best to stay away from any eye makeup that is powder based.

ACCESSORIES

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:

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.

JEWELRY:

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 noticeble. 

Please be aware, if you choose to wear any fake/costume jewelry, it will get WET. Depending on what you wear, getting it wet might not work well with water and turn colors afterward.

SHOES

Because this is Rain Room set and you will be drenched with water, there is no reason for shoes.

OTHER FAQs

 I’m worried about the posing, I don’t know what I’m doing.
That’s totally fine. You will be shown how to pose and if there’s anything you physically cannot do, it’s not an issue. Your comfort is the #1 priority.

Can I bring a friend to my Rain Room Session?
Unfortunately due to liability issues we do not allow third parties to hang out (unless they are a partner and 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, our studio is not child-friendly whatsoever—leave the kiddos at home.

Do I need to bring towels?
You can bring your own if you’d like but there will be towels ready for you after the session.

Can I add a makeup stylist to my Rain Room Essentials or X2 session
Due to the limited time slots we have for these sessions we are not able to offer makeup services for all sessions on-site. If you would like to receive a list of names for area stylists (most work out of a salon) let us know and we will send you their info. For the record, since these aren’t traditional portrait or boudoir sessions, professional makeup is nice but not absolutely necessary. The amount of dedicated shooting is more body-focused than face.

What happens after my session? How long until I see images?
It kind of depends on the month you chose and the level of session but generally 1-2 weeks. Your viewing/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 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). 

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 🙂
~Trish