So, you're about to go to your first Boudoir session. You're excited and nervous. Nervous about how things will turn out and look but excited because you know it's going to be amazing! How do I go from nervous to excited?
Practice in the mirror. Professional models spend lots of time figuring out what angles work best for them. Spend some time in front of a mirror practicing poses in your lingerie to see what works for you. You can also take comfort in knowing that I have a several years experience with fashion models: posing them, and directing them. I can definitely utilize that experience to tailor the session for you.
Find a photographer you’re comfortable with. If you’d prefer a woman, hire a woman. Or, if you’re photographer takes great wedding photos, but doesn’t have much experience with boudoir work, hire someone else just for your boudoir session. Remember, you don’t have to use the same photographer for everything. It's better to hire someone who specialize in a certain genre of photography. Think of this in medical terms, there are Doctors- M.D.'s and D.O.'s who are generalists but then surgeons are specialists... just heart or just lungs. What kind of doctor are you looking for?
Communicate with your photographer about your likes and dislikes. We all have insecurities, but yours probably aren’t as obvious as you think they are. Maybe you have great legs but wish your hips were fuller. Good photographers are skilled at posing, lighting and post-processing techniques that show off your best features and downplay those you’d like to minimize. This is also why I spend a good 30-45 minutes in a pre-session consultation to get to know my clients' needs and expectations and further personalize their shoot.
Consider getting a fitting at a lingerie shop. The camera emphasizes every detail. Poorly fitting bras and panties can pinch and gather in ways that are unflattering, while well-fitting lingerie can make you look like a rock star. A professional fitting makes a big difference.
Pick out at least one or two back up outfits. If you’re shoot allows 2 wardrobe changes, bring 3. Bra straps snap, seams rip. The term “wardrobe malfunction” didn’t come from nowhere!
Eat light before your session. Bloated tummies don’t make anyone feel comfortable or look cute!
Don’t be afraid to be a diva with your makeup. Models and actresses tend to wear heavier makeup on camera. Take their cue. Don’t be afraid to wear a brighter shade of lipstick or use a full-coverage foundation. False eyelashes can also help give you “bedroom eyes,” giving you a feminine, mysterious look. However, if you prefer I provide a professional makeup artist, she is amazing and stays for the session to provide not only touch ups but accountability and privacy as well.
Bring a friend. If it makes you more comfortable, feel free to bring someone with you to your session for support. No reputable photographer will object to you including someone close to you to make you feel safe and comfortable.
During your session, imagine your beau behind the camera—not the photographer! It may seem silly, but believe it or not, just thinking about the right stuff often makes photos look infinitely more natural. I will also help guide you into the right and more natural expressions.