To best prepare for any boudoir session, remind yourself that this is a FUN ADVENTURE! There is no need to panic or to stress over this event. Remember the reasons why you wanted to do this in the first place, and focus on THAT, rather than any of the perceived flaws you wish you could fix at the last minute.
Some clients may think that the key to a successful boudoir portraits session is being in great physical shape. Yet, I believe it is about you actually having fun and losing yourself in the moment, so that your true spirit can be captured in the boudoir photos.
If you are stressed and your mind is focused on stretch marks, or the extra weight you would like to lose, it will show in your images.
One thing you can do is play specific music you like during the session (something with a slow tempo…not dance music), that brings out your playful, sensual nature. It is much easier to ignore the brain and engage your emotions with music.
You can be posed perfectly, but if your expression is worried or flat, you will not be happy with the final boudoir images. Photoshop can erase stretch marks, but not your expression. Also, you can wear the type of lingerie that hides the particular area of your body that you are extremely self conscious of (such as a corset that covers your belly, if you won’t be able to stop thinking about stretch marks or scars).
It is great to bring a number of outfits (typically 3-4) to a session, so that you have some flexibility with your choices. Remember that boudoir apparel can mean anything that makes you feel sensual, or that your significant other would like to see you in (or out of). You do not have to stick to lingerie, but can also incorporate items, like a sheer shirt, scarves, jerseys of a favorite sports team, and many more items.
Personally, I would say to keep the items you typically wear at home…AT HOME! Even if you think your workout gear is sexy, go out of your comfort zone and bring things that give you a fresh new look. I believe these images should represent fantasy rather than reality!
Most boudoir photographers will give you a list ahead of time to help you prepare for your session, with all the DO’s (get your sleep and keep hydrated before the session), and the DON’Ts (no spray tanning beforehand). Be sure and get your questions answered before the day of your boudoir session, and be on time so you and your photographer can both feel relaxed and ready to start the adventure!
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