There are hundreds of list of things you SHOULD do before a boudoir session, but what about the things you shouldn't do? I have a list of 6 things you shouldn't be before a boudoir session and why it's important for you to avoid them at all cost.
1. DON’T TAN BEFORE A BOUDOIR SESSION
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not tan a day before the session. If you must tan do it about a week or more before your boudoir session. Why shouldn't you tan before a boudoir session? Because the orange skin will make it more than difficult to do any post work on your body, and you may actually clash with the settings. Also if you decide to spray tan before our session some of the tan may get on our white flooring and stain the carpet and furniture. If you really must tan then please so at least 5-7 days before your scheduled boudoir session. Honestly, the most natural skin tone looks best in boudoir photos.
2. PARTYING HARD THE NIGHT BEFORE, YOU CAN’T PHOTOSHOP HUNGOVER
There is nothing worse than a severely hung over person at a photoshoot. There are a lot of things we can fix in post, but hungover isn’t one of them. Do yourself a favor and do not drink the night before a boudoir session. Just remember that you paid good money for an awesome session so do everything you can to help optimize that! To make sure you get your best results don’t drink at least 7 days before your session. This will help alleviate the potential of bloating and breakouts.
3. DO NOT GET A HAIRCUT BEFORE A BOUDOIR SESSION
Please do not get a haircut before your boudoir session. I know firsthand how a bad haircut will make you feel insecure. Recently I went to get my hair “trimmed” at a local salon a day before a major bridal show. The stylist was new and ended up cutting EIGHT INCHES OF HAIR OFF! Count that… ONETWOTHREEFOURFIVESIXSEVEN…EIGHT!!!! All I could think about that entire day is how stupid my hair looked. Alas, it’s just hair and it will grow back, but do you really want to have a bad haircut a day before a major shoot?
4. DO NOT GET WAXED A DAY BEFORE YOUR SHOOT
Skin can be easily irritated. Your skin may normally look great the day after a good waxing… but it only takes that one time to just not heal the way it normally does. Please do not get a wax more than 2-3 days before your session. Give your body time to heal just in case the unthinkable happens.
5. DO NOT TAKE SHOTS BEFORE YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION
Yes, this seriously has happened to me before… like twice. At Wonderland Boudoir we offer mimosas prior to your shoot and an assortment of wine, but I have had clients bring in hard liquor and just go to town. Yeah, after that second time I don’t allow outside drinks in. Just like we can’t Photoshop hungover we also can’t Photoshop drunk.
6. TRY TO AVOID SODIUM BEFORE YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION
Yes, I know this is super hard to do considering the age we live in. Everything is fast food this, microwave that, just add water here. Even I was addicted to Ramen (post college) for awhile. However, about 5-7 days before a session cut out as much sodium as possible. Sodium helps to retain water which, in turn, makes you look bloated before your session. The last thing any woman wants is to be bloated before a major shoot.
I really hope these 6 suggestions of things you shouldn’t do before your boudoir session will help you ladies prepare for your next boudoir session! It’s really important to be very well rested and take care of your body before, during, and after a boudoir session!