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Sexy Lazy Saturday in Los Angeles | Los Angeles Boudoir Session

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While I am a boudoir photographer based in Dallas, Texas I do enjoy traveling to other states to shoot. One of my favorite places in the world is Los Angeles. What's not to love? Palm trees, great weather, and better food. Let me tell you, that the ladies out in LA did not disappoint!

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The thing is, I did have each one of the ladies I captured complete a questionnaire for the blog after it was completed, but my dumbass didn't think to have them write their names on their forms so I don't know which woman wrote what. So, unfortunately, all the Los Angeles boudoir blog post will have to come through my perception.

I know! I love hearing directly from the clients as well!

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I send out questionnaires after the sessions because I love to hear feedback. I also use those questionnaires to help write the blog post. However, I fucked up because I didn't ask for the names of each one of the contributors so I don't know who wrote what responses. LOL. What's crazy is all the ladies pretty much responded the same to each one of the questions so I'm just going to have to improvise for these next four blog post. LOL.

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Ms. A and I have been trying to shoot together for a while now. I was supposed to come out to LA last year, but things just fell apart. When it came to this round I made it my priority to make sure she was the first person I told when I was coming out to LA. Let me tell you, she did not disappoint.

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Having confidence in whatever you're doing ( even if you have no idea what it is) will have an amazing impact of how you work looks. For example, Ms. A exuded a level of confidence that is hard to find with most people. In that confidence, you can see how much she loves and appreciates who she is. That is what I love to capture in my photographs. When you have this level of confidence your sex appeal goes up at least 5,007%.

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Let's be honest, self-love is the sexiest and most important love of them all.

One of my favorite parts about shooting Ms. A was her attitude. She was up for anything, had an open mind, but wasn't scared to voice her thoughts. Even when I directed her for a pose she took that suggestion and then brought it up one more notch and it made it her own.

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Another thing I really enjoyed was putting the outfits together. I will have to be honest with you here. You can't EVER tell how big anyone is based on photos. Let me tell you, the girls in LA are all super small. They may be curvy, but they are small. With that being said I brought a number of items that I thought would be too big for her, but they ended up working perfectly. While I loved each of the looks one of my favorites was the undershirt that we cut to showcase underboob (cuz who doesn't love underboob) and paired with these super sexy tights that had rhinestones all over it. Geez. That look was fun, sexy, and out of this world.

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HOW TO STYLE A BOUDOIR SESSION


Just a note, a lot of people think that for boudoir session you have to spend thousands of dollars on your outfits. Honestly, you could just come in naked and that would be perfectly fine with me. If you are too shy to bare it all for your first boudoir session then that’s not a problem. Keep in mind that when styling for your session you should think outside the box and not necessary rock lingerie for your session.


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STYLE YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION BASED ON YOUR LOCATION

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In Ms. A first look we used a comfy knit sweater and some cute but bright yellow panties. Since we were shooting in a studio apartment then I wanted the vibe to be more Saturday afternoon/Sunday morning lazy. Something sweet and cozy. The best way to accomplish that is by wearing a sweater in your boudoir session.

HOW TO COLOR BLOCK FOR A BOUDOIR SESSION

WHAT IS COLOR BLOCKING?











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When you're styling for a boudoir session keep colors in mind. I am a huge fan of color blocking. Color blocking is the art of taking complementary colors on the color wheels and pairing them together.

Most people think that color blocking is just wearing opposite colors on the color wheel. In fact, it's not that simple. There are three ways to color block:

  1. Complimentary: Using two colors opposite each other on the color wheel

  2. Triad: Using three colors that are equal distance from each other on the color wheel

  3. Analogous: Using colors that fall right next to each other on the color wheel.

In Ms. A case we used the Analogous formula of color blocking for her second look. Mind you, this look is sexy as fuck! Most of the shoots taken can't be pinned on Pinterest, but this is my website and I'll do what I want (Cartman voice). I love how purple and blue rock together.

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Besides sweaters, robes are a sexy way to spruce up your boudoir session. The best part about using robes in your boudoir session is how they naturally fall on your frame. They always seem to know where to fall to flatter you the most. The sheerness of her purple robe just electrifies her look.

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The last look was from an iconic American brand. Remember how I said that boudoir outfits don't have to cost you a whole mortgage payment? Well, this silver bodysuit from American Apparel was picked up for only $1! Yes, girl! I said one dollar! I am a WHOLE sucker for a closeout sale.

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Maybe about a year or so ago American Apparel closed down most (if not all) of their US locations and became an online retailer. To liquidate their products they were having massive blowout sales and I picked up a NUMBER of items for only $1. This metallic bodysuit was one of them. When you're out shopping for your boudoir session make sure you keep an open and fun mind about what you want to wear. Not everything has to come from Agent Provocateur!

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I have to admit that I had an amazing time shooting Ms. A out in LA. I cannot wait to get other again and shoot her. She was an absolute dream to work with. I couldn't have dreamt of anything better.

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Los Angeles Boudoir, Wonderland boudoir, Underboob
Los Angeles Boudoir, Wonderland boudoir, Underboob
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Los Angeles Boudoir, Wonderland boudoir, Underboob
Los Angeles Boudoir, Wonderland boudoir, Underboob
Los Angeles Boudoir, Wonderland boudoir, Underboob
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SONG OF THE WEEK
Every week I'm going to post a video that I can't get out of my head. This week it's Lil' Wayne's Uproar ft Swizz Beats:

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7 Best Places to Buy Lingerie Online

7 Places to Buy Lingerie Online


Right after booking a session with me panic mode kicks in... WHERE DO I FIND SEXY LINGERIE PIECES THAT DON'T BREAK THE BANK?!  Today I will bring you 7 online stores that you can buy sexy lingerie from for your boudoir session.

1.) Victoria's Secret

Let's just get the obvious out of the way first.  Victoria's Secret is clearly the leader in lingerie.   They have an array of pieces in a range of prices that won't make you swear bullets.  

If you are a novice when it comes to styling then the best starting place is Victoria's Secrets.  I have also noticed that Victoria's Secret has really stepped up their styling game. 

Pro Tip:  Try to shop in the larger Victoria's Secrets.  The bigger stores house more inventory.  These stores tend to get more of the online inventory and often hold some of the better pieces in the back.  Always ask sales associates if they have any cool new pieces in the back that haven't made it to the front.
  
DON'T OVERLOOK: The bodysuits.  Victoria's Secret has some of THE SEXIEST bodysuits in the game!

Some of my Favorite Bodysuits:

2.) Yandy.com:  

Yandy has some of the most incredibly priced lingerie out there.  They probably have over 2000 online SKUs.  If you can imagine it they probably have it.  If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Victoria's Secret with more color options then Yandy.com may be your site.

Don't Overlook: The color choices from Yandy

Some of my Favorite Bodysuits:
 


3.) MissGuided:

I have to say this is ONE of my FAVORITE places to find bodycon dresses.  If you are looking for a sexy dress to wear as part of your boudoir session then MissGuided will be your place.  One of my favorite things about this UK based company is that your shipment comes to the States really fast! I'm not sure if they have hubs in the US as well, but they are fast and efficient and I never have to wait too long for my package to show up.

PRO TIP: Check the site often as that always have flash sales from 30-50% off.  

5 of the HOTTEST bodycon dresses for boudoir
 

4.) ASOS:  

This is another amazing UK based fashion site.  I have to say that the British really know a thing or two about good fashion.  Like MissGuided, the shipping from ASOS is unbelievably fast. I will tell you that I get my packages faster from ASOS than I do Forever 21, which is an American company.  

The thing I love best about ASOS is the array of brands they work with on the site.  The buyers do a great job curating pieces. 

PRO TIP: Shop the swimsuit section for traditional lingerie alternatives

5.) Forever 21:

Outside of the shipping I just LOVE Forever 21.  When I'm asked to style client boudoir sessions about 80% of the pieces come from Forever 21.  Forever 21 has SKU's for days.  I'm lucky that I'm based in Texas because we have some of the BIGGEST Forever 21's in the world located out of here(However, that Forever 21 in Time Square is nothing to scoff at).  

However, I have to admit that shopping online for Forever 21 is much easier for me.  The stores just have SO MUCH FREAKING inventory that is can be very overwhelming.

PRO TIP: Forever 21's return policy sucks.  Therefore if you are interested in a piece there is a VERY good chance you will find it in store.  Stop by a Forever 21 location with the item number to locate the piece.  Sometimes actually going into the store is better because you will see if the piece in person.

 

 

6.) H&M:

I LOVE H&M's Lingerie section!  Yassssss Girl!  Out of all the places I have listed I must say that I prefer the lingerie section at H&M the best.  The bras feel the best here.  Actually, my favorite bra comes from H&M.  

Here is the problem with H&Ms lingerie section though... they don't have it in every store.  I KNOW! In fact, when I was in Playa del Carmen in February that's when I first learned that H&M even had a lingerie section.  When I came back to Dallas I tried to find it here only to find out that all H&Ms are not created equal. We only have one location here that has lingerie... and it's not that big.  I know in LA and Houston the lingerie sections in those stores are much better.

PRO TIP: Call your location H&M first to find out if they have a lingerie section before you go there.  

Sexy Lingerie Pieces from H&M:

 

7.) Adore Me


Alexis is my stylist, friend, and client that put me to Adore me.  Adore me is a subscription based site that specializes in lingerie. While their pieces are super cute I can say that they don't feel comfortable.  At least for me.  I feel that the pieces are better suited for women with a smaller chest.  If you are heavy chested I would not 100% recommend Adore Me.  However, Adore Me has a great selection of pieces for you to pick from.  You can get these sets for $40.

These Awesome Sets from Adore Me:

Venetia Unlined

Paris Unlined

Leia Contour Plus

Kellie Push UP

Akhila Contour

Planning for your boudoir session shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.  The 7 locations mentioned are beautiful and cost effective.  You will also be able to wear this pieces in your everyday life so you will get you cost per wear out of them.

Let me know of all the places covered which is you favorite

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We Found Boudoir in a Hopeless Place | Dallas Boudoir Photography

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Alexis is one of my favorite people in the world.  She is a fashion stylist and model who recently relocated to New York City for work and love.  She came back to Dallas in late December to visit family and friends for the holidays. While in town she requested that I shoot some photos of her for her new blog, Lone Star in the City.  Since Alexis is amazing I couldn’t say no to her!

WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS...

If you guys weren’t aware on December 26, 2016 major tornadoes hit the North Texas area demolishing blocks and blocks of neighborhoods while many people lost their lives.

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Yeah, we were shooting on that day.  In fact this was supposed to be a twilight boudoir session over the city of Dallas.  However, due to turbulent and unpredictable weather we brought the boudoir session inside of my building.  

Yes, these shots took place in the stairwell of my building!  I love how the moody emptiness is also an unspoken and unseen character in these photos.  These photos emphasize her adult allure and sexiness.  . 

Check out this video we made with Alexis.  It’s crazy how just the most simplistic of places can spark the most incredible settings.  

 

THE BOUDOIR OUTFIT BREAKDOWN

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BOUDOIR OUTFIT

This whole outfit came from Victoria’s Secret.  I just adore gold hardware and exposed zippers.  I feel like exposed zippers are a node to vintage quality and craftsmanship.   This exposed zipper on this corset top proved to elevate the game of sexiness when it comes to seductive designs.

The matching panties to this set were so incredibly tantalizing.  Too bad they are no longer on sale.  It’s so hard to find geometric cut outs on panties, and these were perfect for that.  

The skirt was my FAVORITE part of this whole look.  First of all who doesn’t love silk?  Only crazy people.  There is just SOMETHING about silk that makes you feel instantly high class, sophisticated, and sexy.  Turn that into a tulle maxi skirt and you are asking for any woman to bring out their innermost Upper East side sexiness.  

BOUDOIR HAIR

The hair was just simple.  I wanted to do a high poofy and messy bun that sat on the top of her head, but because the outfit was so slick and Spanish inspired we opted for the more for a sleek look to embrace the aura of the feel. 

Later in our session I asked Alexis to take her hair down because it was "too" perfect (if you notice in my photos I have a thing for messy-sex-in-the-morning hair.  I wanted to something more grunge, real, and could evoke an emotion of relaxed power and longing.  

We leveraged Alexis hair as an element of storytelling.  Look how well Alexis brings in her hair to help elevate the allure of the photos.  

 

BOUDOIR MAKEUP

There is a reason they refer to Jazzy as the King.  He knows what he’s going.  I love how he took a chance by placing a bold red lip on a woman of such a dark complexion.  He helped add drama to the overall look by creating an intense smokey eye look.  Doing this created a sense of mysterious coy power.  

This couldn’t have been more fitting for such a crazy night.

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ONE MORE NOTE

One camera you should ALWAYS have on your shoots is the Fuji Instamax.  We has SUCH a blast with this camera.  You have to check out the fun photos we took below.  

Be sure to follow Alexis’s new blog, Lonestar in the City. It is a fashion and lifestyle blog that documents how Alexis will navigate her way through New York City as a Texas Native.  

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Question of the Day!

In the comment section PLEASE let me know your favorite photo of Alexis and why.  Also let me know if you have a Fuji Instamax and what you think about it.

 

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How to Style Your Boudoir Session

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Dallas Boudoir studio Wonderland Boudoir loves to make you feel ready for your boudoir session.  One of the most important elements of a session is your style.  What you wear to a boudoir session can make or break your photos.  Today we interviewed New York stylist Alexis Coats.  Alexis is a recent graduate of UNT.  She is also a model and a freelance stylist in New York.  Today she will speak to us about how to properly prepare your style for a beautiful and flawless boudoir session.

The Basic Principles of Style

Style is not only important in everyday life it’s important for your photos.  When preparing for your boudoir session you need to dress for your body and not for trends.  “All women should dress to their body type and not the trends that are out there… don’t risk looking your best by wearing a trend that may not be flattering on you.”  

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Alexis goes on to explain, “Dress for yourself and not what you see in the magazines. You don’t always have to follow every single trend.”  This is very true.  Trends are not classic looks.  They come in and out so fast is can sometimes be waste to try and keep up with every cool look out.  Take careful consideration before fully investing in a piece.  Consider how this trend works with the rest of your wardrobe and how it will fair season after season.  

Black is a color that Alexis suggest that all women keep in their closet.  Black goes with everything and when you're ever in a fashion rut you can always count on black to be a perfect base that you don’t have to think about twice.  

When it comes specifically to boudoir and lingerie you need to make sure that you wear lingerie that fits.  Alexis suggest going to get a professional fitting to get your correct bra size.  Not only will this professional fitting look better in photos it will make you feel more comfortable which will help you to be more confident in front of the camera.  

Favorite Lingerie Brands

Lingerie is an essential part of boudoir photography.  One of Alexis's favorite brands is the Aerie intimates line from Aeropostale.  Victoria’s Secret is also a great source for beautiful boudoir lingerie and can be budget friendly if you catch the right sale.  Alexis also suggested the site Adore Me.  Adore Me is a new subscription site based around the beauty of lingerie.  

When signing up for Adore Me you are first asked take a fashion quiz that helps determine the type of lingerie that best fits your style.  Once you have completed one of the easiest signs up that I have ever been through (It was literally your email and then create a password!  That’s it!)  you are taken to your showroom.  If you order within the first hour your first set is only $20!  

Just like every other subscription based site you have until the first 5 or 6 days to skip the month.  If you don’t you will be charged $40 and that will sit on your account until you use the credit.  Shipping, returns, and exchanges are all free.    

If you want to order but don’t want to do the subscription based services than you can just pay full price for the set, which is $50.  

My First Adore Me Order

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Above is my first showroom with Adore Me.  I am loving all these styles! Very sexy and all are very perfect for boudoir! I ALMOST went with Lorelai!  

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For my first purchase I ended up going with a classic, Lydia.  It’s a racerback lingerie set.  I wear A LOT of racerbacks (I’m in Texas so sleeves don’t mean much down here) so I think this will work perfectly for me.  I will do a review of it when I get it in the mail… and then speak about it in real a life scenario.  

 

New York Fashion Week

For Fall Alexis is most excited about the ‘70’s vibe that’s hitting the streets.  She is looking forward to the bell bottoms jeans and comfortable cable knit sweaters.  The best part of this particular revival is that you can find it in just about any thrift store.  This is a great alternative if you want to be frugal while exploring this trend.  

For Spring/Summer 2016 she’s excited about seeing the ‘70’s trend blending over in this season.  Not only fashion, but beauty as well.  The ‘70’s makeup look is way understated and much more natural.

Trends that We Need to Lose

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We need to get rid of these sharpie eyebrows!  Not only that but the body modifications.  This is why Alexis is excited about the ‘70’s trend coming back.  “Less is more.  I think this is will help the younger generation accept who they are not try to be something they are not.”

Contact Alexis with any Styling Questions!

Wasn’t Alexis just great?  I have photographed Alexis as a model and a stylist a number of times.  I love her work ethic, drive, and commitment.  She’s is amazing.  If you’re looking for a wonderful stylist please contact Alexis.  She will have a site up soon!  

 

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Remember that you can subscribe to our Wonderland Boudoir YouTube page and to our Soundcloud if you want to list to our interviews in podcast form!

 

In the comments below please let us know if you have any questions for Alexis!



Bohemian Inspired Boudoir Session

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Today we are going to showcase a Bohemian inspired boudoir session!

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Over the past month we have showed you stlyized boudoir sessions create by Alexis K Coats with wardrobe provided by Apricot Lane of Dallas.  The hair and makeup is by Jill of #Glambition.  Each session represented something different.  Ciara with Bridal Boudoir.  Jolesa with Strength, and now we have Jenna serving use that Bohemian realness.

For Jenna we wanted to give a more sultry sexy.  Jill opted for huge crimped hair and makeup that really made her blue eyes pop.  In her first outfit Alexis dressed Jenna is a 90’s esque  full length white lace dress.  On her shoulders drapes a beautiful black embroidered kimono.  

As far as accessories go the motto was, “Too much is never enough.”  Alexis had her rocking the stone bangles and dripped crystal pendants around her neck.

However if you really want the details of what she wore be sure to check out our post on How to Style a Bridal Boudoir Shoot.  I believe this will come in handy for you regardless if you're getting married or not.

Three Things You Can Learn from Jenna

1. It’s okay to be nervous.

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Jenna was really nervous about her session because she doesn’t model and has never done boudoir.  However, she did place her trust in myself and Alexis, who also models.  Alexis gave Jenna very detailed instruction to help her out and ease her fears.  She even gave her some excercises to practice at home for her next photo shoot.

2. It’s Okay to Take Control.  

Believe it or not Jenna's eyelashes are 100% organic.  She takes such good care of them and doesn’t let anyone, but herself, touch her eyelashes.  Sometimes ladies are scared to speak up, but what I liked about Jenna is what she wasn’t and was able to verbalize what she does and does not want to do.  If you don't feel comfortable or have an idea that better suits you don't be scared to speak up because your photographer wants you to feel as comfortable as possible.  

3. Listen.  

Jenna may have been nervous but you would have never noticed because she took the time and listened to us and own her photos.  Like Jolesa, Jenna listened with intent so she was able to pull off some of the mose beautiful pictures.  When you take the time and listen to your photographer about posing and how to do the poses your photos will come out amazing.  

Without further ado here are Jenna’s photos.

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I hope today’s post helped you understand how to prep for your session and gave your style ideas for your next boudoir session.   

If you’re in the Dallas Fort Worth area and want to have a boudoir session please check out our investment page and contact us to schedule a time to speak regarding your session!  

In the comments below please let use know which one the two looks was your favorite?

8 Things to Bring to Your Boudoir Session

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Another common question I get asked is, “What should I bring to my boudoir session?”  Well, today I’m going to give you you 8 tips that will set you up for a sexy and successful boudoir session.

 

1.  YOUR A GAME!

Bring your A game to your boudoir session!  That means staying hydrated and getting a great nights rest.  Last month I wrote a post called 7 Ways to feel Comfortable before a Boudoir Session.  This blog post is imperative because it will give you the tools you need to bring your A game for a success boudoir shoot.

2. LINGERIE THAT FITS YOUR BODY PROPERLY

In my piece on 7 Ways to Feel Comfortable before a Boudoir Session I suggested to try on your lingerie before you get to your boudoir session.  The last thing you want is ill fitting clothes for such an important occasion.  Most lingerie shops and boutiques will measure you for free to make sure you are purchasing the right lingerie pieces that fit your body correctly.  They will also have personal shoppers that will give you a second opinion and only suggest pieces that will flatter your body.

3. BRING SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT

If you are doing your boudoir session as a gift for a loved one then bring something of significance to that person.  If your partner is an athlete or is into a particular sports team then wear his favorite team jersey.  If he’s a fireman bring his helmet and suspenders.  Or if he does a certain pose that’s an inside joke to you and him then make sure you do that during your session.  This is something that is going to be sacred between you two so make sure you include him in… even if he’s not physically there.

4. BLING BLING

In Texas we love our Bling!  Wearing bling to a boudoir session is a must!  Big gaudy pieces always photograph well and gives the photos a taste of luxury, especially if you are going for a full on glam look.  Chandelier earrings are also a great form of bling.  There is something sexy and sophisticated about chandelier earrings in photographs.   They really step up the luxe factor.

5. BLACK AND NUDE THONGS

Bringing a pair of black and nude thongs to your boudoir session is a must if you plan on wearing lingerie provided to you by the boudoir studio.  Therefore, if you use one of our pieces we ask that you wear a thong between your body and our clothes.  We suggest you wear either nude our black depending on the color of the lingerie piece you wear.

6. BLACK CLOSED TOED PUMPS

Wearing black closed toed pumps to your boudoir session is always a classic move.  I suggest the heel be, at the very least, 3 inches high.  Be to be honest, any heel 4 inches or higher is better because it really leans out the legs and makes your bum pop even more. 

7. RUBBER BANDS AND BOBBY PINS

When you come in for your boudoir session always bring extra rubber bands and bobby pins that match your current hair color.  For some reason clients always need one or both of these for their session.  Never fails.

8. CLEAR DEODORANT

Wearing clear deodorant is essential to your boudoir session.  Part of the light airbrushing is evening skin tone… and typically the skin located in the armpit tends to be shades darker than the rest of your body.  Wearing clear deodorant to your boudoir session will eliminate bar residue under your armpits making airbrushing more even in post production.   Furthermore wearing clear deodorant eradicates the problem of getting deodorant on your body, lingerie, and the sets. 

Don't Leave Home Without These Things!

Bringing these 8 essential items to your boudoir session will not only set you up for a win but makes you calm because you will have less to worry about.  With so much going on there is no need for add stress.

In the comments below:

Tell me one thing you never leave home without.  For me, it’s sunglasses.  I always have to rock my Rays!

7 Ways to Feel Comfortable for Your Boudoir Session

7 Ways to Feel Comfortable Doing a Boudoir Session

I get it!  You want to do a boudoir session, but you are scared senseless about doing one.  You want to make the plunge, but don’t know how to calm your nerves.

Never fear!  I have seven ways for you to feel more comfortable in front of the camera and in your boudoir session.

 

1.  Consult with your Boudoir Photographer

The number one thing you need to do before a boudoir session is consult with your potential photographer.  Don’t just go online, see beautiful photos of gorgeous women, and then pay the deposit.  You will need to CALL the photographer and SPEAK to them (if you can’t meet with them in person).  Make sure you get a good vibe from them and see if they make you feel comfortable over the phone.  Make sure you ask the photographer detailed questions.  Even ask them the questions you think are silly but have been on your mind.  The photographer shouldn’t be bothered in the least bit with your questions because this is something that is really important to you and time should be taken to accurately answer any concerns you may have.  After speaking to your photographer they should make you feel more comfortable about your pending session. 

 

2.   Hire a Professional Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

When booking a boudoir session hire a professional hairstylist and makeup artist (HMUA).  Don’t cut corners here!  You are already making an investment in a boudoir session just pay the extra $100-$150 (depending on the studio) for a professional HMUA.  Many women think they can do their own hair and makeup, but hair and makeup that you do for everyday life is WAY different than makeup you do for a professional shoot.  

Two quick reasons why you need to hire pros:

  1. It takes the pressure off you.  It’s one less thing for you to worry about before your session.
  2. HMUA use professional grade styling tools and products for studio sessions. 

You have been running around, working out, eating right, and buying clothes for this session.  The last thing you want to do is stress about how you’re going to do your own hair and makeup.  Leave it to a professional. 

3.  Get your Nails Done Before a Boudoir Session

I CANNOT tell you how many times a woman has forgotten do her nails before a session.  Now you don’t need a French manicure or color polish in general but make sure your nails have at least a clear coating on them and are cut evenly.  Bad nails can easily break a photo. 

 

4. Try on the Wardrobe Before Your Session

Trying on your boudoir outfits before your session will make you feel more confident.  The last thing you want to do is buy a piece of beautiful lingerie off the shelf and not try it on until your actual session.  That is just a potential recipe for disaster.  Don’t take that 50/50 chance of the piece not working out. A lot of companies will not let you return lingerie. 

Two Quick Boudoir Wardrobe Tips: 

  1. If you are someone who wants to hide their tummy DO NOT purchase a simple bra and panty set. Purchase a chemise or a teddy.  If you are not 100% in love with your legs buy a garter and stocking set (which ALWAYS) looks hot. 
  2. Shoes are ALWAYS important.  Make sure the heels match the lingerie.  I suggest that the heels be AT LEAST 4 inches tall.  I know, fashion hurts, but the results will be well worth the pain.

5.  Practice the Poses You Want

Practice your boudoir poses in front of the mirror before your session.  C’mon now!  Lets all be honest here!  We have all practiced modeling poses in front of the mirror.  I do it with my dog.  I mean it got so serious that my dog actually now knows how to pose in front of the camera! YES!  He will serve face with the best of them! 

Okay! LOL Back on track.  Make sure you communicate to your boudoir photographer what types of poses you really want.  I suggest emailing them a link to a Pinterest boudoir board you create as your inspiration for the boudoir session.  Having a visual idea of what YOU want from your session helps both you the photographer out. 

I know Pinterest can be a really hard place to find a cohesive set of poses that you like so I suggest checking out the Boudoir Divas 1500 poses e-book#YAAAAAASSSS girl 1500 poses!  What I like the most about this books is it highlights poses for  WOMEN OF EVERY SIZE!  I’m sure you can find at least one in there you like.  Check out the e-book here.  The Divas are friends of mine who also have two other detailed posing guides that I keep in my studio for my clients.  I would suggest purchasing them for your own personal collection too.  Find them HERE!

 

6.  Remember Why You are Doing This

Remember why you are doing this boudoir session.  What goal did you achieve that deserves such a glorious acknowledgement?

  • Did you lose that final 20 pounds?
  • Perhaps after a year in crossfit you want to show off your new toned body.  You didn’t deadlift for nothing now!
  • Maybe you want to celebrate your woman hood with a maternity session!
  • Are you celebrating a 30th, 40th, or 50th Birthday party and want to embrace your current sexiness?
  • Is this going to be a sensual wedding or anniversary present that you have been secretly planning? You know he’s going to love it!

Whenever you begin to see doubt seeping through just remember why you are doing this.  Keep in mind there are plenty of women who felt exactly like you before their session.  These women came out loving the entire experience.    

7. Trust Yourself & Relax

You have to just trust yourself at this point.  You have contacted the photographer and feel confident in their work and vision for your project.  You hired a pro hair and makeup artist and trust in their ability to make you look amazing.  Your nails look fabulous.  You have picked lingerie that you tried on and practiced the poses you want in front of the mirror for the past week.  You are focused on why you are doing this.  Now you have to just trust in yourself.  Just sit back relax while getting pampered by the HMUA as you’re sipping champagne. Take comfort that you are doing something really amazing for you!

 

In the comments below let me know some questions you would like answer that will ease your fear of a boudoir session!