Preparing For Your Photo Shoot

The anticipation of a scheduled photo shoot can be extremely stressful for some people.  An unexpected pimple or an unwelcome bruise can be quite an annoyance.  Perhaps you're not sure of how to pose or maybe you simply aren't comfortable with how you look at that particular time.  It could just be that you are unfamiliar with the photographer and feel self-conscious or just nervous in general.  These are all normal concerns!  The good news?  We have NEVER had a customer leave unhappy or unsatisfied with their experience or their photos!

Here are some helfpul tips that will prepare you for your photo shoot.  You may also call us as often as you like with all the questions you can think of.  We encourage our clients to ask questions!  

These tips apply to any type of photo shoot:

  1. Do some google image searches of the type of shoot you want in order to get some ideas of what you really like.  Print or save those images over the course of a week or so.  Review those pictures periodically during that week until you "fall in love" with a particular style or theme.  Show those pictures to your Photographer!
  2. Think about the type of pictures you really want  - do you want dramatic hair and make-up or a more natural look?
  3. What will you wear?  Make sure your outfit looks great!  Color is very important with the theme of your shoot.  Contrast is the key!  Blue pants with a blue shirt posing in front of a blue ocean and sky may not give you the results you want!  
  4. Sunbathing or tanning?  Make sure you will be happy with those tan lines!  If not, stay out of the sun at least two weeks prior to your session.
  5. Are you booking a hotel room for your photo shoot?  Think about your theme.  Do you want a room with a view of the ocean?  Perhaps high ceilings with a beautiful view of the ocean from the balcony and long silk curtains.  A king size bed and high backboards are a must for most boudoir shoots!

For our Boudoir/Glamour Clients:

In addition to the above tips, here are some more...

  1. Prepare your skin to look its best.  Shave/wax, exfoliate, and moisturize.  Avoid any type of antiperspirant hat will leave powdery residue under your arms.
  2. Don't wear tight clothing the day of your shoot. Pressure marks in your skin can take a long time to disappear.  This includes your Bra if you plan on posing nude.
  3. Eat light the day of your shoot.  Feeling bloated or uncomfortable can be distracting to you.  Bring light snacks and drinks with you as photo shoots can last a few hours.

What should I wear and bring for my Boudoir shoot?

First of all, sexy is completely subjective to the person looking at the pictures.  Boudoir can be partially or completely nude or can be fully clothed in your husbands work clothing!  Sexy doesn't have to mean nude!

For boudoir, you can wear lingerie, corset, underwear, even swimwear.  You can also wear a man's shirt, tie, sports jersey, or a strategically placed towel or sheet.  Jewelry, high heels, stilettos, stockings and other things that make you feel sexy are essential accessories.  Prepare at least three different outfits, or more.  Try to prepare outfits in different colors and styles to add variety to your shoot. Bring outfits that you like and make you feel good, confidence shows in the images!

Check to make sure you look great all around in the outfits you choose.  You want to accentuate your favorite features and minimize any “trouble” areas.  Make sure you try on your outfits in full before you get to the shoot and you’re happy with it.  Only bring items that are clean and look (at least) nearly new.  A tired bra, shirt or undies are going to look tired in the picture.

Sexy doesn’t necessarily mean less clothing.  Here are some wardrobe or theme ideas:

  • Men’s dress shirt (white is an all time favorite) paired with panties, loose tie optional, fedora is a fun one.  Heels or bare feet.
  • Boyfriend/husband’s favorite t-shirt with cute panties.  Fun knee high socks add a cute element.
  • Swimsuits work year round!
  • White sheets look super sexy when they are wrapped around you.
  • Bra and Pantes are a boudoir classic.
  • Corset and panties are simply stunning especially if you are curvy!
  • Sheer shirt, tank top or camisole with panties.
  • Night gown and slip.
  • How about go topless with casual worn jeans.  You can cover up with your arms strategically placed around your breasts.
  • Cooking apron, panties and heels?

For glamour shoots think high-style; you can wear cocktail dresses, gowns, or just jeans and a fitted t-shirt. Bring outfits that represent your personal style and make you feel good. Additional touches, such as, jewelry, shoes, hats, scarves all make for interesting shots.

Props can make your images special for your significant other. Some ideas include flowers, cowboy hat, motorcycle helmet, long strands of beads, sports jersey, and props relating to your partner's profession or personal interests.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely!  We encourage no more than one friend, sister or any relative you feel comfortable with.  We do not encourage bringing your spouse or significant other as this usually causes a lot of distraction, but the ultimate decision  is yours to make and we encourage you to do whatever makes you comfortable!