How to Prepare Your Body & Your Skin For Your Boudoir Shoot
Three to Five Days Before Your Shoot…
- If you wax, do so 3-5 days before your shoot to avoid any bumpiness or redness on your skin. This includes shaping or trimming your eyebrows.
- If you’re planning to visit the salon for a haircut or color, then give yourself a few days lead time to make sure you are happy with it.
- Schedule a salon manicure and pedicure for a flawless finish in your photographs.
- Double your water intake to flush out any toxins and to create luminous skin.
- Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol if you’re worried about retaining water. Add extra fruits and veggies to your diet for the next couple days.
- Now is the time to get a Facial or do a DIY Deep Face Mask.
- Try to stay out of the sun – while a base tan will be nice in photos, red, blotchy skin will not be!
- Try on your outfits and lingerie to make sure they fit properly; remove all tags and labels. Steam or iron your ensembles and hang them properly so they keep their shape as you travel to the shoot location.
- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – DO NOT SPRAY TAN, OR USE TANNING LOTIONS/SPRAYS.
- The ONLY exception to this rule is if your tan lines do not match your lingerie or if you are looking for implied nude/nude portraits. Then do everything you can to achieve one even skin tone.
The Day Before Your Shoot…
- Bathe, shave and moisturize.
- Double-check everything is properly packed and ready for the shoot: heels, jewelry, accessories, any props you might want.
- Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the photoshoot location without stressing. Check weather and traffic reports to ensure you have allotted enough time for unexpected delays.
- Enjoy a relaxed, quiet evening.
- Plan for a good night’s sleep – eight hours is ideal.
The Day of Your Shoot…
- Use clear deodorant, please.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing to your session to avoid red marks on your skin. Most women forgo bra and panties up until they are ready to be photographed.
- Eat something light but filling before you leave the house. Smoothies are a great idea.
Most importantly: Take a deep breath and RELAX. It’s completely normal to be a wee bit nervous before your shoot, but trust your photographer and enjoy yourself.