According to the Office on Women's Health, having a positive body image can improve both your mental and physical health. At times, it can feel like the media is barraging us with narrow, hard-to-achieve standards of beauty, negatively affecting our body image.
It's time to challenge these standards and remind ourselves that we are all beautiful. Boudoir photography is all about celebrating every beautiful body out there!
Whether you're considering a boudoir photoshoot as a bachelorette party idea, bridal boudoir, or maybe even a surprise gift to your partner, you've come to the right place.
Read on to find out eight ways to prepare for a gorgeous boudoir photoshoot.
1. Do Your Research
There are tons of photographers in Las Vegas promising that they'll deliver the sultry, intimate photos of your dreams. Can they back up those claims? Does their photography fit your style?
Always check out a photographer's boudoir portfolio before you book your photoshoot with them. While you're at it, look for testimonials, too. Make sure they're the real deal and that they've made previous clients comfortable and satisfied.
2. Spend Some Time in Front of a Mirror
Before you head in for your boudoir photoshoot, spend some time in front of a mirror wearing the kind of lingerie and accessories you plan to wear for the pictures. The goal is not to nail some perfect poses (we'll help you with that) but to show yourself how truly sexy you are!
Don’t have any lingerie that you are crazy about? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You will have access to our carefully selected wardrobe which consists of accents, accessories, fur vests, body chains in both metal and pearl, along with designer lingerie from Agent Provocateur, For Love and Lemons and Bordelle. We will help you select the best pieces for your shape.
Please follow us on Instagram at Caroline Malouf Photography and look for the words “IN MY TRUNK”, indicating our ownership of that piece. We have many more exciting new pieces that we haven’t showcased on Instagram yet!
3. Pack Extras
When you're packing your bag for a boudoir photoshoot, pack extras. Bring a backup of just about everything you're asked to bring. You never know when a wardrobe malfunction can occur and you don't want that to disrupt your entire photoshoot.
When you come to our studio, you will be asked to bring thongs in order to wear pieces from our wardrobe. All of our lingerie is worn with panty liners or thongs and washed between each client. We will also tell you in our pre-shoot discussion if there's anything else we'd like you to bring.
4. Keep it Loose
We all know that bras, jeans, and even some tight-fitting jewelry can leave behind indentations and red marks on the skin. On the day of your boudoir photoshoot, dress in loose-fitting clothing like sweats or jogging shorts. If possible, skip the bra altogether!
Of course, you may be putting on some fairly tight-fitting clothing for the shoot, and that's okay. The important thing is that your skin is smooth from the start. That way, your photographer can perform fewer touch-ups, leaving the photos as natural as possible.
5. Pamper Properly
A good boudoir photographer will take high-definition photos, which means that even the little details can make an appearance.
If you dye your hair, make sure that it's done to your liking for the photoshoot. Touch up your roots or get another round of highlights if that's how you most prefer your hair.
Consider getting a wax even if you usually shave. Waxing reduces the likelihood of bumps, cuts, or other skin irritations that come from the razor.
Finally, make sure that your hair is clean and your skin is moisturized before you head in for your lingerie photoshoot. If you really want to go all out, get a mani-pedi, too!
6. Treat Your Body Well
Beauty starts on the inside! In the week or two leading up to your photoshoot, do your best to stay away from things that dry out your skin or discourage elasticity. Depending on your body chemistry, this could include alcohol or foods high in sugar or salt.
The object is not to lose weight. Eating well (and hydrating--a lot) will do wonders for your skin. A healthy diet will also discourage bloating and other internal discomforts that may take away some of the joy from your lingerie photoshoot.
7. Reconsider Drastic Changes Days Before Your Boudoir Photoshoot
It's a ton of fun to make major changes to our appearance! Changing your haircut or color, getting a new piercing, or getting a new tattoo are all great ways to celebrate your body and boost your confidence. That being said, you may want to save those big changes until after your boudoir photo session is over.
Imagine a scenario where you've just gotten a haircut and you're not feeling it. It's all good because in a month or two it'll grow out and you can try something else!
The only problem? Your photoshoot is scheduled for tomorrow and now you've got to pose in front of a camera knowing that you don't like your haircut.
This one certainly isn't a "must," but rather a risk that may not be worth taking.
8. Be Kind to Yourself
Being in front of a camera can be nerve-wracking and boudoir photography can make you feel particularly vulnerable. It's natural to get a little nervous before your photoshoot.
However, nothing is sexier than confidence and happiness. As your appointment grows near, practice kindness towards yourself.
There are a few tricks that can boost your confidence even when you feel anxiety creeping in. Try standing up straight and tall. As it turns out, practicing good posture is good for your spine and good for your mind.
For an extra spurt of happiness, crack a smile. It may feel a bit silly to smile for no reason, but when your facial muscles retract this way, it sends a signal to your brain that you are feeling happy.
The most important thing to remember is that you are about to embark on an exciting journey. Not only will your boudoir photoshoot be fun but you'll be left with photos that celebrate your beauty!
Book a Boudoir Photoshoot in Las Vegas, NV
If you're in Las Vegas, NV and you're ready to book your boudoir photoshoot, I'd love to hear from you. Many women feel most comfortable with a woman boudoir photographer, and creating a fun, comfortable environment is one of my biggest priorities.
For questions about what I offer, styles I'm proficient in, or available appointment times, contact me. I look forward to working with you!