Like most things in life, what you put into your boudoir photoshoot correlates with what you get out of it. The Boudie City teams will always give you our all, but boudoir is a truly collaborative process in our studio. Your session can be a completely transformative experience in your life, and my goal is to have you walk out the door feeling like your best, most amazing self, truly ready to take on the world! With that being said, to fully enjoy and embrace this journey, you have to put in a little bit of “work” yourself.
We’re in this together, so let me guide you through ways you can make the most out of your boudoir session!
This is a big one: leave any preconceived notions you have about boudoir and about yourself at the door. We will always respect your boundaries and want you to be comfortable, but so much of the transformative power of boudoir lies in stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Whether it’s an outfit you would never choose on your own, a hairstyle or makeup you don’t normally wear, or even an unexpected pose you couldn’t see yourself doing, you’ll get so much more out of your photoshoot if you can an open mind. Self-discovery and real change come from pushing your boundaries and opening up to possibilities you never realized were there.
This process can start days, weeks, or even months before your boudoir session. We all have our own definition of self-care, but especially as your shoot date gets closer, I highly recommend practicing a good skincare routine, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. You’ll look and feel better when you come into the studio, and these basics can help you a lot when it comes to getting into the right mindset.
Stay positive and stay present. Being nervous before your boudoir photoshoot is completely normal, and even people who have had plenty of previous sessions still feel some butterflies before coming in. The best way to relax and beat those nerves is to be aware of your body and emotions, but ultimately to stay present and enjoy every moment. Take a few deep breaths and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Your photographer will make sure you look amazing, so try to remain positive and banish any intrusive thoughts of self-doubt.
I’m big on setting goals and intentions. Think about why you wanted to book a boudoir session in the first place. Did you want a confidence boost? Are you trying to reconnect with or explore your sensuality? Maybe you’re celebrating an accomplishment or milestone. Even if you just booked your photoshoot for the hell of it to have fun, focusing on your “why” for this experience will help you get the most out of your boudoir session. Set an intention for what you hope to gain, and keep that thought in mind throughout the process.
Please, please, please don’t be afraid to speak up if something truly does not resonate with you. Push your boundaries, but also be mindful of your comfort and tastes. The Boudie City team is never offended if you say you aren’t feeling something, whether it’s outfit styling, hair and makeup, or even a pose that’s just not doing it for you. We want you to be comfortable and have fun. Yes, you should keep an open mind, but we absolutely respect your limits and want to have an open dialogue with you throughout your experience so that the final results align with your vision, goals, and comfort level.
Embrace you for YOU! Boudie City values authenticity and self-expression, and we want your photos to truly represent the real you. The best way to feel more confident is to be yourself and see how amazing you are, the way everyone else sees you! Make the most of your boudoir session by celebrating you for who you are, showing your personality, and going all in on self-love! This can also include bringing in some personal items that represent you or your journey or using your outfits or props to give your shoot a unique vibe that reflects your style and interests. Have fun with it, because you’re freaking awesome!
You’re in great hands–I promise. We’re pros at this and have been at this for a long time. Trust your photographer, and know that we’re going to guide you every step of the way to make sure that your boudoir experience is the BEST. DAY. EVER. We use our expertise to make sure that you look stunning in all of your photos, from hair and makeup to styling to posing to lighting and editing. But we’re also going to make sure that you feel incredible, too. We want you to walk out of the studio knowing that you just did something amazing that completely transforms the way you see and love yourself EVERY. DAMN. DAY.
Your Boudie City boudoir session can change your life, and we’re always here to make sure you get the most out of your experience. In your pre-session planning consult we’ll go over all the details so you feel prepared and ready to crush your photoshoot! We have a very collaborative process, and our team will answer any and all of your questions, provide advice on wardrobe and styling, and get to know you so that your style and vision come to life in your photos. Follow these tips, and you’ll see just how transformative your experience will be, have photos you’ll cherish forever, and will fall in love with yourself for exactly who you are!