San Antonio Boudoir Photography - Top 10 Tips to Prep for Your Session
Dec 23, 2019 | By: Lauren Fryer
You’ve determined you want to book a boudoir session. You’ve realized you are worth it, you have something to celebrate, you think you are ready. But then the realization sets in... you are about to dress down and try to act “sexy” in front of a camera.
Let’s be real, us women are one of the last to get in front of a camera. I am one of the guilty ones with this theory. I am always taking snapshots of my family, of pretty landscapes, and of course of my amazing clients. So, when it’s time for me to get in front of the camera, the nerves set in! So, you not only need to get your body ready for the session, but it’s time to get your mind right!
1. Take time to pamper yourself before the session || Get a Mani/Pedi - yes this is technically body prep, but it also helps with the mental prep! Going out to get a Mani/Pedi gets your nails camera ready, plus it makes you take time for yourself. Go get a massage. Go do anything that will help relax you and feel a little pampered. Even if that is staying home and relaxing with a nice warm bubble bath, a glass of wine, and your favorite book.
2. What is your Why? || Ask yourself, why are you doing this session? Is it for you? For someone else? What are you hoping you will feel after this session? Write down these answers, yes write these down on a sticky note, and stick it somewhere you will look at every day.
Is your reason “I’m getting married, and I am doing this for my significant other”? This is an OK reason but try to dig deeper. Do you want to feel more confident, more beautiful, more empowered?
Remember every day why you booked this session, and it will only get you more and more excited about your session date!
3. Pinterest...Don’t look at these images, and compare yourself to these images. || We do use Pinterest. We use it as an inspiration board for your session, but nothing more. I invite you to a private board, and we will collaborate with outfit ideas, pose ideas, and any other ideas we have. I DON’T want you to look at these images and think “I definitely won’t look like these women in these images” or “Well, I could get that outfit, but it’s not going to look like that on me.”
Pinterest is part of what I am fighting while using it as a tool to enhance your experience. Pinterest is a great tool to plan your session, get ideas for outfits, and get awesome tips for your session. Pinterest (and all of social media) is a terrible place to compare yourself to others. More on that in another blog!
4. Relax! || I can tell you to relax, but let’s be real here. It’s not going to be easy for you to relax before your session. You are going to be very nervous, especially the days leading up to your session. But I am here to tell you, relax! To help calm your nerves, you can always reach out to your photographer beforehand. I make myself available to all my clients before, and after, the session. I want to keep your mind at ease and remind you that this is going to be an amazing, and life-changing experience.
5. Drink a lot of water || I don't know about you, but drinking a lot of water always makes me feel good. I feel clean, refreshed, and my bloat is gone. Drinking a ton of water in the weeks leading up to your session will not only remove the bloat from sodas, salt, and fast food; but it will also give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow. Drinking a lot of water daily should already be a habit we all have, but up the intake about a week before your session. It's worth it :)
6. Eat healthier, avoid salt and fatty foods || This is one we should be doing all of the time, but it's especially important in the weeks leading up to your session. Avoiding the salt and fatty foods will help you feel less "bloated" and will also help your skin, and hair, look healthy and camera ready.
7. Try on the outfits you want to bring || A about a week or so before your session, make sure you try on all the outfits you are wanting to use for the session. This will not only get you excited but will also be a great way to make sure everything fits the way it's supposed to! While trying on your outfits, you may be tempted to practice your posing...this leads me to tip #8...
8. Don’t try to practice your posing || Leave that to me. I have not only photographed many women, but I have taken hours upon hours upon hours of classes and workshops on the art of boudoir posing. I know what looks good, and more importantly, what won’t look good. I will guide you through each and every pose, and will even demonstrate the pose I want you to get into during your session. Trying to practice your posing beforehand will only get you more nervous and more anxious for your session, and could even get you discouraged.
9. Pack your bags the day before || I love checklists! Create a checklist of the items you know you need to bring, and pack them the night before. That way the day of, you are not stressing over your bags, you are just ready to relax and have an amazing day!
10. Trust me || I've got you! From the moment you book your session to long after your products come in, I am available to talk and answer any questions you have. This session should be nothing less than amazing, and I am here to take care of everything for you.