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How to prepare for a boudoir photo shoot

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 |

I get asked this question all the time, “How should I get ready for my photo shoot?” To answer all your photo prep questions, I’ve started compiling a list. Please note that you have to observe many of these tips days in advance.

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  1. Apply lip balm regularly for at least three days before your shoot so your lips are smooth, moist and full.
  2. Avoid heavy carbohydrates (sandwiches, breakfast breads, cereals, etc.) for at least three hours before your shoot for a long, lean mid-section look.
  3. Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before your shoot so your eyes won’t have excess puffiness.
  4. If you wear stockings or thigh-highs, buy extra large QUEEN size so they don’t cut into your upper legs and create muffin top thighs.
  5. If you’re dressing up for Valentine’s Day, choose black first, white second and red last. Men love pretty much any color but red; WOMEN, however, love red!
  6. To fairly compensate your poochie for the brief humiliation of dressing up, reward him or her with tiny, frequent and tasty liver treats.
  7. Never, ever get a spray tan before a photo shoot. No matter how pale or pasty you think you are, it’s far more attractive than the orange, uneven, blotchy effect that shows up on your photos. And it doesn’t matter how much you pay for it! There’s one exception: body paint by a professional makeup artist onsite at your shoot!!! In this case, why go tan? Why not gold – or bronze – or even copper?
  8. Pay attention to what’s going on with the soles of your shoes. In boudoir photos, they will show when you’re belly down with bent knees. If you have a choice between scuffed and brand new, bring brand new. Black is better than tan, red is better than anything. Alternatively, consider painting the bottom of your shoes with nail polish. Any color will do, but I’m particularly fond of red.
  9. Getting close to the six-week mark for that hair trim? Make that salon appointment before the photo shoot instead of after it.
  10. Your hands and bare feet will likely show up in your images, so take a look at the condition of your nails a few days before the shoot. If you choose fresh polish, the higher the color contrast is to your skin color, the more your eye will be drawn to these accent points in your prints. So be 100% sure that black or midnight blue polish is the look you want.
  11. Sleep! Nerves might get the best of you the night before a big photo shoot, so make sure you get a GREAT night’s sleep two days before your shoot.
  12. Necklines: Women look best with open necklines that lengthen the neck and throat. Choose v-necks, scoop necks, square necks. Avoid cowlnecks and other floppy, busy necklines. Women should also avoid the traditional men’s necklines like polos, button-downs and crewnecks. I love turtlenecks on both men and women.