Boudoir sessions are all about getting pampered, feeling empowered, and seeing yourself in a whole new light!  I’m excited to share a quick checklist for your boudoir bag + an stress-free overview of how to prepare for your session.

My personal Boudoir Experience was life-changing. That's our plan for you! Photo Credit: Mitzi Starkweather Photography

Preparing for a Boudoir Session

4-6 Weeks Prior

1. Begin dreaming about your ideal boudoir outfits. 

These portraits don’t have to be taken in a bedroom, and they don’t have to involve the ‘classic’ sexy poses – nor are your outfit choices limited to sexy lingerie. In fact, there are so many options for What to Wear for Your Boudoir Session. Whether it's a classy blazer, his favorite shirt or the traditional lingerie, we have compiled all sorts of ideas to help you find the perfect collection to break free from the stereotypical "sexy photos." Shop your closet for your favorite pieces you already own and look at magazines and brands you love for inspiration. A few of my favs are Honey Birdette and Anthropologie. See a few more of my favorites linked below.

2. Go shopping!

Ask a girlfriend to join you and help you find pieces you not only look good in, but feel good in! Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to try something that’s a little out of your comfort zone. You never know, you could love a new piece!

3. Choose 3-5 Outfits

Begin to narrow down your outfit choices to 3-5 favorite outfits. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine!

4. Maybe you like Accessories. Make it memorable!

  • flowers and petals
  • headpieces and crowns
  • wigs
  • perfume bottles
  • vintage items (telephones, magazines, cameras)
  • string lights
  • bubbles
  • champagne flutes or martini glasses
  • fabrics and sheets
  • musical instruments
  • a dress you wore on your first date
  • military tags
  • sports props (boxing gloves, footfall cleats, helmets, jerseys, etc.)
  • wings

5. Think Beyond the Shoot

Think about how you want to preserve your photos. An album and prints are my favorite way to show off my boudoir photos! We will go over this during the Product Preview.

3-5 Days Prior

1. Wax or shave and moisturize. If you opt for hair removal, this is the best time to do it.

2. Avoid spray tans or tanning lotions. No matter how natural tanning sprays and lotions may seem, they create an orange glow that cannot be retouched after your session.

3. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin.

4. Remove all price and sizing tags from lingerie. Even the permanent ones.

5. Choose your final outfits.

1-2 Days Prior

1. Get a fresh manicure! Avoid bright colors, neutrals are best.

2. Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin!

3. Moisturize your skin.

4. Pack your boudoir bag the night before to ensure the essentials aren’t forgotten.

5. Double check your list, relax, and get ready to be pampered!

Boudoir Session Day

1. Arrive with a clean and moisturized face. Our team will pamper you with hair + makeup.

2. Moisturize your entire body!

3. Wear loose fitting clothing and undergarments to avoid impressions on the skin.

4. Eat a light meal that will ensure you’re satisfied but not bloated.

5. Allow plenty of time to arrive a few minutes early. You’ll feel at ease and ready to slay your boudoir session!

Boudoir Bag Checklist

1. 3-5 Outfits + a Few Extras

I’ve been there, outfits can be hard to narrow down! Bring your favs and allow your photographer to narrow them down based on what will photograph best.

2. Accessories

Don't forget the accessories! Heels, jewelry, knee-high socks, oversized sweaters, button-down shirt, veil, robe, pearls + any additional accessories you may like will make for great memories!

3. Lotion

Moisturizing is always a great idea! Bring your favorite lotion to feel amazing in your skin.

4. Water + Light Snacks 

If you’re anything like me, getting hangry is a real thing. If you’re being pampered with hair + makeup, plus sippin’ mimosas, you may find yourself a little hungry. Bring a granola bar or some fruit and you’ll be set!

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1611 S. Main St Joplin, MO 64804