6 Ways to Prep For Your Boudoir Session | Haley Hundt Photos

I don't always advertise that I book boudoir sessions, but when I do I make sure that my clients are set up for success! Boudoir sessions are easy to get nervous about. Read these six tips on how to look and feel your best in front of the camera!

1. Visualize

Imagine yourself in your best vision. See yourself enhancing your wonderfulness, sensuality and natural prettiness of you during your portrait session.

Visualize the clothing, lingerie, sexy heels & accessories will make it easier. How do you want to portray yourself in these images? How will these images make you feel when you look back at them?As your photographer, I do my absolute best to portray you in the best light while making you feel comfortable, confident and classy.

2. Outfits

Try on outfit combinations.. and then try them on again!

Shop your closet first. Which items make you feel comfortable & sexy? I cannot stress this enough: you will look good wearing something that makes you feel good. This might be a black, lacy lingerie set or your favorite cozy sweater or soft button up with your favorite panties. Whichever you choose, make sure these outfits are comfortable & highlight your every beautiful curve. Your ensemble should enhance your body & personality. Don't be afraid to let yourself shine!

If you absolutely need more guidance, here are my best advice is to select lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your best features and let the eye focus on the way you feel. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown, blacks and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into the HH Small Studio!

3. Sleep

Have you ever noticed how great you feel after you consistently get a few nights of solid sleep? Well, it's no coincidence, girlfriend! Try to get at least two solid nights of sleep before your shoot.

For me that means eating balanced, regular meals, abstaining from alcohol and caffeine after 12:00 pm, and actually going to bed when you say you are (if you're like me, you slip into bed by 9:00 and are still up on social media laughing at cute dog videos for two hours. Yeah, don't do that!).  Do whatever it takes– a warm bath, turning off the TV early, whatever– do what you need to do to make sure you’re well rested.  Your eyes and skin will thank you!

4. Skin

This may be the most important page of all! Prepping your skin for any portrait session goes beyond more than just your usual daily moisturizer. Here's why:

  • Drink lots and lots of water. Hydrated skin is luminous skin.

  • Please if at all possible refrain from spray tanning! Your natural skin will photograph best, trust me. I've seen so many people, including myself, have malfunctions with their spray tanner, resulting weird color patches and drips. The spray tanner also settles in every fine line of your skin, making you appear much older.

  • Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol if you’re worried about retaining water. I know I bloat lots if I have too many potato chips the day before!

  • Wax a few days ahead of time to make sure you don't have discolored red skin patches for your session.

  • The day of your session, wear clear deodorant to prevent white underarms.

  • Exfoliate, girl, exfoliate!

  • Avoid alcohol at least 24 hours before your session. Alcohol naturally reddens the whites of your eyes and dries out skin. It'd be a shame for all of your extra hydrating to go to waste!

5. Hair

This is a day for pampering – treat yo'self!

If you regularly get your hair dyed, make sure you set up an appointment with your favorite trusted stylist a few days ahead of your session to make sure your hair is exactly how you'd like it to be. Consider setting aside an extra hour out of your morning to schedule your hair to be styled if you are not confident on doing it yourself - or if you'd just really rather have someone else do it, I won't judge you for it ;) Getting your hair blown out just right is an art form! If you don't have a regular hair stylist but would love to treat yourself anyways, no worries, I got you! Let me know and I can get you in contact with my personal favorite local stylists.

6. Makeup

You guessed it. It's another treat yo' self page! Can you see a pattern forming?

You want to feel feminine and confident for your boudoir session, right? I don't know about you, but I love playing with makeup or, better yet, having someone else apply it for me. A great makeup artist knows your skin type and how to make it look it's best from the moment you walk in the door. Consider hiring a makeup artist for your portrait session. They might even teach you a few tricks along the way ;) Again, if you don't have a makeup artist on standby but would love to treat yourself anyways, no worries, I got you! Let me know and I can get you in contact with my personal favorite local makeup artists.

If you don't believe a photographer on these tips, take advice from my favorite local hair + makeup artist Linnea Wyant! Read about her general beauty advice here: Beauty Prep: A Timeline with Linnea Wyant, Hair and MUA