So you've booked a shoot...
This is a very exciting time. You're probably feeling excited about your upcoming shoot and also a little nervous. Perfect. You're nervous because you care. The hard part is over; you've bookd your session. Now the fun can start: Shopping, Hair and Makeup Makeover, and Beautiful Images. Because we here at BVP want you to have the best experience you can we have prepared this page which will give you some tips, possibly answer any questions you might have, and give you a few wardrobe ideas (If you're still trying to figure out your wardrobe).
Shooting a boudoir session can be a bit nerve wrecking and quite intimidating. That's why we've put together a list of tips to help you prior to your appointment to not only look your best, but feel your best as well.
-Sarah Stafford, Professional Makeup Artist & Stylist
Professional makeup and false lashes are strongly recommended when shooting to add drama to your photos while tying your whole look together. Please keep in mind, photography makeup is completely different from everyday makeup and can tend to be a little on the heavier side than normal. This is because the flash from the camera takes away a bit of the heaviness and creates a sensual, dramatic look. It can be scary putting your faith (and the way you look) into the hands of a total stranger, but don't worry. BVP works only with the most experienced hair and makeup artists in Texas and is sure to create or re-create any style of look you are wanting to achieve.
A Few Weeks Prior:
- Treat any face and body acne with topical medicine (that works for your skin type). Even if you don’t have visible acne, continue treating areas that you know are acne-prone to prevent any breakouts.
- Start tanning (if applicable) exercising/toning up, drinking plenty of water, increasing fruits and vegetables into your diet.
1 Week Prior:
- Drink lots of water, cut out sodium and processed foods which can make you feel sluggish and bloated.
- Create a good skin care regimen if you don't have one already. Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day to ensure clear, beautiful skin.
3 Days Prior:
- Make sure eyebrows are groomed, waxed or threaded. If not, now would be the time to make an appointment.
- Exfoliate face and body with a microdermabrasion system. This will slough off any dead skin cells and give you a gorgeous glow, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Most skin care lines carries one or if you\'re on a budget you can make your own at home which works just as well. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a dark brown sugar instead. For best results and less mess, try in shower:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or water)
- 1tsp coconut oil (optional)
- 5 drops of an essential oil for fragrance (optional)
The Day/Night Before
- Drink, drink, drink (Water of course!) We cannot stress this enough. This will ensure to keep you hydrated, flush out toxins from your body and give you extra energy and a healthy, beautiful glow.
- Relax and get plenty of rest. Stress and lack of sleep can cause acne, dark circles and headaches. Take a bubble bath, drink a glass of wine or read a good book. Make sure to get a full 6-8 hours of sleep to awake refreshed and ready for your session.
The Day Of:
- Make sure to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize your face upon arrival, NO MAKEUP. This creates a clean, smooth canvas for the artist\'s application.
1 Week Prior
- If you will be cutting or coloring your hair prior to your appointment, now would be the time to do so. This will allow recover time for any re-shaping or re-dying that may need to take place in the event of any errors.
The Day/Night Prior
- Wash your hair one last time. Unless you have extremely oily hair, do not wash your hair the morning/day of. Dirty hair holds a curl and style much better than freshly washed hair. When you shampoo, detergents strip your stands from natural oils and create a slick or 'slippery' texture which can easily fall out of any style in no time flat. If you absolutely must wash it; use a volumizing serum or spray, part into sections and using a round bristle brush, blowdry in an upward motion lifting from the roots. Spray a bit of hairspray at the roots and tousle with your fingers prior to styling. This will not only add lift and volume to hair, but texture as well.
The Day Of:
- If you will be wearing extensions, don't forget to bring them with you. Please make sure that not only your hair but the extensions themselves are COMPLETELY brushed out and free of any tangles. This will cut down on prep time and make it easier for your stylist to install. (Note: Extra fee may occur for extension installation. Please let your photographer know ahead of time if you plan on wearing them.)
- If you are particular about any personal products you use (such as moisturizers, bronzers, sprays, etc) and would like to use them at the shoot, you are encouraged to bring them with you as well.
What about Wardrobe?
For your shoot, you will really only need about 4-5 outfits. Do you have a favorite top, a new dress, or something you wear when you want to feel good about yourself?
These are some items that are commonly brought:
A couple of tops, slips, jeans, nice dresses, something light, and something dark.
Solid colors and unique designs are a big yes as are primary colors. Try to stay away from busy patterns, these tend to distract and pull attention away from the true beauty, you.
If you've booked a boudoir session some good outfit choices are lace, sheer fabric, matching tops and bottoms, corsets, and garters & hosiery.
Make sure you keep your night open after the shoot because you're going to look gorgeous and want to hit the town.