How to Prepare for Boudoir, Part 2: Details

These boudoir preparation posts appear as a series for clarity and brevity. If you missed it, check out the first post, How To Prepare for Boudoir, Part 1: Intention.

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Part 2: Details

I’ll be focusing the camera lens on your unique, beautiful details. Whether you choose to get a manicure, wax your bikini line, or get a professional blow-out is really a personal preference. The important consideration is, if you get a beautiful, close-up picture of your hand resting on your leg, will it be ruined, for you, by chipped nail polish or leg stubble? The answer likely resides in whether or not you were intentional about that detail of your presentation.


That is, if chipped black nail polish is your homage to 90s punk aesthetic, you’ll love it. If it’s just a case of overlooking getting that polish refreshed, it could take away from your enjoyment of the photograph.



A related area of consideration is make-up. A common concern is whether, or not, to have professional make-up done before your session. If you’re a regular user of a certain professional make-up artist, then of course, go ahead! However, I would strongly advise against having your make-up done by a professional for the first time before your session. We want you to look, above all other things, like yourself in your photographs, not a lovely stranger.

If you’d like to take your make-up to the next level for your session, consider booking a trial session with the artist, or even a class to learn how to do it yourself.

Finally, examine your reasons for seeking a professional make-up application. If it’s the calming preparatory experience you’re after, consider a facial instead.

Irrespective of what you decide, before you apply any make-up, remember to gently exfoliate, and completely moisturize your skin. Aim for timelessness by making subtle color choices, like brown and black around the eyes and a warm blush, the same tone as your natural flush.

Film, the fabric of my photography, is naturally a luminous, soft medium without the exacting, sometimes harsh detail of digital photographs. To that end, slathering on thick layers of foundation, powder and concealer simply isn’t necessary. Instead of thick foundation, I suggest a combination of tinted moisturizer, spot correction with a concealer, and a cream blush.


Exercise: the week before your session, preview the look you’re planning for your session, whether it’s a messy top knot or an elegant cat eye.


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