B o u d o i r P r e p a r a t i o n G u i d e

Boudoir is not a one size fits all experience, but in general there are a few tips and tricks that can help you get ready for this experience centered all around your beautiful self!


  • Go shopping! Try on an assortment of different options. You might surprise yourself when you step out of your "normal".
  • Bring a few different options to be photographed in, but make sure you feel confident in whatever you do bring! Two piece lingerie, bodysuit, oversized sweater or cardigan, crop top - whatever it might be! I do advise you bring a couple wardrobe options for variety.
  • We can shoot up to 4 outfits - your birthday suit counts as an outfit 😉 so it's great to have variety!
  • Take the time to try on any and all potential outfits before coming. Our bodies change so much in life, so you might surprise yourself when trying something on!
  • Pressure to select pieces that feel trendy or don't match your personality can lead to picking pieces that don't fit well in personality or body type. Don’t choose things you don’t really like to try to fit in with a stylistic fad. Be true to what you love!
  • Clothing tags may be easily missed on shoot day. I am usually pretty good about catching hanging tags during shooting but if it slips through, there are situations where it cannot be edited out. Consider removing these from your outfits.
  • Push-up bras add visual power to almost every pose and will have your chest looking its best. They are not a requirement, but worth considering. 
  • Bring your clothing to the session on hangers to keep them looking their best and easily accessible!
  • Lingerie is a natural choice for boudoir. However, it isn't the only option for boudoir. Simple outfits such as a button down and panties can be equally as powerful as lingerie. I keep a sheer white robe, wedding veil, white button down, and beige oversized cardigan on hand if you are lacking in the wardrobe option department!
  • Less is MORE! With boudoir, my very favorite images almost always are of a simple bodysuit, sheets, or nothing at all!


  • If you are planning to wax for your session, make sure to leave 3-5 days for your skin to heal before the session.
  • Shaving can be done the night prior to, or the morning of your boudoir session. Avoid shaving several days prior to the session to keep your skin smooth and not irritated.
  • Spray tanning should be avoided within a week of the session. If you want to have a faux glow, please have it done at least one week prior to the shoot at a professional salon and do so in the nude. You want to avoid creating tan lines that can show up when you’re not wearing a lot of clothing.
  • Stay out of the sun for the week prior to your shoot! Day to day exposure is fine, but avoid long hours in the sunlight to avoid sunburns. Sunburns will have a negative impact on your shooting experience, and will likely be present in your final images.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water for the week prior to the shoot. This will keep you hydrated and help keep your skin glowing and smooth.
  • Speaking of hydration... skip the alcohol in the days leading up to your shoot. Alcohol can dehydrate and dull your skin. The same goes for food! Try to eat a healthy diet the week leading up to your shoot. Sugar and salt can sometime lead to breakouts and other skin issues.
  • Moisturize your skin! Use lotion the day before and of your session. Saskatchewan has a way of sucking all the moisture out of our skin, so do your best to combat this by lotioning up!

Hair + Makeup

  • If you want to have your eyebrows waxed or threaded, be sure to schedule the appointment for at least a few days before your boudoir session. Otherwise, an eyebrow trim/touch up at home could be done a day or two before the shoot. Don’t try anything new here, you don’t want a small mistake to be documented and be feeling self-conscious. .
  • If you want to make a change to your hair (dying, cut, etc.), schedule it at least one week prior to your shoot. You want to avoid any risk of mistakes happening because you got your hair dyed the day before the shoot.
  • Leave yourself enough time to get your hair and makeup done the day of the shoot. Aim to be ready for 1-2 hours prior to your boudoir session. If you are travelling for your boudoir session, make sure you factor that in when booking hair or makeup appointments!


one week prior


Drink plenty of water.

Avoid being in the sun for long periods of time.

Moisturize your skin and face. Use lip balm daily. Baby your skin all week!

Wash your face with gentle cleansers.

Stretch every night. You'll thank me later!

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