When the big day for your boudoir session finally comes, my excitement levels shoot through the roof. I get giddy knowing how the boudoir experience is about to change my client’s perspective of herself. Hearing how incredible the portraits turn out is music to my ears. Although I give top-quality service to my clients, sadly not all photographers do. If you are thinking about booking a boudoir session (and you totally should!), here are 7 common mistakes to avoid.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and drink that water. I’m very hands-on in my studio and coach you through all the best poses. But having your body in positions you’re not used to can feel a little demanding. You need to drink plenty of water the day before and the morning of to make sure your body is hydrated and set up for success. Plus, hydrated skin looks so nice on camera.
On the eve of your session date, it might be hard to get to sleep due to all the excitement. That’s completely normal! But being well-rested is essential to making the most out of a photo shoot. Make sure you head to bed early so you can get a full night’s sleep and take on the boudoir session with gusto. Pro tip: skip the morning coffee if possible and have a nutritious breakfast. You don’t want an energy crash halfway through your session.
My studio is private and lofted with the best natural lighting in downtown Atlanta. Because Boudoir by Ria does intro calls and wardrobe consults, my clients know exactly what environment to expect. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with all photographers. Make sure you know exactly what you’ll be walking into the day of your shoot so you arrive prepared and there are no surprise discomforts.
You might feel nervous on the day of your shoot and want a little help to calm down, and trust me, I get it! Boudoir requires a vulnerability we’re not always used to. During your prep session with our professional hair and makeup artists, we serve champagne (or another beverage of choice) to create a luxury experience and help you relax. But too much is bad news. Arriving drunk or high almost ensures you won’t be clear-headed for session, so I actually don’t photograph clients who arrive under the influence.
Picking what to wear for your session is a big deal. It should be exciting and feel exploratory. (Don’t worry- you and I work one on one so we can figure out the best things for you!) When it comes to trying new things and new looks, I’m all in. What I don’t want, though, is for you to choose something that you don’t like but someone else thinks is sexy. Boudoir is for you to celebrate your inner goddess and your version of sexy. Don’t compromise and feel uncomfortable for the sake of someone else.
Boudoir is meant to be refreshing and is the ultimate celebration of self-love. But many people who don’t understand it might make you feel shame or confusion. Don’t let the opinion of others define your experience. Boudoir is not porn, and it’s also not made for others. Of course, you can share your beautiful images with others, but it’s an experience for your own self.