So you’re sorta kinda thinking about doing a boudoir shoot?? Well I believe that being prepared for it will help you feel that much better about doing it and confident that you CAN do it! Prepping for your session is half the work and if done, then the rest is easy (and fun!). Today I’m sharing what I tell my clients when they book with me on how to prep for their session. It takes all the guess work out!

3 Months Out
Depending on how far out you book your session, you can use this time to really take care of your body. Drink lots of water and get into a good exercise routine. It’s time to stop procrastinating 🙂 The better you feel, the better you’ll look!

1 Month Out
Mark your calendar! Schedule hair, makeup, nail and/or aesthetician appointments.

Give yourself plenty of time to shop for something that makes you feel confident and beautiful (I recommend creating a secret Pinterest inspiration board with images you find from around the Internet). This will help you determine your style and what kind of outfits you like. I don’t recommend fake tanning. Darker isn’t always better. Tans don’t usually look that flattering on camera.

3-5 Days Out
Get waxed (bikini, lip, brow—whatever your normal routine is) a few days prior to your session to make sure any redness or irritation has subsided.

Try on outfits and narrow down your wardrobe selection. But feel free to bring any and as much as you want to your session!

Day Before
Drink plenty of water for radiant skin.

Sweat it out — get that last workout in.

Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure.

Take a long bubble bath to relax. Listen to calming music.

Try on all outfits and accessories to make doubly sure everything fits well. Remove all tags.

Most important of all: Get a good night’s sleep!


Day Of
The great part is that you get to have your hair and makeup done at the studio before your session so you don’t even have to think about this! Just make sure your hair is dry. It doesn’t even have to be washed that day because dirty hair is easier to style! And of course you can wear moisturizer if you normally put it on in the morning.

Drink plenty of water.

Use a clear deodorant.

Wear comfortable clothing prior to arrival that won’t leave any lines. You can change privately here and you can bring a robe to wear or I provide one for you.

Eat something light but filling. I’ll provide drinks and snacks too!

Tell me what you like to listen to! This time is all about you!

Let me know if you have any allergies so I can let the hair and makeup artist know. And feel free to bring your own makeup, especially if there’s a certain lip color that you love.


Of course, contact me if you have any questions! This is the most fun you’ll have and I want you to be able to fully enjoy it! Up next, we’ll talk about how to pick out outfits! And if you’re still kinda sorta still thinking about it then you need to email me! You won’t regret it! And feel free to download or Pin this boudoir prep guide I created for Focus on the Coast Weddings!

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