I could wank on for a bit about all the things you need to do leading up to a boudoir photoshoot... but truth is, there's not a hell of a lot you need to do.

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I'll list them here so you really can see how small the list is...


  1. Drink lots of water. This a life one though. You need to keep hydrated in order to keep yourself healthy and your skin looking glam.
  2. Wear loose fitting clothing to your session. Just so marks and lines don't show up on your body outside of where your lingerie covers.
  3. Shave or wax (if it's what helps you feel more comfortable)
  4. Tan if it makes you feel comfortable.


For number 3, this is completely up to our personal preference and your own body. I have the unfortunate reality that my body is thick, dark and grows back quickly, so I'd shave the morning of just to make myself feel better. BUT... if you shave the day of, be aware that you may have razor cuts, burn or bumps. Easy enough to edit out, but sometimes just as bad depending on how sensitive your skin is. If you have lighter, thinner body hair, you can get away with a day or two before your photoshoot, But yeah, I'm extremely pale with dark hair, and got picked on a lot at school, so I've always been extremely self conscious about body hair.


I know there's a movement to get body hair normalized and more out there... but it's just not something I can mentally do. I applaud the women behind that movement for their confidence.


Shaving or waxing is completely a choice and should not be based on societal expectations. I do it because it feels better to me, physically and mentally. Winter legs are a different story hahaha

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And Tanning.


As a pasty person, I know I should probably look at evening out my singlet tan in summer, but truth is, I couldn't give a crap.

I apply the same reasoning to clients - only do what you're happy to do. Also, don't do it just because you've got a photoshoot coming up. It needs to be something you've done regularly, potentially by yourself or done by someone you trust.


Last thing we need is weird colours from a tan ruining how you feel about your photoshoot!


My recommendation when tanning before a photoshoot is to NOT do it the day of or the day before. Best is to aim for a week prior. It gives time for it to soak to the skin, so that it won't soak to my sheets! It also gives enough time for you to "make it how you like", if it doesn't turn out quite the way you hoped.

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So there you have it. There's no "8 Tips" and "10 ways"


Majority of what blogs tell you, you should be doing are based on their own expectations and the old societal pressures. You do not have to look a certain way or do certain things... it is all completely up to YOU. Don't care about perfectly manicured nails? Don't worry about them.


Leading up to this kind of experience, you need to focus on you. Things that make you feel good... almost like the routine you have before heading out on a night on the town.


Practise self care, turn up the music loud if that's what hypes you up. Meditate if that helps you get in the right frame mind. If you are focussing on a special list that "needs doing", then you are going to get stressed. You are going to be nervous. And you aren't necessarily going to get everything out of this amazing experience we call Boudoir Photography.


So connect with yourself.


What helps you feel good about life and your body?