HOW TO FEEL COMFORTABLE FOR A BOUDOIR PHOTOSHOOT
HOW TO FEEL COMFORTABLE FOR A BOUDOIR PHOTOSHOOT
Everyone has a different level of comfort zone and some people refuse to cross ‘the zone’.
Bees and Spiders! – Some people are terrified at the very mention of them, even though they’ve never been stung or bitten, they still run a mile when they see these things. This is a fear of being hurt and is pretty rational when you think about it.
Heights! – Another common fear. I mean, it’s not natural to jump out of a plane or sit in a fast-moving, gravity-defying rollercoaster is it? Even though our brain tells us that everything will be ok, we still can’t quite believe it. This is the fear of Dying which is very rational when you think about it. (After all, accidents do happen)
Doing a Boudoir Photoshoot – The most common fear, we as a studio, come across every day. It’s not natural to appear half-naked in front of total strangers, is it? This is the fear of being judged and is pretty rational when you think that many people feel they’re being judged all the time. Women with small breasts, men with small willies, women with big bums, men with dirty shoes…
Yet, really, when you think about it, what’s the worst that can happen on a boudoir photoshoot? Certainly not death or pain. But a bad photoshoot can lead to increased insecurities and that, in itself, can be damaging enough. However, a good boudoir photoshoot experience will increase self-confidence and counter those insecurities. A good boudoir experience is an experience without judgement and which will allow you the benefit of judging yourself less harshly.
Being comfortable with your photographer and your environment will help to take away the anxieties you may feel when you arrive for a boudoir photo shoot.
HERE ARE SOME TOP TIPS AND TRICKS TO FEELING COMFORTABLE FOR YOUR BOUDOIR PHOTOSHOOT
CHOOSE YOUR BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER CAREFULLY
Make sure you have a really good look through their portfolio and love what you see. Then make sure you communicate with them before booking, either by phone or email or in-person to see if you think you’ll get along.
MAKE SURE YOUR BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER HAS PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE
It’s one thing to be able to photograph paid models but another to make ordinary, ‘non model’, women look relaxed and amazing on camera. This is the real skill of a Boudoir Photographer. The experience to relax someone who doesn’t feel she’s photogenic at all and then help her to look and feel totally beautiful.
FIND OUT THE KIND OF SPACE YOU’LL BE WORKING IN
Just like when you go on holiday you want a bit of luxury and that lifts your mood and makes you happy. It’s not a pleasant experience being photographed in next to nothing, in a cold, uninviting, industrial style, white-walled studio with flashing lights everywhere.
Boudoir Studios should be a welcoming environment that makes your spirit feel lifted and indulged. We use Hazlewood Castle hotel which is one of the finest Hotels in Yorkshire. The Bar is onsite and there’s a Spa as well. We use the rooms and suites and we have a purpose-built studio in the Courtyard as well as 88 acres of Wood to play in. Now that’s luxury!
HAIR AND MAKE-UP MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY APPLIED BEFORE YOUR SHOOT
This is pretty much a Golden Rule for Boudoir. For family portraits in High Street or Backstreet studios, you can pretty much get away with the natural look or self-applied make-up but for Boudoir it’s essential to have your hair and make-up applied by an in-house professional.
The added bonus of having Hair and Make-up in-house is that it will give you a chance to relax and feel pampered before you do the photoshoot and that will help you look so much relaxed in the final pictures. On the subject of Hair and Make-up, the next point should help to relax you as well…
LOOK AT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ ‘BEFORE / AFTER PICTURES
You can see more Before/Afters HERE
YOUR BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD HELP WITH STYLING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
After all, they’ve done this hundreds of times before and should know what looks good on camera.
To help you prepare we have a Madison Bou Preparation Guide to help you plan ahead. You can see that HERE
We have a ‘Resources’ page with plenty of helpful advice to prepare for your photoshoot, such as places to buy Lingerie and types of Lingerie for different body shapes. See the Resources page HERE
INVEST SOME TIME IN YOURSELF BEFORE THE PHOTOSHOOT
If you normally get your hair colored or have extensions then schedule this in before your date. Get nails done as well if you can. Do whatever you need to do to make you feel good before you come and we’ll take care of the rest.
While we’re on the subject of ‘Time’ …
FIND OUT HOW MUCH TIME THE PHOTOGRAPHER WILL SPEND ON YOUR PHOTOSHOOT
You may not consider this to be so important. After all, any photographer who has done hundreds of photoshoots should be pretty quick at taking pictures by now and it is certainly true that with more experience comes the ability to work fast under pressure but the question is, will you be able to look comfortable and relaxed on camera straight away? Probably not.
Everyone is different and some people take a little more ‘warming up’ than others. We all have a ‘camera face’ and sometimes it’s hard to look ‘natural’ in front of the camera. (We live in a ‘selfie’ age after all ) We decided we never want to treat our clients like factory-produced products on a conveyor belt. No ‘standard’ poses, no set outfits, set time limits and no other clients waiting their turn for the next slot. We only shoot one client per day, everything is styled around the client and if it takes 2 hours or 4 hours, as long as the client is happy, we’re happy. Boudoir is such a personal and intimate experience and for many clients, it’s the first and only experience of boudoir they’ll ever do so we feel you deserve nothing less than our fullest attention to guide you through this.