1.) Find Lingerie that makes You Feel Beautiful
The most exciting part of this shoot for me was ordering my Lingerie! I chose to customize a three piece set from Impish Lee, a woman owned start-up based in Brooklyn. I was able to go online and customize the lace for my skin tone, the fabrics and prints and even the little embellishments. They make beautiful items for women of all sizes (girls, you’re in for a treat, I’ve got a gift card up for grabs down below!)
I wore a high waist panty with this lace skirt, but you can pair it with whatever you want to (or not!)
2.) Make a Perfect Playlist & Dance
I told my sister that I was a little nervous about my boudoir shoot and the next morning she surprised me with a link to a playlist she’d made to get me amped for what I was about to do. If you follow my snapchat account, you saw me jamming to songs and feeling myself. Her playlist is called “In My Vicky’s” and it’s basically perfect, you can listen to it here.
3.) The Sun = Natures Photoshop
You’re going to want to shoot in a room with lots of natural light. The sun is truly the best photoshop you’ll ever have. I wanted as much natural light as I could get here in NYC, so I booked a suite at the Yotel (cute hotel, friendly staff, great rates!). My suite had floor to ceiling windows and a mirror on the wall that bounced sunlight all around. I started my shoot first thing in the morning when the sun came up and between the sunlight and my camera, I didn’t even consider editing these pictures, I’m so happy and proud of them!
4.) Bring Some Non-Lingerie Clothing Items
So, real talk– I wasn’t totally ready to strip down when my shoot first started. It took me a while to really relax and get comfortable and one of the ways I warmed up was with a kind of “half-stripped” down look. I always feel flirty and confident in my tutu, so for me it was the perfect non-lingerie item to wear. I could also imagine cute shots with a motorcycle jacket, a fur, cowboy boots… anything that’s you!
Lace Pencil Skirt: Impish Lee
5.) Choose Activities you Love, do them in the shoot
Book: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, by Jes Baker (GET INTO IT!!)
6.) Don’t Take Yourself too Seriously
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7.) Grab Someone you Feel Comfy With
You can find a boudoir photo shoot company in your area, but I decided to have a girls sleepover and make this a part of it. It was a more relaxed setting and I didn’t feel pressure. Thanks to my good friend Jasmine for playing photographer with me while I ran around half-dressed (extra thanks for her confidence boosting words during the process, it was exactly what I needed to hear, love you girl!)
8.) Don’t Wait for the Perfect Body or Relationship to do a Bourdoir Shoot
Don’t wait for the perfect body, don’t wait for your wedding day. You’re gorgeous and no matter what changes your body may go through, you’ll never be as young as you are today lol I did these pictures for me and the process was so empowering that I’m being vulnerable and sharing them with you. If this is something you want to do, go for it!