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Ceremony Magazine Los Angeles 2017 | Pretty Prep

Pretty Prep
Tips for your Boudoir Photo Shoot

By Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography

 A wedding day gift for her groom is one to-do item almost every bride-to-be agonizes over. For those who want to surprise their partner with something extra special, and a little bit sexy, a boudoir photo shoot is the perfect present.

Jenny Taylor, owner of Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography, a popular photography company with studios in Chicago and Los Angeles, has compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for any bride-to-be considering a boudoir photo shoot:

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DO take the time to do your research. It’s important to find a photographer that not only has a solid reputation, but with whom you feel comfortable. Before booking your session, read through testimonials and online reviews of clients they’ve previously worked with. Ask to see examples of their work and schedule a phone call with them to get a concrete feel for their professionalism and personality, as well as if you feel comfortable in their setting; we don’t recommend showing up to someone’s personal home or basement.

DON’T spray tan. Tan skin actually counteracts the lighting used for boudoir photos, yielding a less-than-desirable look. Don’t use any self-tanning products at least five days before your shoot.

DO steer clear of alcohol the day of your session. Having a few cocktails before you step in front of the camera might seem like a good idea, but don’t do it. Not only can alcohol can not only make your belly bloat and your skin flush, but having it in your system will alter your entire experience. For these reasons, Jenny Taylor says: “we don’t allow any alcohol on set.”

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DON’T feel like you have to wear lingerie. “One of the biggest misconceptions about boudoir photography is that wearing super-sexy lingerie is a requirement,” says Taylor. While many of her clients do wear teddies, bra & panty sets or negligées, others opt for more playful looks, like a jersey from their guy’s favorite sports team, or even a gorgeous dress.

DO put some thought into props. The addition of something simple and romantic like a red rose or bridal veil can make a big impact on camera.

DO remember that this experience is as much for you as it is for your groom.  Women spend lots of time (and, in some cases, big bucks) on amped-up fitness and beauty routines leading up to their nuptials. “Right before her wedding day is the perfect time for a bride to take a moment and celebrate herself with a boudoir photo shoot,” says Taylor.  “Not only are most brides looking and feeling their best in the weeks leading up to their wedding, but the excitement and happiness they’re feeling during that time really shows through in photos.”

DO remember to groom yourself pre-shoot.  Any bikini or body waxing should be done a week ahead of time. A manicure and/or pedicure can be done the day before.

Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography via CeremonyMagazine.com

Images & Text by Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography

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