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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.

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Ceremony Magazine Los Angeles 2017 | Beautiful Boudoir

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Ceremony Magazine San Diego 2016 | Beautiful Boudoir

The Beauty of a Bride
By Marissa Boucher, Owner of The Boudoir Divas in San Diego

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While boudoir photography was introduced as the “sexiest gift for the groom”TM not too long ago, this new trend took off rapidly as more and more grooms were stunned speechless by this surprise gift. As a photographer who was part of this new movement, it was fun to see it gain momentum. Word spread as groomsmen watched the groom’s eyes get wide with amazement as they saw him open this secret book just minutes before his bride walked down the aisle toward him.

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It was quite the new hot topic, and everyone understood why.

Boudoir was once considered risqué and taboo, but it has now been converted into what we love it to be — a private celebration of the beauty of intimacy within a couple. And not just for the couple as a unit, individually for the bride herself as well. It’s a way to celebrate and document what has always been one of the most special traditions in womanhood, the season of wedding preparation. It looks much different these days than it did say even a hundreds of years ago, with pinterest, wedding magazines, and going down the #wedding hashtag rabbit trails, but the overall anticipation and tradition remains.

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While our prep looks different, the sweet sentiment swirling in a bride’s heart is all the same as it ever was. She radiates with the hopes, wishes and dreams this memorable time inspires. And as photographers, we love that we get to celebrate and document the bride aglow with anticipation and rosy with the frantic pace that accompanies this season. It’s wonderful to see the bride’s experience play out. She comes to our studio nervous, but enjoys this confidence-boosting experience more than she ever thinks she will. While feeling better in her own skin, she romances her groom with this sweet gesture. It’s a win-win.

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We feel our job is to enter into that space with her, inspired to create something that represents her beautifully. At the risk of sounding entirely cheesy, we boudoir photographers feed off the hopes that are quietly spilling from our brides’ hearts, and I don’t think there is anything more a photographer loves than this in a subject.

So much of the wedding prep is about tasks, to-do lists, and deadlines. We love that a boudoir session is a time to slow down, tune out the details, and to step into this season by being present. We highly encourage you to do this for your spouse-to-be but even more so for yourself. Look for a highly qualified boudoir photographer, read their testimonials, look for consistency in their galleries of images, and most importantly, get a sense that you will feel comfortable with them. You won’t regret it!

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