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How to Prepare for your Boudoir Session

by Rachel Gaetz

A couple months ago I shot a day of boudoir mini sessions and it truly reenergized me creatively during this never-ending winter. I am planning to hold another round in late summer... which gives anyone who is thinking of booking a session a couple months to wrap your head around the experience. That being said, I think one of the best way to rid yourself of nerves before an event that makes you anxious is to feel prepared as possible... which makes space for confidence and excitement!

Haircuts and Waxing
In the week leading up to your appointment, ensure you do all the things that make you feel the most
confident about your appearance. If you like a fresh haircut, a root touch up, or an eyebrow wax, schedule these things about a week before your photo shoot. This gives you time to adjust any
inconsistencies or mistakes in your hair cut before the big day. If you're planning to have any other
waxing done, make sure you do this several days before your shoot to eliminate any lingering redness.

Test Out Your Accessories
Play around with what accessories you are planning to bring ahead of time to see how they feel in
your hands and figure out what you feel comfortable doing. Jewelry, shoes, hairpieces, and any props are all great ideas to test out.


Plenty of water and sleep in the days leading up to your shoot will leave your skin with a healthy, happy, glow. Try to avoid things that will dehydrate your skin like coffee and alcohol. Moisturize your skin, get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Doing these things as part of your morning routine will make you feel ready to tackle anything, even your boudoir shoot.


Pick Out Your Wardrobe
Decide what you're going to wear at your shoot, but also what you will wear to your shoot. You'll want
loose-fitting clothing to wear to your appointment, so you don't have any indentations from the elastic
on your skin when it comes time for your photos. (This means actually means avoid wearing socks to your appointment!) Choose things to wear for the photos that make you feel sexy. This doesn't necessarily mean you need all lingerie either. Think about how you feel in your favorite pair of jeans, your best bra, your highest heels or your comfiest kicks. We will make it all work!

Pack Your Bag
Get everything ready a few days before your shoot. This will help you to have time to remember
everything you might have missed. Confirm the address and time of your shoot with me (but I'll be reaching out to do this, don't worry) Another good idea is to pack a few extras. You'd probably hate to arrive only to realize you had a run in your one pair of fishnets!

Get To Know Your Photographer
And finally, one of the most important things you should do prior to your session is to communicate all
your concerns, anxieties, hang-ups, and hopes with me ahead of time. When communicating prior to your session, we will discuss everything. You'll let me know what kind of images you like, what parts of your body you think are the most beautiful, and what types of poses you'd want to capture among other things. The more you communicate, the more comfortable you will feel and the better your images will turn out!
We are in this together!

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I’m Rachel Gaetz
I’m Rachel Gaetz and I am a creative portrait photographer in the Twin Cities. I am also a busy mom of four and can often be spotted with a coffee in hand, a big messy bun on my head, and a baby on my hip. My goal is to create images that YOU will be obsessed with -- pictures you will be eager to post today as well as cherish decades from now. My business BelleAmiss Photography strives to take the stress out of photo sessions while capturing life's beautiful imperfections. You will leave feeling great about YOU and your photo experience.
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