Boudoir Photoshoot Prep FAQ: Skin 101

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One common question our boudoir clients ask about is how to prep and prepare their skin for their photoshoot. We get it! You’re not used to being in front of the camera. And chances are, you’re the photographer in your family, capturing all the memorable images of your family that you barely have pictures of yourself.

Maybe you’ve seen photos of friends or heard experiences from them about boudoir, and you got curious. Now, you want to change things up and you’re diving headfirst into boudoir. If this is you, welcome! We are so happy you’re doing your research. 

If you’re not a model, chances are you’re unsure what steps to take to make your skin the best it can be before a photoshoot. Clients are often concerned with their skin’s texture, hoping that blemishes, redness, and dimples can be retouched later. But there are some things you can do to prep your skin before you ever step foot in the studio. 

While expensive products and facials are great choices, they aren’t always necessary. Though if you can outsource it and pamper yourself before your shoot, we encourage you to do it! Nothing better than making yourself a priority for once. So we put together this quick 3 tip guide to help you better prepare your skin for your boudoir photoshoot.

Boudoir Prep Tip #1 – Your skin needs hydration

If you’re reading this, start drinking water. Like, a lot of water. I understand that it’s often boring and flavorless, but the best thing you can do for your body. Hydrated skin looks stunning on camera. Maybe you need some extra encouragement, though. Why is hydrating great for your body?

Great hydration helps with performance and brain function. Boudoir photography will put you into positions you’re unused to. Being hydrated helps prevent cramps, moodiness, headaches, and even memory. And who doesn’t want to feel better?

Boudoir Prep Tip #2 – Say Yes to Mani’s & Pedi’s 

We rarely think about the skin on our hands and feet. Of course, if you’re a fan of the nail salon, you may spend more time thinking about these areas. But let me tell you, calluses show up bright on camera, and you’ll be grateful for the heads up if you choose to outsource the mani/pedi. Plus, have you ever had a great pedicure? Sometimes, it feels life changing.

But also, sometimes we choose to get our eyebrows waxed, or even other areas, before a photoshoot. As a wax enthusiast, I understand the desire. But if you’re prone to redness, make sure you’re scheduling your wax appointments at least 3 days before your scheduled shoot. That way, if there are any issues with your skin, you’ll have a few days between to let your skin calm down.

Boudoir Prep Tip #3 – Moisturize Your Skin

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of moisturizers on the market. Some are much better than others, but for every skin type, there is a complementary moisturizer. We have a moisturizer recommended in your welcome packet, but if you’re not already choosing moisturizers for your face and skin, now’s the time.

Hydrated skin photographs so well. It’s plump and sometimes dewy if that’s your choice. But ultimately, moisturized skin helps hide fine lines, gives your skin more elasticity, and luminous appearance under the lights in my studio. I want you to be the center of attention, and that requires luxurious skin. If you’re not already, start moisturizing twice a day, and get that skincare routine on lock.

If you need a place to start, Allure recommends these 23 moisturizers for 2023. With products on the market like hyaluronic acid, SPF ingredients, and ceramide, there is something for every skin type and budget listed. Your skin is your largest organ. Pamper yourself by keeping it moisturized for the best luxury you can give yourself.