- I NEED TO LOSE 5,10,15+ POUNDS FIRST – Yeah? Me too. So does more than half of America. I can’t help you lose weight for the shoot but I can direct you in ways that WILL make you look slimmer in photos. It’s all about the outfits, posing and light. I gotcha covered.
- I DON’T TAKE GOOD PICTURES – Well, that’s ok because I’ll be taking the photos. That’s what you are paying me for, to take YOUR photos. I have all the gear to make sure you have great photos!
- I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR – When you book with us, we’ll meet in person. We will discuss outfit ideas, what kind of lingerie to look for and I will provide you with a 4 page online guide that describes what each piece of lingerie is. I will also give you suggestions on where to purchase it.
- I CAN’T POSE – I will coach you in flow posing. We will effortless move you from one pose to the next. I’ll direct you with your facial expressions too. During your session we will get up close and personal as I demonstrate the poses and then move your limbs as needed. The poses may hurt a little, but you’ll thank me later.
- I’M SO NERVOUS – When have you done anything that takes major courage and not been nervous? We will spend about 1.5 hours getting to know each other during hair and makeup. Imagine yourself relaxing while being pampered. I always tell my clients, give me 10 minutes. That’s it! I really can’t think of anyone that has been nervous longer than the first 10 minutes.
Miss A had her session about a month prior to her deployment. She is a soldier. She puts herself on the line to protect us. All she wanted to do was feel feminine and beautiful before she was in uniform 24/7 and so far away from anything luxurious. Miss A drove a few hours from where she was stationed to spend a day in the boudoir studio being pampered. I remember her saying she never thought that she should do boudoir shoot. She didn’t feel like she had the right body for it but she was inspired by another client that allowed us to share her photos. I love that! I’m so thankful to the many clients that allow me to share their images.
Along with serving in the army, she is a mother to a sweet little boy. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to leave my children. That has to be the hardest part. Miss A said when she was first deployed, she was afraid her son wouldn’t know her as “mommy” when she returned. Of course, that wasn’t the case. He knows exactly who is mommy is!
Thank you Miss A for your sacrifice. I’m glad I could at least give you beautiful images. Thank you thank you. I hope you look at these and think about how much fun you had!! Stay strong and FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!
hair/makeup: Lindsay Enoch
- Underwire provides more support than wireless styles as well as offers a larger variety in terms of color and print.
- The underwire should sit directly underneath your intra-mammary fold (IMF), i.e., the place underneath your breasts where the tissue ends and the ribs begin.
- The underwire at the center should sit flat between the breasts, known as tacking, while also encasing all the tissue on the side of the cup.
- There should not be any overflow at the top of the cup nor should there be any gaping or wrinkling.
- The band of the bra should be parallel to the floor and provide the bulk of the support for the breasts. In my experience, finding the right band size is pivotal to ensuring the bra anchors to the body and provides the most lift and hold.
- The straps should be adjusted to the top of the shoulders, allowing the cup of the bra to rest flat against the chest without digging into the tissue.
- “I want full coverage because that provides the best support.” In technical terms, full coverage styles are typically categorized by having a higher center gore (the part in the middle of the bra where the underwire connects) and taller cups. However, most of my clients define them as ones where their breasts do not fall out of the bra, which is more a function of having the right size. Full coverage fits do not necessarily provide any more support than lower coverage options. In fact, if you have a lot breast tissue at the center of your chest, especially fuller tissue, a plunge shape works better by allowing tissue to sit at a natural position instead of forcing it apart. Full coverage styles may rest uncomfortably on the tissue or refuse to tack properly.
- “I want padding because it gives more support.” Unless you wear a smaller cup size and want bump pads for cleavage, the idea that padding provides more support is patently false. In fact, many larger cup sizes do not even have padded bras available. Styles with a sectional cup and no padding are often constructed to hold heavier tissue and contour better than ones with padding. They also sport special features like restricted stretch straps or soft lace upper sections to adjust to asymmetry or size fluctuations.
- “If my bras sit flat in the middle, there won’t be cleavage.” Cleavage is typically achieved with a v-shaped neckline, and yes, if you want a higher center, the cleavage may disappear in the bigger cup size. However, switching to a plunge shape with a low center gore allows the underwire to tack in the middle while still creating cleavage. Styles with a graduated cup where the sides and base are shallower are superb for this because they direct the tissue up and to the middle.
- Plan early: If you wait until the last minute to go shopping for lingerie, you will be at the mercy of what is locally in-stock whereas a little advanced preparation opens doorways to stunning pieces only available on order. I recommend planning at least four weeks in advance with eight weeks being optimal. This gives you time for a proper fitting and to place orders for what you love without worrying about whether they will arrive before the shoot.
- Find what speaks to you: As I mentioned earlier, lingerie allows us to explore our personalities as well as any hidden fantasies we have. With a boudoir shoot, you have the opportunity to capture the essence of yourself, who you are in that moment and how you want to remember yourself. For some people, they seek traditional lingerie options, harkening back to the days of the silver screen sirens, but don’t be afraid to depart from the norm either. Be you. Some of the best lingerie photos I have seen are the ones where photographer and model come together as one, showing the model in a way she never saw herself or perhaps even in a way the world never sees her. It doesn’t always take fancy lace and ornate details either. It can be something as simple as silk slip.
- Be realistic about your options: While the world of lingerie has opened up magnificently in terms of style, size, and color options, it’s not quite a buffet yet. Some styles are simply not available in all size and all colors. One of the hardest requests to satisfy is when a client wants something either not made in her size or simply not available at the moment. If you wear a 38J, for example, a strapless bra is not on the table, but there may be something else we can do instead.
- Understand quality lingerie costs more: Most bras and lingerie are assembled to some degree by hand (for bras, this is always the case) by trained professionals who deserve to be paid for their labor. Bridge lines with a moderate pricing schema typically offer bras between $45 and $90 and bust-friendly lingerie between $60 and $150. Furthermore, each collection also features accessories like underwear, suspender belts, and robes which can vary in price. Budget accordingly, but if your discretionary income is tight, focus on pieces with dual purpose. A bra-sized babydoll which fits can actually serve as a bra/slip combo underneath dresses, and most corsets are designed for layering. If you pick pieces you will want to wear later, it maximizes your financial investment.
- Have an open mind: Come into the shopping experience with an idea of how you want to present yourself (the “Be you” part I mentioned), but be open minded about how we can achieve that aesthetic. Sometimes if you come in with very specific requests, it can be hard to satisfy them. For instance, if you wear a 44J and want a yellow bra and panty set for your shoot, that may not be something we can find easily. Stores are at the mercy of what manufacturers release for a given season, and like normal fashion, each collection makes use of industry trends, both for design and colors. If we can work together based on a core concept, there will be different ways to incorporate your ideas, like a yellow satin robe with a coral matching set.