Let’s Talk About Boudoir Shoots, Part 1 (Updated)

Hi! Talking to my family and friends made me realize that many people who have never done a boudoir shoot are quite intrigued by the idea. It also made me realize that some may be feeling a bit shy, so I wanted to broach the subject!


Let’s get started with some definitions from Dictionary.com for context:

boudoir – noun – a woman’s bedroom or private sitting room

shoot – noun – a photographic or movie-making session


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Who? Three Boudoir
What? On-site hair and makeup services and boudoir shoot
When? Summer 2014
Where? Maryland
Wearing? VS Very Sexy cherry blossom set (32DD/S) then Passional black corset dress (26)
Why? I felt like this would be tons of fun after absolutely crushing my fitness goals!
Whispers… I was admittedly a little nervous when I arrived, but the group of bridesmaids on their way out had an abundance of champagne and orange juice so they offered me mimosas to calm my nerves!



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Who? Tait Boudoir
What? On-site hair and makeup services and boudoir shoot
When? Summer 2015
Where? Virginia
Wearing? Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy strappy red set (32DD/S)
Why? This was the perfect pre-wedding present for both my husband and myself!
Whispers… This shoot was just two days after my bachelorette weekend, a four day excursion to All Good Music Festival, and I threw moderation out the window.


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Boudoir Shoot

Who? Three Boudoir
What? On-site makeup services and boudoir shoot
When? Winter 2017
Where? Washington, DC
Wearing? VS Very Sexy strappy tan and black set (32DD/S) then VS PINK shirt (XS)
Why? I am working diligently to end my 20s on a high note and this seemed fitting!
Whispers… I took advantage of my photoshoot look to take two more photo sets at home, including pictures in 7 lingerie sets for upcoming blog posts.


Here is a referral link for a discounted 1 hour boudoir session in DC, NYC or Chicago. 🙂


I did a multi-platform “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) request and received great questions…

Q: “How did you prepare beforehand?”
A: Leading up to the shoot, I read the e-mails sent by the photo studio because they are full of relevant information! I generally eat healthful foods and did not diet or change my routine. I know that drinking alcohol makes me retain water weight, but I don’t drink much so that was not a concern. One day before the shoot, I booked my makeup appointment then took pictures in front of a white wall in 10 potential outfits. I made my husband’s day by bombarding him with pictures. I selected 3 that suited my personal sense of style and also flattered my body.”

Q: “What did you do on the day of the shoot?”

On the day of the shoot, my to-do list was rather brief. I shaved carefully (and still managed to cut myself) and washed my hair while in the shower. Once I got out, I dried myself, brushed and towel-dried my hair. I wore a dress with no buttons, straps or zippers in order to avoid leaving indentations on my skin. I also skipped jewelry for the same reason. I had my husband paint my nails in a neutral color before leaving and had a light breakfast in the truck. By breakfast, I mean that I ate his cookies with no remorse.


Here is a look behind the scenes as I got ready for my most recent shoot. The top left picture was taken outside my house when I took my dog Turbo outside after my shower, everything in between was taken in the makeup artist’s chair, and the bottom right picture was taken during the shoot itself.

 


Now that I have thoroughly described my own experiences in Part 1, Part 2 will cover a more general standpoint and hopefully help some people realize that this experience is about beauty, empowerment and strength. This shouldn’t be thought of as a dirty, shameful or taboo experience.

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