I'm so excited for your upcoming shoot!

...and I want to make sure that you're 100% ready for the experience! I know that it can be somewhat nerve-wracking in the days before your shoot: you may be wondering, among other things, what should you to do prepare? How will you pose if you have no experience modeling? When should you get your nails done? I understand these concerns, and I've put together a short guide to answer some of those questions and help guide you through the pre-shoot process!


  • DON'T stress too much about how you will look and how you will pose. I will be with you every step of the way, demonstrating poses and finding the best light and angles.

  • DON'T try to make any drastic changes leading up to your shoot. It's natural to panic about how you look in the days before your shoot and make some drastic change, be it a crash diet or a new hair color, But trying to change things very quickly out of a sense of panic can lead to you feeling (and looking!) uncomfortable and stressed during your shoot, and you definitely want to be as relaxed as possible!

  • DON'T try any new skin products in the week before your shoot. New products may cause irritation that will be difficult to hide with editing.

  • DON'T exfoliate too close to your shoot; this might leave your skin looking irritated and raw. I recommend exfoliating no closer than a full day prior to your shoot.

  • DON'T schedule hair removal (like waxing) less than three days before your shoot, to avoid redness and irritation.

  • DON'T overexpose yourself to natural or artificial tanning pre-shoot. Discoloration and tan lines may be impossible to hide with editing.

  • DON'T wear jeans, or any other very tight-fitting clothing to your shoot that will leave marks/lines on your skin. The marks can be very difficult to fix in editing. Seamless leggings, sweatpants, and loose rompers/jumpsuits/dresses are good ideas. This also goes for hair ties: even if you take the hair tie off your wrist right before your shoot, it might leave a red line that's hard to fix in post.


  • DO take time for yourself and indulge in self-care in the days leading up to your shoot. Your shoot is an investment in you, and the prelude to that should be some "me" time!

  • DO get your beauty rest! This will have you looking and feeling your best for the day of your shoot.

  • DO make sure to hydrate! Staying hydrated is one of the quickest, most effective, and cheapest beauty tips there is!

  • DO be mindful of your skincare. Nothing outside of a basic cleanse + moisturize routine is necessary, but it makes a big difference in how your skin will look and how makeup will apply on your skin.

  • DO be mindful of body moisturization! Boudoir is different from other photography genres in that a lot more skin will show, and you definitely want to be glowing for your shoot!

  • DO make sure to leave enough time for any beauty treatments that are important to you! Facials and body hair removal are best done three days to a week prior to your shoot, and nails are best done one to three days prior to your shoot.

  • DO have multiple wardrobe options ready for the day of your shoot. This is super important! We often try something on when we first get it and love it, only to hate it later when we're actually using it. It's a great idea to have two to three options available on the day of the shoot, just in case an outfit doesn't work out the way you had expected it to.

  • DO think about the details. You don't need to get a manicure, for example, but think about whether or not it will bother you to have bare or chipped nails in your images. Think about little accents like jewelry, scrunchies, gloves, or socks/stockings, which can make an outfit really pop.

  • DO make sure to reach out to me with any questions or ideas you have prior to your shoot. No matter how insignificant you think it may be, my top priority is your comfortability and your satisfaction with your shoot!

Some tips for planning your shoot...

  • Stuck on what to wear? Boudoir shoots don't have to be all about lingerie! Some great, creative options that look good on everyone: plain white t-shirts; oversize button-downs; chunky sweaters and knee-high socks; even just a plain white sheet draped over you is one of the most classic and flattering (not to mention comfortable!) options!

  • Do you see any images on my page, or elsewhere on the internet, that you love? Email them to me, or, better yet, pin them to your custom boudoir Pinterest board so I can see them and apply the ideas my photography style!

  • There are tons of fun ways you can personalize a shoot. Adding your favorite pieces of jewelry is a great way to accent your outfit with a personal touch. You can incorporate your hobbies or meaningful events in your life with simple props. Let your imagination run wild!

  • Think about how you would like to experience your images post-shoot. Do you want an album, so you can have something physical in your hands? Are you happy with just your digital images? I am also available to consult if you wish to purchase products from me!

Photo of me at work during a shoot! © Allison Pamela Boudoir


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Phone: 347-385-5998

Email: hello@caitlinvphotography.com