I know that planning a photoshoot takes a lot of mental energy. First you have to hype yourself up enough to even contact the photographer. Then you've got to decide on location and wardrobe. And then you add hair, makeup, and grooming to the list and it can get overwhelming very quickly! That's why I've created guides for all of my clients that help break these things down in very manageable sections to avoid missing any details! Here are 5 things you need to think about before the day of your photoshoot:

1. Pay Attention to Your Nails

If you're anything like me, you aren't big into polishing your nails. My nails are often a forgotten piece of my appearance, and on an average day this isn't an issue. But when preparing for your boudoir session, you don't want to forget a single detail. Whether you want to polish your nails at home, get them done professionally or just keep them natural, you'll want to plan ahead and do this before your session.

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2. To Shave or Not to Shave

Whether you shave or not is completely up to you. If you typically go au naturel, then by all means, don't change that for your session! We want to photograph the REAL you. If you do shave, however, you'll want to do that ahead of time. I typically recommend shaving the day or two before your session depending on how quickly your hair grows back. You don't want pesky, prickly hair poking out on the day of your session, but you also don't want razor burn from shaving 30 minutes before your session.

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3. Consider Getting your Makeup Done Professionally

If your session doesn’t include hair and makeup, you might want to consider getting your makeup professionally done if you’re not a makeup guru. You can search local makeup artists in your area on google or instagram. The price for this (depending on where you live) generally starts at $150+. If that’s out of your budget, you can get glam makeup done at Sephora or Ulta for around $90. 

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4. Don't Try Anything New Before Your Session!!!

This applies to basically everything physically. If you don't normally get a spray tan, don't try it out before your session. If you don't typically wear bright red lipstick, don't wear it to your session. If you've never been blonde before, please don't make your salon appointment the day before your session. That being said, if you don't typically wear makeup, I would still at the very least recommend wearing mascara or fake eyelashes so your eyes pop on camera. If you're nervous about being able to put on false lashes, you can get them done at Ulta or Sephora for $10.

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5. Listen to Music!

Some photographers play music during their sessions. Make sure to ask about this. If they do, you may be able to play your own “pump up playlist” to bring out the confident side of you. Either way, you should definitely listen to music while you’re getting ready and driving to the studio!

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Are you ready to start planning your female gaze photoshoot?