Boudoir Prep Guide atw Photography

So, thinking of booking a boudoir shoot? Yay! Now here’s a list I’ve compiled of Do’s and Don’t’s of how to prepare for your session.

Preparing for your shoot…

First – We have also collected some stunning boudoir looks on our Pinterest Page https://www.pinterest.com/three_bees/boudior-inspiration/ you may want to borrow for your special Boudior session. Create your own Pinterest board and start pinning your ideas – and feel free to share with us so that we can get a feel for the vibe you’re going for.

SKIN – let’s talk about your skin. DON’T over-use self tanners and stay out of the sun. DO moisturize your skin for a natural glow. Glossy, shiny skin photographs well and also brings out muscle definition and tone. As a general rule, don’t do anything too crazy beforehand (i.e. don’t get a facial or your eyebrows waxed for the first time the day before your shoot), because if anything goes wrong you will be a total stressball during your session.

HAIR & MAKEUP – We will have a professional hair and makeup artist on site, If you like get a natural mani/pedi, and most definitely get false eyelashes put on. They may feel too large, but they photograph well, especially when you are looking down and off to the side. You always want to exaggerate your features for the camera, especially your eyes and lips. Our stylist has eyelashes available at an extra cost $10 can be paid that day or feel free to bring your own.

WARDROBE – Wear loose fitting clothing the day of so that you don’t have markings when you strip down. No tight clothing . Bring clothing that makes you FEEL sexy, not what you THINK is sexy. Don’t purposely go out and buy lingerie that doesn’t make you feel comfortable or is over the top. It will read in your photos, on your face, and in your body language.The sexiest clothing items to bring are fall-off-the-shoulder tops ( boyfriend t shirts from OLD NAVY ROCK!), cropped soft sweaters, a man’s button down shirt/tie, lacy underthings, simple black and white bras/panties (they can pair with other things), sheer slips/teddies, anything vintage, stockings/thigh highs/soft over-the-knee socks, sexy heels and subtle jewelry and hair pieces/flowers. Layering items is always a good thing to keep in mind. I tell clients to bring as many clothing options as they can.

DIET & SLEEP – One week before your shoot, cut out as much sugar, carbs and processed foods as possible. Your skin will thank you, as well as keep you from looking bloated and puffy. Get as much sleep as you can the night before and eat something light the day of your shoot. We will providing light snacks and lots of water during your session.

MY NERVES! If you are nervous bring a friend! A friend does not have to participate but they can be a great support system! Everyone needs a cheering section every now and then.

COUPLES! Yes we can add your spouse! We can even split the session so he will get some surprise shots of just you too!!

HAVE FUN! Bring whatever music you like that will help you relax and get you in the mood. We will also have some local County wine to help ease you into the session.


Please arrive at least 1.5 to 2 hours prior to your session time. Hair and makeup will require this amount of time. Please arrive with your hair clean but dry. No makeup, and wearing loose fitting clothing. Try and get at least 8 hours of sleep and drink lots of water the few days before the session. Both the stylist and I will be working back to back on sessions and time is crucial.

We will be shooting at the "pad" at the beautiful Cribs on the Creek in Wellington. The address is 45 Wharf St Wellington. Please park in the back parking lot. The suite is located at the back, there is a staircase to the unit.

The OTHER Things

The balance of your session fee is due upon arriving at the session. Please bring cash of your balance total. Gift cards can be applied to the session fee but ONLY one gift card can be used and for the $ value of the card only. The value of the card will be deducted from your session fee ( One hour card is $80 value , and half hour card is $60 value.)

A deposit is required to book the session. $100 is due to book your spot. If the deposit isn't paid your session time can be given to someone else.

Disks and online galleries will be ready 1 week after the session. We also have some amazing products you can create with your images to give as the perfect gift. Photo books are a popular choice and have just a few days turn around time :) Ill have samples to look at the day of your session.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY. Client acknowledges and understands that the ATW Photography cannot guarantee that any specific photo will be taken. ATW photography will make every effort to accommodate Client’s wishes and acknowledges that there is a reasonable expectation of professional quality consistent with the photographers work. The client understands that the work on display through websites, prints, ect. has been retouched and the client will get retouched high resolution digital files, additionally retouching outside what is included in the package is an extra charge. ATW photography cannot be held liable for factors over which they have no control which may affect the quality of the photographs, such as Client lateness . ATW photography has the right to refuse to produce any image that could violate libel or copyright laws, or in the course of its production could cause or contribute to bodily injury, death, equipment damage or property damage or destruction

NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT. It is illegal to copy, reproduce, alter or crop for social media or other online outlets of the photographs, digital files without the atw Photographer’s permission.The images provided to you are licensed to you for personal purposes only, including but not limited to: printing, copying, emailing and web publishing.This license does not include use that results in financial gain, including but not limited to: advertising, stock photography, print sale profits, or sale of any nature. Images may not be used for commercial or editorial purposes without written consent according to copy right laws.

You may not under any circumstances alter, edit or change images which includes but not limited to photo editing apps such as Instagram and Facebook.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: All information provided via any of the intake forms on this site will NOT be shared or sold to any third parties. Images with any nudity or implied nudity will not be posted online or for advertisement without your permission as stated in our model release (please see separate model release).

FAILURE TO PREFORM: If a photographer at ATW cannot perform this Agreement due to a fire or other casualty, strike, act of God, or other cause beyond the control of the parties, or due to the Photographer’s illness, then atw photographey shall return the retainer to the Client but shall have no further liability with respect to the Agreement. This limitation on liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera or computer malfunction, lost in the mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part of ATW. In the event ATW fails to perform for any other reason, ATW photographer(s) shall not be liable for any amount in excess of the retail value of the Client’s order.

Shipping & Handling: Due to the nature of boudoir portraits we do not ship print products to clients to avoid the possibility of being lost in mail or end up in the wrong hands due to address error. All print orders, disks and/or USB containing boudoir portraits MUST be personally picked up by the client.



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