Essential guide tips for looking luxurious on your boudoir shoot

Here at Luxurious Boudoir by Dr.Pixels I want to help maximize your session, and that you look at your best, so I came up with guide tips for you.

I strongly recommend avoiding booze for at least 24 hours prior to your photo shoot. Alcohol dehydrates, can make your eyes red, interferes with your sleep, your circulation, your digestion, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and plus the camera tends to notice when everything is not working at optimum levels. For vanity’s sake, drink lots and lots and lots of water in the few days before the shoot.

Try to get at least two solid nights of sleep before your shoot. For me, that means eating balanced, regular meals, abstaining from alcohol and caffeine, and getting at least 30-60 minutes of exercise during the day. Whatever it takes– a warm bath, turning off the TV early, cleaning something, whatever– do what you need to do to make sure you’re well rested. Your eyes and skin will thank you.

Many photographers will recommend (or even require) using a professional hair and makeup artist, and if you’re feeling the least bit nonconfident in your skills, I really agree with them– it can alleviate a huge amount of stress and anxiety. Lots of photographers even have hair and make-up built into their pricing for convenience. With that being said, many women choose to do their own hair and makeup, for a variety of reasons. If you’re going the DIY route, practice, practice, practice ahead of time. Fire up your Netflix queue, or turn on some music, turn on all the lights, and spend a couple of hours playing with your hair and testing make-up techniques.

Lips: if you wear foundation or powder, make sure you gently wipe it off your lips before applying any lip liner or lip color, the color should only be applied to perfectly bare, clean lips. Your lip color will be richer, more even, and more saturated, and the color will read truer in photos. For lasting, opaque, fully-saturated red lips, outline your lips with a red lip pencil and then fill them in completely with the pencil before applying the actual lipstick on top with a brush.

Eyelashes: While not everyone can wear false eyelashes (people with sensitive skin or particular allergies among them), It can take a bit of practice to get used to applying them and wearing them, but I love the way they look in pictures. Tip: when you’re applying glue to the lash, let it sit for about one minute or so to get tacky before gently placing the lash to your eyelid. Wet eyelash glue + the urge to blink = sorrow for all.

Grooming-type-things: IF (and only if) you are someone who feels prettiest with a fresh haircut or eyebrow/bikini wax or new mani-pedi or whatever, schedule an appointment in advance so it lines up nicely with your shoot. That still meant factoring in the time it takes to polish your nails and let them dry, so think about what you want to do to get ready and make sure you plan accordingly.


I cannot stress this enough: you will look good wearing something that makes you feel good. It’s all very well to have something super pretty that your partner/friend/bra fitter thinks you look great in, but if you don’t feel comfortable and pretty and sassy, you may not have a great time when lights are on and a camera is pointed at you. By the same token, a boudoir shoot is not necessarily the place for you to stress out about bra fit. Wear what you love, whether it’s a lacy mesh bra or a corset or a plain white tee shirt. You will look gorgeous and happy in what makes you feel gorgeous and happy.

Shop your closet for the items you instinctively select when you want to feel (and look) your very best. Let your imagination roam!

Grab a style-savvy and fun-loving friend and hit women’s fashion boutiques to hunt down an ensemble that not only flatters your figure but also makes you feel comfortable, unquestionably beautiful and relaxed.
Pick out lingerie that highlights your every lovely curve, but please remember sometimes a tight T-shirt, soft sweater or over-sized button-down shirt can be even sexier. Let your own personality shine through.
Bring something meaningful to you or your significant other; this serves as a great way to personalize your shoot. It may be lingerie your husband gave you on your first anniversary for instance or a vintage charm bracelet you found on a scouting expedition while on vacation.

Five Days Before Your Shoot…
If you wax, do so a few days before your shoot to avoid any bumpiness or redness.
Stay out of the sun – while a base tan will be nice in photos, red, blotchy skin will not.

Lower your salt intake and avoid alcohol if you’re worried about retaining water.
Try on your outfits and lingerie to make sure they fit properly; remove all tags and labels. Steam or iron your ensembles and hang them properly so they keep their shape as you travel to the studio.


The Day Before Your Shoot…

Bathe and moisturize.

Double-check everything is properly packed and ready for the shoot: heels, jewelry, accessories, props.

Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your location without stressing. Check weather and traffic reports to ensure you have allotted enough time for unexpected delays.

Enjoy a relaxed, quiet evening.

Plan for a good night’s sleep – eight hours is ideal.

The Day of Your Shoot…
Use clear deodorant, please.

Wear loose-fitting clothing to your session to avoid red marks on your skin (no jeans, tight socks or tight clothing, for instance).

Eat something light but filling before you leave the house.

Arrive with a clean and moisturized face and clean hair.

Most important: Take a deep breath and RELAX. It’s completely normal to be a wee bit nervous before your shoot, but please don’t worry because you will be in very good hands. We will show you exactly how to pose and work with you to get the perfect shot.