Hello!

We are so excited for your upcoming boudoir session!  This guide will give you all of the information that you need to know to prepare for your session.  We strongly recommend that you read this guide from top to bottom, as we do go over some of our most important studio policies.

LOCATION:

Our studio is located at:

231 E. 1st St
Duluth MN 55802

We are directly behind Greysolon Plaza, in the same building as Johnson Supply Co.  We do have on site parking in the front and back of the building.

ARRIVAL:

Your experience will start promptly at 10am.  Please do not arrive prior to 9:45am.  A lot of preparation goes into each session, ans we are usually not ready before then.  Please arrive to the studio alone, we do not allow others in the studio during your session experience.

It is strictly prohibited to bring in any alcohol or weapons into the studio, or arrive to your session having consumed alcohol.  It is nothing personal, however, it is a liability issue.  We are going to do everything in our power to ease your nerves and make you comfortable.  Unfortunately, if we sense that alcohol has been consumed at any point, the day of your session, we will have to ask you to leave and forfeit your session spot.

PRE SESSION:

So you have booked your session, now what?  Whatever your reason for your session, this experience is more for you.  I can be scary as hell!  It is like the gym, the hardest part is getting here.  You are going to experience a roller coaster of emotions.  You might even feel sick, the morning of your session.  Clear your mind, take some deep breaths.... all you need to do is get here.  As your session date gets closer, your list of reasons to cancel is going to grow.  I beg you to not listen to it.  

Here are some things you should know:

  • You do not have to know how to pose yourself.
  • You do not have to know how to give the camera a sexy look.
  • You do not have to lose any weight.
  • You do not have to feel great about yourself.
  • You just need to be yourself.

Here are some do's and don'ts to mentally prepare yourself for your session:

DO:

  • Let go of expectations for your session.  Every session is different, and has a different feel.  Let things develop organically, and just enjoy the process.
  • Trust us
  • Stand in front of the mirror naked before coming in for your session, and just start the process of being comfortable in your skin.  It seems silly, but your body is amazing and tells one hell of a story, listen to it and be proud.  Start every day... just one minute.  See the bullet point right above this one, if you feel like skipping this step.
  • Get vulnerable with us.  Vulnerability = growth.  We are here for you.... to listen, to laugh, to cry
  • Eat prior to your session.  Nothing you eat that morning, will show on camera.  This is a workout, you are going to need a lot of energy,

DON'T:

  • Over analyze.  This is a breeding ground for negativity.
  • Even mention your dislikes about your body.  If you do, we will stop what we are doing and talk about it.  Don't expect us to be nice, if this happens.  We will do some tough love, if we need to.
  • Be afraid to act silly.  We might ask you to dance, or make sounds, there is a reason for it.
  • Lock up on us.  You are going to be experiencing a lot of emotions that day. If you aren't able to express yourself, we can't customize the experience for what you need.

WARDROBE:

Your session will start in our closet, trying on options for outfits for your session.  Our boudoir closet at the studio is amazing, and it is for you to use {waaaay over 500 pieces, to be exact}. We will pull a closet, just for you, based on the sizes you have provided us in your session questionnaire.  We have a variety of styles and sizes, to flatter every size and body type.  You are more than welcome to bring your own pieces to wear, however, our closet is so large that if you just come with the required undergarments, you will be set!  We will ultimately decide what you will wear for your session {trust us, we know what we are doing}.

Here are some do's and don'ts:

DO:

  • Bring a nude and black thong to wear under items in our closet.
  • Bring items that fit you {If you bring anything at all}
  • Push yourself outside of your comfort zone (at least a little).  Items such as a tight white shirt or tank can be super sexy.
  • Bring your favorite sweater or cardigan.  These look awesome paired with some cute undies.

DON'T:

  • Feel that you absolutely have to bring something
  • Bring in super shiny materials like cheaper satins and silks
  • Bring in shapeless garments like baby dolls, t-shirts, men's shirts or jerseys

Once you have some options chosen, Jes will narrow it down to four outfits, match them with shoes, jewelry, and other accessories or layering pieces.

SHOES

We have a massive shoe closet in sizes 6-11.  If you have a shoe size outside of this range, please let us know so we can get you taken care of.  We very rarely use shoes that are not in our closet, as each pair is chosen directly for being on camera.  You do not have to walk well in high heels.  You don't have to walk much in them, at all.  They are a tool that we use to help with posing, and sometimes they make an outfit.  If you want to bring your own...

Here are some do's and don'ts

DO:

  • Find the tallest pair of shoes.  Kitten heels can make you look shorter.

DON'T

  • Bring your shoes you wore to prom.  Seriously.... just don't.
  • Bring wedges.  Heels only

HAIR & MAKEUP

Emily will get you into her chair right after for hair and makeup.  This portion will take approximately two hours.

If you have ideas for hair and makeup, please bring them with you.  Emily will take your ideas and use them for inspiration while enhancing your features for camera.  Please understand that your makeup might seem darker, and your hair might be bigger.  It is all for the camera.  This is why Emily is the only one trustworthy enough to do hair and makeup for the studio.  Trust her, all of our clients showcases her artwork.

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One last thing that you don't need to worry about is jewelry.  You will be standing, sitting, laying down, arching, bending and so on.  Items like necklaces can quickly become cumbersome to manage with each shot.  Surprisingly, many jewelry pieces do not photograph, as you think they will, and will barely even be visible in your images, unless focused on.  Same with earrings and bracelets.  We do have some statement necklaces and body jewelry in our closet, that Jes will style with your outfits.  If you are engaged or married, definitely wear your ring. 

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Below, you will find some general to-do's to get your hair and skin ready for your session:

1. Get hair and makeup ideas from magazines or our Pinterest board and bring them with you to your appointment.  Here is a link to our hair inspiration board; and here is a link to our makeup inspiration board.  While we are on the topic of Pinterest, please be sure to relax and not stress yourself out too much.  Pinterest can be a black hole sometimes, and can cause a lot of stress and frustration.  Please do not bring in pose ideas to your session.  I pull my inspiration from each girl that is in front of the camera.  Each girl looks her best in different poses, and it is my job to make sure you look your best.  I do not copy other photographers' work. {this is a good thing :), one less thing for you to worry about!}

2. Uses a gentle exfoliator on your face 2 days before your session. It helps get rid of any dry skin buildup on your face along with giving you a nice glow. Don’t exfoliate the night or morning of your session. Your skin needs time to rejuvenate and sometimes can stay red for a while after.

3. Make sure your hair is dry when arriving to the studio.

4. The morning of your appointment wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply an oil free moisturizer. Your foundation will go on smoother if your skin is hydrated. Make sure all excess makeup is off, especially mascara.

5. If you wear contacts have them in before you arrive.

6. Wear a loose light weight shirt or button up shirt to your makeup and hair appointment. You want it to be easy to remove.  Also, wear loose fitting pants.  Tight jeans will leave marks down your legs.  Please remove socks prior to going into hair and makeup to avoid sock lines.

7. If you need to do any waxing such as eyebrow or lip do this at least a week before your session to avoid redness and swelling.  If you have regrowth, we can tweeze them to make sure that they are picture perfect!

8. Drink a lot of water the week before leading up to your skin session, your skin will thank you for it and be glowing!

9. Get a good night’s rest before your session to avoid puffiness and bags under eyes.

10. Brush your teeth and lips well before you arrive for makeup. This will allow your lip color to go on smoothly and stay better.

11. DO NOT TAN.  DO NOT GET A SPRAY TAN.  I cannot stress this enough.  Tan skin photographs orange, and spray tans will damage our garments and bedding.  DO NOT DO IT! Pale skin photographs beautifully!  We cannot Photoshop tan lines, or orange skin.

12. If you have any skin allergies or sensitivities let your makeup artist know ahead of time.  We may have you bring in your own makeup depending on the sensitivity level.

13. Trust your makeup artist with your look.  When you’re confident, your artist will be confident too!  Your makeup will be darker than you are used to.  This is how makeup for camera works.  The camera will wash out some of it.

14. Do not take your cell phone out while having your makeup done. Looking down at the screen makes your artist’s job a lot harder and can cause mistakes.

15. Please do not wear perfume or scented lotions to your session.  Also, please do not wear deodorant to your session.  You will be trying on garments first, and deodorant can leave marks.  We have spray deodorant at the studio that you can put on after your are done trying outfits.

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