How To Lose the Nerves Before Your Boudoir Portraits
Spoiler alert – you lose the nerves by choosing a Boudoir Photographer that helps you prepare for your shoot. No one helps you prepare like Hot Tomato Portraits.
Shoot day mornings at Hot Tomato Portraits boudoir studio often begin with me hopping off the elevator, coffee in hand, taking a right and following the sounds of laughter and excited chatter. I know that my client is in good hands, well prepared and being treated to expert hair styling and make-up application. I can count on the nerves slowly drifting away, being replaced by confidence and trust.
By the time you are sitting in our make-up room you have talked to us via phone, in person and text message and we have helped you prepare. We’ve gotten to know you and you have gotten to know us. Your consultation let you see our beautiful albums and space, including our client closet! We talked about your session vibe, your hair and make-up look and what to expect at your shoot.
We coach you through your entire experience from advice about spray tanning (please don’t), to where to find the perfect stockings and lingerie pieces. We are full of opinions and when you ask for ours we are always happy to give you an honest one.
Yes, once I walk in – your the nerves are already starting to melt away.
Hair and make-up done and gorgeous, we’ve picked your first outfit. The only thing left to do now is have a quick check in with me, Andi, your photographer. I am going to ask you about your body and your current relationship to it. I am going to make sure you know you are in a safe space and you are welcome to inhabit your body in whatever way feels most authentic.
What if the nerves aren’t quite gone when it’s time to step in front of the camera? Well that’s easy, I have super powers. It’s not x-ray vision or flying – I am able to calm a half nekkid nervous beauty with my mere presence and soothing tone of voice. My dad was the baby whisperer, I am the bootie whisperer. Not an overly marketable skill, but it’s what I do!
Now, we start breathing together. We do a little emotional dance where I help you move your body and coax the authentic you to come out and play. What I’m looking for isn’t the perfect pose or the body shape, I am looking for your soulshine. Once the soulshine appears, the rest is easy. Soulshine is the light that you share with world – it’s that sleepy morning smile, that full throated laugh, that gentle moan that escapes your lips when something feels REALLY good.
Our gal Ms. N brought her soulshine out to play! I loved her brunette Brigette Bardot aesthetic and her sultry pout. She rocked a long sleeved black body suit, a simple white top and high waisted panties and a tutu! She enjoyed a few hours where she wasn’t momming anyone, wasn’t being anyone’s little snack b*tch and had nothing to do but stretch, breath, “eyes right here, just like that…..beautiful” <snap, snap, snap>. And repeat. I’d say it was good day!
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