No matter if you’re a newbie or returning client, those butterflies will always pop up! How do you release the tension and capture your authentic self? Boudoir is a very intimate experience, so I am often asked for tips about how to show up as your most confident self when it’s time for your session. Here are some of my best tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera.
Rest, rest, rest. The night before, be sure to get enough sleep. Without enough sleep, nerves tend to run higher, skin is puffier, and emotions are bigger. I like to encourage my clients to have a self-care night prior to their session. Pamper yourself! Paint your nails, do a face mask, and relax. Then, turn off the electronics, turn on a fan, and keep it dark! High quality sleep is so important!
Prepare Ahead of Time
Have everything you’re bringing ready and prepared ahead of time. Create a list of things you can’t forget: outfits, accessories, and anything else relevant to your session. Feel free to reach out and ask questions if you aren’t sure! As a general rule, better to have something that you don’t need than to need something that you don’t have. I recommend packing everything in a bag the night before so you aren’t rushing around the day of. This gives you enough time to triple-check that you packed everything!
Get to Know Your Photographer
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for advice. That’s what photographers are here for. My advice and expertise are part of the package when you book a boudoir experience with me. I love assisting my clients with outfits or anything else they might need as they prepare for their sessions. I’m just a quick email away!
This might sound silly but get in front of a mirror and practice. Move your body, see what angles you like, try out different expressions, and get comfortable moving around! If you need some inspiration, check out my Instagram (@katrinacrossboudoir) and look at some of the poses showcased there. Remember, I will be there to guide you the entire way, but some clients like to practice posing just to get a feel for what it’s really like!
Relax and Enjoy
When your session starts, live in the moment as much as possible. Don’t worry about how your body looks or what imperfections you have. My job is to pose you in ways that flatter your body, and your job is to enjoy every second. This experience is created to celebrate YOU. It’s going to fly by, and when it’s over you’ll be so glad you took time to soak it all in.
Now that you know my best tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera, are you ready to jump in and indulge in your own boudoir experience? Click here to take the first step. I can’t wait to celebrate you!