Session Prep Guide

Hello Beautiful!

Your session is booked, now it's time to start planning!

Planning for your session should not be stressful, it should be fun! In this guide you will find helpful tips to prepare for your session.

Session Prep Timeline

The week leading up to your session:

  • If you choose to wax, please do so 3-4 days prior to your session to allow time for any redness to fade away. Bikini waxing is not required. If you have never waxed before, please don't feel like you have to, many do not (I just get this question a lot).

  • Treat yourself to a mani and pedi! Schedule your appointment a day or two before your session.

  • Try on all of your wardrobe pieces that you plan to bring to make sure everything fits properly and you are comfortable in them.

The day of your session:

  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

  • Eat. Do not starve yourself leading up to your session and especially the day of.

  • Wear loose, non-restrictive clothing to your session if you are not already in your chosen wardrobe. We want to avoid red lines caused by tight fitting clothes. Please do NOT wear any type of jeans or extremely tight fitting clothes to your session (but totally do so if they are part of your wardrobe). The looser the clothes the better. We do have robes available for you to change into while in hair and makeup or between wardrobe changes.

  • If we are supplying your hair and makeup styling please come to your session without makeup (you can still moisturize the morning of) and with your hair DRY and free of any product or hot tools. We suggest washing your hair the day before or morning of and give it a good blowout.

  • Feel free to bring extra pieces to your session. We will spend the first 15-20 minutes laying out all of your wardrobe with you and picking the perfect pieces for your session.

  • Please arrive at your scheduled time. No need to be early. If you are going to be late please give me a call and let me know on 0423177516. Late arrivals will cut into your shoot time due to other appointments. If you are more than 30 minutes late to your session it will be cancelled, and your session fee is non-refundable.

The YAY and (please) NAY's

YAY:

  • Get your beauty sleep (sometimes easier said than done we know).

  • Treat your session as an opportunity to pamper yourself! Get a mani and pedi, maybe even treat yourself to at least one new piece of lingerie.

  • Moisturize your entire body.

  • Your session includes 1-4 outfits depending on what session you have purchased. Feel free to bring a few extra pieces/outfits to your session. We will go through them with you to help choose the perfect pieces. I may look like a potato but I am here to help!

  • Hydrate!

  • Arrive for your session at the planned time. No need to arrive early.

  • Get ready to have fun! We know that it's not everyday women have boudoir/pinup photoshoots, so you can rest easy knowing that I will coach you through your entire session. I can show you some poses, help you get into the poses, and coach and direct movement the whole time.
     

NAY:

  • Don't over think this! Remember that the emphasis is on you, not jewelry and overly extravagant outfits.

  • Don't get caught up in your head about what you think your flaws are and never apologize to us. Every single woman that has come through our studio has had cellulite, stretch marks, the baby bump that seems to never go away, bumps on their butt, bruises, scratches, wrinkles, acne and all those things REAL WOMEN have.

  • Please DO NOT get a spray tan. Spray tans leave you blotchy, streaky and orange in your photos. We are not responsible for and will not edit out blotches and streaks. I do not color correct skin tones. If you choose to spray tan, you may end up with a lot of black and white images in your final gallery. Spray at your own risk.

  • Try to avoid the tanning bed also. Fake tans tend to translate into a very orange skin color. Again, I do not color correct skin from tanning and do not edit out the white marks that are left under the bum and arms from tanning beds. Tan at your own risk.

  • Watch natural sun tan lines. If they are light tan lines I can usually soften them in editing. If your tan is very dark/high contrast tans lines are not edited out.

  • Keep props to a bare minimum or preferably none at all. I are fine with one little prop such as a book that has significance, a coffee mug or something small like that. I do not shoot multiple props for boudoir (pinup I do). Again, the emphasis is on you not props. 

  • No alcohol or drugs prior your photoshoot. If you have taken anything before you arrive such as muscle relaxers or prescription drugs I must be made aware.

  • If you do show up and have been drinking or have taken heavy muscle relaxes or the like, I'll have the right to cancel the session. No refunds will be given to anyone too intoxicated to photograph.

NO NEGATIVE SELF TALK ALLOWED.

We all have our insecurities, but your session will be a negative free zone. Do not worry about a thing. A positive attitude will ensure a fabulous and fun time!

Posing and Coaching

It's not everyday you have your picture taken. No one stands, sits or lays like naturally most of the time (even though you might after your session).

I coach and direct you every step of the way. I can get into the pose myself showing you the idea, then I coach you into the pose. I always have your best interest in mind. I coach you through movement to get he most natural and flattering images. I will never ask you to "be sexy" or "make a sexy face". The facial expressions are much more natural than what anyone thinks.

I do a lot of laughing throughout our sessions and we have the best time. The majority of my clients leave saying "That was nothing like I expected! That was so much fun and I cannot wait to do it again!" This is what it's all about!! The fun!

Let's' Talk Wardrobe

The most frequently asked question we get is..."What should I wear?"

First and foremost, don't over think wardrobe for your session.

  • Wear what you are comfortable in and that fits you well. I cannot stress enough to try on all of your pieces to make sure they fit properly before coming to the studio. If you bring pieces that are too small or too big for your session you will be uncomfortable and it will show in your images.

  • Take yourself shopping. Whether or not you go into the store to make a purchase, try all the cuts and styles on. A piece that you thought you may never like might surprise you and vice versa.

  • If you order online, allow enough time for returns or exchanges if the pieces do not fit.

  • Remember that not all lingerie is created equal. One cut or style might look great on one body type and not another. Again, try all the pieces on. You can read my blog on flattering lingerie for your body type.

  • If you are self conscious about your tummy area, go with bodysuits, teddies, nighties and/or adding the sheet shots as an option. Pair a robe, button down shirt or kimono with a bra and pantie set.

  • Pair a tank top, cami, cardigan, wide-neck sweater, t-shirt with a pair of panties.

  • Button down shirts, his white oxford, or maybe his favorite jersey if he is sports fan.

  • If you bring thigh highs, be mindful of the fit. Some thigh highs have rubber that is suppose to help hold them up without garters, but this is not always the case, so try them on and if they won't stay in place when you move your body we recommend skipping them. If you want to wear fishnet thigh highs or pantyhose we prefer FENCE NET. Fence net is the same as fishnet, just a bit wider design and it photographs better.

  • Shoes - I have a large collection of high heels in my studio. Everyone is welcome to our high heels, they range in sizes 6-10 in a variety of colors and styles. Feel free to bring your own, but you are welcome to ours if you would like!

  • Sheet shots are always an option! What is sexier than just you wrapped in a sheet?! The beauty of our sheet shots is you can be as covered up or revealing as you would like. Our sheet shots are always a hit with our clients and often times end up being their favorites. Sheet shots do count as a wardrobe change. We provide the sheet, no need to bring your own.

  • Being nude is an option as well. Nudes don't have to show "everything". We have many nude poses that still leave plenty to the imagination. "Party parts", as I like to call them, can stay completely covered. Nudes are liberating and artistic.

  • Your wardrobe should make sense in the studio. Our studio is an actual house, so our sets look like you are in a home setting. Costume type outfits will not photograph well in our studio, please leave those at home or we could shoot them with out traditional cheesecake pinup sessions available with Pearl Davies Photography.
     

Your Comfort Zone

I recommend you ask yourself the question, "how sexy do I want to get?" Having a boudoir session is about being sensual and sexy. I refer to my sessions as a safe space. I am not here to pass judgement and I truly encourage confident egos.

Your boudoir session is all about you and your comfort level, but if you need a little nudge to get out of your comfort zone I have gentle and considerate tactics to help. If you tell us you want to get super sexy during your session then we will suggest that type of posing, but you always have final say. What I mean by that is, if I ask you to do a pose and it is way out of your comfort zone then you just let me know you would like to try a different pose. However, I do ask that you trust me too, I may suggest something that feels silly, but I know it looks amazing on camera. Also if you want to get sexier than what I am suggesting please never hesitate to speak up. I will never want you to leave your session thinking, "I wish I would have had sexier poses or I wish I wouldn't have posed that way". You won't hurt my feelings, this entire experience is all about YOU!

For example; If you tell me that full breast or nude shots are a maybe for your shoot, we will ask during the session if you are ready to try them, typically towards the end of your session. I never pressure my clients to shoot topless or nude, it's 100% your call . I have found that it is much easier for me to ask my clients in most cases what level of sexy they want versus a client feeling comfortable enough to say "hey will you take picture of me naked now?" or "can I take my bra off for some shots", I am very mindful of this.

I do have limits and lines I do not cross. Everything I do is always tasteful and never smutty or raunchy. There is a fine line for what constitutes boudoir. I do not cross the line that may potentially put my photography into a completely different genre of photography that goes beyond pinup and boudoir. What I shoot is always either cute, sensual, sexy, perhaps limit pushing, but always tasteful and artistic.

Now You're Ready!

I hope you have found this guide helpful in preparing for your session. If you ever have any questions leading up to your session please do not hesitate to give me a call or text on 0423177516, shoot me an email on smile@pearldavies.com or ask in our Private Facebook group. I am always here for you.

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Locations:
USA: Las Vegas
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 Pearl Davies is an Australian based photography studio for fashion, glamour, boudoir, vintage, pinup, burlesque, music and commercial photography. Pearl Davies and her team have been helping restore confidence and self-esteem since 2008. We have an any shape, any colour and any size motto for our clients and are proud ambassadors of the #effyourbeautystandards motto. We are an all female studio and do studio, location and live photography.

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