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6 Things I Learned From My Boudoir Experience

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I share YOUR boudoir photos all the time – but rarely have I shared MY boudoir photos – eek! It’s a little nerve-wracking.

I want to tell y’all about the things I learned from my personal boudoir experience and how doing a boudoir session helped me become a better boudoir photographer.  I’ve narrowed it down to the most important 6 things I learned from my boudoir experience. All my gorgeous photos were taken by my dear friend and amazing photographer Tracy of Boudoir by Tracy Lynn out of St. Louis.

#1. Forget your cellulite

Leading up to my boudoir session I was so nervous and insecure about my body. But once the session got going I loosened up and stopped thinking about my body imperfections. I learned, once you get into it, you aren’t thinking about your cellulite. You will be thinking about how confident and empowered you feel! I am not naturally confident in my skin, so trust me, I will not be judging you. It usually takes a few minutes to feel totally at ease. That’s normal.

#2. Cut it out

Funny enough, I’m always telling my clients to cut tags out of their lingerie. Tags are very hard to retouch out of lace (and doesn’t it seems that the smaller the piece of lingerie the larger the tag??), and they’re just unsightly. Well, if you look closely you’ll see I didn’t take my own advice. Rookie move.

#3. Treat yo self!

Before my boudoir session, I treated myself to all the things that made me feel beautiful – waxed, pedicure, roots touched up, spray tan. I was glad I treated myself, not just because it made the pictures better, but because it made me feel better. I always encourage my gals to pamper themselves in all the ways that make them feel beautiful before their session. It just makes the experience that much more unforgettable and special. The better you feel, the more you’ll love your photos.

#4. Buy the bodysuit

Can we talk about bodysuits? I’m a huge fan. I always say they look good on every body type. For me, I’m super fairly insecure my arms, so I covered them up with a long-sleeved body suit. Boudoir doesn’t always have to be about wearing less, it’s more about wearing the right thing for you. I felt like a million bucks in this photo. Find lingerie that you feel comfortable in, well maybe not comfortable because we all know lingerie is meant to give you a permanent wedgie, but find lingerie that makes you feel sexy. Well-fitting lingerie that flatters you in all the right places and will make you feel like a queen (side bar: Consider booby tape if you prefer a little lift. It won’t work for all “outfits” but occasionally it’s just the extra help you’d like in a body suit).

#5. Crank up the A/C

I’ve learned just how vulnerable boudoir can be. I was nervous and sweating bullets during my session (middle age, it’s just lovely) – because of this it’s made me super aware that I want my clients comfortable, even if that means cranking up the A/C (and freezing out my assistant). I’m sure Tracy wouldn’t have minded me telling her I was sweating like a sinner in church and would have adjusted the temp. Lesson learned!

#6. Leave on Cloud 9

I walked away from my boudoir experience feeling like the hottest woman on the planet. I want to share that same feeling with all my clients!! Boudoir is about so much more than just having your picture taken. I want my clients to leave feeling beautiful and confident.
Photo credit: Boudoir by Tracy Lynn
Hair and Makeup by: Tiffany Ruby
Andrea Murphy Luxury Boudoir Photographer

Andrea Murphy is a boudoir photographer for women who are ready to step into their beauty, confidence, and power so they can tranform the way they see themselves.

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