Hello gorgeous! Ashley & Michelle here at Body Love Studio. We wanted to created this guide to help people shop and prepare for their Boudoir session. We have styled and photographed thousands of women-of all shapes and sizes, for their boudoir sessions. The most important advice we can give anyone is this: Try things on and LOOK- IN- THE- MIRROR! -hell, dance in the mirror! Take a compliment, and sing in the shower.
Let's start out with the basics. Have you ever tried to look something up on the internet - but, you have no idea what it's called? Here is a little cheat sheet below to help you with your google searches. You're welcome ;)
Then scroll on down to "finding and fitting your body type". Checkout our Pinterest for shopping by body type.
Followed by our favorite tips for preparing for your session
Lingerie Suggestions by Body Shape
Are you an apple, pear, hourglass or a martini? Here is your go to guide for fitting your shape. (*not all shapes are represented, each shape can range from petite to plus. *click on the names of each for lingerie suggestions.)
Vision & Personal style
Before you go shopping, think first about how you want your session to look. Create a vision or a story. Daydream a bit. What is your fantasy?
Try on and find pieces that fit the look and feel you want for your session.
Personal style If you love shoes, jewelry, and lashes, make sure to incorporate that into your session planning. If you are more of a barefoot, au naturale type of women, just keep it simple-maybe just a t shirt and undies, or a white sheet is all you need.
Do's and Dont's
- Try on everything! For the best service and fit, visit a local lingerie boutique. The expert stylists will help find the best fit for your body. If you can't make it to the store make sure to follow sizing guides and place your order in advance. Know your body shape, what kind of fit you like, and having your measurements will help with finding lingerie you'll love. This will allow you to try on your items to ensure proper fit.
- Dress for your body type See our guide below for identifying your body type and dressing to show it off.
- Take care of yourself Mind, body and soul. Meditate, eat, go to the spa, take time for you, listen to music, practice posing in the mirror, dance in your kitchen. Do things that make you feel good.
- Don't be so hard on yourself
- Don't take life so seriously
- Don't listen to that silly voice in your head that says you can't. YES YOU CAN!
- Don't starve yourself
- Don't do this for someone else, do it for you! You are a QUEEN!
When looking for stockings, either to be used with a garter or not, look for ones that do not have silicone tops. The silicone tops hold them in place but will create lines in the skin and will dig into the thighs creating lumps.
Head to Toe
Timeline to primp and pamper before your session.
Hair Color/Cut For trim 1 week, for color or full cut 3 weeks prior
Facial Depending on type of facial 1 week to 1 month prior to shoot
Tanning Avoid spray tans like the plague, spray tans make skin in photos appear magenta. Also avoid sunburns and tan lines.
Nails A day or two before shoot. Also use simple colors, simple colors will keep the images classic and looking good. Avoid neon, bright greens, pinks, yellow, and look for reds, blues, purples and neutrals for best results.
Polina's PRIVÉ Fine Lingerie - 724 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Lingerie Lingerie - 800 Kenilworth Dr, Towson, MD 21204
a la mode Intimates - 1910 Towne Centre Blvd #115, Annapolis, MD 21401
Sy-Lene Intimate Apparel - 4407 S Park Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Hourglass Lingerie - 500 Parkdale Ave #25, Baltimore, MD 21211
Dor-NE Corset Shoppe - 8126 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Necessary Secrets - 10751 Falls Rd #121, Lutherville, MD 21093
The Bottom Drawer - 1001 A W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
Soma Intimates - 1407 S Main Chapel Way #101, Gambrills, MD 21054
Bra La La - 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, MD 20759
A Perfect Fit Bra Boutique & Fitting Salon - 5601, 14 N East St, Frederick
Le Bustiere Boutique - 1744 Columbia Rd NW #2, Washington, DC 20009
Coup De Foudre Lingerie - 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, corner of 11th st NW and E st NW, Washington, DC 20004
Jaryam - 1531 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Abrielle Fine Linens and Lingerie - 3301 New Mexico Ave NW # 118, Washington, DC 20016
Bloomers - 924 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Lotus Blooms - 1017 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Rigby & Peller - 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102
Belle Mode Intimates - 11889 Grand Commons Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030
Trousseau - 306 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
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