Boston Boudoir .:. Prep School - Hand and Foot

Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists of all time.  I invited her to do a series of guest posts for those of you who may be interested in have a boudoir portrait made.

Hands. They run through your hair, they draw attention to wherever they're placed and they also get a lot of play in boudoir photography so prep them with some love as well!  Getting a pro manicure is always a relaxing treat but remembering to exfoliate and moisturize your hands, feet and nail beds goes a long way.

No time for a pro manicure? Do it yourself. Trim and file.  Use some peroxide to re-whiten your fingernail tips by soaking them in there for a couple minutes, coconut oil to soften then push back the cuticle, and a simple clear coat of polish and you'll look fresh and touchable right down to your toes.


Boston Boudoir .:. Prep School Lisette on Flashing a Smile

Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists of all time.  I invited her to do a series of guest posts for those of you who may be interested in getting a boudoir portrait made. Remember that smiles are beautiful and laughter is sexy.

Skip the white strips and invest in a cheap box of baking soda and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.  A week of brushing with a combo of toothpaste and baking soda then swishing (but dont swallow) a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash will have your teeth shimmering white for the camera.

Also remember to exfoliate and moisturize your lips!  If you set the frame work right, whatever color you do or don't apply will look killer. With soft moisturized lips all you need is some gloss.  Load it on!  The light will catch your lips and pop them out toward the camera.

 


Boston Boudoir .:. Prep School - Hide Nor Hair

Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists of all time.  I invited her to do a series of guest posts for those of you who may be interested in getting a boudoir portrait.

Wax. Thread.  Pluck.  Shape. Do this around four days prior to give your skin a chance to calm down again.  Everyone has their own preference for hair removal.  I'm in the hard-wax camp for bikinis and Brazilians (this method minimizes skin rippage) but don't try a new method before your shoot.  Give yourself a practice run in advance and be sure to moisturize and coddle your skin afterward!

And if you are not into hair removal?  Then remember to treat the hair on your body like the hair on your head.  Condition and trim everything.


Boston Boudoir .:. Prep School, Lisette on touchable skin

Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists of all time.  I invited her to do a series of guest posts for those of you who may be interested in getting a boudoir portrait made.

Exfoliate, moisturize (& then bronze, if you want).  Repeat.  Do this all week leading up to your shoot and not only will you have insanely soft supple skin but you'll be radiating with all the self-love you've lavished on your largest and most visible asset.

Then: Moisturize all day.  Moisturize your lips, your face, your neck, your décolleté  your knees, your heels, your booty.

If you want a soft bronze glow, pick up a great self tanner like St. Tropez and start developing that glow a few days in advance.  But be sure to get help for the hard to reach places and hard to see streaks.  If you want truly flawless tanner application?  Invest in a big kabuki brush and use it to buff on your liquid or mousse tanner for an airbrushed finish.  But, again, give yourself a trial run with any product well in advance of your photo session just to be sure.

 

 


Boston Boudoir .:. Prep School Lisette on Beautiful Skin

Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists  of all time.  I invited her to do a series of guest posts for those of you who may be interested in getting a boudoir portrait made.

Sugar is a natural humectant- meaning it pulls in and holds on to moisture.  Create a sugar scrub for yourself all Pinterest style: a couple cups of sugar and a third of a cup of coconut oil rubbed all over will make every inch of your body excruciatingly soft.  After you wash it off, cover your body in coconut oil (you can buy jars of organic coconut oil at Whole Foods or Trader Joes in the cooking oil section-- it looks white in the jar but as soon as it connects with the heat of your skin it turns to sheer liquid) and luxuriate.  Your skin will glow for days.

For folks who want a little more glow and all-over radiant shimmer, I'm a fan of NARS Body Glow and the St. Tropez Skin Illuminator Gold with their finely ground illuminating pigments that glow rather than glitter. Anything that catches light will pop on camera.  Shoulders and collar bones, cheek bones and thighs.


Boston Boudoir .:. Prep School, Lisette on HAIR

Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists of all time.  I invited her to do a series of guest posts for those of you who may be interested in having a boudoir portraits made.

Hair.

This can really be one of your biggest assets in an Intimate Portraiture shoot.  Playing up the texture of your hair begs for it to be touched right through the photograph. Treat yourself to a trim and refresh the color the week prior to your shoot.  Deep conditioning the day before will give you a healthy light-and-shadow-catching sheen (I use coconut oil and wrap my hair in a scarf overnight then wash in the morning).  Add a light spritz of shine spray to further catch the light on the day-of.  Or adding salt spray will give you soft earthy bedroom-y textures.

Hair is sexy at any length.  Whether you keep it touchable-tousled or coiffed into a pinup style, showing some love to your tresses pre-shoot will go a long way to creating come-hither images.