A Guide to an Outdoor Boudoir Session

For a while now, I considered offering the outdoor boudoir session and decided to pursue it last summer.   It’s a really fun genre of boudoir photography, though not for everyone, and that’s okay.

By the way, scroll all the way to the end for a special offer code when scheduling. AND here’s the scheduling link.

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Outdoor boudoir doesn’t make sense?

When I first considered photographing my boudoir clients outside, I thought to myself, this doesn’t really make sense.  Why would anyone wear lingerie outside? But then I thought, who really cares?  Who’s making the rules? If we want to photograph lingerie outside, let’s do it.  Boudoir photography is whatever the creator(s) decide it is.  These outdoor boudoir photos are beautiful, the light is gorgeous, and I get to get out of the studio in the summer to enjoy the beautiful weather!

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What should you wear to these sessions?

A big question I get asked, and one I thought long and hard on, was what should clients wear to these sessions?  Although you will be photographed on my farm in Southern Illinois, this isn’t something for which you need to dress super “country.”  If it suits you, your style, and your personality to dress more western, then definitely go for it, but if you are a city girl at heart, then dress the way you want. Honestly, I think you can wear as much(or as little) as you want. Implied always works SUPER well for outdoor boudoir sessions.

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My clients from this month all chose very different styles! Maddie chose a few bodysuit outfits and a few dresses.  Vi is a little edgier and chose more implied outfits and then a dress to finish the session out.  Madi wore some lingerie and a few off the shoulder shirts that were a little more country with her cowboy boots. Stephanie went for a more lingerie style outdoor boudoir session. I literally love every single outfit that was chosen and think it fits each woman’s personality to a tee.

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So, where do these Outdoor Boudoir Sessions take place?

My family has a farm in Anna, IL, about 20 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois.  where we raise cattle and train horses.  One of the pastures is super secluded,  PERFECT for an outdoor boudoir session. There is a very cute creek with little waterfalls, grass, trees, and the most beautiful flat rocks ever!

Seriously, would you ever think this image was taken in Southern Illinois?

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Right outside of this little area, there is a pasture on top of a hill, which has GORGEOUS light and beautiful green grass. We usually start the session at the creek, and finish on the hill in the pasture.

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Can horses be in the photos?

For liability reasons, I am not allowing my horse or the farm horses in the photos or around for the session.  You are more than welcome to bring your own horse for your outdoor boudoir session, though. The photos are amazing when you throw in a beautiful horse!

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Precautions

Remember, we will be out in the woods in the middle of the country.  Things you may encounter are ticks, snakes, bugs, etc. Come prepared with walking shoes, bug spray, and bags to carry your outfits!

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How to book your outdoor boudoir session?

I am now booking outdoor boudoir photography sessions in Southern Illinois. St. Louis clients, I hope you decide to make the trip down! I promise it will be MORE than worth the 2 hour drive.

To book, simply click this link. It will take you through the booking process. As a thank you for booking, use the coupon code OUTDOOR for 10% off the session fee. 🙂

Hair and makeup is included, most likely by the amazing Fringe the Salon in Carbondale, Illinois, but possibly through another HMUA.

One week following the session, we meet for an ordering session(online).  More pricing information is found here. Also, check out the reason I am anti digital files and prefer albums here.

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Stephanie

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Vi 

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Madi

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Maddie

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4 Vacation Photography Tips you’ll need this summer!

When you’re on vacation, it’s great to live in the moment– but it’s also nice to have some photos from your trip! It’s all about finding that balance! I know many of you may be going to some fun places with your family, so I put together vacation photography tips to help you catch those incredible memories. Whether your child is two or fifteen, this is your first trip as husband and wife, or this is your twentieth year anniversary, you want to be sure to remember them for years to come.

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Capture the Details

There are so many new and fun things to see when you visit a new place.  Be sure to photograph the cool things so you can remember it!

Think about photographing the sunrise or sunset, the way the water moves, the fish you catch, the food you eat, the fun signs they may have in the restaurants, etc.  Also photograph your kids playing in the waves in the early morning, or your new husband walking down the beach to you.

Did you notice that most of my details are near the ocean?  I love the beach so much.

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Photograph the Moments

What I mean by this is catch the quiet moments when your baby is asleep, and photograph him/her having the time of their life as well.  Photograph your husband lying on the beach taking a nap or playing in the waves while you read a book. Don’t miss the moments just because you don’t think it’s important now.  It’ll be important one day!

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Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines

If you aren’t a photographer, you may not even know about this.  It’s a composition basic in photography, though. Basically, things are more pleasing to the eye if you place things in a third of the photo. Check out this article to see more about it, but a basic overview is in the photo below.  It has leading lines, AND follows the rule of thirds a bit.  It isn’t technically perfect, but I was on vacation and more worried about having fun than having perfect photos!

The boat dock leads your eye straight to the sunset in the right third of the photo, so it includes the leading line and the rule of thirds.  Just know you won’t have access to leading lines in every photo you take, and don’t spend your whole vacation searching for them. If you stumble across leading lines, though, put them to use!

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Forget Perfection

I think this is the most important vacation photography tip I can give you. It’s one I definitely subscribe to when on vacation. Enjoy the moment and forget about perfection. Vacation doesn’t happen often and while it is a great time to practice with your camera, it’s also a time to enjoy your family.

I still worry about light and the way it falls while on vacation, but what I really want to capture is the feelings on vacation.  It’s not going to matter in 50 years how perfect your photos are.  It’s going to mean more to just have them to look back on.

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The Most Important Vacation Photography Tip

The most important vacation photography tip I can leave you with is to just enjoy your vacation. Take the photos with your iPhone and leave your camera in the room if it helps you enjoy those moments.

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9 boudoir outfit tips You don’t want to miss//St. Louis, MO

The most asked question at boudoir session consults is “what outfits do you recommend”. I usually send clients the link to my What to Wear series, part’s 1, 2, 3, but I think, since it’s been a bit, it’s time to update for 2019. I have so many updated boudoir outfit tips, so be ready to take notes!

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Size Matters

I think the most important thing is to make sure your outfits, especially your bra and panties, fit correctly.  Some important boudoir outfit tips to note:

  • You want your underwear to be about 1 size bigger than you normally wear. I think most women(or maybe it’s just me) tend to want to fit in the size they wore in high school or college. You don’t want the lace to look stretched or to create a muffin top.  An even worse situation is when you spent the money for Calvin Klein underwear and the letters are stretched out!
  • Make sure your bra fit is flattering as well.  While I do love bralettes, they aren’t flattering to all body types, especially if they don’t hold the girls up.  You also want to make sure that when you lie down, your bust stays in the cups/fills them out.  Padded bras are great in most situations, but some poses may be better with non-padded bras (more lacy maybe), so be sure to bring several different bra types.

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Bodysuits

One of my main boudoir outfit tips for bodysuits is to find a bodysuit that is high waisted. It will give the illusion that your legs are several inches longer than they are. Most thong bodysuits are high waisted, so look for those.  If you can find a body suit to show off side boob, that’s a win as well! My favorite places to find these bodysuits are Forever21 and Urban Outfitters.  Both places have the bodysuits that meet my criteria for the perfect boudoir outfit.

Pair them with an off the shoulder sweater, a jacket, or maybe a button up to really knock this outfit out of the park!

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Sweaters

When clients ask for boudoir outfit tips, I usually mention sweaters! I really love off the shoulder sweaters/ tees. There’s so much potential to make the images look more fashionable here.  There are a few pointers to remember with this one though.  You don’t want the sweater to be too large or bulky.  If they are, this ends up making you look and feel bulky. The lighter sweaters/tees/henley’s are actually better for boudoir outfits because they allow for more movement. I love pairing sweaters with thigh high knit socks.  The cozy looks always makes a girl feel great about herself!

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Crop Tops

I LOVE that crop tops are in now. They can be so fun to photograph with so much potential in boudoir.  This won’t work for everyone, but some women can get away with showing under boob with crop tops, which from what I hear, is considered really sexy by guys.  You have to have the right bust for this though!

Crop tops are easy to work with and still shows enough skin to make you feel sexy.  I like the looser tops usually but it’s always best to bring more options than less.  The only time I will really recommend the tighter crop tops are if we can get away with showing under boob!

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Robes

A pretty silk or lace robe really makes a girl feel sexy.  There is so much you can do with a robe during your session. From wearing it like normal, holding it off your shoulders, maybe giving the camera a look over your shoulder (don’t worry I will help you get that “look”), and strategically covering the areas that you want covered, robes have so much potential.

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Nude

I think this outfit choice scares a lot of women.  Just remember, I’m a woman, too.  It will just be the two of us in the studio, and we are going to cover the areas that need to be covered! Implied nudes can really show off your femininity, curves, and your confidence, which is the sexiest trait of all. Trust me, these images will end up being some of your favorites!

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High Heels

A lot of my clients tell me they aren’t comfortable walking in heels.  I’m not making you walk in them, so no worries. But we will pose in them. The main criteria for heels for boudoir photography is to be sure they are 4-5 inches tall.  Pumps are the best because they add a few extra inches to your legs when you stretch out and point your toes, and they make you feel beautiful.

I also love ankle booties with heels with the right outfit.  I seriously love this outfit. The sweater paired with these booties my clients just happened to wear to her session ended up being my very favorite photo from her set of images.

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Accessories

Accessories can make or break the outfit.  A set of pearls is not going to go very well with your man’s huge Blues Jersey (which I don’t recommend anyway, but you get the point). It would look great with a silk robe, thigh highs, and a lace bra and panty set though.  What I am getting at here is be logical with your accessories.

Necklaces work with some poses, but not for all. I love when some chunky (pretty but not gaudy) jewelry falls around the cleavage.  It feels so classy! We will dive more into this in the accessory blog post to come, but I wanted to toss out some ideas!

Earrings can be too much if they are too dangly.  Simple is better with earrings, especially if you are pairing them with a necklace. Stick to gold hoops, diamond studs, etc.

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Other Boudoir Outfit Tips

When you wear something sporty, maybe add some lace underwear in the mix to make it feel a bit sexier.

I know we have a lot of Blues fans in St. Louis, and some girls want to wear the jerseys.  I would recommend going with a fitted tee with the logo instead.  Those hockey jerseys can swallow you up since they typically aren’t fitted, which means they aren’t very flattering to a woman’s body! Boudoir photography is specifically to show off those curves after all!

Think about pairing your sporty outfits with a pair of thigh high knit socks or even thigh high stockings. Your man is sure to love this idea!

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Conclusion

There are so many options for outfits.  The more outfit options you bring to the session, the better. I can help mix and match during the session!

Did these boudoir outfit tips help you out?  Do you have any questions about anything in this article? Email me! I would love to hear from you!

Are you ready to book?  Email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com so we can discuss your session! Or just click this link and you can schedule a free consult OR the session.

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St. Louis Boudoir Session- Why’s it worth it?

A St. Louis boudoir photography session can change your life. I know you expect me to say that right?

It’s so true though.

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A client posted this to her story following her boudoir session. “This weekend I did something I never would have done at this time last year. I gained some confidence in my own skin. Thank you @boudoir_by_tracy_lynn for the best time.”

So, what I want to talk about is how a session with me is different than anything else you have experienced and a gift you deserve.

A St. Louis boudoir session can make you feel empowered, confident, and beautiful.

The definition of empower is to give someone official authority or the freedom to do something.

With a boudoir session you are getting the freedom to feel beautiful and confident in your own body.

The natural progression of a boudoir session is being self-conscious at first and then relatively quickly shedding clothes and walking around topless in the studio. The confidence one gains in one session is crazy and amazing.

I’ve had so many clients reach out to me right after the session, before even seeing their images, just to let me know how the experience helped them feel more beautiful the way they are.

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The emotional roller coaster of a boudoir session

When you first contact me about your boudoir session, you will be nervous, but excited. Once it’s booked, you will be even more nervous. Nerves are normal!

At the session, you are going to be nervous and self conscious at first. I have designed my first 4 poses specifically to help you get more comfortable in front of the camera. We choose a specific outfit that’s easy to pose in, but you are still covered so that your self consciousness won’t show. These poses are great for EVERY body type, and once I show you a few back of the camera images, you will notice your confidence get higher.

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By the last couple of outfits, you will be walking around topless because your nervousness has disappeared, and you are feeling super confident in your own skin. As you leave, it’s like an emotional high and you want to savor it all. day. long.

At the ordering session and then later at the delivery, you will feel a range of emotions. You get to ride that high of the session day again. I’ve had clients cry because they have never seen themselves this beautiful. It’s an emotional experience but something every woman in the world should feel.

What clients have said about their session

Sarah said

“My husband absolutely loved the album…. He loves the different poses and that I looked natural and myself… I’m super happy he loved them but let’s be honest I literally can’t stop going through them! I’m so happy I did the photo shoot and loved every minute! Hopefully I’ll be able to do it again someday, maybe for a maternity shoot. Thank you so much for your professionalism and just for being a genuinely nice person! You made everything so easy and relaxed. I’ve been telling all my friends they need to do it!

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Heather said

“Tracy made me feel so comfortable in my own skin and the outcome was more than I could have asked for.The ordering session was great, being able to see myself through her lens in a way I had never looked at myself before. For the first time in our relationship, I know how he sees me. I have never felt more beautiful and confident in myself.The best part of this experience was that when the album was given to my boyfriend, he told me that he loved it but the real gift was how it made me feel. He saw the confidence that it gave me and he said I was glowing now.”

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 Ali said

“Tracy has a calm, reassuring aura about her that instantly put me at ease. Tracy produce beautiful work. She personifies professionalism. I am extremely grateful for Tracy and her talent. She captured me in ways I hadn’t seen myself before. It has done wonders for my self confidence. After my photo shoot with Tracy, I left her studio feeling BEAUTIFUL AND CONFIDENT- two words that I never thought I’d use to describe myself. I have a BEAUTIFUL album and wall portraits to document this chapter of my life, and I made a friend :)”

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The things most are worried about St. Louis Boudoir session and why they avoid scheduling.

Posing. Don’t worry girl. I have you 100% covered. I will pose you from head to toe, including getting the expression out of you that we want for these photos. Not once, but multiple times, I have studied with literally one of the best photographers IN THE WORLD, Jerry Ghionis. Plus I have shot 400+ sessions just since I have been in STL. I know lighting, posing for body types, expression, and how to get it out of you. You’re safe with me.

Feeling comfortable in front of the camera. Honestly, you won’t at first, but like I said above, I have designed specific poses to help you get comfortable super quickly. You’ll be fine after that first set!

Feeling comfortable with no clothes on. My studio is a judgement free zone. And guess what. We all have cellulite, weird scars, and things we are self-conscious about. By the end of the session, you will be walking around the studio topless. I guarantee it.

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One last thing.

Remember the client I started this post off with? After her St. Louis Boudoir session, she felt so confident in her photos, she posted them on Instagram! That’s like the ultimate compliment to me.

Here’s what she wrote.

“So a few weeks ago, I did something completely out of my comfort zone. Primarily, this shoot was used as a wedding present for _____ but the other part was for me. I wanted to do this as something that made me proud of my body, the weight I had lost, and the confidence I’ve gained. I recommend this to EVERY SINGLE woman I know. I saw this picture and couldn’t believe it was me. i’ve come a long way in the last year. I love my body. I love the strength it gives me every day to get out of bed. I love how it has changed over time. Thank you @boudoir_by_tracy_lynn for these tasteful pictures and for allowing me to see myself for my worth. St. Louis friends, use her if you need a boost of confidence or need a great gift for your partner.”

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The Best St. Louis Wedding Cake

I was googling St. Louis wedding cake the other day. Why? Research for this blog post… supposedly.

Not because I love cake. Just kidding. Side note- I make(what I think is) the best homemade chocolate cake with homemade cream cheese icing on it. I haven’t made it in a while though because I’d eat the entire thing myself.

I know I have talked about how I photographed weddings before I became exclusively a boudoir photographer. Guess what my favorite part of the entire wedding was? The cake. Obviously I didn’t love weddings that much.

A few years ago, when I first moved to St. Louis, I was part of a networking group of women entrepreneurs, mostly in the wedding industry. One of the business owners was Heidi, who owns De la Creme Studios in St. Louis. That’s who I want to introduce you to today.

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St. Louis Wedding Cake Options

There are so many different St. Louis wedding cake bakery options. I love to browse on Instagram or Pinterest for St. Louis wedding vendors, just because I like to have recommendations for my clients, so I have seen several of the choices in STL.

While the cake may not make or break how memorable your wedding day is, having a beautiful cake certainly won’t hurt! De la Creme is by far one of the top wedding cake bakery studios in the city. Her attention to detail is incredible. The way each cake is designed seriously blows my mind!

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De La Creme Studios

De la Creme has a clean, contemporary style inspired by art, fashion and a love for incorporating beautiful details and rich textures. They treat each cake as its own unique masterpiece—a perfect fusion of their taste and your individual style.

With a background in art and design, owner and cake artist Heidi Holmon brings unique talent to the cake world that leaves her clients “wowed by her crazy skills.” Heidi has over fifteen years of design experience, an eye for timeless style, and a passion for color, form, and texture, which she put to work every day creating stunning pieces.

“Give me a canvas, any canvas, and I will create something beautiful on it (because I’m an artist first and foremost). Whether it’s cake artistry, photography, or design, I love creating things with beautiful details.” —Heidi Holmon

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Prepping for your cake designer

There are some things you should prepare/research before you even book a meeting with your cake designer of course.

  1. How many are you expecting? You need to know what size of cake you will need to order of course.
  2. Date of the wedding- obviously. De la Creme can book up months in advance during wedding season, so book early!
  3. Some sort of design idea. As stated above, Heidi is definitely an artist, but having some direction will help you both in the design process!
  4. An idea on flavor. It’s your wedding day! Be sure to get what you want.
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Not a bride? De la Creme makes celebration cakes too!

I know this blog post was directed towards brides, but don’t worry, celebration cakes are an option as well. Whether it’s for your child’s first birthday, an engagement party, a graduation party, or maybe even your dirty thirty birthday party, Heidi can design and bake the cake of your dreams!

Anyway…

De la Creme Studio’s is THE St. Louis wedding cake bakery to use for your wedding. Be sure that you contact her early, because she does book up months in advance for weddings. When you book, be sure you know how many you are expecting, the date of the wedding, and some sort of cake design idea!

I want that Louis Vuitton Cake just because it’s awesome.

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A Real Maternity Boudoir Session– Megan/ St Louis

What I love about my job is helping my clients celebrate themselves and their bodies. It can be so difficult for women to appreciate their bodies and all the wonderful things it can do. While I love working behind the camera, what I really love is bringing helping my clients realize their beauty, just as they are! This is why today I’m writing about my recent maternity boudoir session with Megan. Yes ladies, you CAN get a maternity boudoir session in St Louis!

Maternity Boudoir Session

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When you think about it, pregnancy is really beautiful–though pregnant women may not feel especially beautiful. Women are only pregnant at certain times in their lives. This is not an everyday occurrence, which is why my maternity boudoir session with Megan was so amazing! We could capture this special moment in time and shed a gorgeous light on pregnancy– though pregnancy may not always feel so glamorous. Beautiful belly and all, we captured some ethereal shots with her long, flowy red hair and equally flowy gowns.

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Megan’s Second Session

Megan was part of my first Girls Day Out shoot this past spring partying in the studio, bachelorette style! Shortly afterwards, she found out some exciting news. Low and behold, they were expecting a little girl! Megan is one of fitness guru Gillian Becker’s girls. Megan works out regularly with momshells.com– EVEN WHILE PREGNANT. If only I had that much drive for working out.

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Megan was kind enough to come to the studio for a maternity boudoir shoot! She has such gorgeous red hair, exquisite skin and bone structure– not to mention, the CUTEST pregnant belly! We caught a glimpse of pregnancy that is so fleeting, which is why I love photography, especially maternity sessions.

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Book Your Maternity Session!

Ladies, make it extra special by having this time in your life photographed. With hair, makeup, the right outfits, which I can help you plan ahead of time, you can truly revel in this special moment of your life! Some clients even opt to make this a couple’s maternity boudoir session. I can’t post these images publicly– if you are interested, email me hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com for more information.

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Fit Moms in St. Louis Giveaway!

Momshells Bombshells

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I know you fit moms in St. Louis have stuck to your New Year’s Resolutions and been to the gym every day, right? I spent the winter watching netflix and sitting under my favorite blanket trying to stay warm.

But it’s fine. Everything’s fine.

You all know my good friend Gillian, aka @stl_momshell, on Instagram. We love to work together/collaborate on fun projects and decided to host a giveaway.  She owns Momshells and together we want to do something for all of you! P.S. you don’t have to be a mom to win the grand prize. In fact, you can be a man as well, as long as you have a special woman in your life who can use this gift!

The giveaway starts APRIL 1, 2019 and lasts until April 14!

I’m going to fill you in on ALL the details in just a second, but first, remember when she had lavender hair?

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What are we giving away to the fit moms in St. Louis who enter?

We are giving away self love and confidence, mainly, but also some prizes valued at $1000!

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Let’s talk about self love and confidence first.  I think this is something we all struggle with, no matter the size, color, age, etc.  When we look on Instagram and see all the filters most are using, it’s hard not to compare. What Gillian and I want to do with this giveaway is help you(or the special woman in your life) live the best life you possibly can without comparison, while learning to love the body you were given.

A testimonial from Kelly, a client of Momshells.

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Kelly C. lost 14 pounds and 16 inches with Momshells.com!

“I was introduced to Momshells at a point in my life where I felt like I lost myself. I was a new working mama with my first child and I didn’t know how to make myself a priority or find the time to be the best version of ME. Gillian’s expertise, support, accountability inside the Momshells community and love helped me find myself again and realize there’s no better investment tan making my own health a priority! Momshells changed my life in ways I will forever be grateful!”

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A testimonial from Ali, a client of Boudoir by Tracy Lynn.

“After my initial meeting with Tracy, I KNEW she would be the photographer I would choose for my boudoir photo session. Tracy has a calm, reassuring aura about her that instantly put me at ease. Tracy produced beautiful work. She personifies professionalism. I am extremely grateful for Tracy and her talent. She captured me in ways I hadn’t seen myself before. It has done wonders for my self confidence. After my photo shoot with Tracy, I left her studio feeling BEAUTIFUL AND CONFIDENT- two words that I never thought I’d use to describe myself. I have a BEAUTIFUL album and wall portraits to document this chapter of my life, and I made a friend :)”

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The prizes

We wanted the prize to be something from both of us to show our appreciation to St. Louis women.  It’s something any woman(not just the fit moms in St. Louis) can use as well!

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Gillian is giving away a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to her company, Momshells, which is a $497 value.  With this membership you will have access to her website which includes workout and meal prep tips, plus beauty, mom, and life hacks from Gillian!

We are also giving away a session with me, Boudoir by Tracy Lynn! It’s a 1.5 hour session which inclues hair and makeup PLUS a $250 print credit.  Between the session and the print credit, this is a $499 value!

MEN, this is also for you.  If you have a special woman in your life and think she will appreciate this prize, be sure to enter! You will give her the gift of love, confidence, and self acceptance she deserves.

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How do you enter? And what are the rules?

In order to win, you have to do 3 easy steps.

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  1. Like the above, photo which you can find at any of our profiles below.
  2. Follow @boudoir_by_tracy_lynn, @stl_momshell, and @momshellsdotcom 
  3. Tag 3 other local friends.
  • The more tags the more entries you will receive. Must tag legitimate accounts. No celebrities.
  • *Giveaway closes on Sunday April 14, 2019 at 6 pm.
  • Winner will be announced Monday April 15 at noon!
  • Winner must book photo shoot within 120 days and live within 100 miles of or be willing to travel to St. Louis for the photo session.
  • Photoshoot with Boudoir by Tracy lynn and membership to Momshells is for women only. Men can enter the giveaway, but the prize must be used by a woman.
  • This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram.
  • Do not unfollow during the giveaway.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.
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Get to work!

Gillian and I are so excited to giveaway this life changing prize. We can’t wait to help a lucky woman gain confidence in themselves through our companies. It’s why we do what we do.

Don’t forget to follow all of our Instagram accounts, @boudoir_by_tracy_lynn, @stl_momshell, and @momshellsdotcom, like the photo above on all of our profiles, and tag three friends!

P.S. Like I said before, men, you can enter, too, if you have a special woman in your life who will benefit from this prize!

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Modest Boudoir Clients and Confidence

I have been using the Instagram Ask Me Something feature lately and have had some really great questions. By the way, you can follow me here if you haven’t already. One of the questions that really hit me today was “How do you help your modest boudoir clients feel confident during their session(especially first timers)?” I wanted to answer that on a blog post!

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Prepping you before the session

Step one is prepping you for the session at the consultation appointment. This is where we will discuss the best outfits for your body type. If you have great outfits, you will feel beautiful during the session, which will show in the images we produce.

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The First Poses

I have developed a strategy for every session with new clients. Honestly most of my clientele are modest boudoir sessions who have never done anything like this before. Over the past few years of boudoir photography, I have developed a posing strategy with a specific order of poses to help clients get comfortable quickly. Showing the back of the camera shots also helps you see that the images are actually turning out beautifully and that you have nothing to worry about the rest of the session. 🙂 After those initial poses, most clients begin to feel more confident, which shows in the images as well.

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Modest boudoir clients don’t need to worry with Boudoir by Tracy Lynn

The great thing about a session with me is that it’s just the two of us during the session. I am there to help you feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable, while posing you in great light and producing beautiful photos. Within 20-30 minutes, most clients are 100% comfortable and confident and leave the session feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world.

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Are you ready to book your consult?

Have you been thinking about a session with me, but still aren’t sure? I would love to chat with you via video chat to help put your mind at ease about everything! You can schedule your consult here with no pressure at all about the actual session. It’s literally just a chat so we can get to know each other!

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STL Wedding Photographer- Laura Ann Miller

When I first moved to St. Louis in 2016, I joined a group for creative female entrepreneurs. I met so many great women in that group, one of which is Laura Ann Miller, an STL wedding photographer. She is the sweetest person, and one of the best in the industry in the St. Louis, MO area. Fun fact: she also created my promo video you can see here.

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Laura’s Philosphy

Laura’s website and her work make you believe in a love story. “Authentic story telling for hopeless romantics. Love is a big deal. It should be celebrated and documented.” I didn’t even think I was a hopeless romantic until I was looking through her gallery again. I felt tears at the happiness in her couples’ eyes(also, not going to lie, I am writing this in February and it’s been dreary and cold for 6 weeks and that’s making me emotional, but still).

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From her website: “My style is romantic, organic, and real. I am very passionate about capturing moments that are authentic, full of love, and affection! My work is inspired by the everyday beauty in life, but most importantly by the love you guys share. We see a sunset everyday, but when we watch the sunset holding hands with the person you’re meant to be with, that sunset means so much more. THAT is the feeling I want to portray in my images. Your love is so special, and I want to show you that!”

Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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Laura is a fine art wedding photographer capturing light & love on film, from the midwest to the southeast, and anyplace love finds you. Did you catch that? She also shoots film. I LOVE film. I have actually photographed a boudoir session in film and it was one of my favorites. Anyway, that’s just another reason to hire Laura.

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STL Wedding Photographer Laura Miller and her husband Dominic

Laura dubbed herself the hopeless romantic of this STL wedding photographer duo. She is passionate about creating images that will last a lifetime.  Although she lives in the Midwest, she has a heart that belongs on the ocean. Laura loves to travel near and far photographing LOVE. Dominic, the storyteller of the duo, is a vintage car loving videographer. Dominic has a relaxed approach and loves to film wedding days in a candid and authentic way. I can promise you will be happy with their approach to the wedding day.

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Portrait Photography in STL

If you are already married, but looking for a family photographer, check Laura out! She is not only a wedding photographer but also a portrait photographer. Like I said above, her work is absolutely gorgeous!

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Instagram Giveaway with Maddie Moore

I think by now everyone knows my good friend Maddie Moore. She owns Meals by Maddie, a local St. Louis meal prep program that’s helping local STL men and women reach their fitness goals by providing healthy meals. We are teaming up for an Instagram giveaway of a boudoir session with me to a lucky woman and her friend in St. Louis!

This Instagram Giveaway takes place from Friday, February 22, 2019 to Monday February 25, 2019 at 6pm CST. The winner will be announced February 26, 2019 at 12:00pm CST.

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**PHOTOSHOOT BESTIE GIVEAWAY**

We are giving away a 1.5 hour boudoir session, which includes hair and makeup AND the session for one lucky woman and one for her friend as well! So basically it’s a girl’s day. This is a $199 value per person!

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How to enter the Instagram giveaway

It’s so easy to enter. First go to either Maddie’s Instagram or mine. Here are the links.

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Find this photo on both mine and Maddie’s Instagram to enter!
  1. Find the above photo on our profiles. Like the photo.
  2. Follow both Maddie and me.
  3. Tag 3 other local friends, including your bestie that you’d want to shoot with. The more tags, the more entries you will receive. Must be legitimate accounts. No celebrities.
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Fine Print

  • Giveaway closes February 25, 2019 at 6pm.
  • Winner will be announced February 26, 2019 at 12:00pm.
  • The session must be booked within 90 days.
  • The session is a 1.5 hour session which includes hair and makeup, which is valued at $199.
  • Photos are a separate purchase.
  • The winner must be willing to travel to Boudoir by Tracy Lynn’s studio in Downtown St. Louis, MO for the session.
  • The winner must live within 100 miles of St. Louis.
  • Prize is non transferrable and cannot be redeemed for monetary value.
  • The giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram.
  • Do not unfollow during the giveaway.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.
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Now go enter!

Again, here is Maddie’s Instagram and my Instagram.

I am so excited about this giveaway and can’t wait to meet the lucky winner! Good luck!

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