Anniversary Gift//Boudoir Photos

Heads up, I am biased on which years are the best years to gift a boudoir album, so obviously I’m concentrating on those years. ¬†Boudoir photography is what I do, you know. The actual anniversary gift list by year is at the end of this blog article though. ūüôā

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The First Year

Paper is the traditional first year gift. ¬†Obviously, I consider this the perfect time to give the boudoir album! A few of my clients, who don’t end up booking the session for their wedding gift, actually book a session shortly after their wedding. ¬†They are still in the best shape of their life, so they can remember their rocking body, plus the album will be sure to be done for their first anniversary!

I also want to take a second and talk about one of my albums, The Milan. A few of you may have seen me unbox this on my intastory. This album is super customizable, from the box, to the interior of the box and the cover of the album. ¬†I specifically love that we can write a little note on the cover. ¬†Most clients choose “Love, their name,” but you can customize it however you choose.

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The Third Year

Leather. Based on the traditional anniversary gift list, this would also be the opportune time to give a boudoir album. Most of my album cover options are leather, or they can be upgraded to leather, which makes it the perfect third year gift.

tan crop top sweater//cream lace panties//ankle booties//white fur rug//cream chaise lounge// St. Louis, MO loft//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Fifth Year

Wood. This is the perfect time for a wall portrait!  We all know how I feel about boudoir wall portraits.  I think that you, and everyone really, deserve to memorialize your beautiful selves on your walls. My clients who have booked consults know all about my wall portrait collections- the Peek-a-boo collection.  See an example below.

Boudoir wall portraits can be as revealing or as covered as you want. Many of my clients have children, so I do understand that the images on the wall need to be classy. Honestly though, I strive to make sure all of my work is classy so that isn’t really an issue. I think this image would make a perfect wall portrait in anyone’s home though! What do you think?

implied nude// champagne and strawberries//anniversary gift idea//boudoir photo//knee high boots//white fur rug//miss vi ho//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Tenth Year

Tin/Aluminum. ¬†Okay. This is where I veer away from the traditional. ¬†What do you get that’s tin/aluminum anyway? ¬†I personally think the tenth year anniversary is the perfect time to go all out and get him something he will really appreciate. ¬†Combine the first, third, and fifth year presents and get an album and wall portrait. He will love this plus it’s a gift of self love!¬† P.S. the modern recommended ten year gift is diamonds, so be sure to drop that hint throughout the year for him!

cream sweater/ knee high boots//plus size model//ombre hair//boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fifteenth Years

Silk. Lace. Crystal. You should expect lots of lingerie and jewelry between the tenth and fifteenth anniversary, if he is following tradition.  All three of these make GORGEOUS accessories for boudoir sessions, so this is the perfect time to show off that beautiful anniversary gift he bought.  We all know he will love the results!

Another possibility is to use everything he gave you from the twelfth, thirteenth, and fifteenth years and use it in the fifteenth anniversary boudoir album.

lavender hair//gray knee high socks//gray body suit//sock cap//cream chaise lounge// St. Louis, MO loft//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Anniversary Gift List by Year

Below is the actual traditional anniversary gift list by year.  I skipped around above with my thoughts as it applies to boudoir sessions, but wanted to be sure to include the actual list. One important thing I noticed while researching is that everyone has different takes on what the modern version of each could include.  At first I thought I would include the modern version, but decided to let you come to your own conclusion.  I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts though!  What anniversary do you think is the best time to give the boudoir album?

  • First: Paper
  • Second: Cotton
  • Third: Leather
  • Fourth: Fruit/Flowers
  • Fifth: Wood
  • Sixth: Candy/iron
  • Seventh: Wool/copper
  • Eighth: Bronze/ Pottery
  • Ninth: Pottery/Willow
  • Tenth: Tin/aluminum
  • Eleventh: Steel ¬†New car?
  • Twelfth: Silk/linen
  • Thirteenth: Lace
  • Fourteenth: Ivory
  • Fifteenth: Crystal
  • Twentieth: China
  • Twenty-fifth: Silver
  • Thirtieth: Pearl
  • Fortieth: Ruby
  • Fiftieth: Gold
  • Sixtieth: Diamondanniversary gift//traditional anniversary gift by year//photo by pixels.com// see more about anniversary gifts at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Curves and Boudoir Photography

Women come in all shapes and sizes. ¬†Beauty is found in every single person. ¬†There’s a difference in the confidence and attitudes of plus size women. ¬†While some women embrace their curves, others are embarrassed. My mission in life is to help show every woman how gorgeous they are ‚Äď just as they are, right now, through boudoir photography in my St. Louis, MO studio. ¬†Step one in this process is knowing what to wear to flatter your figure. ¬†Also, see a past boudoir session of a curvy client. I will take care of the rest once you are in the studio!

women with curves//cheetah print sweater//black lace underwear//thigh high stockings//white fur rug//composite boudoir photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Accentuating your curves

I love the clothing choice in the above photo.  The cropped sweater was tighter at the waist giving the illusion that her waist is smaller than it is.  Halley is one of those curvey women with a smaller waist, and this sweater definitely accentuated it.  She also chose black cheeky underwear that were a size too big, which allowed her to pull them a bit higher on her waist, lengthening her legs and showing off her curves even better.

Another way to do this is to have a loose yet fitted sweater. A favorite of mine is an off the shoulder sweater.  Check this one out from torrid. Maybe I love this one so much because I love faded colors right now?  Another option is this one from Amazon.  P.S. Navy looks so good in the studio.

Bodysuits

black body suit//shadows//chaise lounge//curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Bodysuits are tough. You really want to avoid bodysuits that aren’t a thong because they aren’t as flattering without the thong cut on bottom. Plus-sized stores don’t often have thong booty bodysuits, but I found a few options on Amazon. ¬†This lace one is my favorite.

Forever21 also has very cute options. They are high waisted and typically either cheeky or thongs. Also, this bodysuit is one of my favorites from their online store.

High-waisted underwear

High-waisted underwear does the same thing that the cropped sweater does to accentuate your curves. It finds the smallest part of your waist line and hugs it. The trick with this is similar to the bodysuit issue. ¬†You want wear cheeky or thong underwear. ¬†Bikinis and boy shorts aren’t super flattering to your booty. ¬†We have to show that thing off, right?

black high waisted panties//curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I particularly love these high waisted underwear from Torrid. Another option is this black bra/panty set from Amazon, which is one of the cutest I have seen. ¬†It can be a bit risky to buy your lingerie without trying it on first, though; you never really know how the underwear will fit when ordering off Amazon. ¬†Hopefully, if you order far enough in advance, you can return them if they don’t fit‚Äď this will give you ample time to get the size you need!

Robes

Robes are a great option as an accessory or even as a way to cover up those areas you prefer to hide. My favorite time to use a robe is in sitting poses. ¬†All women, no matter the size, have a skin roll at your stomach while sitting. ¬†Robes are the perfect way to hide those little “imperfections”. It’s a great clothing option to add something a little different in your boudoir album as well. See the photos below to see how we incorporated one in this client’s session.

black lace thong//black lace bra//black chaise lounge//animal print robe//jewelry curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

black lace thong//black lace bra//black chaise lounge//marble robe//jewelry curves//plus-sized women/photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Lengthen your legs

They say the longer you are, the thinner you look, right?¬† Thus Pumps are probably the best option in this scenario because it gives you a few extra inches from heel to the toe of the pump on top of the 4-5 inches of the stiletto. ¬†Speaking of, some of you love wedges, but please know wedges don’t photograph very well. I keep a pair of black 6’s, 7.5’s, and 9’s in the studio. Most women will fit in one of those sizes. ¬†If not, check out Amazon for a pair of standard black pumps. It should be a staple in your closet anyway right?

If you are short, don’t wear thigh high anything (socks, shoes, etc) in your photos. ¬†It will shorten your legs way too much!

black bodysuit//cream chaise lounge// curves//plus-sized women//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Things curvey women should avoid

I am not going to show samples of this bullet point. ¬†That’s not fair to anyone! These points are standard no-no’s for all sizes, not just curvey women.

  • Corsets.
  • Jeans. This is hard no matter your size. ¬†If you choose the exact right pair of jeans, the photos turn out amazing. ¬†If you don’t, they are a total flop. It’s a tough one to get right.
  • Boy shorts or bikini underwear.
  • Sheer anything. It sounds good in theory. ¬†It just doesn’t photograph well.
  • Wedge shoes.

Places to shop

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Final thoughts

What to wear is just the basics of how to get the most out of your boudoir photography session, whether you have curves or not. ¬†Trust me when I tell you that I will pose you from head to fingers to toes‚Äď no need to worry¬†at all¬†about that!¬† Your boudoir session will be a day of pampering followed by the experience of a lifetime which will have you leaving you feeling better than Beyonce. Your confidence will skyrocket, and your man will have an album he won’t want to put down!

What are some clothing options you have thought about wearing to a boudoir session? I would love to hear from you. Join my email list (top left if you are browsing from your computer) and let me know your thoughts!

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Splash Beauty Eyelash Extensions//St. Louis

When I was still working as a dental hygienist, I would look at the patients’ eyelashes. ¬†I’m sure your hygienist is doing it too, just an FYI. ¬†Unfairly, little boys always had the longest, darkest, thickest eyelashes. ¬†WHY ARE THEY SO LUCKY? ¬†(I definitely screamed that). ¬†It’s not fair. ¬†Women do everything we can to have longer, thicker lashes-‚Äďcue eyelash extensions.

Brides‚Äď wouldn’t these look amazing for your wedding day? They would be so great to have for your boudoir session as well! ¬†We all love long beautiful lashes.

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Lash Lift vs. Eyelash Extensions

I have mentioned¬†Savanah Summer Beauty before, who I still definitely recommend for a lash lift. ¬†Check out her blog post here. ¬†Savanah is amazing. ¬†The fact that a lash lift is all natural makes it even better. ¬†My results were phenomenal. ¬†I wish I could have mine done again. ¬†My allergies the past few months have been out of control. Mascara isn’t an option right now! Lash lifts are definitely out of the question at the moment.

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Lash Lift- What is it?

A lash lift is kind of like a perm for your eyelashes! Lash lifts are safe and low maintenance treatment that curls, lifts, and tints your natural lashes which gives your eyelashes the appearance of looking longer and fuller. A lift is a great alternative to eyelash extensions!

eyelash extentions//gray sweater//black high heels//false eyelashes//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Eyelash Extensions- What are they?

Eyelash extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness, and thickness of natural eyelashes.  They are semipermanent and take about 2 hours to apply at the first appointment.  The fills need to be done every 2-4 weeks and can take 45 min to 1.5 hours to reapply.  Eyelash extensions can come in various colors, lengths and thicknesses as well.

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Who to use for Eyelash Extensions in St. Louis?!

I have been searching for the past two years for  someone to recommend to clients in the St. Louis, MO area. Recently, I found an eyelash extensions company in STL who is amazing.  Splash Beauty is in the Westport Plaza area and has done lashes for a few of my clients. P.S. many of my clients can attest to the fact that the Westport Starbucks is my absolute favorite. Ha.

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The primary aesthetician is Ashley.  I met with her recently and she is the tiniest and sweetest human ever! Ashley specializes in training and applying semi-permanent eyelash extensions that give you longer, thicker and very natural looking eyelashes. Her company, Splash Beauty, is one of the leading eyelash extension companies in the St. Louis, MO metropolitan area. They offer a full line of lash tools and products. Splash also offers full body waxing if that is something you want to look into before your upcoming boudoir session!

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How to contact Splash Beauty?

Find Ashley and Splash Beauty at her handles below.

Facebook

Instagram @splashbeauty

Website

On her website, you can actually book your appointment, check out her services more in depth and find pricing and more information on the services she offers.

A new set of lashes would be great for your boudoir session. Lash extensions for brides on the wedding day would make you feel very beautiful and special. I have heard that getting lashes gets as addicting as getting your nails done. Be prepared!

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