STL Boudoir Session about Self Love

Jamie came in for a session with her best friends for a fun girls day stl boudoir session a few months ago. I met with them about 3 weeks prior to her session for a consult where we discussed outfits and what she was wanting to get out of her session.

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The Consult

This session for Jamie and her friends was all about learning to love themselves as they are. During the consult, we discussed what to wear in depth to flatter each girl as they all had very different body types and styles. To feel comfortable during the actual photography session, it’s so important to wear the right outfits and feel like yourself!

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Jamie’s STL Boudoir Session

As I mentioned above, this was a girl’s day session, but during these sessions, each client still gets a full session with me individually. Jamie started in a sporty Victoria’s Secret bra and panty set that matched her style, then we changed into her black lace bralette with strappy black cheeky underwear. This outfit was very flattering for her body type!

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Jamie is sporty but girly, which I love about her so much because I can relate! After she was feeling more comfortable, she changed into this off the shoulder white tee with converse. I prefer waiting until the third or fourth outfit for tee shirts or sweaters. By the third outfit, you are usually feeling sexier so the outfit works really well!

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Jamie wore a lace bralette and super strappy underwear with black stilettos for her fourth outfit and we ended the session in the white sheets.

Seeing the photos

Jamie and her friends came back to the studio the week following their STL boudoir session for the ordering appointment. After telling me how sore they were the day after their session, we went through the photos one by one. This day was emotional. Each girl was so excited about her photos and couldn’t believe the beautiful woman in the images was actually her. They each learned to love and accept “flaws” as a beautiful part of her body. One of the girls mentioned how much she now loves her stretch marks from pregnancy. She GREW A HUMAN. She deserves those battle scars.

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I love this “job”

The results of that ordering session reminded me this is why I chose this career. Last year was a huge change in my life and at one point I could tell I was getting burned out. This ordering session and their STL boudoir session was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time, so I am very thankful for Jamie and her girls.

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Have you thought about a boudoir session?

Have you thought about a session for either self love or even for a gift for your man? It’s such a great experience for yourself and even better you will have something to look back through to remember the feeling.

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Before Jamie even had her album in her hand, she had already booked her second session with me. She emailed me right after telling me how thankful she was for the session and how obsessed she is with the photos! I can’t wait for her next session!

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STL Boudoir Session//Emily

An STL boudoir session I photographed of Emily was one of my favorite ways to end 2018.  I have photographed her before, so it was super important this session to make sure the images were different than last session.

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New Found Confidence during her STL Boudoir Session

One big thing I remember when we were discussing Emily’s first session is that she wanted to be more conservative.  Her outfits were super cute, but she still wanted to stay more covered, meaning less lingerie and more workout outfits that cover more skin.

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This session, she went all out with some gorgeous lingerie from Victoria’s Secret.  She wasn’t afraid to show off the abs and booty she has been working so hard for as well as her natural curves.  Her confidence was obvious!

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Body Positivity

Something I really love about Emily is her body positive attitude.  In person and on her instagram, she is full of meaningful wisdom that you wouldn’t expect from someone so young.

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Here is a quote from her IG.

“That scar on my face? Yeah I’ve had it since I was 2 days old. My stubborn little baby self scratched myself the second day I was alive. Lol but I absolutely love it. I think of it as I’m always smiling so it’s kind of a permanent smile scar. It fits me well! I’m learning to embrace all of my stretch marks and scars, because they are part of what makes me different than everyone else. I love my little smile line honestly, and you should learn to love your scars too. ❤️”

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There is so much more on her instagram and if you want to feel inspired, be sure to follow her.

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Valentine’s Day Boudoir Session

I mentioned booking back in early December that Valentine’s day is quickly approaching! If you want to schedule your session with time to gift it to your man, your session needs to be scheduled by January 22, 2019.

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The Valentine’s gift for him is also for you!

I want you to understand that although the album that results from this session will ultimately be in his hands, this is a gift for you.  So many of my clients’ lives have changed after having a boudoir session with Boudoir by Tracy Lynn. Here are a few reviews below:

“I just want to say that Tracy totally blew my expectations out of the water with my album. I seriously cannot stop looking at it. It makes me feel so confident and sexy and I can’t wait to give it to my fiancé at our wedding on Saturday.  ❤️❤️❤️”

                                                              – Maddie

P.s. Join my private Facebook group to see Maddie’s husband opening the boudoir album. So cute.

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“Hi Tracy,
We are back from our honeymoon! Mark absolutely loved the album. He didn’t know what to expect really and was impressed by how professional they turned out. My new husband loved the different poses and that I looked natural and like myself. He also appreciated the album with the two pictures. It’s currently on his nightstand! 
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 I 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 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!”
                                                              -Sarah
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He will love it though. Especially your new found confidence.

I mean what guy wouldn’t want  sexy photos of the woman he loves? It’s seriously the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

“The morning of my session, my significant other watched me run around the house preparing everything I needed for his birthday gift. On the way to the shoot, he took my hand and told me not to be nervous and that he hopes the photos show me how he sees me every day.

I judge myself harshly and don’t take compliments well, but Tracy made me feel comfortable in my own skin. The outcome was more than I could have asked, and I’ve never felt more beautiful and confident.

The best part of this experience was when the album was given to my boyfriend, he told me that he loved it. The real gift, though, was how it made me feel. He saw the confidence it gave me, and said I was glowing now.

It’s amazing how a photo session can change your whole life. The session inspired me to work towards becoming a personal trainer and a fitness model. All of this is because Tracy gave me confidence through something that wasn’t supposed to be about me at all.

Thank you so much for changing my life and showing me that it’s not about all the little things that I see as flaws. It’s about how beautiful I am as a whole and how it makes me unique.”

                                                             – Heather.

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Reminder!

Like I mentioned before, the last day to photograph your Valentine’s Day session is January 22, 2019.  I have limited shooting days left, so contact me ASAP!

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Valentine’s Day Boudoir Photos//STL

What man doesn’t want photos of his girl in lingerie for Valentine’s Day?  Boudoir photos really make a great Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift! A beautiful, classy album filled with tasteful, yet sexy photos of you will thrill him and skyrocket your confidence level.

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What to Wear for your Valentine’s Day Boudoir Session?

Honestly, wear the same thing to your Valentine’s Day session that you would wear for any boudoir session! Props are great, but let’s make this something that could have been taken at any time.

I love bodysuits, off the shoulder sweaters, silk robes, and, of course, make sure you have 1-2 matching lace bra/panty sets.  You cannot go wrong with that look. Heels are a must to lengthen your legs and maybe some thigh highs and a garter set, too.

I love, love, love thigh high socks with off the shoulder tees and lace underwear during the winter.  If you can find this, we will have a great variety of sexy/cozy images for your album!

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Session Prep Tips

Check out this blog post for tips to prep for your session! The main thing is to be sure you are drinking plenty of water.  I also recommend a spray tan with Missy at Just Fakin Tans.

Enjoy your holiday eating as well.  I know it may make you self conscious during your photo session, but I can retouch the imperfections so your photos will look like you really do the rest of the year.  Magic. 😉  I am all about enjoying this time of the year.  You can work out and get back to your pre and post holiday diet after the new year.

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When to schedule for Valentine’s Day Delivery?

NOW! I’m not kidding.  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, literally 7 weeks after Christmas.  At the very latest, January 22, 2019 is the last day I could photograph the session in order to get your album back to you in time! And that is really, really pushing it. Schedule now because you need time to prep your outfits, too.

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Girl’s Day Out// St. Louis, MO

Recently, I have had several clients booking boudoir sessions as a girl’s day out activity.  You get to hang out with your best friends, drink mimosas, be pampered with hair and makeup, and have some beautiful photos and memories!

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A Boudoir Session May be the Best Girl’s Day Out Idea

Life is stressful between work and your daily responsibilities! What better way to relax a little than to treat yourself with a session to feel beautiful while hanging out with your best friends.  After the sessions, you can have a night out in downtown St. Louis.  You will have your hair and makeup done(by the fabulous Blowout Bar STL) after all!

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Bachelorette Parties

Another great reason for a Girl’s Day Out Session are Bachelorette parties.  For these, I would choose a few of the bride’s best friends. Meet the rest of the group later that night for the rest of the party! This way the bride gets the best possible session AND will be able to create an amazing groom’s gift at the same time!

 

How do they work?

For typical sessions, hair and makeup takes place at the Blowout Bar’s salon on Washington Avenue, right down the street from my studio.  For Girl’s Day Out sessions, my hair and makeup comes to the studio so everyone can hang out and enjoy each other’s company!

I recommend the 1.5 hour session for each session, which each girl pays separately. There is a max limit of 3 clients for these session due to studio light during the day and we usually start hair and makeup at 10am.  One week later, all three of you will come back to the studio for the ordering session to pick out your beautiful album!

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How to book?

This is the easy part! Just email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com. 🙂

Can you use this with the Black Friday Sale?

OF COURSE!  And that is coming up in a week.  Visit this link to find out how to book your Black Friday session.

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Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//Celebrate You

This blog post may be a bit different.  Summer brought a huge change for me. Divorce really shifts your outlook on a lot of things, and that’s exactly what happened.  I wasn’t sure of whether or not to share this piece of my life or even how to– but I felt like it was important to let you all in on what has been going on. Welcome to Boudoir by Tracy Lynn. What has stayed consistent is my business, despite a little name change 😉

A few of you may have noticed my social media wasn’t as on point as it normally is. With some help from my amazing assistant, I was able to maintain my blog and newsletters, so most of you probably didn’t notice a difference in that. I took some time for me this summer to decide what I really want out of my life and career.  My life did change, but the business is still focusing on celebrating my clients!

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Boudoir by Tracy Lynn

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I have been told by a few people to not talk about my divorce in regards to work, but it’s part of my life and I try to be open with my clients about my life. The only real change you will even notice in the business is that I am changing the business name. Instead of Boudoir by Tracy Brown, I am switching it to Boudoir by Tracy Lynn. My main focus is STILL my clients and helping each of you to see exactly how amazing and beautiful you really are.

Celebrating my clients

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In order to celebrate my clients, I have some exciting things coming your way! Just to name a few, the Black Friday sale is coming up in a few weeks (Black Friday obviously).  It was such a huge hit last year that I am bringing it back! I also have some really cool open houses on the books for next year, once we all survive Christmas.

My most exciting announcement

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The biggest and most exciting thing is the Boudoir by Tracy Lynn Club.  This exclusive membership club will allow you to have one session a year, PLUS cover charge to special events at the studio, and perks at my favorite local businesses, including Becker Built Bodies, Meals by Maddie, Splash Beauty, Just Fakin Tans, Nurse Lauren, Pink Lemon Studios, and the list keeps growing. This announcement will be coming to your email inbox soon so be sure sign up for the email list to be in the know. Keep on the lookout!

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The Seasons of Boudoir Photography

There are so many times in one’s life that deserve to be memorialized with a boudoir session. Bridal, maternity, and after the kids, when your body has grown life, are all times you deserve a way to remember each change in your body.  I’ve written before about the traditional anniversary gifts, but I wanted to delve more into the different seasons of boudoir photography  and why each is important and should be remembered!

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Remember, these are just the times I, personally, feel boudoir sessions are ideal.  I realize life happens, the “ideal” times may be a bit out of order, and that’s okay! If we stick pretty close to this schedule, though, when you are old and gray and thinking back on your life, you will have a volume of albums as a record of these changes your body has been through while you were a busy woman in St. Louis, MO! How cool is that?

Bridal Boudoir Photography

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The majority of my clients are brides, which I absolutely love. This is such a fun, although stressful, time in one’s life. I’m always so happy they trust me with such an important and vulnerable piece of their wedding.

Why is a bridal boudoir photography session such an important season to be photographed?  Let’s be honest here.  Brides are likely in the best shape of their lives.  This is when they have been working out hard in preparation for being in a huge crowd of people. Brides are eating healthy, their hair is long, and their skin is glowing!  It’s the “ideal” time to record a boudoir photography session. But also, who doesn’t was more souvenirs of such a fun and exciting time of your life!?

Maternity Boudoir Photography

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Women can create a life, with the help of their significant other of course. What better way to celebrate this miracle than with a boudoir session celebrating their body?  I personally feel that every woman should experience a maternity boudoir session.  Honor the work your body is putting in to create that precious baby you will hold in your arms soon!

The best time I have found for a maternity boudoir session is around 7 months or so. The belly is at that cute round stage, but you can still get around somewhat easily, which will make posing easier!

Five Year Anniversary

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I have not had kids, but I will tell you at our five year anniversary, my body still looked decent, but had definitely changed from what it was when Cody and I first married.  Whether your body is in better shape than it’s ever been, you have stretch marks from having kids, or you have gained a few pounds, your husband loves you for who you are. This is a time in one’s life that’s completely different from the first bridal boudoir session.  Most women are completely different after five years– and this is a great thing! You and your husband have grown together in this time, and he will love to see this you in a boudoir photography session. Plus you probably haven’t felt as beautiful as you really are since your wedding, so this is a great time to change that!

Seven Year Anniversary

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For the seven year anniversary, I think that having a boudoir session in the opposite season as your five year anniversary album is the ideal situation.  What I mean is if you have your five year session in the summer and wear mostly flowery colors and summer outfits, let’s do your seven year anniversary in the winter and wear more warmer winter outfits in cooler colors!

I think this anniversary is more for you than for your husband but rest assured he will appreciate it! This is a great time to remind yourself that you are beautiful and deserve the pampering.  You are more than just a wife and a mom. You are a woman, too!

Ten Year Anniversary

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The ten year anniversary is a big anniversary overall. This is a great anniversary gift that he will obviously love. It’s not exactly the “traditional anniversary gift“- that’s tin/aluminum. HUH?!  What would you even get that’s tin or aluminum? A barn? Anyway, this is way better for you and for him than the traditional gift.

This is also the time when you should go all out for your session.  All the new lingerie, the fur, the jewelry, new shoes- all things he hasn’t ever seen before! He will love seeing you in this new light and you will feel like a new woman during the session and when you see the album!  You will be a completely different person ten years after your wedding and we need to be sure we catch the new you!

Fifteen Year Anniversary

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At this point, it may have been five years since your last boudoir session.  A lot of changes happen in five years to your body.  I don’t think that is a bad thing though.  I want to embrace your curves and show you that the changes are a beautiful thing.  This is the perfect time to update your boudoir photos! Besides, the clothing styles will have changed, or your style in general as you age.

Twenty Year Anniversary

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Your twenty year anniversary is possibly more important than the rest! You have likely raised a family (or are just finishing up), you have your life together, and you and your husband may be relearning how to be together without your kids! Use this season in your life to have a boudoir session photographed. It will help you remember how beautiful you are, and give you confidence in yourself.  It will help you remember that you are a woman and deserve to feel important.  Plus your husband will love it!

I may have stopped listing anniversaries here, but I don’t think that this is the last time you should do a boudoir session! You should continue to have a boudoir session photographed every three to five years, just to continue to memorialize your growth and maturity throughout your years.  All seasons of life are beautiful! Let’s celebrate it!

Other Seasons of Boudoir Photography

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Some other times in your life that deserve to be remembered with a boudoir photography session could be a recent divorce or break-up, weight loss, fitness competitions, a confidence boosting session, or simply because you want to. My clients will all tell you that the session ends up being more for you than for whom you are gifting it!

Anyway…

Like I said before, I think if you take the time to have your session photographed at most of these times in your life( I realize it may not happen every time), you will really appreciate this as you get older.  Your daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters will, especially, love looking through the volume of boudoir albums, I promise! And we can keep any implied nudes out of those albums 😉

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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?

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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

Boudoir by Tracy Lynn Giveaway Winner!

The Boudoir Giveaway

As promised, there is a winner for my special boudoir giveaway! Before I spill the beans and tell you who won, I want to take a moment to explain why this special woman was selected. While I love providing the magical boudoir session for you to share with your significant other, I’m all about having a boudoir session for YOU! You deserve to feel your best self and sexy. We are so busy caring for everyone else but boudoir is SO GOOD to give back some love back to yourself!
boudoir photography session pouring champagne photo// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

And the Winner Is…

A fantastic woman who is all about pushing herself out of her comfort zone! The special winner, Virginia, is a remarkable woman who has two little ones, is a devoted wife of 10 years, and manages a team of employees at work! Virginia is ready to push herself to try new things for personal growth and excitement! Needless to say, I am SO EXCITED for my session with Virginia and give her a fun confidence boost with boudoir! Congratulations, Virginia!

The Fun Session Details

To enter the contest, applicants told me what they envisioned for their session and I love Virginia’s ideas! For wardrobe, she wants to wear a sexy black bra and panty lace set with a fun pair of heels– she considered a corset but did her homework and read on the blog how I don’t recommend that. For makeup, she wants a sexy smokey eye to bring out her gorgeous hazel eyes. She wants to wear her hair down with curls. I know that my hair and makeup gals will make this happen!
Hello Gorgeous! Love a cute mug in a boudoir shot with cozy and sexy lingerie// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Congratulations, Virginia!

I’m so excited to have my session with Virginia soon! I love that she wants this not only for her husband but also for herself. She’s such a giving person and I’m excited that she can take some time for herself!
Congratulations, Virginia!
If you’re constantly caring for others and ready to put yourself first and feel sexy, email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com!
Boudoir Giveaway Winner// Gorgeous white lingerie//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com
boudoir session//privacy// long sleeve shirt/ black panties//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//st louis

Why You Should Get that Wall Portrait // St Louis Boudoir Photography

Boudoir Photography & Wall Portraits

When you think of boudoir photography, you probably think of a very intimate and private experience– which in many ways it is. The only people at your session are you, the hair and makeup artist, and me. And perhaps you want an album to take away from your session that’s just for you and your partner to look at tucked away from the kids and the rest of the world. While I definitely want my clients to walk away with an album as a tangible memory, I want them to consider getting a wall portrait along with their album to show the world!

Okay, I’m not talking about the sexiest, raciest of your photos and have you prominently displayed over your mantle in your lingerie, unless you want to! Those photos you can keep in your album. But there are so many kinds of boudoir photos that you can display in great taste! My gorgeous client Alli got an album and a few wall portraits– you can see them on the post about her session here! <
Oversized white button down– perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Why You Should Consider a Wall Portrait With Your Album

Here’s the biggest reason why you should get a wall portrait: YOU are BEAUTIFUL! So often we forget and get caught up in limiting beliefs about ourselves and negative self-talk. I devote my life to boudoir photography to help women realize their beauty and how amazing they are. Your wall portrait serves as a visual cue to remind you how beautiful and worthy you are!

Self Esteem Boost

Psychologically, it has been proven that photographs on the wall will help boost your self esteem. Most of us are doing a boudoir session to boost our self esteem right? I think it’s fair to say that many of us haven’t felt super beautiful or glamorous since our college days or our wedding days (which I think is really sad!). So, we book a boudoir session for our significant other, but really the session ends up being for ourselves– which is a good thing!
Comfy scoop neck grey sweater and light grey knit knee high socks- perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Exuding Confidence, Tastefully

I understand that many of my clients have kids so thinking about displaying a boudoir portrait feels…wrong. Well, I get that! I have many appropriate outfit ideas below that won’t scar them for life, I promise! But here’s the thing, when you’re showing how confident you are, you’re modeling that attitude of self love and acceptance to your kids. I’m no child expert, but it will likely help your children feel more confident in themselves if they see how confident you are in yourself!

Outfit Ideas for the wall portrait

Now let’s talk about how to choose the right portrait outfit that’s self-esteem boosting AND appropriate for young eyes!

Comfy Sweater and Knee High Socks

Comfy sweater and knee high socks- perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL
So you can radiate confidence while feeling cozy!

Bodysuit

Pink bodysuit paired perfectly with a chambray long sleeve - perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis
A personal and fan favorite! Just like a swimsuit! Good American is a favorite of mine for a gorgeous bodysuit!

Lingerie with a Robe

lingerie covered up by a black robe - perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis
Exude that self-esteem with a little modesty.

Your Legs

gorgeous legs with patent heels- perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL
Legs are actually perfect for wall portraits!

Now is the Time! No More Excuses and No More Regrets

I know this sounds cliché but you are perfect the way you are– there is only one of you!  And honestly, life is too short and is worth celebrating. How many years have you wasted giving excuses like wanting to lose though 10 pounds, growing out your hair, or waiting until after running a marathon so that you look ripped, etc. Do you remember the first time you thought this? I do– I was in college. What!? I would give anything to look like I did in college now. You are as young as you will ever be right now! Your body is worth celebrating– it does amazing things for you! Every minute of life is a gift, and they are too precious to waste on regrets.
Comfy off the shoulder dark blush sweater and knee high socks- perfect for boudoir photography wall portraits!// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Final Thoughts

Of course a lot more is involved in having a strong self-esteem and sense of self, but I promise you that boudoir photography is an amazing way to not only pamper yourself but also help you realize how awesome and beautiful you are!

If you’re ready to schedule your boudoir session and treat yourself to a beautiful album and portrait, click here to send me an email at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com!