Saint Louis boudoir session: 4 reasons to book today

Ali booked her first Saint Louis boudoir session with me 2 years ago. I can’t even believe it’s been that long.

At the time, she was turning 39 and was ready for a boost in her self-confidence. She’d had a lot of personal life changes and felt this was the perfect time to feel beautiful again.

Since then, she’s had TWO other boudoir sessions with me. Every time I see her I can just see the growth since the first time I met her.

I’m not saying boudoir sessions are life-changing, but I do think they can shift your perspective, which in turn CAN change your life.

Based on Ali’s experience, there are 4 reasons to book your session today.

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By the way, if you don’t want to read this blog post, scroll to the bottom to see a video of exactly what she thought of her Saint Louis boudoir session.

Ali’s favorite part of her Saint Louis boudoir session

Ali has come to know my hair and makeup artists super well. Kendra was her artist in the last two sessions, which definitely helps put clients at ease. They know they can trust her because she knows her stuff.

Having your hair and makeup done is the perfect way to relax before the session, plus seeing the transformation from beautiful woman to a model is super fun.

She mentioned that I was able to put her at ease immediately at the first session, which made the next two sessions really comfortable.

Seeing the beautiful final images is the icing on the cake of a great/relaxing/confidence-boosting experience. Being able to see yourself as a gorgeous woman can really change your perspective.

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The scariest part of the Saint Louis boudoir session didn’t last long.

“The scariest part of the session didn’t last very long because Tracy made me feel so comfortable. I was nervous about being half naked in front of a photographer,” Ali states in the video.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I have “ice breaker poses” that I literally developed to help get clients comfortable with me in front of the camera very quickly. These poses are great for every body type and don’t require a lot of expressions since most aren’t ready for that at the beginning of the session.

We also go through all of your outfit options and photograph your session in a way that will help each outfit flatter you in the best way possibly.

I’ve photographed 400+ sessions in three years just in St. Louis at this point(not counting my previous experience), so I know body types, angles, lighting, and all the things that will help you look your best in the images. You can put your trust in me for your Saint Louis boudoir session.

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Boosting confidence with a boudoir session

Ali said multiple times in her testimonial video how the boudoir session came at exactly the right time. She was going through some major life changes and it helped her see herself as beautiful.

I hear this so often from clients, how a boudoir session will change your life. One of my clients changed her career completely because she felt so much more confident in herself. How cool is that?

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The movement to empower women

According to Wikipedia, women’s empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do, and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied.

A boudoir session could be the first step in empowering you to go to the next level in life, maybe through a new career, your health/fitness, or just becoming a mentally stronger you. It gives you so much confidence in yourself by just realizing you are a strong beautiful woman just the way you are.

Conclusion

After her third session with me, Ali agreed to do a testimonial video, although she was nervous! I love what she had to say about her Saint Louis boudoir session.

A boudoir session is a day of celebrating YOU. Although you may feel nervous right before the session, by the end of the day, you will have a boost of confidence that leaves you feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world, ready to accomplish anything life throws at you!

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Boudoir Album Design: The process

Printing photos is one of those things I’m super passionate about. That’s why I take the boudoir album design process so seriously. I want your album to be one of those things you cherish forever.

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“A photograph doesn’t feel real until it is a tangible physical object I can hold in my hand.” – Stephen Johnson

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that this generation will be the most photographed generation with no photos to show for it in ten years. I firmly believed that five years ago, but with companies like Social Print Studio making it easy to print directly from Instagram, I feel as though that trend is improving

I am so thankful that people are printing more photos again. It doesn’t even matter if those photos are art. What matters is having those memories later when the kids are grown up, or their grandparents are gone and you want to look back on those images.

Printing Stats

Here are two stats about printing photos that I found interesting.

  • It’s estimated that less than 1 out of 100,000 photographs taken today actually ends up being a printed photograph.
  • It’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined.

I’m going to play devil’s advocate here though. Honestly, a good percentage of the photos taken don’t need to be printed. They’re probably Snapchat photos with goofy faces or photos of food, or something else not necessarily worthy of being printed.

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But there are things that are worth printing. Your wedding photos for one. Or the photo of your child with his/her grandma that may not be here next week. The photo of your husband holding your baby for the very first time. Things that are important.

Things like the boudoir album design I so meticulously planned out after your boudoir session. The one you worked so hard to prep for. Your boudoir session deserves more than being saved on your phone, where you could lose it next week.

Ordering session process

Lot’s of client’s ask about the ordering session process. It’s super simple on your part. We meet online via Zoom after I have gone through the images.

You’ll end up seeing between 60-120 images and we will go through them one by one until we narrow it down to your very favorite images. This can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours. However long it takes until we have the exact album you dreamed!

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Boudoir album design process

After the ordering session, I send the photos off to my retoucher. She’s AMAZING. Once they come back, I sit down at my computer and review them myself to make sure they are up to my standards.

Once I have approved them I start the boudoir album design process! I have a very specific style with my albums, which you can view in the gallery section of my website.

Outfit, certain poses, specific sets, and the mood or vibe all play a role in how the album is set up. I prefer sexy/serious on the same spread and then playful flirty in a separate spread. It’s better to have the same or similar outfits on one spread than to have the outfits all over the place in the album.

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Why? Because the album tells a story!

Delivery

One important thing to know about my brand is that my turnaround time is very quick. You’ll mostly likely have your album in your hands with in 3-6 weeks, depending on what you order.

Quick turnaround time is very important to me. We live in a time of instant gratification after all.

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Conclusion

“Photography helps people to see.” – Berenice Abbott

Although it’s time-consuming and seems unimportant at the time, I want to encourage you to print your phone photos. That’s what you are using every day. I know that. You know that. You won’t want to lose those important moments because you were too lazy to take a few minutes to order them. While you’re at it, back those photos up in several places as well.

That goes for your boudoir photos too. I highly recommend letting me design and order your boudoir album. But back up the digital files that come with your album, also!

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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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5 Things NOT to Bring to your Boudoir Session

Preparing for the Boudoir Session

I love writing about how to prepare and what to expect for your boudoir session. I think it’s especially important to know what to bring in so far as flattering outfits that will help your sexiest self shine in the photographs. Boudoir photography is all about self-confidence and showing your best self­– I want that for all of my clients! While I focus so much on what to bring, I have made a list of what NOT to bring based on my experience in my studio.
You can’t go wrong with a Calvin Klein boudoir session– crop and briefs | photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

What NOT to Bring

  • Long necklaces

In my experience, long necklaces just don’t lay very beautifully and can make an otherwise gorgeous photo look off. Of course, if you have a necklace that is meaningful and sentimental, we can make it work! But I highly advise against any sort of costume jewelry– in this case, less is more.
A deep v neck blouse accessorized with metal bangles and gorgeous earrings | photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

  • Kitten Heels

I know, this seems counterintuitive– boudoir photographs are supposed to be sexy and what’s sexier than kitten heels? Well, a lot of things! These are YOUR photos and unless kitten heels are truly your personality and you wear them all the time, don’t go buy any for your session or leave them in your closet. I promise you will look sexy without them!

  • Tight Clothes

Perfect fitting thong and a striped crop// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL
Any bras that are too tight, underwear that digs into your skin, jeans that are tight around the waist, leave them at home. Always size up for boudoir sessions– always! You want to dress for your body and love your body! It’s not worth wearing a smaller size for the sake of it and then having unflattering pinching in photographs. Save yourself the trouble! Treat yourself to a new bra and panties set that fit you like a glove and don’t squeeze you in. For ideas and inspiration on how to dress for your body for a boudoir session, check out my series of outfit ideas.

Ok, my next two items are not tangible but still so important!

  • Attitude is everything

Do try to leave any negativity at home. If some follows you to the studio, I’ll help you shake it and make it a possible experience! But do your best to be open to the experience! I know it’s a new venture for many of my clients but I promise you it will be a great day! And positive vibes make it even better! And if you’re feeling positive on the inside, it will make for better photographs.
Bringing some personality to the boudoir session: a favorite flannel, matching chucks, your favorite team’s baseball cap, with lingerie underneath// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

  • This Misconception

Forget the notion that this is all for your significant other. Of course, it can make for a gift for your special someone but when it comes down to it, it’s for YOU as well. The day is really all about you and giving you the space to feel your sexiest. Helping women realize their (awesomeness) is what gets me going everyday– Boudoir is absolutely for the woman (maybe even more so than your significant other!) When it’s all said and done and you have your album and maybe a wall portrait, you’ll realize that this experience is definitely about you as well!
Sexy Lingerie set with black heels// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// St Louis

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Wanting to experience boudoir for yourself? Get in touch with me here or at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com! I can’t wait to talk to you about your upcoming session and your outfits! <3

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!
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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!
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2017 Favorite Boudoir Photos & GIVEAWAY

I don’t know about you but 2017 flew by for me! As we roll on into 2018, I want to take a moment to celebrate and reflect on 2017 favorite boudoir photos. But let’s talk about celebrating 2017 first– I have something special for you!

Celebrating 2017 with a GIVEAWAY

One lucky lady will win a 1 hour session with hair and makeup and a $200 print credit! A $400 purchase minimum applies but there are payment plans available!
How to Enter– Email me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com and let me know
– Why do you want the session
– Who the session is for
– What do you want to wear
– Your hair and makeup ideas
Enter by – 1/20/18 at 10PM
Winner must schedule the session in February 2018

My 2017 Favorite Boudoir Photos versus Instagram’s Favorites

There have been so many amazing women in the studio this year and I loved working with all of them! There are a few photos in particular that come to mind as my favorites of this year. While I have my favorite photos, I was so curious to see what what my top 9 were on instagram this year and see how it compared to my favorites!

Instagram’s Favorites

My favorites compared to what was liked the most on instagram always surprises me! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE these photos– it’s just fun to see what had the most likes on instagram compared to what my personal 2017 favorite boudoir photos are!
Instagram’s top 9 most liked photos// 2017 favorite boudoir photos/ photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

MY Favorites

While I really love these above, my very favorites are different than instagram’s top 9! I feel like the photos below show my style- classy, timeless and sexy! In no particular order, here are my 2017 favorite boudoir photos.

Gillian

Crimson Red bralette– perfect boudoir look!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis
Here’s Gillian from our session in November. She has so many great photos it was hard for me to choose! I absolutely love this bralette.

Maddie

Maddie Moore wearing the cutest outfits always– a blush bodysuit with a chambray long sleeve/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

You can always count on Maddie to bring the cutest outfits. You can see some of Maddie’s fitness looks here.

Katie

An all black lingerie outfit paired with a the perfect black robe– a favorite boudoir look!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

Katie’s outfit was one of my favorites. An all black ensemble is a dream, especially when you pair it with a robe. And her complexion is to die for!

Ashley

While I’m all about what clothes to bring to a session, white sheets can always complete a boudoir outfit!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Ashley’s look is so gorgeous and striking. While I’m all about what clothes to bring to a session, white sheets can always complete a boudoir outfit!

Vi

Loving this all lace red bodysuit/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

I love Vi and this all lace bodysuit! While I’m normally not a fan of bright red, Vi’s complexion really worked well with it! On the opposite end, I did a shoot with Vi in mostly black and white– see more photos here.

This is the perfect subtle and sporty outfit for Card’s fans. Black bra, a cute flannel, converse sneakers, and of course, the Cards hat!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos // photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

While I love Vi’s lingerie looks, this is the perfect subtle and sporty outfit for Card’s fans! I love mixing it up in the studio.

Jenn

A shot with just legs– get the look with a crop top, black lace panties, and tan patent heels/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL
Isn’t this photo of Jenn gorgeous? Jenn’s legs are Ah-mazing. I love this photo so much it is hanging in the studio!

Sarah

Gold criss cross top with matching bottoms in a favorite pose!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos // photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis
I’m sure you all know that I love gold, so this really stood out to me. The lighting here is perfect, too and hits Sarah so beautifully. Plus this pose is EVERYONE’s favorite. 🙂

Ali

White sheets for an implied nude/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos // photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

Here’s is a breathtaking photo of Ali with one of my favorite accessories– white sheets. I love finishing a session with my client in the white sheets for an implied nude. Don’t worry, you will still have underwear on!

Rachel

White bra and panties lace set– perfect with these angles and lighting!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos // photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

White bra and panties lace set– perfect with these angles and lighting!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos // photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

Here’s Rachel in what is probably my VERY favorite series of the year. The light, the angles, the white bra and panty set. This is perfect for any occasion.

Sarah

An all white bodysuit with a nice tan!/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

Sarah is stunning! As much as I love color, there’s something to be said for the timeless neutrals. All white bodysuits (with a nice tan) always win on my gray wall.

Cozy outfit with a timeless pose– dark blush comfy top with cute knit grey socks/ 2017 favorite boudoir photos// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

I love this cozy outfit and obviously this is one of my favorite poses of the year since it made it in the 2017 favorites 3 times. It is classy and timeless.

Cheers to 2018!

I love that this time of year is about reflection and fun! Looking back on the year is such a treat and I hope you enjoy my boudoir giveaway! Be sure to enter by 1/20/18 10 PM CST! And I wish you a very happy 2018!

Also, it’s not too late to schedule your Valentine’s day Boudoir session! I only have a few slots left in January so email me now at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com to schedule your session!