Groom’s Gift: A Bridal Boudoir Album

A bridal boudoir sessions makes the perfect groom’s gift for the wedding day. It’s an intimate gift he will never forget and will appreciate forever. Remember, your wedding day is a day that won’t happen again. This album will help you both cherish the day even more than you already will.

The Groom’s Gift: How to Give it to Him

What I really want to talk about, though, is how to gift it to him.  This is a common question I get from my brides.  There are so many options!

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The Wedding Day

You are giving him a gift anyway, so the obvious answer is to give it to him when the bride traditionally gives the groom his gift. I have had several clients gift it this way, but it honestly depends on your comfort level.  The only thing I recommend is making sure his groomsmen aren’t around when he opens it in this situation!

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Another option is to give him a super sweet note explaining that he will get his gift later and it will be worth the wait. Maybe even give him a sneak peak of one of the photos.  Some of my brides add on The Miami album that I offer, which is small folio album perfect for his desk. This album could have a less risqué photos in it that would be nice for him to have in the office.

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After the Rehearsal Dinner

Most couples spend a few minutes after the rehearsal dinner alone before the go their separate ways for the night. At this point some bride’s give the groom’s gift to him so she can see his reaction first hand.  This is a super sweet and intimate way to get excited for the wedding day!

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Wedding Night

After the wedding, you will both be so exhausted from such a long and super fun day! What better way than to come back home(or to your hotel room) than to have your album laid out on the bed waiting for him to open?

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At the Honeymoon

One other option is to give the groom’s gift on the honeymoon! What a way to extend the wedding excitement than to wait to give him the gift after the wedding is over.  The only problem with I can see with this is packing it around for a few weeks if you are taking a long honeymoon! Otherwise this is a great idea. 🙂

By the way, for honeymoon destination ideas, check out this blog post.

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The Groom’s Gift

Whatever way you decide, he is going to love the album because he loves you. These are just a few options of how to gift it to him, but there are so many other ways!

Remember, although this gift is for him, it’s also a gift for you. Going into the wedding, you will have all of the confidence in the world after I show you how truly beautiful you are during your boudoir session.

Book your session about 2-3 months prior to your wedding to give me plenty of time to perfect your album. It will be the most fun thing you do in preparation for the wedding.  I promise. 🙂

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Wedding Day Photographers

Have you chosen one yet?  Try any of these.  They are some of my favorites that I know personally!

Laura Ann Miller Photography

Joel Conner

Image Clairity

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2018 Christmas Boudoir Sessions

Yes I know.  It’s August, but 2018 Christmas is right around the corner.  Think about it- it’s really only 4 months.  If you want to have your album by Christmas, it’s time to get scheduled so you can miss the Christmas rush.

The Boudoir Photography Process

In all honesty, the boudoir photography session process takes anywhere from 6-12 weeks from start to finish. Let’s say we schedule your consult next week (August 12).  Then, at the consult we decide to schedule your actual session on August 27 in order to give you time to shop after hearing my outfit suggestions in person.  The following week(September 2,3) is Labor Day weekend so everyone is busy, so we schedule your ordering session on September 10.  At that time, we put your album together, then I have to retouch them and send them off to my lab, which can take 4-8 weeks depending on the album you choose.  So in all, although we started your session process August 12, it could be October 14 to November 11 before I’m able to deliver your album.

2018 christmas//boudoir photo//coffee cup//reading//glasses//sexy//bra//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com/blog// Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

So 8-12 weeks after your initial consult, you would have the album in your hands.  Yes I can rush it once we get closer to Christmas if you are a last minute planner, but, heads up, there is a rush fee.  Save some money and stress for yourself by planning ahead!

2018 Christmas Gifts

I think a boudoir session is the perfect gift for 2018 Christmas.  It’s honestly a gift for you and a gift for him.  You get to feel like the most beautiful woman in the world for the day, which is a gift that you really remember long term  You get to be pampered with hair and makeup by my girls at The Blowout Bar.  He gets a gift of you looking absolutely gorgeous.

2018 christmas gift//off the shoulder knit sweater in neutral colors perfectly paired with seafoam green cheeky, lacy panties// Boudoir by Tracy Brown STL

Albums

I have written about albums in a previous blog post that you can check out here. What I really want to talk about here though are the different album options I have.  There is honestly something for every budget, from smaller, more budget friendly albums, to the albums that I have imported and handmade from Italy.

Albums are where you will find the most value, so they are the most popular choice for gifts. A lot of the images from a boudoir session are those you would want to keep for your husbands eyes only as well, and are easier to hide away in an album.

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Wall Portraits

Although these photos are for your husbands eyes only, I don’t want you to think you can’t have a wall portrait as well.  We will take some very classy photos of you during the session that will look amazing on your wall.  See the photo below. This wouldn’t be something you need to hide from kids or your parents when they come over!

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Outdoor Boudoir Photos

Don’t rule out some super classy outdoor boudoir photos for your 2018 Christmas gifts! Fall will be the perfect time to photograph these sessions- not so hot your makeup melts off, and beautiful fall colors!

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Mother’s Day//Gift Ideas//St. Louis, MO

Mother’s Day is right around the corner with Father’s Day not far behind. Summer vacations, holidays, birthdays, kids out of school for the summer, and organizing babysitters/day cares and work keep you busy. This is why I want to share some of my favorite local vendors for a day of pampering for you moms out there!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I think moms have the hardest, most thankless job in the world and deserve to have more than one day of the year devoted to them.  Since that’s not really feasible unless you are one of those lucky few, I’ve curated a few awesome options in St. Louis  for your special day.  I hope you get a chance to take advantage of one of these at the very least!

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Boudoir Session with Boudoir by Tracy Lynn

We all knew this would be my number one choice, right?  Not only is a boudoir session a day of pampering and feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world, I will also guarantee you leave with your confidence levels at an all time high.  See more about loving yourself, feeling beautiful, and confidence levels in this post. On top of that, if we photograph your session around mothers day, father’s day is right around the corner, so this is literally a gift for you and a gift for him! I’d call this a win-win!

boudoir photo// knee high socks//sweaters//love//lace underwear//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Spa Day

The Four Seasons Hotel Spa.  So I have always wanted to go to this spa but haven’t made time.  They have a Bissinger’s Chocolate Spa Treatment, which sold me with that name.  The spa uses the cacao to exfoliate and then use cocoa butter to moisturize, plus you get to leave smelling like the Caramel Room, which is reason enough for me.

If you aren’t interested in the chocolate experience, regular spa treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials are also offered.

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Makeover

My girls at the Blowout Bar can give you a gorgeous makeover to feel like the beautiful woman you are on Mother’s Day.  They are the best at what they do, so this is who I send all of my clients to prior to their session!  You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of champagne while they treat you as royalty.

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Lash Extensions

A few weeks ago, I blogged about lash extensions with Splash Beauty. Long, luxurious lashes make you feel your best even on a bad day, which is the perfect Mother’s Day gift.  You spend enough time helping your family look/feel their best, so this is perfect way to treat yourself. It’s amazing how a set of lashes can make you feel.

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Weight Loss Coaching

Gillian Becker(@stl_momshell on instagram) of momshells.com is the best weight loss coach in St. Louis (and possibly the country).  Many of her ladies have far surpassed their goals and have even competed in fitness competitions. Her clients are women of all ages, many of whom are mom’s just looking to lose some baby weight.  Most end up competing in fitness competitions and winning/placing with her coaching, and Brooke(below) is one of her many girls.  You can find out more about her coaching by emailing her at beckerbuiltbodies@gmail.com.

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Pole Dancing Fitness Party

Pink Lemon Studio in O’Fallon, MO is a pole dancing fitness studio.  If you are looking for a girls day out with your girlfriends, this is the most fun thing you could do! Jennifer (the beauty below) is the owner/instructor and will show you the basics and let you have a blast! Just know that you are going to be so sore the next day, which will give you the perfect excuse to visit the Four Seasons for a spa day!

natural light//l boudoir photo//black lace//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I hope this gave you some ideas on how to pamper yourself. You work so hard all year, so you deserve to treat yourself well at least one day(or all week) of the year. 🙂

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Tips to Look Your Best in Everyday Photos

When you are scrolling on Instagram, do you notice how some women look AMAZING in every photo they post? In normal everyday photos, they look like supermodels!

We all want to look/feel like a model in every photo right, not just professional photos?  Because of this thought, I put together a guide for you! It includes 5 simple tips you can incorporate in your selfie game and group photos to help you look your very best in every photo.  To receive this guide in your inbox, simply fill out the form below and it’s yours. 🙂

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What’s covered in this guide to great everyday photos?

Oh girl, I have some great tricks to share with you! I have trained with some of the best photographers in the portrait photography industry and because of that, I know my stuff. I share with you ways to pose your body, how to hold your head, even the most flattering types of clothing to wear in photos!

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What else should you know about the guide?

Just know this was created from my heart for you because I want to serve you in a way that I think will help you be a happier/more confident woman!  I think we all sometimes feel jealous of how beautiful some of these Instagram models, who are just normal women, look in their photos. I promise with these little tweaks in your posing in everyday photos, you can feel rock these photos just like they do!

Boudoir by Tracy Brown was created in order to help women see the beauty in themselves, to feel confident in their worth. This is just a small thing in a series of so many things to come for women to feel and look their best just as they are, so stay tuned!

Let me know what you think about the guide by emailing me at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com! I would love to hear from you!

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?

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