Outfits for 2019 Boudoir Sessions

Fashion is continuously changing, which means my what to wear guide for boudoir outfits needs to change, too. Thankfully with boudoir, it’s a minimal change, so you can still check out some of my previous what to wear posts.

black lace body suit// white socks//industrial setting//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Boudoir Outfits

There are a lot of things that are still the same from what I recommended before as far as outfits go, but there are things that have changed as well.  I’ll cover both. 🙂

black lace bra and panty set// black heels//industrial setting//cream chaise lounge//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Things that have stayed the same.

Cheeky underwear, thongs, and high heels are still a must in the lineup for boudoir outfits. Be sure your underwear are about one size too big to prevent those skin indentions. Your high heels need to be really high!

black lace underwear//white fur rug//monkey shoulder whiskey/boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Body suits are still my favorite to start the session off with a bang. The biggest thing to watch is to make sure they fit well, not too tight or too loose.  You also want to be sure they are thongs or cheeky with a high leg line. We want those legs to look super long!

pink body suit//tan strappy heels// white rug//blue velvet chair//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I still love off the shoulder baggy sweaters with thigh high socks and Calvins, but I also love the same baggy, off the shoulder sweater paired with heels and lace underwear.  Both options look super classy and beautiful.

cream chaise lounge//white fur rug//gray cardigan//gray socks//black lace underwear//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

A timeless option is borrowing your man’s button up shirt and pairing it with sexy lingerie and thigh high stockings and heels.  Maybe grab some pearls or his tie as well.

blue denim shirt//black bra and panty set//coffee mug//industrial setting//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

White sheets are still a big favorite of mine.  These photos are always a hit with clients!white sheets//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Things that have changed.

Probably my favorite thing, which isn’t really a change in the lingerie/fashion world, only in my shooting arsenal, are silk or lace robes.  I love that it gives you something to do with your hands. It also covers up areas you may not want to show, plus it looks timeless and classy.

silk kimono// chunky jewelry//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Jewelry can be a nice touch, especially pearls.  I was always anti jewelry before, but if we pose you just right, jewelry can look super classy.  Pearls are always a timeless addition!

black body suit//pearls//big jewelry//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Soft/neutral colors are still a favorite in the studio, but I’m liking bold colors now as well.  A big thing is to stay away from really bright colors.

off the shoulder tan sweater//green lace panties//cream chaise lounge//boudoir outfits//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Anyway.

No matter what, the photos will be amazing, so don’t worry.  I have a lot of experience posing different types of clients and different types of outfits. Preparing your outfits is just a small step in the process!  For more tips, check out this post.

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Boudoir is for Every.Body

Plus Size Boudoir

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 – just as they are, right now, through boudoir photography in my St. Louis, MO studio.  Step one in this plus size boudoir 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 see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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– 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//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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

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 size boudoir//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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

posing on bed with sheets//boudoir photography//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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– 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!

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Boudoir Photos and Tan Lines

Tan lines are something that causes worry for most women prior to their summer boudoir sessions.  Vacations, lake or pool days, and summer activities all contribute to those lines. The good news is there are ways to cover them!

In May, I spent quite a bit of time discussing tanning for boudoir sessions.  Aside from prevention, the best way to cover tan lines is booking a session with tanning specialist, Missy, from Just Fakin’ Tans.

how to fix tan lines for your boudoir session//pineapples//spray tan//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

Spray Tans are your best option.

A few weeks ago, I had my first spray tan with Just Fakin’ Tans.  Hands down, it was the best spray tan I have ever had! The mini contour was my favorite part, but on women with actual muscles it would be even better.

Missy is trained by the best in her industry, and it’s very obvious that she takes her art seriously.  This is the most even spray tan I have EVER had and she is prepared for ANYTHING you may need, from a hair tie to caps to cover your hair, or even sticky sandals for your feet.

While getting spray tanned, Missy mentioned I had a few tan lines also, which honestly is a surprise to me because I don’t tan well at all.  She spent extra time specifically working on her magic on my tan lines.  By the time she was done, it looked like I had the most even tan ever!

how to fix tan lines for your boudoir session//flower bodysuit//outdoor boudoir photo//spray tan//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

But what if you have intense tan lines because you spend all summer outside?

I specifically asked Missy this question. She said it’s no problem at all and the solution easily masks tan lines, whether it’s for a boudoir session, your wedding, or just to feel better about yourself! She granted permission to spend your summer outside enjoying life instead of inside preventing tan lines.

how to fix tan lines for your boudoir session//white fur rug//tan crop top sweater//cream chaise lounge//ice light//ankle booties//cream thong//spray tan//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

Don’t forget that SPF though!

Even though you now officially get to set your worry aside, don’t forget to wear your SPF, please.  Let’s prevent skin cancer and early aging of your skin. 🙂

how to fix tan lines for your boudoir session// white whatever crop top//thigh high black boots//spray tan//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn of STL.

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Airbrush Tan in STL//Boudoir Photography

I discussed the topic of an airbrush tan in STL for boudoir photography sessions earlier this month.  In closing this month, I wanted to discuss the topic one more time. It is Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month after all!

Missy of Just Fakin Tans came to the studio last week for a session and gave me permission to share her photos.

glowy hair and makeup//airbrush tan in STL//light blue beverly hills body suit//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Hair and Makeup

Just Fakin Tans shares a studio space with Chelsy Lyn Beauty in Columbia, IL, so Chelsy actually did Missy’s Hair and Makeup for the session.  I very much love the colors, tones, eye makeup, and contour for boudoir photos.  The look went very well with Missy’s outfit choices, her skin tone, and her personality!

Chelsy Lyn is a licensed cosmetologist who specializes in bridal and event hair and makeup. She not only does hair and makeup for brides and bridal parties, she also is a hair stylist as well. Follow her on Instagram to see her beautiful work!

By the way, Just Fakin Tans, Chelsy Lyn, and I have a special offer for clients who use all three of us.  Contact either Just Fakin Tans or Chelsy to find out all about the offer!

glowy hair and makeup//airbrush tan in STL//maroon lace body suit//implied nude//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

The Outfits

Missy definitely followed my recommendations as far as outfits go and for that I am so thankful! She brought tons of bodysuits, bra and panty sets, and some sweaters/silky shirts to wear, but she also brought some outfits/props to bring out her personality. The pineapples were specifically or a shot she wants to hang in her studio space and I think it totally fits! I love the outcome of this photo!

glowy hair and makeup//airbrush tan in STL//pineapples//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

This flowery and flowy top fit the cream chaise lounge and white rug set so well, especially with her hair and makeup and spray tan. It made for such a soft photo.

glowy hair and makeup//airbrush tan in STL//flowery and flowy top// white lace thong// white fur rug// cream chaise lounge//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Airbrush Tan in STL

Missy had her husband do an airbrush spray tan in STL. Their studio specializes in customized tans for each individual and also includes contouring. We love contouring!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  I will never recommend tanning in a tanning bed over no tans at all. Skin cancer is real and can be prevented! Don’t increase your chances by laying in a tanning bed. With the availability of spray tans that look natural these days, take advantage of that instead!

glowy hair and makeup//airbrush tan in STL//maroon lace bodysuit//navy velvet couch//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Here are some of her recommendations for your airbrush tan in stl.

  • The tans are best 2 days prior to your event, photo sessions, plans, etc.
  • Shower the morning of or the night before your spray tan with little to no product on skin.
  • Exfoliate the day before using an oil-free scrub.
  • Shave the day before.
  • Come to your appointment with bare skin (i.e: no lotions, oils, deodorant, perfumes, etc.)
  • Bring loose, dark clothing for after your spray tan is complete.

glowy hair and makeup//airbrush tan in STL//vintage american bodysuit//red converse//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

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Spray Tan St. Louis- Just Fakin Tans

May is skin cancer detection and prevention month.  I am VERY anti-tanning (hence my very pale skin tone), but I do love that glow of a tan in boudoir photos.  Because of this, I am a HUGE fan of spray tan for your St. Louis boudoir photography session.  This makes me different than a lot of boudoir photogs, but I love that glow of a tan in photos.

bridal boudoir session//veil photo//white lace cheeky underwear// long blonde hair//boudoir photo//spray tan//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

St. Louis, MO’s “Just Fakin’ Tans” Spray Tan Company

I met Missy of Just Fakin’ Tans a few weeks ago. She is a Certified Master Spray Tan Artist in Columbia, IL (just outside of STL). Missy has trained with some of the best in the industry, spent lots of time learning the craft, and is AMAZING at what she does, plus her personality is the sweetest!

The thing I love about her spray tans over Mystic Tan, which I have previously recommended, is that she can contour your body.  She can define your abs, your leg muscles and whatever else may need contoured to help you look your best in photos.  I’m already going to help you out with lighting/shadows/retouching, but this gives you an even bigger boost for your photos!

Glow'd Up body suit// White Brick wall//boudoir photo//spray tan//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

What does she offer?

She has several different options, but my favorite is the rapid airbrush tan because you can wash it off in 4 hours or so. The mini contouris included in this one, as well.  She also has the regular airbrush spray tan, a full body contour, AND hosts parties so you can make it a girls day! If you are a fitness competitor, be sure to look her up for your competitions as she is specially trained for that type of thing!

Everyone has a different skin type and tone, so Just Fakin Tans offers individualized light, medium, or dark tans to match any skin tone/type.

black high heels// pink lace bra// black chaise lounge// blue plaid shirt//boudoir photo//spray tan//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Prepping for your Spray Tan

Here are some tips to prep for your airbrush tan.

  • Book your spray tan TWO days prior to your boudoir session.
  • Shower the morning of or the night before your spray tan with little to no product on skin.
  • Exfoliate the day before using an oil-free scrub.
  • Shave the day before.
  • Come to your appointment with bare skin (i.e: no lotions, oils, deodorant, perfumes, etc.)
  • Bring loose, dark clothing for after your spray tan is complete.

How to Book your Spray Tan

I know you are all wondering how to book your spray tan! Visit her website at justfakintans.com OR here is the direct link to book.  Her email is justfakintans@gmail.com. Follow Just Fakin’ Tans on Instagram and Facebook, too!

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Boudoir Session Prep//St. Louis, MO

Boudoir session prep is a question I answer a lot in emails to clients! There isn’t a lot to do thankfully, but there are some key points to consider when prepping for your session.  Be sure to read to the bottom because I have a checklist download for you!

To tan or not to tan?

This is probably the most asked question I get. I recommend spray tans, which I know some photographers are completely against.  I happen to love that glow you get with the spray tan.  I really like the mystic tan at Palm Beach Tan, but I know other salons have mystic tan booths as well. I also LOVE Just Fakin Tans as well.  I have had several clients use her, and the spray tan is flawless, plus she contours your body as well!

black lingerie//blonde hair//hair and makeup//cream chaise lounge//boudoir session prep//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

One thing I will never ever recommend is tanning in the tanning bed.  I am not here to support skin cancer.

What to wear?

What to wear is probably the absolute most common boudoir session prep question I receive. I have so many what to wear options on this blog post.  It has tons of info about fitting and why or why not for certain types of outfits. If you are curvey, check out this post for tips to flatter your curves.

black lingerie//blonde hair//hair and makeup//blue velvet couch//boudoir session prep//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

You will want to have 2-3 EXTRA outfits than what the allotted amount for your session.  This allows for extra if something just isn’t working or if we possibly have a little extra time.  You will also want at the minimum 2-3 bra and panty sets.  Be sure they are a size larger than you normally wear to prevent stretching of the lace and to prevent muffin tops!

Should you wax?

Don’t wax just because you are having a boudoir session.  But if you are a waxer, wax the week before to prevent bumps, redness, or rashes.

implied nude//thigh high black boots//boudoir session prep//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

Some other things to consider for boudoir session prep.

  • Drink lots of water the week before the session.  Hydration is important for glowing skin!
  • Eat your fruits and veggies the week before.  I’m not saying go on a crazy diet.  What I mean is just watch the salty/high fat snacks to prevent bloating!
  • Moisturize the week before, and especially the day of your session for smooth, glowing skin.
  • Come with clean, dry hair and a clean face for hair and makeup, unless otherwise discussed.

white fur rug//cheetah print scarf//implied nude//boudoir session prep//photo by Boudoir by Tracy lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

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Boudoir Pinterest Board

Pinterest is my guilty pleasure. Do I ever actually use it for crafts or DIY projects? Nope. I’ll never be a super crafty person.

So, what do I do on Pinterest? I scroll through at night looking for places I would love to travel, browse the humor, and look for recipes (I actually do cook these) to help myself wind down from a day of work. I also love to pin to my boudoir Pinterest board.

Honestly though, for women of all ages- from brides (or soon to be brides), to newlyweds, and to moms, Pinterest is kind of awesome.

Why Check out Pinterest for Boudoir  Inspiration?

Most photographers cringe when they hear “I have a Pinterest board. Do you want to see my inspiration?” I don’t! I love Pinterest boards and I really do think there is a ton of inspo on it! I may not copy the exact pose you bring in, but what I love is seeing what everyone else loves.

There are so many pins on Pinterest that you can definitely get inspired. Plus, the fashion and the hair and makeup tend to lean towards the current trends and that makes me happy. We all want to be trendy, right? Especially now since fashion is so much better than it was ten years ago (or is that just my opinion)?

Black Good American Bodysuit/ long blonde hair/ boudoir photo/ photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St. Louis, MO Boudoir Photography

What are on my Boudoir Pinterest Boards?

I do have Pinterest boards for photography- suggestions for what to wear, hair and makeup, and poses(although don’t worry, I pose you from head to toe). I also have boards my clients would possibly enjoy following! I try very hard to pin 8-10 different pins every day, so there is always new content out there! Here is a screenshot so you can see my Pinterest. I would love it if you follow!

pinterest board/photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

I have clients from 20-55, so I want to be able to share something on my Pinterest for everyone. Body positivity, travel plans, fashion, home decor, local shops, exercise and nutrition are a few of the boards.

For my brides, I have a board literally “For the Brides”. I love to pin wedding inspiration, honeymoon destinations that sound fun, local vendors, and of course a few boudoir photos. I also have a local STL wedding vendor board that my St. Louis, MO brides should definitely check out.

For the moms and moms to be, I have some boards specifically for you. My baby fever board is for the moms to be.

maternity boudoir photo// black lace gown// long red hair// Maternity Boudoir Photography// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//St. Louis, MO// Boudoir Pinterest Board

I also have a board for parenting. It has kid-friendly restaurants in STL, travel ideas, recipes, and more. Some of the family-friendly vacations look like somewhere I would love to go as well!

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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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Keely’s Session– Different Boudoir Looks

Meet Keely

I’m beyond thrilled to share with you my recent session with Keely. While Keely could be a model, she’s a nurse from St. Louis. They say not all superheros wear capes, and in Keely’s case, she’s in scrubs working long hours caring for infants in the NICU. By the end of her shift, she may not be feeling so glamorous– which is why I’m so glad she could treat herself to a boudoir session with me! Working with Keely was so fun and I’m excited to share her different boudoir looks with you!

Boudoir doesn’t have to just be lingerie! Keely’s wearing a long sleeve charcoal chemise with a matching thong. Black heels make the perfect sexy touch to this boudoir look// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St Louis

Prepping for the Session

Keely came to me so that she could gift herself some pampering and gorgeous photos– she also had the added bonus of a nice gift for her boyfriend. My friends from the Blowout Bar came to the studio to give Keely the star treatment of gorgeous curls and flawless makeup that highlight her beauty. And no boudoir session is complete without the wardrobe! There’s so much more than just lingerie to bring to a session (but we definitely have some sexy shots with lingerie, too!)

Comfy Meets Sexy

While lingerie is a great staple for boudoir photos, sessions are certainly not limited to only lingerie shots. This is where I love to get creative with my clients piece together sexy but cozy looks. I especially love topping the look off with a feminine touch. Keely opted for the relaxed, off the shoulder sweater in a neutral tone. A pair of cheeky, lacy panties in a seafoam and mint color make the perfect contrast to perfect this boudoir look. I love how the light drapes over her bare shoulders to complement her look.

An off the shoulder knit sweater in neutral colors perfectly paired with seafoam green cheeky, lacy panties// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.comSTL

Tried and True– Calvin Klein’s

I am a big believer of the classic, tried and true Calvin Klein lingerie. You just can’t go wrong with it. Even though it was really popular in the 90s, there’s a timeless quality with this casual look. Keely completed her Calvin look with a soft, grey t-shirt. While a t-shirt may seem very modest for a boudoir shoot, with the right posing and a sexy pair of Calvin Klein underwear, a t-shirt can actually work well! The simplicity of this outfit don’t distract from Keely’s beauty and I posed the photo so that we can see her gorgeous hair and makeup as well as her natural beauty.

You truly can’t go wrong with good old Calvin Klein. White Calvin Klein briefs with a soft, heather grey t shirt. This look is flawless with correct posing, lighting, and hair and makeup// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com St. Louis

Jeans & Lingerie

They say less is more but I’m loving how this shot turned out with jeans– one of my favorites of the different boudoir looks. The looks becomes more casual for sure but the jeans, also with neutral and matching bra and heels, shift the focus a bit. There’s definitely a bit more nuanced appeal and I love how the gaze goes to the details like Kaylee’s tattoos and gorgeous physique. And it’s key to have the jeans open so there isn’t any pinching but also so that the details of a nice lace panty can peak through.

Dark wash blue jeans with seafoam/mint lace panties. Perfected with a black bra and tall black heels. photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//See more at boudoirbytracylynn.com STL

Valentine’s day

Of course, you also can’t go wrong with lingerie in addition to your different boudoir looks. And if you haven’t treated yourself to new lingerie in a while, a Valentine’s boudoir session is the perfect excuse! Time is flying by so now is the time to book your Valentine’s session so that you can have your sexy souvenir for your honey. Regardless of your outfit preferences, we will get you feeling and looking sexy and help you get the perfect gift for your loved one!

To schedule your Valentine’s boudoir session, email me today at hello@boudoirbytracylynn.com!

A classic lingerie pairing with an elegant bra and panty in neutral tones// Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis

For More Session Inspiration from the Blog

5 Things about Your Boudoir Session/ STL

So you are interested in taking the leap and booking your first boudoir session. Maybe you’ve seen some great boudoir sessions and you’re starting to envision yourself in the studio looking stunning and sexy. But you may have a few questions before getting started. I’m here to tell you that a boudoir sessions is worry-free and FUN and address 5 questions you may have wondered about your boudoir session.

Five things you may have wondered about your boudoir session–

1. Hair and makeup– Who does it how long does it take? How will she know my style?

My makeup artists are AMAZING. You can tell them what you are wanting and they will deliver! If you want, you can check out my Pinterest board for some inspiration to get you started. And I really recommend loose waves for hair. It screams sexy bedroom hair and that’s what we are going for here. You will get your hair and makeup styled up exactly as you want it in my studio before we start your photoshoot.

white crop top// hair and makeup//boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com

2. Who else will be there during the session?

Just me, the makeup artist and you. You can also bring a friend if you’d like, or book a session together and make it a girls’ day out! Occasionally I will have my next client in hair and makeup while we are shooting your session, but it’s no boys allowed in the studio!

tan fedora//implied nude//boudoir photo//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com//st. louis

3. Do I need to research poses for the session?

Nope! I have you covered here. I will pose you from head to toes, including your hair. I am bossy when it comes to posing, so be prepared to be sore the day after your session from arching your back and pointing your toes! Consider your boudoir shoot as your workout of the day. I promise it will pay off and you will look like your best, sexiest self!

scarf/ black knee high socks/ victoria secret underwear/ chaise lounge/ loft apartment/ photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com/stl

4. How many outfits should I bring?

Depending on your session, 3,4, or 6. But I would recommend bringing more, simply because some outfits may photograph better than others! More is always better and then we can pare down from there if we need to. Check out my what to wear blog series for some ideas and inspiration!
Part 1– Comfy
Part 2 – Sexy
Part 3 – Plus Size

denim shirt/ coffee cup/ loft window/ natural light/ plus size boudoir photo/ curvey boudoir outfit/ blonde hair/ photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com// stl

5. Will I be nervous?

Understandably, first being in the studio, you may be a little nervous but the nerves will wear off quickly, especially with the help of a mimosa! After the first outfit, most girls are feeling their sexiest and ready to rock the next outfit– once that mimosa kicks in and once you realize how amazing you look! It is easy to get comfortable in front of the camera when you have makeup and hair done and are feeling gorgeous and sexy! And I will show you some photos as we go along so you can know for sure that the images are looking great!

lounge underwear/ knit socks/ lounge underwear thong/ pink lounge underwear/ lavender hair/ gray couch/ comfy boudoir photo/ photo by Boudoir by Tracy Lynn//see more at boudoirbytracylynn.com/ st louis

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