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!

2018 Christmas gift//white fur rug//pink bodysuit//lavendar hair//natural light//boudoir photo//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com/blog// Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

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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Plus Size Boudoir Outfits//St. Louis, MO

Ashley Morgan from the blog Ashley Morgan: A Life and Style Blog came into the studio a few weeks ago for a photo session to feature some of her favorite plus size boudoir outfits.  She has actually been in the studio before for a session, and she is one of my favorite clients!

This my all time favorite photo from a previous session with Ashley!

Plus Size Boudoir Outfits

Ashley brought several different options to her session, including a couple of swim suits, which looked so cute, two sweaters, and a pair of jeans with a pretty red bra!

The Miraclesuit

I had honestly never heard of the Miraclesuit prior to Ashley’s session.  After seeing how great the two swimsuits helped her curves look, I decided to do some research.  These suits are SO GREAT! Their motto is to make you “feel and look 10 lbs lighter in 10 seconds” which is something everyone wants to achieve!

The suit below is the New Sensations Madero Swimsuit in Black.

The one thing I want to mention is that the suits are a bit pricier, but I think we all would agree if the price is worth it, we will splurge! Also, they have a sale page… You could always start there!

This suit below is also by Miraclesuit and is called the So Riche Zip Code Swimsuit in the color Nile. P.S. I love these sunglasses.

Sweaters

Ashley always find the cutest most flattering sweaters. This black one from Express is fitted, and I really love the detail. It really shows off her beautiful shape!

Hallie HAD to jump in on this photo.  She loves to model. 🙂

Mustard color is really in this year.  The cardigan from Charlotte Russe allows us to bring the sweater off the shoulder which brings a bit more sexiness into the photos.  I really love cardigans because they also give you something to do with your hands. 🙂

The last option

Bra and panty sets can be hit or miss with plus size boudoir outfits.  This one was definitely a hit.  It always depends on how flattering the jeans (from Old Navy) are to your figure, which is hard to decide unless you bring several different pairs to the session.  These worked well because they were high waisted but not too high and more fitted. For future reference, loose jeans do not work at all!

The Bra is from Victoria’s Secret!

Some other ideas

Body suits with thongs are probably my go to.  You can find them at Torrid or Forever 21.  Be sure to check out this post for some links to both.

Robes.  Like the cardigans above, they give you something to do with your hands AND are usually more fitted, flowy, and sexy.

High heels.  Be sure they are pumps! They will lengthen your legs!

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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 photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO.// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Accentuating your curves

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

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

Bodysuits

black body suit//shadows//chaise lounge//curves//plus-sized women//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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

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

High-waisted underwear

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

black high waisted panties//curves//plus-sized women//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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

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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//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Things curvey women should avoid

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

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

Places to shop

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Final thoughts

What to wear is just the basics of how to get the most out of your boudoir photography session, whether you have curves or not.  Trust me when I tell you that I will pose you from head to fingers to toes– 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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Photography Guide at Home//St. Louis

Before I became a photographer, I was always trying to figure out how to make my home photos look great.  Because of that, I put together a downloadable photography guide for you.  This will help you create gorgeous photos at home, whether you have a DSLR, a point and shoot, or just your phone.

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What’s in the guide?

There’s so much information in the guide on how to create beautiful images with what you already have at home.  It will help you create beautiful professional quality photos and help you get those Instagram likes we all want, even if we don’t admit it.

I discuss window light, cropping, photography rules, how to use direct sunlight and so much more, so be sure to fill out that link above!

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One more thing.

Do you have a DSLR and are interested in learning how to use it correctly and take advantage of its features?  The book I used to learn manual is called Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

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I still refer back to this book when I have a question or need inspiration.  It is so good!

Have you checked out this blog post?

I have other guides besides this photography guide.  Check out my 5 Tips to Look your Best Guide for some tips for better selfies!

One thing I feel very strongly about is albums and prints rather than digitals.  If you have time, check out this blog post.  It means a lot to me personally and you can find out why when you read it.

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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//photo by boudoir by tracy brown of st. louis// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

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//photo by boudoir by tracy brown of st. louis// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

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//photo by boudoir by tracy brown of st. louis// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

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. 🙂

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Boudoir Photography Facebook Group

Everyone has a Facebook profile these days, right?  I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, but nonetheless I am on it every day! One thing I love about Facebook is my Facebook group, Boudoir by Tracy Brown-  The Private Group.

If you’ve followed my blog for long at all, you know I think boudoir sessions can change your life and outlook on yourself and your body. The Facebook group has been discussing this topic all month and I love the responses!

boudoir photo//peach bodysuit//denim shirt//white fur rug//st louis missouri photographer//photo by boudoir by tracy brown//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Boudoir and Confidence Issues

One of the group members was discussing how she doesn’t feel beautiful and couldn’t see herself doing a session.

Before I go further, I want to mention I don’t check social media super often.  Occasionally, I will go a few days without checking the posts in the group, but everyone is so great about chiming in when needed.

Back to this post I was talking about.  A few of my previous clients took the time to comment about how their session changed their lives.  Not only did they have beautiful photos, but they were able to see themselves completely differently than they did before.

natural light boudoir photo//white fur rug//window light//lavendar hair//pink bodysuit//st loud, mo photographer// see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com// photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of STL.

A comment on the post

“I used to feel this way too but then I did a session with Tracy and she makes you feel amazing in your own skin. I’m a mom of 4 and my body is not anywhere near some of the more model types… my pictures turned out absolutely stunning. I was very apprehensive about doing a session because I couldn’t picture myself looking good photographed that way either. After my session she completely changed my way of thinking about how I looked at myself and other women. We can all look beautiful photographed this way because we are all beautiful no matter what shape or size we are.”

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And another…

“No matter what size a woman is, we have all had our struggles. I was anorexic for many many years and still struggle with it at times. It left me with a horrible body image and much self-loathing. At the age of 36, I still couldn’t accept myself and my body….

Then, I found Tracy and I knew that I needed to do something so I could see myself as beautiful as others do. Doing this photo shoot was one of the best things I could have done for myself. Tracy will tell you that I was extremely hard on myself when I saw the photos for the first time. All I saw were the flaws and imperfections. But then she helped me see the beauty in my photos and in myself. Now I am so proud of how I look and how the photos turned out. I show everyone I can! And when I see one of my photos posted on FB or Instagram, it just lights up my day. Take a chance on yourself and know you are beautiful. :)”

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More about the group

This specific post was about whether or not you could ever see yourself doing more than one session. So many of my previous clients chimed in and said absolutely! Many have already scheduled their next session because they feel so empowered and so beautiful in their own skin- seriously, my job is amazing.

Not only do we talk about empowerment and confidence, but we also talk about weddings, Netflix, books, wardrobe, tans, makeup and hair, and anything else you can think of! I also host a weekly drawing for a Starbucks gift card! Who doesn’t want that?

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The best part?

The group is all women! You don’t have to worry about some creepy dude checking out our conversations.  We can discuss whatever we want!

Take a minute to join the group and the conversation!

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St. Louis Botox Party at the Studio

St. Louis Botox specialists are all over the city.  After searching for a while, one of my clients recommended Nurse Lauren Pohle.  After emailing with her for a few weeks, I met her for coffee to discuss the possibility of a Botox party in my studio.  I am so excited to offer this to my clients!

Not only will Lauren be there doing injections and explaining the importance of long term wrinkle prevention and anti-aging, but Maddie Moore and Gillian Becker are also going to be in attendance!

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Be sure to ask Maddie all about her business, Meals by Maddie.  She helps clients meet their fitness goals by providing them with meals that are specifically designed with your goals in mind.  The results I have seen have been so amazing.

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Gillian is one of the best fitness trainers in the industry and she is right here in St. Louis! She can talk to you all about how to meet your fitness goals, how to get started, and answer any other questions you may have!

Who is Nurse Lauren Pohle?

She is a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Lauren has always loved cosmetics, skin care, and helping people feel good about themselves. She specializes and is certified in Aesthetic Injections and aging prevention in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Also, her skin looks AMAZING, which it should right?

Why Botox and when should I start?

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New studies say your mid 20s is an appropriate age to start Botox to prevent wrinkles from causing permanent creases due to aging and expression over the years. As in all things, it’s easier to prevent than to correct these wrinkles!

Botox targets the underlying cause of your lines/wrinkles from frowning and squinting over the years reducing muscle activity for visible smooth lines.  It is recommended for preventative measures to get Botox treatments at least twice a year.

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St. Louis Botox Party

So, the St. Louis Botox party will be held at my downtown studio August 19, 2018. There will be giveaways, champagne,  fresh baked cookies and Bissinger’s Chocolate!

Here are the details.

  • August 19, 2018
  • 3pm- 6pm
  • $15 ticket
  • $10 per unit for Botox. Normally priced at $14/unit in the St. Louis area.
  • Giveaways
  • Champagne and snacks!
  • Maddie Moore and Gillian Becker will be in attendance!
    • Both can talk to you about your fitness goals!

To secure your ticket, click here!

One other great thing to know is I will have 1/2 price sessions available that day AND I will have a giveaway for a session and a $100 print credit.  I will be securing other giveaways in the mean time, so stay tuned!

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Honeymoon Destinations for the STL Couple

As a boudoir photographer, many of my clients are current brides.  After finding out all about the wedding, my favorite question to ask is all about honeymoon destinations!  My brides tend to end up in the Caribbean or Mexico, but a few of them are doing Greece or Ireland.

I decided to research the hotspots my St. Louis, MO bridal clients are visiting as honeymoon destinations in 2018.  Be sure to comment where you are going, or went for your honeymoon! I would LOVE to know!

P.S. All of the photos below are stock photos from pexels.com since I have not had the good fortune to visit any of these beautiful places yet! 

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2018 Trends for Honeymoon Destinations

Like I said above, this blog post is strictly based on where my STL clients have said they are going for their honeymoons, not national trends.  I will list pros and cons of each as well!

It seems that MOST brides prefer the beach, and I really don’t blame them.  After the stress of planning a wedding, I would definitely want some downtime with a Piña Colada in my hand!

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The Caribbean

I am including all the islands in the Caribbean in this one.  Some prefer the Dominican, some are headed to Jamaica or the Bahamas, and some are island hopping, but no matter where you go, the beaches are sure to be beautiful.

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Pros

The all-inclusive resorts are obviously a big draw. One price so you know what you are spending up front.  You won’t have to worry about food/drinks since they are included.  It’s very private, peaceful, and gorgeous.  The resorts are safe, even if the island may not be the safest for tourists. There are lots of activities and games, or you can purchase excursions to visit the island.

Cons

Those excursions we were talking about before can get a bit pricey. After too many days of rest on the beach, you may be booking more than one, if you are like me and do not sit still well. Most of the resorts are super secluded, so the potential to meet locals is slim unless you venture out.  Some islands are harder to explore on your own, so visiting the towns may not be much of an option, which may cause the resort to get monotonous.

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Mexico

Even with the unrest in Mexico, many of my clients’ honeymoon destinations are in all-inclusive Mexican resorts.

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Pros and Cons

Pros and cons for Mexico are pretty similar to the Caribbean.  It’s gorgeous, the food is good, and it’s quiet.  The biggest con is the danger at this point.  Before you book talk to your travel agent and check to see if there is a travel ban. Better safe than sorry!

My clients with honeymoon destinations in Mexico have said that they never felt in danger, so that is a positive.  🙂

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Greece

Can you say bucket list vacation?  This has been on my list forever! I am sure everyone has seen the gorgeous photos of the towns built on cliffs with the blue, blue waters. Those photos are reason enough to want to visit.  It’s like another world! The information here mostly came from this blog.

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Pros

It’s beautiful. Between the views and the sunsets, you will think you are in heaven. Greek food is great, plus it’s even better because it’s authentic. Be sure to switch islands.  Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens are the obvious choice when visiting Greece, but check out some of the lesser known islands as well!

Cons

From what I read, there were only two real cons. It’s expensive to visit Greece and the weather isn’t always crystal clear like in the photo above so you may miss out on those gorgeous sunsets you see on Pinterest. But still, it’s Greece.  It will be amazing.

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Ireland

So many client’s honeymoon destinations are in Ireland, and I’ve had several friends visit, a few even multiple times.  After seeing their photos and the breathtaking views, it made it’s way on my bucket list!

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Pros

Ireland seems super budget friendly for an international destination.  While I was researching, I looked up some flights and hotels.  I found round trip tickets with Wow Airlines for $349 each. You can’t even fly that cheap in the states! Plus you get 1 carry on and 1 checked bag.  Your biggest expense will probably be hotel accommodations, but there are some airbnbs that are super cute!

The scenery is beautiful, there is so much history to see, and from what everyone has told me about Ireland, the people are super friendly! Everyone has recommended a bus tour or renting a car and driving the country. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

Cons

There doesn’t seem to be many cons to Ireland.  The biggest complaint seems to be that it’s a bit chilly in the winter, although the low in the winter is around 45 degrees.  During the summer it stays in the mid to upper 60’s.  This sounds pretty nice to me since I love hoodie weather!

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Anyway…

Whatever you decide to do for your honeymoon, I hope you get a chance to enjoy your new husband! Remember that the wedding is celebrating your love.  You The both of you deserve this time together as you start your new life! This is also a GREAT time to give your man a bridal boudoir album.  Have you booked your session yet?

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Outdoor Boudoir Session// St. Louis, MO

For a while now, I considered offering the outdoor boudoir session and decided to pursue it this summer.  I’m sure you noticed on my social media accounts, especially Instagram,  that I focused on photographing outdoors a little more in preparation for photographing clients. In the process, I absolutely fell in love with outdoor boudoir photography.

By the way, read all the way to the end for a special offer!

outdoor boudoir session//cream bralette//cream highwaisted lace panty//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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Outdoor boudoir doesn’t make sense?

When I first considered photographing my boudoir clients outside, I thought to myself, this doesn’t really make sense.  Why would anyone wear lingerie outside? Then I thought, who really cares?  Who is making the rules? If we want to photograph lingerie outside, let’s do it.  Boudoir photography is whatever the creator(s) decide it is.  These outdoor boudoir photos are beautiful, the light is gorgeous, and I get to get out of the studio in the summer to enjoy the beautiful weather!

outdoor boudoir session//off the shoulder denim shirt//cowboy boots//jean shorts//tall grass//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

What should you wear to these sessions?

A big question I get asked, and one I thought long and hard on, was what should clients wear to these sessions?  Although you will be photographed on my farm in Southern Illinois, this isn’t something for which you need to dress super “country.”  If it suits you, your style, and your personality to dress more western, then definitely go for it, but if you are a city girl at heart, then dress the way you want. Honestly, I think you can wear as much(or as little as you want). Implied always works SUPER well for outdoor boudoir sessions.

outdoor boudoir session//rocky creek bed//lace bodysuit//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

My clients from this month all chose very different styles! Maddie chose a few bodysuit outfits and a few dresses.  Vi is a little edgier and chose more implied outfits and then a dress to finish the session out.  Madi wore some lingerie and a few off the shoulder shirts that were a little more country with her cowboy boots. Stephanie went for a more lingerie style outdoor boudoir session. I literally love every single outfit that was chosen and think it fits each woman’s personality to a tee.

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So, where do these Outdoor Boudoir Sessions take place?

My family has a farm in Anna, IL, about 20 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois.  where we raise cattle and train horses.  One of the pastures is super secluded,  PERFECT for an outdoor boudoir session. There is a very cute creek with little waterfalls, grass, trees, and the most beautiful flat rocks ever!

Seriously, would you ever think this image was taken in Southern Illinois?

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Right outside of this little area, there is a pasture on top of a hill, which has GORGEOUS light and beautiful green grass. We usually start the session at the creek, and finish on the hill in the pasture.

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Can horses be in the photos?

For liability reasons, I am not allowing my horse or the farm horses in the photos or around for the session.  You are more than welcome to bring your own horse for your outdoor boudoir session, though. The photos are amazing when you throw in a beautiful horse!

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Precautions

Remember, we will be out in the woods in the middle of the country.  Things you may encounter are ticks, snakes, bugs, etc. Come prepared with walking shoes, bug spray, and bags to carry your outfits!

How to book your outdoor boudoir session?

I am now booking outdoor boudoir photography sessions in Southern Illinois. St. Louis clients, I hope you decide to make the trip down! I promise it will be MORE than worth the 2.5 hour drive.

To book, fill out the contact form and let me know you are interested in an outdoor boudoir session.

Outdoor boudoir sessions are only offered in 2 hour session times. Hair and makeup is included, most likely by the amazing Fringe the Salon in Carbondale, Illinois.

One week following the session, we meet for an ordering session.  More pricing information is found here. Also, check out the reason I am anti digital files and prefer albums here.

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Introductory Special

From June 3 to June 15, 2018, outdoor boudoir sessions are available at the special price below!

  • $179- Normally $249
  • 2 hour session
  • 6 outfit changes
  • Hair and makeup
  • $100 print credit towards an album
  • $400 minimum purchase
  • Studio policies apply- see policies here.

To take advantage of this special, email me today at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com.

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Stephanie

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Vi 

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Madi

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Maddie

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 Brown of St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com/blog and be sure to sign up for the email list!

Semi-Annual Session Sale is still going on!

Check out this blog post for ALL the info!

The Details

  • $129
  • 1.5 Hour session
  • Hair and makeup is included
  • 4 outfit changes
  • $200 print credit
  • $349 value

It ends Monday May 28 at 6pm!  Don’t miss out!

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