Tattoos & Boudoir

I love visually stunning tattoos. They can tell a story about who you are, who or what you love, and it gives the outside world a glimpse at the sort of personality you might have. Perhaps I love tattoos so much because I don’t have any myself, but whatever the reason, I always love taking photos of women with ink.

I once did a photo session with a girl who had a gorgeous tattoo on her back, she asked me if I could please edit out her tattoo in post processing. I was so disappointed, but it was a good lesson to me that not everyone is proud of their body art, so I now ask all of my tattoo’d clients if they are okay with me photographing their tattoos. Sometimes I’m met with a scoff, and “Yeah why wouldn’t you?” and other times I’m told they would prefer their tattoos weren’t in the pictures. Here are just a few pictures to show you how great tattoos and boudoir photography go together. So before your next lingerie photo shoot, consider if you really want to cover those inked stories.

 

 

 

Boudoir Photography – What You’re Too Afraid To Ask

It’s normal to be curious about the photo shoots everyone seems to be talking about. You’ve probably been considering having a session done for a while now, but you’ve got some questions burning on your mind. We asked some brave women what questions came to mind before their session that they were too shy to ask. Hopefully this will help clear the air.

 

1. How much ‘downstairs grooming’ are most girls doing for these photo shoots?

Let me start by saying that we absolutely do not judge how warm you like to keep yourself. When it comes to the bikini area I can’t say that there isn’t a particular ‘trend’ happening in the grooming department. I always recommend staying true to yourself and the way your partner (if you have one) knows you. If you opt to wax be sure to do it a few days prior to your session, and I do recommend waxing over shaving as razor burn is not flattering. Also note that unless you’re having some nudes done there is very good chance your lingerie choice will cover everything you want covered.

2. How “suggestive” can I get with these photographs?

Every photographer has their own rules, or policy regarding suggestive or provocative photos. Here at All Things Pink Photography we have found ways to pose you to look like you’re doing something naughty, without you actually having to do it. For example, a hand on your inner thigh will look like it is somewhere hotter from the right camera angle. We will not take graphic photos, but we are happy to work with you to give you the sexy images you’re after without going into the raunchy zone.

3. I have specific insecurities, can anything be done?

All women have something about themselves that they wish they could hide. The good news is that if I know what your insecurity is before taking your photo, I can do something about it. If you don’t tell me, I can’t help, but trust me I have heard it all so don’t be embarrassed. Posing, lighting, and makeup help tremendously with every body issue that has come through our doors, we are here to help you love yourself inside and out!

4. I’m really nervous, I have no idea what I’m doing, what can I do to prepare?

Very few people who have boudoir photos taken have ever done anything like it before. It is my job as your photographer to make sure you’re comfortable, make sure you look amazing, and pose you from head to toe. It’s normal to feel nervous, I don’t care if you’ve never had your pictures taken before – in fact I prefer it because you likely haven’t picked up any bad habits! The best thing to do to prepare is learn as much about the experience as you can, ask questions, look at photos and watch videos. We are often afraid of the unknown so understanding what to expect can make a big difference.

5. I’m uncomfortable being in my underwear/nude in front of a stranger, are you judging me?

I remember one particular boudoir session, I was buckling a women’s garter belt to her stocking and she made a comment about how I must get a lot of butts in my face (hahaha). I actually didn’t even notice her butt, I was so focused on my task at hand! I realize that all she was likely thinking was oh my god, she is looking at my butt, what does she see? What I was thinking, however, was that these stupid garter buckles are such a pain to connect, and desperately hoping the client didn’t think I was taking too long to buckle them! Until you’re the one that deals with naked people on a daily basis it’s hard to understand that truly I don’t care, I don’t judge, and the only one aware of your state of undress is you. It’s not just that my team and I are desensitized, while that is probably true, the more accurate explanation is that we have a job to do. Our only train of thought, and our only focus is giving you the best damn photo you’ve ever had of yourself.

 

Prepping For Your Photoshoot: The 10 Commandments

Congratulations, your photo shoot is booked and you’re more than ready to be pampered and fawned over! Erin and her team are ready to help you look and feel your best, but there are a few things you should do to prepare for your fabulous photo shoot. I’ve compiled a list of essential commandments to follow prior to your shoot to help you put your best face forward. Plan an at home spa day, pour yourself a mimosa and let the prepping and pampering begin!

PLAN

Choose the outfits you want to wear for your photo shoot well in advance. Be sure your clothes are ironed or steamed and free of hair or lint. Peruse Pinterest for ideas of how you’d like your makeup and hair to look so you can communicate this to your artists. Pack your wardrobe, jewelry and items you’ll need for touch-ups the night before so you’re not running around the house the morning of your shoot. You shouldn’t need to bring much, Erin and her team are well equipped!

FACE

While you should always take good care of your skin, there’s no better time than prior to your photo shoot to step up your game. Try a hydrating mask the day before your shoot to add instant moisture and plumpness to the skin. While your mask goes to work, try applying cool cucumber slices to de-puff and perk-up tired under-eyes.

Be sure that your skin is cleansed and moisturized before you arrive at the studio. It’s a good idea to avoid testing out any unfamiliar products that could irritate the skin. If you’re keen on trying something new, be sure to patch test the product first on an area that won’t be visible during your photo shoot to ensure it won’t cause a reaction. Should a pesky pimple pop up at this inopportune moment, resist the urge to pop or pick. Spots are easily hidden with makeup and editing, scabs and wounds provide more of a challenge.

HANDS

Check out our previous post to learn how you can “nail” a DIY manicure at home! Your hands will likely be featured in your photo shoot and it’s crucial not to overlook them!

FEET

If you’re preparing for a boudoir photo shoot, there’s a pretty good chance your tootsies will make an appearance! A pedicure is a great idea, and polished toes are always sexy! If you don’t normally wear toenail polish, ensure that your nails are clean and trimmed, and your paws are scrubbed and moisturized. Apply a foot cream before you go to sleep the night before your photo shoot and wrap your feet in cozy socks. You’re sure to wake up the next morning with the softest soles!


SCRUB – GIVEAWAY! – Winner Selected Congrats Meriam!!

The skin on your face, hands and feet are getting some much needed pampering, and it’s important to give your bod special treatment too. There’s nothing sexy about dry, flaky skin, but the good news is, there’s a simple fix and we’re here to help you out! Even physical exfoliators like mitts and loofahs can work wonders for the skin. Take the time to scrub where you’ve never scrubbed before, paying special attention to knees, elbows and rough spots. Your skin will be soft, supple and glowing when it comes time to bare your limbs for the camera!

An exfoliator that I love is the Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant (it smells amazing!!). Before you head out to buy one though, enter to WIN our GIVEAWAY for a chance to get your hands on this exfoliator (pictured above)! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post! You can double your chances of winning by liking our Facebook Page and leaving a comment on the Giveaway announcement post on our Facebook Page! Contest closes February 20, 2017 – so be sure to check back here for our winner announcement! Shipping within Canada only (full contest rules).


SHAVE

Now is the time to remove unwanted hair. Shave, wax, tweeze, Nair – there are many options at your disposal. Be sure you think about all of the places you don’t want hair to show in your photographs. I’m not going to tell you what these places should be, your personal preferences are fine with us at All Things Pink – just be sure to remove the hair a day or two prior to your shoot to give any irritation a chance to calm down before the big day.

HYDRATE

In every sense of the word, this should be at the top of your list. Moisturize your face, body, hands and feet. Drink LOTS of water prior to your shoot and during – we’ll always have it on hand for you at ATP.

STRETCH

Erin knows how to pose you so you’ll look your best in your photos- and these poses may take some maneuvering! It’s in your best interest to limber up prior to your shoot to avoid soreness the next day. If you’re stumped on stretches, try this 20 minute morning yoga routine to loosen up stiff joints, it’s a perfect practice for all levels!

FUEL

Eat something! Don’t skip breakfast prior to your shoot- you’ll look better in your photos if you’re nourished and alert. Keep your energy levels up throughout the day by packing a granola or protein bar – just beware of chocolate smudges on clothing and in your teeth!

AVOID AGGRESSORS

Unfortunate as it may seem, some of our favourite things can actually make us look worse. Salty foods can cause water retention, caffeine has diuretic affects and can dehydrate the skin and cause redness. Alcohol has similar undesirable effects. It’s best to avoid these types of food and drink the day of and the day prior to your shoot to ensure you look and feel your very best!

Bear in mind that these tips and tricks are just that – ideas to help your photo shoot go as smoothly as possible, and be as enjoyable as possible! Though following all 10 commandments will surely yield the best results, even following just a few can make a huge impact. Choose the tips that are right for you and your routine, and let us take care of the rest. Your photo shoot with All Things Pink Photography is sure to be an unforgettable experience no matter what!

 

Hot Nights – Boudoir Photoshoot

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Summer is basically over. It’s a sad time for everyone that loves the smell of mowed lawns, and the feel of the hot sun beating down. In honour of the final days of summer, I thought I would share a few photos from a recent boudoir photoshoot, shot in our studio here in Edmonton.

If you have a wedding in the next couple months, you might have a boudoir shoot coming up! Keep in mind that you can theme your shoot in a style that suits your fancy, it doesn’t always have to be light and airy. For this particular shoot, we wanted to show off the hot summer nights by using low lighting, long shadows, and most importantly creating a dewey complex with makeup (and lighting) and wet hair.

 

Fashion Friday Spotlight: Midnight Magic and Lingerie Trends

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This week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Molyneaux, the owner of a local lingerie business, Midnight Magic. Midnight Magic is a great little store in St. Albert, Alberta, which carries everything a specialty lingerie shop should: bras ranging from sizes A – N, a variety of cup-sized swimwear, nursing bras, mastectomy bras, shape wear, and men’s underwear. With a focus on excellent customer service, great quality product, and a wide selection, Midnight Magic is a great place to shop for all of your lingerie needs. I also snapped some photos of a bit of product they have in store, so check out the interview and take a peek in store or on their website to see some amazing items for every size.

 

I would love it if you could give me a brief history and introduction to Midnight Magic

January of this year we are 20 years in business now. We started off just selling lingerie from regular to plus sizes. We sold our first bra and thought, “well I guess we should sell bras”. We have now become one of the top sellers for mastectomy bras, as well as selling bras up to an N cup. We do both small and large cups, but have a wider range of larger cup sizes, as well as cup-size swimwear in larger cups. We’ve really branched into mastectomy, and we are AADL approved, we have been involved in various charity work, fundraising, as well as a big supporter of breast cancer research. It’s been really fun to see the development and change of a small business.

 

You carry a huge range of product! Could you highlight some lingerie trends you have available in your store for the coming season?

We are back to pink hues, lots of lacy pieces, as well as bamboo fabric, which is soft and sensual feeling. It also makes a big difference who is doing the shopping, whether it’s the man or the woman doing the shopping. As well, many women are looking for boudoir pieces so they are going for more corsets to get that edgy look. I find there are also a lot of grey pieces coming in. There are also a lot of blue pieces arriving, and in the fall we will see the deeper, vibrant tones of navy and deeper blues. Red is becoming more of a basic in fashion versus a fashion colour, and for many people red bras are the new neutral. Back-seam stockings are also very popular, as well as garter belts with hold-up stockings, which is very vintage inspired. A social trend would be that more men are coming into the stores, not only shopping for women, but also purchasing the product we carry for men in the store.  When they come in though, they say “give me a dozen!” and then they’re out of here, no lingering or shopping around in here.

 

What are your recommended products for Valentine’s Day?

We often suggest pieces that are easy to fit, like a chemise. If a man comes in to shop for lingerie, a chemise is an easy piece to purchase. We also have cup-sized lingerie which is great for a larger bust, like an H or an I cup. We also suggest the variety of massage oils we carry, that is a huge hit for Valentine’s Day. Another popular piece would be our stockings and garter belts, many men come in to purchase those as gifts. If someone is having trouble picking something out, or isn’t sure of sizes, a great idea is a gift card. Of course, it’s a good idea to give one of our gift cards with something else to wrap it in, like a massage oil or a pair of Hanky Panky underwear. And then go pick up that bottle of wine – an absolute necessity.

 

What are your most popular items in your store?

Definitely the Hanky Panky underwear, as well as the Saxx and MyPakage underwear for men. They are our most popular for sure. Of course, our bras are extremely popular, especially since we carry a wide range. For lingerie, I have to say chemises are very popular, especially in chiffons or fabrics that aren’t very clingy. Chemises that come in a stretch lace are also very popular.

 

I hope this post has inspired you for your Valentine’s Day shopping, or to get that specialty lingerie for your next boudoir shoot!

 

 

 

Mastering the Boudoir Booty

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You’ve taken the plunge and booked a boudoir photoshoot. You’re excited and your head is filled with fantasies of your pictures looking somewhere between Playboy and Victoria’s Secret cover models. You envision your hair blowing in the wind with your body loosely draped in flowing chiffon, your skin glowing, your eyebrows on point and the battle is strong between your come-get-me lips and your too-hot-to-handle eyes. Somewhere during your fantasies of being on the cover of a hot romance novel, reality dawns on you – someone is going to see your bum! Panic sets in, you make an appointment with a squat doctor in hopes of whipping your tush into action, but how can you possibly get your bum from flap jacks to a shapely behind in just a few weeks? Relax! With a few simple tips you can rest easy about your booty on the day of your photoshoot.

Tip 1: Exfoliate

Dry scaly skin is never attractive. Your photographer can only do so much with retouching skin textures before you start looking inhuman, so scrub those dead skin cells the day before or the day of your photoshoot. Don’t cheap out and use your face exfoliating scrub just because it’s already in your bathroom cupboard. Splurge and get an exfoliating scrub that is designed for your body to ensure a soft rump. Many spas and salons will also offer a scrub treatment where they exfoliate you while you lay down and relax. I only recommend this spa treatment if you have no issues with being touched.

Tip 2: Moisturize

Maybe it goes without saying that you should moisturize your skin, especially after you exfoliate, but avoid lotions that are greasy or leave residue. I recommend moisturizing at least an hour before you head to the studio to avoid leaving lotion stains on the chairs and satin sheets. Talk to your photographer about using moisturizers with a high sheen. If you have a favorite lotion that is designed to make your legs shimmer, informing your photographer will help her adjust her lighting to avoid hot spots or glare on your legs in the photos.

Tip 3: Avoid Tan Lines

Tan lines are very difficult to remove in post processing, some photographers will even refuse to attempt to retouch tan lines – so it’s best to avoid them. If you plan to tan or a spray tan before your photoshoot try and avoid undies to eliminate the dreaded tan line on your rear. Makeup can sometimes help even out a tan line. Most photographers, like myself, offer a professional makeup artist with boudoir sessions, so ask your makeup artist to try and soften the lines with makeup. At All Things Pink Photography we use airbrush makeup which helps. Makeup can also be applied to your rump to minimize the appearance of bruises, pimples, and stretch marks.

Tip 4: Make Friends With Your Photographer

A good photographer has all the tools she needs to ensure your booty looks its best. Lighting techniques can sculpt a tush to appear larger or smaller so it’s important to let your photographer know how you would like your rump to be showcased. Posing can also alter the look of your rump. Arch your lower back if you want your rump to appear fuller. Remember, the closest body parts to the camera will look larger, so if you want a smaller rump push your tush or hips away from the lens.

Finally retouching is another tool in your photographers belt to help your rump. Don’t worry about bruises, cellulite, stretch marks, scars, or pimples; your photographer can zap those away. It’s important to communicate to your photographer what concerns you have so she can help you achieve the look you want. We want you to look your best and love your photographs so anything we can do to help, we do it!

Tip 5: Relax! Love Your Booty

If you’re tense and self conscious of your booty, it will show in your pictures, especially since we tend to ‘clench’ when we’re tense. Relax and let your bum be its beautiful self. Don’t worry about how you look, that’s your photographers job. You just need to show up, take direction, and feel beautiful.

 

 

How To Prepare For Your Boudoir Photo Shoot

A boudoir photo session is an incredible experience, and can be made better if you are prepared for it! Here are some tips on how to plan for the best photo-shoot possible.

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1. Three Months Prior – Book Your Photographer

Choosing a photographer is the first – and most essential – step in the process of preparing for your boudoir photo shoot. It may take a little research to find one you connect with, but it will be worth it. Consider the style of photos, poses, and scenery you are drawn to in order to get an idea of what you want your photo-shoot to look like. Don’t stress too much about this though, as your photographer will have many great ideas to incorporate your own style into the photo-shoot.

 

2. Two Months Prior – Book A Style Consultation

All Things Pink Photography offers a fashion stylist service, and this is a great asset to choosing the perfect outfits for your shoot. Your stylist will be able to offer expert advice on how to emphasize your assets and choose outfits you will be excited to showcase in your photos. This is also a good time to book a hair stylist and makeup artist if the photographer you have booked does not offer those services.

 

3. One Month Prior – Go Shopping!

Another crucial step, but also super fun, is to get out and pick your outfits. I suggest shopping a few weeks prior to your photo-shoot to ensure that you are not rushed and have time to pick out perfect accessories to complete your ensemble. We have a fantastic post about how to shop for your boudoir shoot here.

 

4. Two to Four Days Prior – Groom Yourself

If you want to get a haircut or dye, a spray tan, or a wax done, this is the time to do it. It is best to book these appointments at least a few days in advance to allow time for your treatments to settle. You will also want to take extra care to moisturize your skin during this time so the day of your shoot your skin looks supple and soft.

 

5. One Day Prior – Finishing Touches

This is the day you take care of all the little things. Book an appointment for a manicure and pedicure to make sure your nails are well groomed. Drink plenty of water to plump up your skin, lightly stretch to prevent any soreness after your session, and make sure you get enough sleep so you are energized for the next day.

 

6. Day Of – Have Fun!

Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get ready, even if you have a makeup artist and hair stylist to prepare you. You will want to wash your hair and body, moisturize, eat a hearty meal to keep your energy up, and pack up your outfits and accessories for the shoot. It is important to arrive to your shoot on time to get the most out of what your photographer has planned and to go over the schedule for your session. And remember this session is all about you, so have fun with it! Play your favourite music, eat your favourite foods, and be sure to enjoy yourself in every way possible.

 

Being prepared for your boudoir shoot is the best possible way to make sure the session goes smoothly, and I hope these tips helped to avoid hectic planning, and make the experience enjoyable!

Lingerie for the Wedding Season

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We understand planning a wedding is hectic. There are a million different things to think about – photographers, menus, and gowns, just to name a few – and lingerie is no exception here. Luckily, we love lingerie and have some suggestions for all the moments when you will be relying on your lingerie to make you look your best!

 

1. Boudoir Photo Shoot

Many brides love to give their fiancé a special gift of photos from their boudoir shoot, and this is a very exciting time to wear lingerie. Basically anything goes in this part of your wedding season – have fun with it! Wear pieces that show off your favourite features, from the silk chemise to your fiancé’s go-to button down shirt. For a guide on how to shop for your boudoir shoot, check out this post, and be sure to ask your photographer for recommendations, as they will probably have some great ideas for you!

 

2. Rehearsal Dinner

You will most likely be all dolled up in a cute and fun dress this evening, trying to forget all the stresses of the coming wedding day. This is a great opportunity to wear lingerie that makes you look like you’re calm, cool and collected. I suggest opting for a slip underneath your dress to make you look sleek, smooth, and to minimize lines under your garment. And remember, just because it is a slip doesn’t mean it has to be boring. There are so many options here, but as a soon-to-be bride I highly suggest going for classic white silk with lace trim to keep up that bridal theme.

 

3. Wedding Day

The lingerie you wear on your wedding day will depend on the gown you have chosen. Overall, something supportive, strapless, and low-back is what many brides are looking for underneath that princess gown. I suggest going for a seamless, shaping bustier paired with some shaping underwear if you are looking for firm structure. If you’ve purchased a gown that fits you like a glove and don’t need structure, splurge on a pair of delicate, lacy white or skin-toned knickers to treat yourself.

 

4. Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is another great way to pamper yourself with lingerie. I recommend going all-out with this, and treating yourself to everything from a soft new white negligée for sleeping in to an ultra-sexy playsuit – and of course you’ll need all new bra and panty sets to show off to your partner! Keep in mind your honeymoon destination while shopping, and opt for lingerie that suits the location, for many that means keeping it light and cool while they relax in a hot and sunny location.

 

 

Organizing a wedding can be hectic, but hopefully these tips have answered a few of your questions and given you a ton of inspiration for your wedding lingerie collection.

How To Shop For Your Boudoir Shoot

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A boudoir photo-shoot is an exciting way to showcase an intimate side to your personality, and a great way to show off your incredible assets in photos you will have for a lifetime. Although a boudoir shoot is an exhilarating endeavour, sometimes picking the right outfits can be a bit daunting – especially if you’re new to the wonderful world of lingerie. Luckily I have a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for outfits for your photo-shoot!

 

1. Emphasize Your Assets  

Start your shopping trip by considering what your favourite features are about yourself, and think about how you want to emphasize those features. If you want to show off your legs, consider ditching the boy-short panty and opting for something that sits a little higher on the leg, such as a bikini style bottom. If you love your shoulders or back, go for a slinky piece with thin straps, halter straps, or no straps (corsets, corsets, and more corsets!)

 

2. Minimize Your Discomforts

While we like to showcase your fabulous features in our photos, it’s also important to dress for your comfort level. If you feel self conscious about your tummy, look for babydolls, flowy chemises, or teddies. If you are looking to hide shoulders, arms, or create length, consider wearing a lace or sheer robe and leaving it open to create long vertical lines.

 

3. Remember, This Is About You!

As I stated above, it is so important that you keep within your comfort zone and to stay true to yourself. If you love colour and texture, bling and sparkles, or vintage glamour, we want to create photos that represent your unique style and personality. Don’t be afraid to wear that strategically torn Metallica t-shirt or your full length vintage style chemise – whatever makes you feel great!

 

4. Ask For Help!

Don’t be afraid to ask a sales associate for help. They will very likely have great product knowledge and will be able to help you pick something that looks great, makes you feel comfortable, and flatters your figure. Additionally your photographer should be knowledgeable about what garments will be flattering for your body shape and style of photo-shoot, so ask for pointers during your consultation.

 

Good luck on your shopping trip, and I hope these tips help you on your way to finding the perfect outfits!