STL Date Ideas for Fun Couples

It’s so easy to get in a rut of doing the same things during your down time. After a busy week of juggling all of your responsibilities, it’s so easy to just Netflix and chill on the couch or getting take out from the same place–– which can be so needed sometimes.

BUT, let’s not forget the amazing things our city has to offer! And sometimes, a fun night out on the town can do us some good! But then it comes down to figuring out where to go, it takes forever to pick a place–– it’s like when you don’t know what to watch on Netflix and scroll for a long time! By the time you make your pick, the night is over!

I love our city, which is something I NEVER thought I would say when I moved here almost 3 years ago. This is why I decided to make a FUN list of Date Nights Spots in STL!

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8 STL Date Ideas

You will find the list of 8 STL Date Ideas below!  Some of these things I have actually done/been to.  Some are activities I am adding to my to do list. Let me know if you have done one or more of these activities and how you liked it!

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1. The Hill- specifically Charlie Gittos

Cody and I love Charlie Gittos in Hollywood Casino, but if you are looking for a romantic date night, skip the casino and go to The Hill!  It’s such a unique neighborhood.   We had such a great time walking through it even in December.

2. The Fabulous Fox

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Catch a show at The Fabulous Fox.  We haven’t done this yet, but we have eaten at the Mexican restaurant across from it, and it looks like so much fun. By the way, that Mexican restaurant is called Lucha Mexican Soul Food and it is so good!

3.  Day Date to the Zoo

This is one Cody and I have done, and to be honest it was probably my favorite.  I’m an animal lover though, so the St. Louis Zoo probably isn’t for everyone. Dates that last all day are always my favorite!

4. Kayaking on Creve Coeur Lake

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We lived 2 miles from Creve Coeur lake when we were in St. Louis, but kayaking isn’t something we ever got around to doing.  I think it looks so relaxing though! This is another one of those all day dates.

5. Dinner at 801 Chophouse and Drinks at Three-Sixty

This is a pricey date, but worth it! Cody and I had 801 Chophouse when we first moved to the city. Oh. My. Gosh.  So good! Then, head over to Three-Sixty for sweeping views of the city while sipping your favorite cocktail!

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6. Brewery Tour

Anhueser-Busch is a huge thing in St. Louis. Learn all about the Anhueser-Busch Brewery on the tour.  A few of the tours even offer beer tasting. Or you can try their beerschool to learn all you never knew you wanted to know about beer.

7.  Cardinals Game

You aren’t a true St. Louis resident if you haven’t been to a Cardinal’s game are you?  Before you leave, stop at Ballpark Village for dinner at Budweiser Brew House.  So good!

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8. Blue’s Game

St. Louis’ Blue’s Hockey is another one of those things you have to mark off your list to be a St. Louis resident! 🙂

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Other options

St. Louis has plenty to offer if these suggestions don’t do anything for you! I tried Ted Drewes the other day…. so good.  Take a walk at Forest Park, go to the arch, or just take a drive down to Southern Illinois to visit the wine trails. Whatever you do, cherish the time you have with your significant other.  Invest in your relationship! And invest in our beautiful city!

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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.

How to Receive the Photography Guide?

To access the photography guide, simply fill out the form below. Heads up to those on my email list, the guide is already in your inbox. 🙂

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Reminders…

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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By the way, follow each girl on Instagram! Here are their handles.

Stephanie

outdoor boudoir session//kiss me lingerie blue bra and panty set//red high heels//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Vi 

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

Madi

outdoor boudoir session//liviara strappy lace bra and panty set//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Maddie

outdoor boudoir session//peach bodysuit//cream lace robe//western belt//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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

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

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

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

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

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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Vacation Photography Tips

Summer is just around the corner and I’m sure many of you are headed out for your yearly family vacations! I am headed somewhere in July, but I haven’t planned because we are last minute planners who hope to find a fun deal.  I know many of you may be going to some fun places with your family, so I put together  vacation photography tips to help you catch those incredible memories. Whether your child is two or fifteen, this is your first trip as husband and wife, or this is your twentieth year anniversary, you want to be sure to remember them for years to come.

vacation photography tips//Photo by Tracy Brown of Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

Capture the Details

There are so many new and fun things to see when you visit a new place.  Be sure to photograph the cool things so you can remember it! My husband and I love to go on fishing trips by the ocean, so I always bring my camera to photograph those details.

Think about photographing the sunrise or sunset, the way the water moves, the fish you catch, the food you eat, the fun signs they may have in the restaurants, etc.  Also photograph your kids playing in the waves in the early morning, or your new husband walking down the beach to you.

Did you notice that most of my details are near the ocean?  I love the beach so much.

vacation photography tips//Photo by Tracy Brown of Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

Photograph the Moments

What I mean by this is catch the quiet moments when your baby is asleep, and photograph this/her having the time of their life as well.  Photograph your husband lying on the beach taking a nap or playing in the waves while you read a book. Don’t miss the moments just because you don’t think it is important now.  It’ll be important one day!

vacation photography tips//Photo by Tracy Brown of Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO vacation photography tips//Photo by Tracy Brown of Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines

If you aren’t a photographer, you may not even know about this.  It’s a composition basic in photography, though. Basically, things are more pleasing to the eye if you place things in a third of the photo. Check out this article to see more about it, but a basic overview is in the photo below.  It has leading lines, AND follows the rule of thirds a bit.  It isn’t technically perfect, but I was on vacation and more worried about having fun than having perfect photos!

The boat dock lead your eye straight to the sunset in the right third of the photo, so it includes the leading line and the rule of thirds.  Just know you won’t have access to leading lines in every photo you take, and don’t spend your whole vacation searching for them. If you stumble across leading lines, though, put them to use!

vacation photography tips//Photo by Tracy Brown of Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

Forget Perfection

I think this is the most important vacation photography tip I can give you. It’s one I definitely subscribe to when we are on vacation. Enjoy the moment and forget about perfection. Vacation doesn’t happen often and while it is a great time to practice with your camera, it’s also a time to enjoy your family.

I still worry about light and the way it falls while on vacation, but what I really want to capture is the feelings on vacation.  It’s not going to matter in 50 years how perfect your photos are.  It’s going to mean more to just have them to look back on.

vacation photography tips//Photo by Tracy Brown of Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO

The Most Important Vacation Photography Tip

The most important vacation photography tip I can leave you with is to just enjoy your vacation. Take the photos with your iPhone and leave your camera in the room if it helps you enjoy those moments.

Reminder

Semi-Annual Session Sale//Boudoir Photography//St. Louis, MO// Boudoir photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of STL

My Semi Annual Session Sale starts next Friday, May 25, 2018.  Be sure to take advantage of it because it only happens twice a year. Check out the details here.

If you aren’t already, follow me on social media at the links below!

Instagram: @boudoir_by_tracy_brown

Facebook: Boudoir by Tracy Brown

Pinterest: @boudoirbytbrown

 

Semi-Annual Sale- St. Louis

I’m taking one from Victoria’s Secret’s book this year by starting my own semi-annual sale.  Because who doesn’t love a good sale!? Every year, I plan to do a summer sale and a black Friday/cyber Monday sale.  These sessions are very limited and have restrictions though, as all sales do. Keep reading to find out how you can get in on the deal!

boudoir photo//semi-annual sale//victoria's secret// black thong//black scarf//fur rug//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com//sign up for my email list to be the first to hear about the sale!

The Semi-Annual Sale

Whether you are a wife, mom, or both or neither, you deserve time to yourself.  This is for you no matter where you are in life. Boudoir sessions can make you feel like a whole new woman and this sale is the perfect time to treat yourself! Prioritize this summer with something just for you, while still getting something for him.  Let’s call it early Christmas shopping.  See more reasons on this blog post about confidence.

While I encourage clients to have something tangible from our sessions (you can read here why), the experience in and of itself is so encouraging and fun for my clients.  Hair and makeup, mimosas, girl time are all included in this session.  It’s a day all about you, and when you leave, you’ll feel like an entirely new woman.

Heather emailed me after her session to tell me this.

“I have never felt more beautiful and confident in myself. The best part of this experience was that when the album was given to my boyfriend, he told me that he loved it, but the real gift was how it made me feel. He saw the confidence that it gave me and he said I was glowing now. It’s amazing how a photo session can change your whole life.”

I want to change your life, too!

boudoir photo//semi-annual sale//victoria's secret//white lace cheeky panties//crop top//hello gorgeous pink and gold mug//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com//sign up for my email list to be the first to hear about the sale!

The Details

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

The semi-annual sale is valid Memorial Day weekend.  May 25, 2018 at 8:00am, I will begin looking through emails, and on May 28, 2018 at 6:00pm the sale ends.

“Fine Print”

  • 10 available sessions.
  • $400 minimum purchase required.
  • No session fee refunds.
  • Sessions scheduled from July 1, 2018- September 17, 2018.
  • See more studio policies here for any questions you may have.

How to book

Email me to book your appointment at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com or click here

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