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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Spray Tan St. Louis- Just Fakin Tans

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

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

 

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

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

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What does she offer?

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

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

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Prepping for your Spray Tan

Here are some tips to prep for your airbrush tan.

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

How to Book your Spray Tan

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

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Boudoir Session Prep//St. Louis, MO

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

To tan or not to tan?

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

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

What to wear?

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

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

Should you wax?

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

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Some other things to consider for boudoir session prep.

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

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Boudoir Photos for the Empowered Woman

A few weeks ago, I spoke with and then photographed Missy Bliss, an intimacy coach in the South St. Louis area. She actually coaches one of my clients, who recommended I contact her. Several times this year I have mentioned that 2018 is the year we need to learn to love ourselves through boudoir photos and other means.  With a team behind you, I definitely think you can!

This article was written by Missy, of The Magnificent Woman.To find out more about her services, or to become a client, email her at themagnificentwoman@gmail.com.

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The Wholly Empowered Woman: I took Boudoir Photos In My Underwear and I Don’t Regret It At All.

Part of being good at what I do as an Intimacy Coach is being a phenomenal leader. That’s why, after finding myself with the opportunity to have a fancy boudoir photo shoot with a very talented local photographer, I literally jumped out of my chair shouting “YES!”

Little did I know, I was signing up for a rollercoaster ride of emotions, forced to deal with things I thought I’d already conquered. Building body confidence is no joke.
After ending my conversation with a very well known and very talented local photographer, Tracy Brown, I was grinning from ear to ear. I had agreed to take boudoir photos in lingerie and post them for the whole world to see.

We were going to share these photos far and wide, and they were going to represent something Tracy and I are both deeply passionate about, women being proud of their real life bodies.

A few more minutes of initial excitement passed and then it hit me… I had just agreed to take photographs in lingerie and allow the whole world to see them.

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Cue Critical Thoughts

I have birthed and nursed two children. My love affair with brownies is serious and legitimate. That big scar on my right knee from the bike accident in the sixth grade is still visible.  

What’s my Mom going to think of these boudoir photos? Will my man be okay with this? I need to call my personal trainer and tell him we need to ramp it up big time. Shopping for the perfect outfit is a must do. Do people still tan? Will it look like I think too highly of myself? I’m proud of these stretch marks, but I have no idea if they photograph well. Wait, am I actually proud of these stretch marks?

I have spent nearly a decade teaching women to fall madly in love with themselves, but people are often confused about what I actually do.

Intimacy isn’t just about sexy time with your partner. It’s about telling the truth about who you are, even if you can be rejected, telling the truth to yourself to begin to build a wild and sustainable romance with who you are behind the smile, clothes, and lifestyle. The goal is to learn to love yourself so deeply and purely that the rest of your world naturally falls into alignment.

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The Road to the Session

The weeks leading up to my photoshoot were difficult. It was so hard to determine where I actually stood with  it. I love seeing women photographed in their glorious authentic bodies. I should be good to go, right?

I’m fit, but I’m fit-ish. Observation of Taco Tuesday is a religious and spiritual practice, but hey, I burn those calories. Though I am in my mid thirties,  I look slightly younger. I know how to dress for my body shape, what makeup looks best on me in photographs, and I’m a freaking leader in this community. I’VE GOT THIS! Everytime a critical thought popped up I would repeat my go-to mantra “I AM ENOUGH!”

Little by little, I could feel the anxiety gently turning back into excitement. I was on a roll with my workouts, went tanning, and, to my delight, everyone I told about my upcoming shoot was deeply supportive. Whenever I stopped to look into a mirror I would affirm that even if Tracy and I only empowered one woman to love herself more through these boudoir photos, that was enough for me.

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The Session

The morning of the photoshoot was cold and grey. I arrived for hair and makeup a few minutes early, thinking very seriously about running in the opposite direction. Instead, I kept repeating “I AM ENOUGH!” in my mind. 

I walked in to The Blowout Bar and was greeted by my lovely hair and makeup genius, Kendra.  The whole process went by without a hiccup. I left feeling so glamorous in those big makeup lights and ready for the camera! Tracy’s chic loft studio is located in one of the hippest neighborhoods our city has to offer. There was definitely a subtle energy of style and sophistication when walking up to the building.

After being buzzed in, I took the elevator up, breathing deeply the whole time, holding a bag filled with gorgeous lingerie and shoes, ready to use them. It was finally happening!  
I felt right at home walking into the studio. The sky was grey outside, but it was so warm and cozy inside. She talked with me for a bit, putting some more of my critical thoughts to rest, and then gave me the tour.

We looked through my wardrobe options and then she closed the door to the large dressing room. Suddenly it was me, in my gorgeous hair and makeup, practically naked in front of the mirror. 

“I Am Enough”

I don’t think I actually thought about how to pose my body once before that moment. Luckily, Tracy knew just what to do. “Turn your head a few degrees toward the ceiling.” “Lift your back” “Look at this spot on the wall” “Breathe all the way out and twist.”

After this session, I have a new respect for models! It wasn’t an easy thing to do at all. I held the poses like I would in yoga, breathing through them and listening to my body, and loving myself for being brave enough to show up.

Tracy showed me the boudoir photos as she took them. She used them to both empower me to see my beauty and to show me which poses worked best for my body. We used the in between time to discuss our shared passion for empowering women to love themselves. Several wardrobe changes and countless laughs later we were all done.

In about a day I was choosing from the proofs that made my eyes swell with tears. I actually did it and I was so happy I did. The boudoir photos were stunning. Here I was, Intimacy Coach Missy Bliss, falling in love with my real life body again.

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The Lesson a Boudoir Shoot Can Teach

The lesson I re-learned from this is your real life authentic body looks like anything you want it to look like. Maybe you do workout before, or maybe you don’t. If you go tanning or wear a push up bra or not, it’s up to you. You decide how much makeup, what lingerie, and what makes you feel good about you. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, but no one wants you to feel like someone else completely.

These are gorgeous boudoir photos of the real you, whatever that means to you. I often tell my clients that radical self love is not optional. I am so glad I took my own advice. After two babies and a lifetime of life, I am very proud of the work Tracy and I have done. 
-Missy Bliss- themagnificentwoman@gmail.com.

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Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed these words from a real life intimacy coach.  Missy was absolutely amazing to get to know. She takes her career seriously and will help you know and love yourself if you are ready to take that next step! Reach out to her! You won’t regret it!

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The Seasons of Boudoir Photography

There are so many times in one’s life that deserve to be memorialized with a boudoir session. Bridal, maternity, and after the kids, when your body has grown life, are all times you deserve a way to remember each change in your body.  I’ve written before about the traditional anniversary gifts, but I wanted to delve more into the different seasons of boudoir photography  and why each is important and should be remembered!

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Remember, these are just the times I, personally, feel boudoir sessions are ideal.  I realize life happens, the “ideal” times may be a bit out of order, and that’s okay! If we stick pretty close to this schedule, though, when you are old and gray and thinking back on your life, you will have a volume of albums as a record of these changes your body has been through while you were a busy woman in St. Louis, MO! How cool is that?

Bridal Boudoir Photography

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The majority of my clients are brides, which I absolutely love. This is such a fun, although stressful, time in one’s life. I’m always so happy they trust me with such an important and vulnerable piece of their wedding.

Why is a bridal boudoir photography session such an important season to be photographed?  Let’s be honest here.  Brides are likely in the best shape of their lives.  This is when they have been working out hard in preparation for being in a huge crowd of people. Brides are eating healthy, their hair is long, and their skin is glowing!  It’s the “ideal” time to record a boudoir photography session. But also, who doesn’t was more souvenirs of such a fun and exciting time of your life!?

Maternity Boudoir Photography

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Women can create a life, with the help of their significant other of course. What better way to celebrate this miracle than with a boudoir session celebrating their body?  I personally feel that every woman should experience a maternity boudoir session.  Honor the work your body is putting in to create that precious baby you will hold in your arms soon!

The best time I have found for a maternity boudoir session is around 7 months or so. The belly is at that cute round stage, but you can still get around somewhat easily, which will make posing easier!

Five Year Anniversary

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I have not had kids, but I will tell you at our five year anniversary, my body still looked decent, but had definitely changed from what it was when Cody and I first married.  Whether your body is in better shape than it’s ever been, you have stretch marks from having kids, or you have gained a few pounds, your husband loves you for who you are. This is a time in one’s life that’s completely different from the first bridal boudoir session.  Most women are completely different after five years– and this is a great thing! You and your husband have grown together in this time, and he will love to see this you in a boudoir photography session. Plus you probably haven’t felt as beautiful as you really are since your wedding, so this is a great time to change that!

Seven Year Anniversary

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For the seven year anniversary, I think that having a boudoir session in the opposite season as your five year anniversary album is the ideal situation.  What I mean is if you have your five year session in the summer and wear mostly flowery colors and summer outfits, let’s do your seven year anniversary in the winter and wear more warmer winter outfits in cooler colors!

I think this anniversary is more for you than for your husband but rest assured he will appreciate it! This is a great time to remind yourself that you are beautiful and deserve the pampering.  You are more than just a wife and a mom. You are a woman, too!

Ten Year Anniversary

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The ten year anniversary is a big anniversary overall. This is a great anniversary gift that he will obviously love. It’s not exactly the “traditional anniversary gift“- that’s tin/aluminum. HUH?!  What would you even get that’s tin or aluminum? A barn? Anyway, this is way better for you and for him than the traditional gift.

This is also the time when you should go all out for your session.  All the new lingerie, the fur, the jewelry, new shoes- all things he hasn’t ever seen before! He will love seeing you in this new light and you will feel like a new woman during the session and when you see the album!  You will be a completely different person ten years after your wedding and we need to be sure we catch the new you!

Fifteen Year Anniversary

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At this point, it may have been five years since your last boudoir session.  A lot of changes happen in five years to your body.  I don’t think that is a bad thing though.  I want to embrace your curves and show you that the changes are a beautiful thing.  This is the perfect time to update your boudoir photos! Besides, the clothing styles will have changed, or your style in general as you age.

Twenty Year Anniversary

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Your twenty year anniversary is possibly more important than the rest! You have likely raised a family (or are just finishing up), you have your life together, and you and your husband may be relearning how to be together without your kids! Use this season in your life to have a boudoir session photographed. It will help you remember how beautiful you are, and give you confidence in yourself.  It will help you remember that you are a woman and deserve to feel important.  Plus your husband will love it!

I may have stopped listing anniversaries here, but I don’t think that this is the last time you should do a boudoir session! You should continue to have a boudoir session photographed every three to five years, just to continue to memorialize your growth and maturity throughout your years.  All seasons of life are beautiful! Let’s celebrate it!

Other Seasons of Boudoir Photography

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Some other times in your life that deserve to be remembered with a boudoir photography session could be a recent divorce or break-up, weight loss, fitness competitions, a confidence boosting session, or simply because you want to. My clients will all tell you that the session ends up being more for you than for whom you are gifting it!

Anyway…

Like I said before, I think if you take the time to have your session photographed at most of these times in your life( I realize it may not happen every time), you will really appreciate this as you get older.  Your daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters will, especially, love looking through the volume of boudoir albums, I promise! And we can keep any implied nudes out of those albums 😉

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

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

spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//photo is stock photo from pixels.com// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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

boudoir photo//angles// knee high socks//sweaters//lace underwear//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Boudoir Session with Boudoir by Tracy Brown

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

boudoir photo// knee high socks//sweaters//love//lace underwear//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Spa Day

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

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

spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by pixels.com// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Makeover

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

boudoir photo//sweaters//lHMU by Blowout Bar of St. Louis//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Lash Extensions

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

boudoir photo// pink body suit//lavendar hair//white fur rug//navy velvet couch//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Weight Loss Coaching

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

boudoir photo// note strappy heels//cream body suit//white fur rug//blonde hair//hardwood wall//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Pole Dancing Fitness Party

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

natural light//l boudoir photo//black lace//spa day//mother's day gift// st. louis, mo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown// See more gift ideas at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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

If you want to give someone the gift of boudoir (or hint at your spouse ;), click here to get in touch with me!

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Tips to Look Your Best in Everyday Photos

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

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

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Please send me the “Five Tips to Look Great in Everyday Photos” Guide!




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

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

five tips to look your best in everyday photos//guide created by Boudoir by Tracy Brown. Find out more at boudoirbytracybrown.com!

What else should you know about the guide?

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

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

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

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Boudoir Outfit Tips//St. Louis, MO

The most asked question at boudoir session consults is “what outfits do you recommend”. I usually send clients the link to my What to Wear series, part’s 1, 2, 3, but I think, since it has been a year, it’s time to update for 2018. I have so many updated boudoir outfit tips, so be ready to take notes!

boudoir outfit tips//gray sweater//boudoir photo//nuetral makeup//pink lips//eyelash extensions//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Size Matters

I think the most important thing is to make sure your outfits, especially your bra and panties, fit correctly.  Some important boudoir outfit tips to note:

  • You want your underwear to be about 1 size bigger than you normally wear. I think most women(or maybe it’s just me) tend to want to fit in the size they wore in high school or college. You don’t want the lace to look stretched or to create a muffin top.  An even worse situation is when you spent the money for Calvin Klein underwear and the letters are stretched out!
  • Make sure your bra fit is flattering as well.  While I do love bralettes, they aren’t flattering to all body types, especially if they don’t hold the girls up.  You also want to make sure that when you lie down, your bust stays in the cups/fills them out.  Padded bras are great in most situations, but some poses may be better with non-padded bras (more lacy maybe), so be sure to bring several different bra types.

boudoir outfit tips//white lace lingerie//moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Bodysuits

One of my main boudoir outfit tips for bodysuits is to find a bodysuit that is high waisted. It will give the illusion that your legs are several inches longer than they are. Most thong bodysuits are high waisted, so look for those.  If you can find a body suit to show off side boob, that’s a win as well! My favorite places to find these bodysuits are Forever21 and Urban Outfitters.  Both places have the bodysuits that meet my criteria for the perfect boudoir outfit.

Pair them with an off the shoulder sweater, a jacket, or maybe a button up to really knock this outfit out of the park!

boudoir outfit tips//pink body suit//sparkly shoes// navy velvet couch//lavendar hair//moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Sweaters

When clients ask for boudoir outfit tips, I usually mention sweaters! I really love off the shoulder sweaters/ tees. There’s so much potential to make the images look more fashionable here.  There are a few pointers to remember with this one though.  You don’t want the sweater to be too large or bulky.  If they are, this ends up making you look and feel bulky. The lighter sweaters/tees/henley’s are actually better for boudoir outfits because they allow for more movement. I love pairing sweaters with thigh high knit socks.  The cozy looks always makes a girl feel great about herself!

boudoir outfit tips//cream off the shoulder sweater//tall knit socks//ombre//moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Crop Tops

I LOVE that crop tops are in now. They can be so fun to photograph with so much potential in boudoir.  This won’t work for everyone, but some women can get away with showing under boob with crop tops, which from what I hear, is considered really sexy by guys.  You have to have the right bust for this though!

Crop tops are easy to work with and still shows enough skin to make you feel sexy.  I like the looser tops usually but it’s always best to bring more options than less.  The only time I will really recommend the tighter crop tops are if we can get away with showing under boob!

boudoir outfit tips//thigh high black heels//white crop top//hair extentions//moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Robes

A pretty silk or lace robe really makes a girl feel sexy.  There is so much you can do with a robe during your session. From wearing it like normal, holding it off your shoulders, maybe giving the camera a look over your shoulder (don’t worry I will help you get that “look”), and strategically covering the areas that you want covered, robes have so much potential.

boudoir outfit tips//white lace lingerie//white lace robe//bridal boudoir photography//moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Nude

I think this outfit choice scares a lot of women.  Just remember, I am a woman, too.  It will just be the two of us in the studio, and we are going to cover the areas that need to be covered! Implied nudes can really show off your femininity, curves, and your confidence, which is the sexiest trait of all. Trust me, these images will end up being some of your favorites!

boudoir outfit tips//White sheets for an implied nude // Boudoir by Tracy Brown St. Louis//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

High Heels

A lot of my clients tell me they aren’t comfortable walking in heels.  I’m not making you walk in them, so no worries. We will pose in them. The main criteria for heels for boudoir photography is to be sure they are 4-5 inches tall.  Pumps are the best because they add a few extra inches to your legs when you stretch out and point your toes, and they make you feel beautiful.

I also love ankle booties with heels with the right outfit.  I seriously love this outfit. The sweater paired with these booties my clients just happened to wear to her session ended up being my very favorite photo from her set of images.

boudoir outfit tips//A shot with just legs– get the look with a crop top, black lace panties, and tan patent heels// Boudoir by Tracy Brown//see more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Accessories

I am planning to write another blog post specifically on this topic in a few weeks, but until then, I want to discuss this topic a bit.  Accessories can make or break the outfit.  A set of pearls is not going to go very well with your man’s huge Blues Jersey (which I don’t recommend anyway, but you get the point). It would look great with a silk robe, thigh highs and a lace bra and panty set though.  What I am getting at here is be logical with your accessories.

Necklaces work with some poses, but not for all. I love when some chunky (pretty but not gaudy) jewelry falls around the cleavage.  It feels so classy! We will dive more into this in the accessory blog post to come, but I wanted to toss out some ideas!

Earrings can be too much if they are too dangly.  Simple is better with earrings, especially if you are pairing them with a necklace. Stick to gold hoops, diamond studs, etc.

boudoir outfit tips//black lace lingerie//marble robe//chunky gold necklace//moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

 

Other Boudoir Outfit Tips

When you wear something sporty, maybe add some lace underwear in the mix to make it feel a bit sexier.  I know we have a lot of Blues fans in St. Louis, and some girls want to wear the jerseys.  I would recommend going with a fitted tee with the logo instead.  Those hockey jerseys can swallow you up since they typically aren’t fitted, which means they aren’t very flattering to a woman’s body! Boudoir photography is specifically to show off those curves after all!

Think about pairing your sporty outfits with a pair of thigh high knit socks or even thigh high stockings. Your man is sure to love this idea!

boudoir outfit tips//black lace lingerie/blues hockey jersey///moody boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown of St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Conclusion

There are so many options for outfits.  The more outfit options you bring to the session, the better. I can help mix and match during the session!

Did these boudoir outfit tips help you out?  Do you have any questions about anything in this article? Email me! I would love to hear from you!

Are you ready to book?  Email me at tracy@boudoirbytracybrown.com so we can discuss your session!

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Anniversary Gift//Boudoir Photos

I want to preface this blog post by saying that Cody and I are not traditional by any means.  We married in Las Vegas and lived together prior to marriage.  Thankfully, our families didn’t seem to mind (and if they did they kept it to themselves). We don’t get each other a birthday or anniversary gift. We would both rather travel. I realize many of my clients ARE traditional though, so I decided to discuss traditional anniversary gift by year.

Heads up, I am biased on which years are the best years to gift a boudoir album, so obviously I’m concentrating on those years.  Boudoir photography is what I do, you know. The actual anniversary gift list by year is at the end of this blog article though. 🙂

anniversary gift//traditional anniversary gift by year//photo by pixababy.com// see more about anniversary gifts at boudoirbytracybrown.com

The First Year

Paper is the traditional first year gift.  Obviously, I consider this the perfect time to give the boudoir album! A few of my clients, who don’t end up booking the session for their wedding gift, actually book a session shortly after their wedding.  They are still in the best shape of their life, so they can remember their rocking body, plus the album will be sure to be done for their first anniversary!

I also want to take a second and talk about one of my albums, The Milan. A few of you may have seen me unbox this on my isntastory. This album is super customizable, from the box, to the interior of the box and the cover of the album.  I specifically love that we can write a little note on the cover.  Most clients choose “Love, their name,” but you can customize it however you choose.

The Milan album//boudoir albums//boudoir photography album//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy brown//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com The Milan album//boudoir albums//boudoir photography album//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy brown//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com The Milan album//boudoir albums//boudoir photography album//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy brown//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

The Third Year

Leather. Based on the traditional anniversary gift list, this would also be the opportune time to give a boudoir album. Most of my album cover options are leather, or they can be upgraded to leather, which makes it the perfect third year gift.

tan crop top sweater//cream lace panties//ankle booties//white fur rug//cream chaise lounge// St. Louis, MO loft//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

The Fifth Year

Wood. This is the perfect time for a wall portrait!  We all know how I feel about boudoir wall portraits.  I think that you, and everyone really, deserve to memorialize your beautiful selves on your walls. My clients who have booked consults know all about my wall portrait collections- the Peek-a-boo collection.  See an example below.

Boudoir wall portraits can be as revealing or as covered as you want. Many of my clients have children, so I do understand that the images on the wall need to be classy. Honestly though, I strive to make sure all of my work is classy so that isn’t really an issue. I think this image would make a perfect wall portrait in anyone’s home though! What do you think?

implied nude// champagne and strawberries//anniversary gift idea//boudoir photo//knee high boots//white fur rug//miss vi ho//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

The Tenth Year

Tin/Aluminum.  Okay. This is where I veer away from the traditional.  What do you get that’s tin/aluminum anyway?  I personally think the tenth year anniversary is the perfect time to go all out and get him something he will really appreciate.  Combine the first, third, and fifth year presents and get an album and wall portrait. He will love this plus it’s a gift of self love!  P.S. the modern recommended ten year gift is diamonds, so be sure to drop that hint throughout the year for him!

cream sweater/ knee high boots//plus size model//ombre hair//boudoir photo//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

The Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fifteenth Years

Silk. Lace. Crystal. You should expect lots of lingerie and jewelry between the tenth and fifteenth anniversary, if he is following tradition.  All three of these make GORGEOUS accessories for boudoir sessions, so this is the perfect time to show off that beautiful anniversary gift he bought.  We all know he will love the results!

Another possibility is to use everything he gave you from the twelfth, thirteenth, and fifteenth years and use it in the fifteenth anniversary boudoir album.

lavender hair//gray knee high socks//gray body suit//sock cap//cream chaise lounge// St. Louis, MO loft//Photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Anniversary Gift List by Year

Below is the actual traditional anniversary gift list by year.  I skipped around above with my thoughts as it applies to boudoir sessions, but wanted to be sure to include the actual list. One important thing I noticed while researching is that everyone has different takes on what the modern version of each could include.  At first I thought I would include the modern version, but decided to let you come to your own conclusion.  I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts though!  What anniversary do you think is the best time to give the boudoir album?

  • First: Paper
  • Second: Cotton
  • Third: Leather
  • Fourth: Fruit/Flowers
  • Fifth: Wood
  • Sixth: Candy/iron
  • Seventh: Wool/copper
  • Eighth: Bronze/ Pottery
  • Ninth: Pottery/Willow
  • Tenth: Tin/aluminum
  • Eleventh: Steel  New car?
  • Twelfth: Silk/linen
  • Thirteenth: Lace
  • Fourteenth: Ivory
  • Fifteenth: Crystal
  • Twentieth: China
  • Twenty-fifth: Silver
  • Thirtieth: Pearl
  • Fortieth: Ruby
  • Fiftieth: Gold
  • Sixtieth: Diamondanniversary gift//traditional anniversary gift by year//photo by pixels.com// see more about anniversary gifts at boudoirbytracybrown.com