Outdoor Boudoir Session// St. Louis, MO

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

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

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

outdoor boudoir session//implied photo//see through robe//nuetral colors//jean shorts//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

Outdoor boudoir doesn’t make sense?

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

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

What should you wear to these sessions?

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

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

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

outdoor boudoir session//implied//jean shorts//wet hair//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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?

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

outdoor boudoir session//implied photo//high waisted jean shorts//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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.

outdoor boudoir session//neutral color flower bodysuit//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com outdoor boudoir session//denim shirt//brown cowboy boots//jean shorts//natural sunlight//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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!

outdoor boudoir session//off the shoulder denim shirt//brown cowboy boots//jean shorts//quarter horse//sorrel with flaxen mane and tail//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.comoutdoor boudoir session//anchorr croptop//black anchorr thong//sorrel with flaxen mane and tail//quarter horse//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

outdoor boudoir session//black crop top//jean shorts//purple cowboy boots//palamino//quarter horse//sorrel with flaxen mane and tail//nature//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown if St. Louis, MO//See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com

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.

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

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 

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Madi

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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

When you’re on vacation, it’s great to live in the moment– but it’s also nice to have some photos from your trip! It’s all about finding that balance! 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//st. louis photography

 

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 family 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 leads 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.

 

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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!

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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Spray Tan St. Louis- Just Fakin Tans

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

bridal boudoir session//veil photo//white lace cheeky underwear// long blonde hair//boudoir photo//spray tan//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

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

 

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

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

Glow'd Up body suit// White Brick wall//boudoir photo//spray tan//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

What does she offer?

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

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

black high heels// pink lace bra// black chaise lounge// blue plaid shirt//boudoir photo//spray tan//photo by Boudoir by Tracy Brown//St. Louis, MO// See more at boudoirbytracybrown.com.

Prepping for your Spray Tan

Here are some tips to prep for your airbrush tan.

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

How to Book your Spray Tan

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

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