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6 Proven Tips to Feel your Best and Stay Confident During your Boudoir Session

A boudoir session can be a bit intimidating specially if you haven’t had one in the past, don’t know much about it, and are uninformed, but it can be lots of fun and so empowering if you prepare and know what to do to feel you best and stay confident during your engagement session. And that is exactly what I am going to go over today, my Top Tips to Feel your Best and Stay Confident During your Boudoir Session.

1. Make sure you are comfortable with your photographer.

It’s so important that you meet your photographer or talk to them on the phone before booking them and before your session. This will let you know if you are the right fit for each other. They should let you know what to expect, and what is their approach to boudoir photography. Make sure they answer all your questions, and that you feel comfortable with their answers. Also, make sure to ask them if there will be any other person present at your session like an associate photographer or a make up/hair artist. I think boudoir sessions are very personal, so I usually don’t have an associate with me unless they are female and my client knows about it ahead of time. Sometimes my clients add hair and make up to their session, so the H&M artist will be there to provide that service, but usually leaves right before it starts. Ask to see a full boudoir photo gallery and make sure you like the photographer’s style. I usually shoot for a more natural effortless feel as I think those type of photos look the best and stand the test of time. Ask if they help direct you or if they have a more “hands off” approach, and then decide what makes you feel more comfortable.


2. Choose comfortable lingerie and bring options.

Choosing lingerie that you feel comfortable in is so important. Focus not only on style, but on what makes you feel your best. If you are more conservative, it is completely ok to be more covered up and still look beautiful and sexy. Choose lingerie styles that fit your personal style; there are pieces out there for every woman from more conservative to more risqué, and they can all look very flattering and make you feel beautiful. Remember boudoir photography is more about evoking a feeling than “baring” it all! I suggest trying every piece ahead of time and walking/sitting with them on to make sure everything stays in place and you look the way you want to. Bring several outfit options in case something is not working out, you can change.  If you are looking for lingerie, Adore Me is one of my favorite lingerie online stores, and their selection and style is amazing!


3. Have your hair and make up professionally done.

I suggest you get your hair and makeup professionally done. This way you get to relax and get pampered before your session instead of having to worry about doing it yourself, time, plus getting ready. Make sure you let your make up artist know about any blemishes and marks, both in your face or body, that you might be self conscious about. I suggest a more natural polished look for hair and make up to make sure everything looks effortless, but wearing a bit more make up than usual is a good idea. Make sure you let your hair stylist know any preferences ahead of time so that they can come up with a look that you will love. During the session, make sure your photographer allows for hair and make up touch ups. I always allow time for changes of clothes and to touch up hair and make up, and I am always available to help touch up if needed (it helps I used to be a modeling instructor back in the day, and have plenty of backstage experience! ;)).


4. Have music playing in the background.

Music always helps my boudoir clients relax. Ask if they will have a speaker on hand or if you can bring one to play your music. As for myself, I always have speaker on hand, and will let my clients hook up their phone to it, or if they prefer I can play music from my “boudoir” playlist. If you are a wine or bubbly lover, ask if you can bring a bottle of wine or champagne to sip during your session; this can help calm down your nerves.


5. Make sure to communicate any concerns to your photographer during your session.

If something is bothering you or if there is a side or feature of your body that you rather not put emphasis on, make sure to let your photographer know right away. If they know what’s going on, they will try to fix it, and will try to make sure you feel comfortable. Communication and trust between your photographer is key to a great boudoir session. As a boudoir photographer, I rather have “too much” information than not, because this helps me conduct and direct the session better and ensure we are on the same page.


6. Have fun and forget about everything!

This is the one tip that might sound silly, yet is the most important! Your hair, make up, and wardrobe are all on point, the only thing left to do is to let go, and let your photographer do their work. During your session really just let go and focus on the reason why you are doing this in the first place. Embrace yourself just the way you are, and let go of any fears and insecurities. If you are gifting the photos to your boyfriend, fiancé, or husband, believe me they will love the photos and will so appreciate that you are doing this for them.

Believe me, if you follow these tips, and choose a photographer that empowers you and that you can trust, you will absolutely love your photos and will cherish them for years to come.

I would love to hear what you think in the comments below, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences! If you would like to see some of my past boudoir sessions, click here!

 

Is a First Look Right For You?

A First Look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. It is a term that has become more and more popular in wedding terminology, and it is a decision most couples have to make when discussing the timeline of the day with their wedding photographer. A lot of couples struggle with whether or not having a first look mainly because of tradition, and usually they do not know the background behind this tradition and the reasons why it was put in place.

In the past, the groom waited to see his bride until she was walking down the aisle; a tradition that originated with arranged marriages. In fact, the bride and groom did not see or meet before their wedding day at all so they wouldn’t have be able to back out once they saw what each other looked like. Crazy right!? I believe that is a couple’s personal decision whether or not to have a first look, and I also believe in educating and preparing my clients so that they can make the best decisions related to their wedding. Even though I waited to see my husband until I walked down the aisle 11 years ago, I wouldn’t have done so if someone would have taken the time to explain the real purpose behind this tradition, and the benefits of having a first look. Also, all I wanted to do when I walked down the aisle was to hug him, kiss him, tell him how much I loved him and how handsome he looked, ask him if he liked how I looked and just be together. Instead, all we got to do was hold hands and the ceremony began. Based on my experience as a past bride and as a photographer, I strongly believe having a first look is the best option for several reasons. Here are a few:

1. You get the chance to share a special private moment of connection between the two of you…

One thing any wedding vendor knows for a fact, is that a wedding day is hectic, especially after the ceremony, and most couples do not get to stop and talk to each other privately and share the emotions and feelings they are experiencing. Once you walk down the aisle every moment is very scheduled and sometimes even rehearsed. Every time that I shoot a First Look it’s so special because the bride and the groom get to express their feelings without all the guests present and looking which puts pressure on the couple. It is one of my favorite moments of the day because the moment is that special and the connection I get to capture is so real! After the First Look we usually take photos of the bride and groom during and after so that your couple portraits are out of the way. We also like to photograph the bridal party right after the First Look; that way the bridal party can get to enjoy the cocktail hour.

2. Enjoy more time…

You can get your formal photos out of the way before the ceremony. After the First Look, we usually take photos of the bride and groom so that your couple portraits are out of the way. We also like to photograph the bridal party and your family right after the First Look so that way the bridal party and your family can get to enjoy the cocktail hour. The bridal party and family can wait in transportation or meet the couple at the First Look location.

Below are two scenarios showing a schedule with and without a First Look…

Photography portrait schedule if you do a First Look:

– (2.5 hours before ceremony) First look then Bride & Groom portraits alone
– (1.5 hours before the ceremony) Bride & Groom portraits with bridal party
– (1 hour before the ceremony) Portraits with families
* You will be done with portraits approximately 30 min before the ceremony giving you time to freshen up and get ready to walk down the aisle.

Photography portrait schedule if you don’t do a First Look:

– (1 .5 hours before ceremony) Bride and Bridesmaids portraits
– (1 hour before ceremony) Groom and Groomsmen portraits
– (30 min. before the ceremony) Pause portraits to give you time to freshen up.   At this time guest start to arrive.
– (Right after the ceremony) Family portraits
– (30 min. after ceremony) Bridal party portraits
– (1 hour after ceremony) Bride and Groom portraits alone
– (1.5 hours after ceremony) Done with portraits

3. You will be able to attend the cocktail hour…

One of the main concerns of couples that choose not to do a First Look is not being able to enjoy the cocktail hour and greet their guests, and that is a legitimate concern because most likely they will not be able to do so due to time restraints. When we do the majority of the photos before the ceremony, the schedule opens up more allowing you to attend some if not all of the cocktail hour to enjoy some time with your guests, bridal party, and family.

4. You will feel more relaxed and able to you enjoy the rest of your day and soak it all in…

One of the things I hear the most from my couples is that after the First Look their stress went away and that their nerves were gone for the ceremony. Like I mentioned before, a wedding day is very scheduled after the ceremony, and most couples do not get a chance to soak it all in by themselves. A First Look allows you to do that, and in addition, you will get beautiful photos of that special moment.

Those are my top reasons why I believe a First Look is the way to go based on my experience as a bride first and as a photographer; it is now up to you to balance the pros and the cons, and see if a First Look is right for you. If after balancing the options, you are not set on having a First Look, then make sure you communicate this to your photographer so that they can help you come up with the best wedding day timeline. As for myself, I go with what your wishes are, so if a couple decides they don’t want a First Look, I will help them come up with the ideal timeline that accommodates their wishes as best possible; after all it is your wedding and I am there to guide, support you, and capture all the beautiful moments of your union.

Talking about beautiful moments, here are some photos we have captured of our couples during their First Look…

I would love to hear your comments and questions in the comments section below!

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 xo, Ly Sué

 

Laura + Brian’s Woodsy Engagement Session at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park, FL

Laura and Brian met in college, and spent their first few years together as friends bonding over their love of food, comedy and the Gators. They started officially dating towards the end of college, and continued to date as they entered into the adult world and learned to navigate their careers and new responsibilities. After dating for 4 years, Brian proposed in the most amazing way! After a leisurely boat ride around the lake, he proposed with a big banner and a beautiful ring. Needless to say they spent the evening celebrating with their family and close friends! As a couple, they love to support and encourage each other as they continue to grow and live life together!