How to Get Glowing Skin For Your Boudoir Session

February 15, 2024


When prepping for your boudoir session, there is one thing you can’t skip out on- prepping your skin. Glowing skin makes all the difference in portraits; it reflects light in a way that dull skin can’t. No amount of editing or retouching can make your skin glow as beautifully as naturally moisturized skin.

Follow the steps below to moisturize your skin prior to your boudoir session:


Water is essential to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. If you struggle to drink enough water, make a point of creating a habit of it leading up to your session. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. On your desk at work, throw it in your bag on your way to run errands, keep it next to you on your nightstand, etc. I am always more likely to drink water if I have a bottle or glass nearby.

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding some fresh fruit.


Exfoliation is a crucial step in any skincare routine. I found that exfoliating my skin 2-3 times a week is the perfect amount for me. I use this scrub once a week, and this natural sponge with my body wash for the rest of the week. This combo works for me.


My favorite way to moisturize is to slather this body balm (use this link to get $25 OFF) on my skin as soon as I step out of the shower to help lock in moisture. It’s hands down the best moisturizer I’ve come across. If you want to explore some moisturizing options to find what works for you, you can start with these options:

Body Butter
Body Oil – I know it says ‘Belly Oil’ but this is hands down my favorite body oil


Hands and feet are often overlooked when prepping for a boudoir session. If you want to splurge, I recommend booking a mani/pedi within the week leading up to your session. I recommend opting for a natural look (neutral, soft colors for a timeless look) so that your nails complement any wardrobe options we choose on the day of your session.

If you don’t want to splurge on a mani/pedi, no worries! Just be sure to moisturize your hands (I love this hand cream), exfoliate your heels (I love this foot file), and moisturize them (I love this foot balm) leading up to your session.

You can rock your natural nails or add some polish; it’s up to you!


If you’re planning on having any special treatments leading up to your session, I recommend booking that appointment at least a week before your session date.

I hope these tips help you prep for your session!! You can shop some of my skincare favorites using the image below 👇



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I’ve spent years refining an approach that allows me to sincerely honor the moment — knowing when to step in and adjust a subject or environment, and sensing when to stand back and allow a moment to just be.

With me, your photographs will be an intentional representation of this time of your life — imagery that will make you feel like it was just yesterday, and yet, feel forever untouched by time.



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