Should You Tan or Not Before a Boudoir Session?

You’ve booked a boudoir session and you want to make sure you look your absolute best! You’ll pick out gorgeous lingerie—outfits that make you feel like the sexiest version of yourself. You can leave your makeup and hair to our professional artist, who will transform your look and show off your stunning features.

One question I often get from my boudoir clients is Should I tan before my session? And it’s a totally understandable question! After all, you don’t want to appear pale in your photos but instead look like you have a healthy glow.

The short answer? Nope! There’s no need to tan before your boudoir photoshoot, and actually I recommend that you don’t tan. Here are a few reasons why.

Love the skin you’re in
Boudoir is about celebrating your natural beauty, just the way you are. Sure, you get all made up and dressed up, but it’s still you, and that’s what we want to capture during our time together. You want to look like your beautiful self during your boudoir session, so you can look back at the photos in years to come and say, “Wow, I’m gorgeous!” If your skin is several shades darker than normal, you likely won’t look like yourself. Let’s show off you in your boudoir images, in all your natural beauty.

Tan lines are the WORST
I may be a pro at photo editing, but tan lines are a nightmare to remove from images. Plus, they take away from the sexy look we’re going for. It’s hard to avoid tan lines in a boudoir shoot unless you tan in the nude, so it’s best just to stay away from tanning altogether. And if you’re spending time outside before your boudoir session, be sure to put on sunblock. You don’t want to focus on your tan lines when you’re looking back at your photos. You want to focus on how hot you look!

If you do choose to tan…
Maybe you really want to add a touch of sun to your skin to help you feel confident in your images. If you do, I recommend going for a natural spray tan and be sure to let them know that you have a photoshoot coming up and you want your skin color to look natural. We’re going for a gentle glow here, not a complete change in skin tone. And be sure to have your tan done several days before your boudoir session and not the day before or the day of your photoshoot.

The only thing better than a natural spray tan is a completely natural one! If you can, tan outside to get that warm, healthy glow to your skin. Your tan will look much better than a fake one, and you won’t run the risk of your skin looking patchy or blotchy.

We’re past the days when tan skin is everything. Pale is beautiful, dark skin is beautiful, and so is every shade in between! The goal of a boudoir session is to capture your unique beauty and to help you feel more love for yourself. So, step away from that tanning bed and let your natural skin color shine!

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