Are you dreaming of lingerie photo shoots, but you’re waiting until you get your body boudoir ready? Here are our best tips for a body that rocks in front of the camera.
It’s that time of the year again when us women are trying to get our bodies “swimsuit ready.” Cue the yo-yo dieting, self-criticism and obsessing over the scale.
While this downward spiral of body shaming and picking on ourselves is incredibly tempting, it’s actually more damaging than you might realize. In fact, the more you get down about your physical shape, the less motivation you’ll have to do anything about it. Why? A negative attitude only attracts more negative habits.
Now, that doesn’t change the fact that, when it comes to boudoir, you still want to get your body boudoir ready — just like you do at the beginning of each summer season.
What women don’t realize, however, is that self-criticism and weight loss are NOT the best ways to get your body boudoir ready.
In fact, if you try some of our tips below, we think you’ll be more likely to lose weight and love yourself at the end of the day.
And that’s what truly makes a body “boudoir ready.”
So let’s get our self-love on!
5 Ways To Get Your Body Boudoir Ready
It’s time to get your body your body boudoir ready once for and for all — and it’s going to be a lot more fun than you think.
Pamper your body.
Showing your body some love is a great way to feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Try drawing a long hot bath and adding all the little touches you love most. Light some candles. Pour in some skin-smoothing bath salts, or pop in a luscious bath bomb. Maybe even paint your nails or try a new facial sheet mask.
The idea is to spend some time just relaxing in your own body. You’re sure to feel refreshed and closer to your best self after even one hour of some self-indulgent pampering.
Tell yourself a different story.
This one might sound a little woo-woo or off-the-wall, but it can do wonders to change the story you tell yourself about your body.
We all have those bits we don’t like about our bodies. We think certain body parts are too big or too small. We tell ourselves that no one would like that part of us if they saw it. We don’t like ourselves when we look at it.
So how do you change that negative self-talk? Try telling yourself a different story:
“My husband loves my thick thighs.”
“My stretch marks are proof that I was strong enough to have a baby.”
“Other women wish they had my curves.”
We’re throwing another woo-woo one at you. But just go with it.
Have you ever had such a bad day that all you needed was a hug — but there was no one around to give you one? Being able to show yourself the comfort you need is an incredible way of strengthening your relationship with yourself. So try giving yourself a hug. Yes, wrap your arms around yourself and squeeze. You’ll be surprised how nice it feels.
Plus, it gives you a new, positive way to connect with your own body.
Flaunt the bits you love.
Another way to introduce some body positivity is to flaunt the bits you actually like.
Do you love your long legs? Plan a night out, so you can wear a skirt-and-heels combo that’s sure to elicit some compliments.
Maybe you love your eyes. Spend some extra time playing with your eye makeup for a week, and see how it changes your confidence.
Love your smile? Set a goal to flash your pearly-whites at three strangers each day, and exercise your power to make others feel good about themselves, too. Now doesn’t that feel good?
When you flaunt the parts of your body that you love, you’re giving yourself a chance to feel good about the way you look. And a girl can never have enough good hair days, am I right?
Follow women who look like you.
We’re bombarded by images of the “perfect” woman all day long, which over time, makes us believe that’s the only way to be beautiful. In our line of work, however, we see proof every day that size 0 is NOT the only way to be beautiful — it’s simply the one we see the most often.
So what if you changed what you were seeing? How might that impact your opinion of what’s beautiful?
Pay attention to the women you follow on social media, watch on TV and look up to as role models. If they don’t look like you, try finding someone you can look up to who does look like you. Seek out women who make you feel less imperfect and more beautiful. Can’t find her? Be her.
There’s no reason we should be playing into such an unrealistic version of beauty anyway.
The Bottom Line: Get Your Body Boudoir Ready The Loving Way
At the end of the day, being “boudoir ready” has way more to do with your ability to love yourself and have fun in your own skin than anything else.
A stretch mark is not going to make or break your boudoir images. But you know what will make a difference?
The confidence to be silly, take risks and show your true self to the camera.
That’s how you get your body boudoir ready — in front of the camera and always.
Get Your Body Boudoir Ready With Lindsay’s Photography for Women
With the mind of a businesswoman and the heart of an adventurer, Lindsay began to conceive of a different kind of Santa Clarita photography business. In her vision, stepping in front of the camera could be an empowering experience that gave her clients more than just a photograph — it would give people a new way of seeing themselves. With an eye for seeing the beauty in life and in others, Lindsay could use the camera to spread beauty.
About SchlickArt Photography and Video
SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting professional portraiture, business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. It’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt.