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5 Steps To Your Burlesque Photo Shoot

Are you ready for your burlesque experience yet? You could’ve had an amazing surprise from a friend or partner, presented with a pass to our luxury studio for a day of complete indulgence. Or you might’ve come across us yourself and thought: ‘Yes, this is what I need right now to feel like a queen once again…”


Either way, a burlesque photo session is close enough that your nerves are spiking with excitement. Andrew Wood Photography has a clear plan of action to get you here, prepared and ready to shine:


Step 1. Choose – morning or afternoon


First off, we need a definite date from you so we can lay everything out as it should be. The shoot itself will take a good few hours, as we give you a burlesque makeover and ease you into character in our studio. Set a whole morning or afternoon aside for our visual artists to work their magic. Trust us: once you’re in the mood, you’ll find it hard to stop!


Step 2. Look out for your confirmation


When you’re booked in, we’ll send a confirmation email and text, along with lots of helpful information on where to find us and how to prepare for the experience. Save our number in your phone, as we’ll be sending a few more handy tips in the run up to your big day!


Step 3. Do a little inspirational research


Burlesque is a sexy and varied theme; many cultures, eras and famous dancers have put their own twist on it, so you might want to scout around online for a style that suits you. Indulge your curiosity in props, accessories and how you want to use your body. Take a glance at our gallery to see what we’ve done with other clients.


Step 4. Hit the shops!


Now the real prep begins! Set a budget (this is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event after all) and visit your local high street, armed with an exact idea of the look you want. Corsets, stockings and tassels all fall into the burlesque bracket, and you’ll find plenty of retailers that can kit you out for the shoot.


Step 5. Keep in touch…


To ensure you’re ready for your photo shoot, we’ll request a final confirmation via text a couple of days beforehand. This is also the perfect opportunity to ring us with any questions or special requests you might have; someone from our team is always just a phone call away!


Hopefully you’re now a bit more aware of what to expect from your experience with Andrew Wood Photography. We’re committed to making your burlesque photo shoot as simple and straightforward as possible, but it’s helpful if you follow these steps to prepare for your visit well in advance. And of course, if you have any questions in the build-up to your shoot, don’t be afraid to ask

Nerve Busting Tips For Camera-Shy Women

When your self-esteem needs a pep-up, there are few better cures than a photo shoot, teasing the real you out of your inner shell. Baring yourself for the camera is just what’s needed for your confidence and innate sexiness to come flooding back, forming a take-home symbol of how gorgeous you are.

Yet goddess-esque posing doesn’t come readily to everyone. Plenty of girls have a wealth of charm to share, only to crumble under the spotlight. If you’re feeling shy about your photo shoot, here are some methods to ease you into it…


Experiment at home

It’s inevitable that you’ll curl up when the camera comes out if you haven’t dared to bare before. To get a feel for what you’re comfortable with, practice a few poses at home. Is there a certain ‘look’ that you feel surmises your personality? What angles, outfits and lighting do you feel are the most flattering?

Our esteemed photography studio caters for all types of burlesque and boudoir shoots, and we like to experiment with different approaches. For example, you might prefer to not gaze directly at the lens, which can lend an offhand mystique to the final photo. In any case, experimenting at home will give you confidence on the day.

Pick out some props

A lot of singers feel out of place onstage unless their hands are looped around a microphone chord. People tend to feel more relaxed at parties if they’re holding a drink, simply as a matter of inclusion. Similarly, adapting props into your shoot will take some of the pressure off, as you have a focal point on which to centre your poses.

Crops, tassels, fans… the only limit is your imagination. Andrew Wood Photography has seen some amazing scenarios emerge from a special item that a lady’s taken a shine to. So don’t be afraid of a beneficial distraction.

Use your creative spirit

For many women, roleplay is a scintillating thought. There is a distinction, however, between believing that you’re a ‘character’ in your private time, and doing so in front of a stranger, however friendly and fun they may be.

We of course want all of our clients to be themselves, yet an element of pretend – reinforced by your outfit, props and opulent surroundings – can make aspects of your personality more apparent. Close your eyes, and take a minute or so to place yourself in the shoes of a fantasy figure. Where are you? What are you smelling? What do you feel on your skin?

When your eyes open again, you might find that those insecurities have melted away. You’ll then be ready to loosen up those arms and legs in a pose that screams power, sultriness and full ownership of your body.

These are just a few of our favourite tips for camera-shy women, but our talented photographers have plenty of tactics to employ during your session. We’re brilliant listeners, guiding you into the process one step at a time, making you laugh and smile at every moment.

Feeling butterflies in the run-up to your shoot? Reach out to us and let’s talk about the you that no-one knows about…

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We love hearing what you guys think of our experiences! And our lovely customer Emma has written a Blog about her time with us at the studio! A definate must read for any nervous ladies wondering what to expect. Emma was a mum wanting to get her sexy back and had the same nerves and worries as every lady coming for a Boudoir experience! Read her blog to see how she found it! x