I get asked about tanning often and I actually learned about this lesson the hard way. I got a spray tan a few days before a friend’s wedding where I was a bridesmaid. I did all the right things: researched the best places, didn’t go cheap, and followed all the directions. It turned out really well and I thought it looked great….UNTIL I saw her wedding pictures, where I looked like a cheeto next to everyone else. In pictures spray tans come across orange and uneven. Unfortunately, I have had a few clients who also learned this lesson the hard way, so I wanted to do a quick blog post on the subject.
Spray Tans - Even if you spray tan regularly, do not get a spray tan in the days leading to your boudoir shoot. No matter how excellent the tanning solution is or how great it looks in person, it will not come off that way in your images. Spray tans (and other tanning products) are notorious for clinging to drier areas of your skin, like your knees, ankles, and wrists. It also tends to wear off on the hands, feet, and face before the rest of your body, creating a very uneven orangey looking skin tone contrast. All areas will be highly visible in your photographs, and are typically too contrasting to properly edit and smooth out.
Tanning Beds - Though tanning beds can give you a more natural look, there always tends to be a line or two from laying on the bed that tans inconsistently. Usually around the lower back and booty.
Like everything about boudoir, natural is better. Don’t be afraid to be your true self. A shade lighter won’t hide any of your true beauty!
Brittany is the camera, heart, and soul behind Haute View Boudoir in Chattanooga, TN. Her mission is to empower women to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin.