Why would you need to stretch before a photoshoot? Especially a boudoir shoot, you are just going to be laying around on a bed in your underwear, right? Wrong. You would be surprised at how many messages I get the next day, sometimes even days later about clients being sore from the posing that we did during their boudoir photoshoot.
The poses themselves aren’t even that crazy looking, but the key here is in the details. Many of the poses that we will go through at your boudoir shoot will make use of muscles that you may not use on a regular basis, and in addition to that you will likely be holding these poses for a bit of time, which also adds stress to under used muscles. The result? Sore muscles the next day or two.
So what can you do to make sure that you aren’t sore for days after your shoot? Well, nothing, because chances are you will have some level of soreness, but in terms of that bad ‘pushed your body too hard’ soreness that you can sometimes get after a really rough workout, some simple stretching before your boudoir session can work wonders to prevent this.
In my pre-shoot materials that I will email to you before your session you will get an email detailing stretches that I recommend taking a minute to do prior to coming to your boudoir shoot. I am not going to go over all of them here, but I will mention a few of the more important ones so that you can see that I am not talking about crazy stretches here; these are basic stretches, but they will make a huge difference, both during the shoot at after.
- The Pike Stretch, this is a great stretch for working those back muscles that we are going to be putting through the ringer at your boudoir session. To do this, sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Then point your arms up, and then lean slightly forward and reach with your hands as if you were wanting to grab your toes or feet. It is ok if you can’t, the point here is to stretch the back, not touch your toes. So even if you can touch your toes – don’t, reach past them.
- The Cobra Stretch, which you may be familiar with if you do Yoga, is also a great back stretch to go a few times before coming to your boudoir photoshoot. To do this one you will want to lay face down on the floor, toes pointed. Then extend your arms out in front of you and slowly raise your front up while keeping your torso and legs on the floor.
- Quad Stretch. This one is so simple. Stand straight up and kick one of your feet up behind you, grab it with your hand. Pull your foot back as if you are wanting to touch your foot to your bum, and pull until you feel the burn of your quads stretching.
So there are just three of the stretches that I recommend my clients do prior to their boudoir session. Honestly people, a few minutes of stretching can go a long way. Spend 10 minutes stretching and save yourself the trouble of being sore for several days.