Milk Bath Photography Sessions and FAQ
Since milk bath sessions are offbeat and so different from a normal boudoir or maternity photo shoot, I get a lot of questions about how they work. I love getting to explain everything to each and every new client, but I thought it might help if I answer questions here for you as well. If there is something I missed answering, please feel free to contact me.
Where do you do these sessions? Will it be private?
At my in-home studio which is located south of Denver in Parker, CO. It’s a pretty elaborate production and looks a bit crazy from behind the scenes, but the final images are worth it. It’s totally private except for me, my makeup artist, and sometimes an assistant to help and make sure everything looks perfect! It’s an all-female team, and we are here to make sure you are comfortable and look amazing.
What do I bring with me?
I have everything here for you including towels and a shower available for after the session. You’ll need to bring a dry change of clothes to go home in, and of course your outfits and accessories for the session. That’s it!
Is the water warm or cold? Do you do a new bath for each session?
The water is warm, just like taking a bath. Most people tell me it feels like a day at the spa! I usually don’t have more that one session in a day, but yes, I do set up a totally new bath for each client.
How deep is the water? Do I need to be a good swimmer?
It’s not deep at all, less than a foot. You don’t need to know how to swim. You only need to know how to lay in a bathtub. 🙂
What exactly is in it? Is that really milk? Will anything irritate my skin?
It is mostly water. I add epsom salts, essential oils, and powdered milk. It should not irritate skin, but If you have any allergies or skin sensitivities, please let me know ahead of time.
What should I wear? Will my outfits get ruined?
That’s really up to you and your style. For every session I have a consultation before your photo shoot where we will talk about outfits, so I am here to help you if you are not sure what would look best. I have some wardrobe pieces you can use as well (mostly things like robes and accessories). I have not had any clothing items ruined in the bath yet, but of course can’t guarantee that. I wouldn’t wear your one of a kind family heirloom outfits or anything that shouldn’t get wet, but other than that you should be good.
Do I need to worry about doing my hair? What about makeup?
I have seriously amazing professional makeup artists who know how to create the perfect makeup for these sessions. Even though your face won’t be going underwater, we still like to waterproof everything in case of drips. We can talk about makeup looks at your consultation meeting too, and you are welcome to bring photo examples of makeup looks you like. As for hair – one of the best things about these sessions is you don’t have to worry about it! You could put your hair up or do something fancy in the front, but it’ll just be wet anyway so don’t worry about it.
How do you come up with the concepts?
My favorite concepts are ones that are a collaboration between us. I will ask you about your interests and hobbies, plus what outfits you are thinking about wearing and your favorite colors, and we’ll see what we can come up with. I’m open to ideas that you may have, although there are some limitations to what will and won’t work in this setting so we’ll be sure to chat ahead of time.
Should I bring my own props? Anything that won’t work?
If you have something you have you really want to use just let me know! Otherwise I usually will source the props for you. There are a lot of things that just don’t work in the bath. Items need to be able to float, and not disintegrate. I can’t put anything too small in that will clog the pump I use to drain the pool. Other than that…we can talk!
How long do the sessions take?
It will depend on the type of session you book. On average my classic sessions are about 3 hours including time for makeup. I know it seems like a long time, but between having your makeup done, getting comfortable in the bath, and changing outfits and setups, the time just flies by! Plus we’ll be having such fun you won’t really want to leave.
Can I wear my contacts? Will I be going underwater or get splashed in the eyes? Will water get in my ears?
Yes, you can wear contacts! Your face will not be going under the water at all. I don’t think you’ll get splashed… unless you decide to have a dance party while you’re in there and you do too much vogue-ing and get water in your own eyes. I mean, I love a good vogue party, so if it does happen I won’t be mad. Water will most definitely get into your ears though. If you can’t hear me just let me know and I can direct you through interpretive dance, or I’ll just talk louder.
I don’t know how to pose on dry land, let alone in a pool full of milk!
So the good news is that no one does! I will coach you through all the poses. You don’t have to know anything ahead of time – just be willing to get a little crazy and have fun!
Check out my behind the scenes video for a peek at what your milk bath session will be like!
I hope that helps you get a little bit more of a feel for how these sessions work. If you’re ready to take the jump into the water for your own session, I can’t wait to start planning with you!