What are milk baths? Why would I want to lay in a pool of milk and have my picture taken? Why are they so popular? I wondered the exact same thing when I first was introduced to the idea. Doing a little research and experimentation, I was able to find some answers.

   Milk baths started in ancient Egypt and were popularized by her magesty Cleopatra. The glowing radiance she was known for having was achieved by lavishly bathing in milk and natural oils. Ever since then, milk baths have been used as a beauty regimine for smoothing skin and improving its appearance.

The fat and protein found in milk mixed with warm bathwater helps exfoliate the skin. Meanwhile the lactic acid helps cleanse and soften. For those with dry, itchy skin, milk baths are ideal to hydrate the skin and remove dead skin cells in order to encourage skin cell renewal. Milk baths may even reduce darkening of the skin that occurs naturally as we age. Those suffering from skin irritations, like eczema, may find relief from a milk soak. People who are lactose intolerant should not experience discomfort as long as they do not ingest any of the milk. However, I suggest using whole milk because it is better for the skin than nonfat or low-fat milk.

     Others( like myself simply adore the clean and peaceful look of the portraits. For materinity shoots, an I love to add beautiful flowers or greenery you had in your wedding to the bath. The colors  really pop against the white water. As far as wardrobe, you should feel free to wear whatever you want. I suggest sticking to neutral colors or light pinks or blues. Attention to detail is also very important. Hair, makeup, and jewelry really help bring in the elements and beauty of  milk bath shoots. 

   I usually book a hotel for my milk bath shoots. Natural lighting, clean light colored walls and big tubs are best! A lot goes into these sessions, milk, fresh flowers, and hotel bookings! We also will be offering hair and make up as well at some of our sessions!  So far my summer schedule I will be doing a few! One in Anacortes in June and one in downtown Seattle in July!! Contact me to book your shoot today!