I know the thought of boudoir can make some people feel embarrassed or nervous. Believe me, I’m now accustomed to the gasps or giggles I get whenever I share that I’m a boudoir photographer. Yet, I also see the desire in their eyes to learn more or perhaps experience it for themselves.
So if you’re currently wondering if you should book a session or perhaps you’re getting ready for yours, I hope my list of the 12 most frequently asked questions about boudoir photography will ease any worries you might have and give you an insight on preparing for a boudoir session with me.
Do you share my images?
Your privacy is my utmost priority, especially given the delicate nature of boudoir photography. Your images will never be shared in public unless you give me permission to do so. It’s understandable that once you see your amazing pictures, you might want to share them, but the decision is always yours. Whatever your preferences are, my job is to ensure you have a comfortable, trustworthy and awesome experience!
What do I wear?
Although people mostly wear lingerie for boudoir photo shoots, you don’t have to wear one! It’s all about your personality and how much you want to show. Either way, capturing your natural essence and sensuality is the point of boudoir. So you can rock up with the most daring lingerie or decide a corset, camisole or men’s tee is more your speed. Whatever you decide, I’ll be here to offer styling advice to ensure I capture you at your best.
How many outfits should I bring?
For my luxury session fee, everyone is allowed to bring up to 3 outfit changes for the allocated photo shoot time. If you’d like to change into more outfits and spend more time, we can chat about this during your pre-session consultation. I’m here to make your experience what you want it to be, so just let me know.
Is hair and makeup included?
Yes! Hair and makeup is most definitely included in all of my luxury boudoir sessions. I ask that you come fresh faced with clean hair on the day to begin your glam session by our pro makeup artist. Please, no spray tans 4-6 weeks before your session as it stains our bedding and carpets, and doesn’t photograph well. Have you got a makeup look you’d like for your session? Come along with your ideas and we’ll get you looking your best.
I’m not a model! Will you direct me?
Ha! I get this a lot and I always tell my clients not to worry because after a few minutes of directing them, they start to feel and even pose like a model. In my experience, most people simply need a little help in the right direction and I’ll be there every step of the way guiding you to flattering poses.
Will you photoshop my images?
I do edit images for light, exposure, colour and facial blemishes or pimples. However, I’m not heavy handed with my retouching and will not alter your body size. The main point of boudoir to me is about loving ourselves and capturing these tender moments that allow our inner beauty shine through. So editing out features that make you who you are, can be damaging. That being said, my job as an expert is to pose you in flattering angles that brings out the best in you.
Can I bring a friend?
This might sound like a good idea to come with a cheerleader, but in reality I’ve found that when there’s an audience, people tend to hold back and not pose as much as they would have without someone they know seeing them in delicate positions. Getting the best out of this experience requires you to let loose, have fun and not worry about entertaining your guests. I promise that you’re in great hands and will be made to feel comfortable throughout your session. But if you really want to, you can come along with a friend and they’ll wait for you in another room while the photo shoot takes place.
Do you have payment plans?
I offer pre-payment options. There is a deposit required to book your session in order to hold your date and the balance is due five days before the date of your boudoir session. If you want more time to be able to pay off the shoot, you can schedule it a few months out, and pay it off in installments! Let me know if this is something that you want to set up.
What type of print products do you have?
I offer a variety of luxury albums, bespoke print boxes and wall art frames. Whether you’d like to display your beautiful images in your bedroom as wall art or would like a discreet little black book, be assured that you’ll have soulful images to look back on forever or even pass down to your grandchildren if you wanted to!
Do you offer digital images?
Yes, most of my packages include digital files and/or a bespoke USB with copies of your images. You’ll also get a password protected personal online gallery so that you can easily download the files to your phone or share with your loved ones. During your consultation, we’ll go through my package collections and you can make your ideal selection.
Where are you located?
As a small team consisting of me and my MUA, I’m very mobile which means I can travel to photograph you anywhere. Want to shoot at your house? Ok! Want to shoot outdoors? Sure! Interested in booking a luxury hotel or Airbnb? I’ll meet you there! What about a travel destination? Sounds great!
However, if you’d like to come to me, I’m based in London, UK and work from either my select studio or stylised apartment depending on the concept of the boudoir session.
Anything else I should be aware of?
Manicures and pedicures are details people often forget, but these are important. Make sure to have your nails freshly painted with no chipping. Also, come with a clean face and hair, take care of your skin to prevent any breakouts, get lots of sleep and drink water! This will reduce dark circles/puffy eyes and reduce bloating. Finally, ensure you eat before your arrival so you have lots of energy to have fun during your session and not get tired, hangry or irritated! Don’t stress, this is going to be an awesome experience!
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