Frequently Asked Boudoir Questions
The short answer: No. There are hundreds of pictures taken during the shoot, and it is expected that the majority will end up on the cutting room floor for various reasons. Some will simply be test shots before exposure and other settings are ideal. Others will be shots leading up to the perfect moment when you as the model are in perfect position. And many others will simply not be ideal shots for whatever reason. This happens with every photo shoot no matter who the photographer is or who the model is – professional or everyday person like you. (It also happens with every movie ever made) Only the very best images will be selected for editing, and this is where you must put your trust in me as your photographer. Editing is a very important part of the process, and no unedited pictures will ever be presented to the client – in the same way that an unfinished gourmet dish would never be served to a diner.
Depending on your session time. Mini sessions (offered only once or twice per year) you should expect about 15-20. Full sessions should expect about 30, and Extended sessions offer about 50 images for viewing.
Although shopping is fun, using some of your favorite items that you already have can make you feel even sexier – like a button-down shirt, your favorite t-shirt or a cardigan with cute underwear and killer shoes. Even a strategically-placed scarf or tie with your favorite jeans can be a hot combination! With boudoir, sometimes less is more. Fancy lingerie is fun but you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a new wardrobe for your shoot. Think of things that are sexy and subtle or have sentimental value. If you love vintage lingerie, or the pin-up/retro look, then yes, I encourage you to explore your options and I can help you along the way. I also bring a variety of props, jewelry, and items that can be used throughout the photo shoot.
A few snapshots in the makeup chair are allowed. Once shooting has begun, no photos shall be taken with your phone or mobile device. During viewing and ordering session, taking screen shots are not allowed.
Getting your makeup and hair done before the photo shoot is a huge part of the overall experience. Makeup for professional photos is much different than makeup you use for everyday life. It is also a way to for you to relax before your shoot and feel pampered. Our makeup artist will work with you to create the the perfect look, whether you want natural or glam. You can feel confident that you will look flawless! My sessions include a professional hair and makeup artist, and a test shot is taken and approved by you before shooting.
During the photo session, usually only myself, my client, and the makeup artist or assistant are in the room. It is assumed that bringing someone for “moral support” is a good idea, however, it tends to have quite the opposite effect. It’s not as easy to be silly or get in a sexy pose when you have a close friend or partner watching. It ends up inhibiting the woman’s overall experience. I do my very best to ensure you have a comfortable and amazing experience! If you have a close friend that you feel you are both very comfortable with each other, and will enhance each others session, we can talk about it at a shared consultation.
This can vary based on complexity of outfits chosen and length of your session. We will go over this prior to your photo shoot and have the right amount of outfits lined up with a few back up options as well. A 1 hour shoot can include 2-3 looks, where as a 2 hour shoot can have 5 or more.
Location is based on the style of photo shoot you are interested in. If looking for an outdoorsy look, I find a property that fits the style of your session and offers privacy. I use airbnb, local hotels, bed and breakfasts, local wineries, or even search for a place that works with a special theme (eg. beach, meadow, forest, etc..) This really depends on the clients’ comfort level and the weather. Some clients like to rent a place themselves and stay the night, turning it into a hot and romantic evening after the session is complete.
About 20 depending on if album design and wanting any full spread images that can take up two pages. Albums can be extended as an option when ordering your album if you would like to have more.
You choose the images, cover and size of your album. I design it and let you review it 1-2 times before I submit the album for print.
I do light retouching to enhance an image, smooth skin, remove distractions, and make you look your best, however, I do not do body reshaping or contouring as I believe it’s important that you look like, well… you!
Absolutely not. Any images posted on my website or social media accounts were approved by the client. You have control over which images are available for viewing on social media and website, which images are okay to share in my in-house portfolio, and which images are strictly off limits to others. When you sign a model release, we can make modifications to your comfort level, as well. This is discussed at your consultation.
Have another question? Please contact me to help you with any concerns or questions you may have so that we can get started planning a photo shoot that is just for you!
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