Frequently Asked Questions
Why do a boudoir session?
Boudoir sessions make great gifts for wedding, anniversary, birthday, Christmas or Valentine's Day presents as it's something both of you can enjoy! Beyond that, for most women, doing a boudoir session is an empowering experience that is great for your self confidence and self esteem. And it's fun!
Where do you shoot?
Typically I shoot in my home studio here in Raleigh, NC where we can utilize several locations and still have privacy, including four different fire places, a gorgeous bath tub for milk bath or bubble bath boudoir, private gardens, even a barn! If you prefer, you can also rent a hotel room or do the shoot in your home.
Will you travel?
Yes, definitely! Depending on the destination, I require a minimum number of sessions booked, so check with your friends and co-workers and give me call!
What's a typical session like?
Sessions are typically 2 hours long. When you arrive, we'll talk about what kinds of shots you like and go through your outfits and choose some looks. Usually we start with something easy and work our way into more revealing outfits/poses as you relax. It's up to you how much skin you want to show as long as we keep it artistic and tasteful. Most women are a little nervous at first, but realize quickly that it's actually quite an empowering experience and a lot of fun. You're welcome to bring music along if there's something in particular that either relaxes you, or makes you feel sexy. For more info, check out What to Expect.
What should I wear?
I would suggest starting with a couple of pretty bra and panty sets, something a little more racy like a teddy or bustier, possibly something of his, like a dress shirt and tie or a team jersey, or anything else that makes you feel sexy or pretty. The most important thing is how you feel in it! Usually more is better and then we can narrow it down together. See what other people have worn in my Gallery.
Should I bring accessories?
Definitely! I do have some necklaces, gloves, boas and hats that we can use, but the more personal we make the shoot, the better the images will be. Again, more is better! And don't forget to bring shoes! Check out some more fun ideas in this blog post.
Do you shoot nudes?
My goal is to create beautiful, artistic images of you. It's up to you how much, or little, you choose to wear as long as the end result is elegant and tasteful. Everybody has a different comfort level with nudity, so what I do varies with each person.
Do you do retouching?
Absolutely! My approach with retouching is to keep it subtle and very natural looking. I'll get rid of cellulite, stretch marks, blemishes and dark circles and minimize wrinkles where needed, but the idea is to just give you a little help here and there, not make you into a totally different person. I'm a firm believer that it's the little imperfections that make us unique! Here's a blog post I wrote that describes my philosophy in more depth. However, if there's something specific you'd like done, just let me know. If it's beyond the scope of normal editing, there may an additional charge depending on how time consuming it is.
Is there anything I can do to prepare?
It can sometimes be helpful to practice your expressions in a mirror ahead of time. I would suggest to look through magazines and catalogues and pick out images that you like. Then try to mimic the model's expression. If you're like most women, you'll probably feel like a total dork at first, but the more you practice, the more natural it will feel. I'll also be giving you lots of coaching during the session, so don't worry if you're not getting exactly what you want right away! You can find more tips here on my info page.
Why should I have my hair and makeup professionally done?
Having your hair and makeup done can really enhance the look you're trying to create for your boudoir session. There is an art to applying makeup for the camera so that it gives good coverage and at the same time doesn't look too heavy. And it's fun! That's why it's included in my session fee. So relax and enjoy being pampered, it's all part of the experience!
Okay I'm ready! How do I book?
Once we've selected a date that will work for you, I'll send you a contract to sign and return. There is a $100 non-refundable booking fee due at signing that will be applied toward the session fee. If for any reason you need to reschedule, no worries! As long as you give me at least 24 hours notice, you'll have 90 days to reschedule without forfeiting the booking fee. Contact me and we'll get started!
How and when do I pay?
The sitting fee will be due at the end of the session. I accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal, checks or cash. Payment for products is due when you place your order.