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Top 12 Frequently Asked Questions About Boudoir Photography

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The thought of a boudoir session can be scary. When talking with women about a boudoir session, I get asked all types of questions. So I put together my top 12 most frequently asked questions to give you some insight on preparing for a boudoir session with me!

Do you share my images?

Our number one priority is making clients feel comfortable! While I hope that I get to share your beautiful images, it is always your choice. I hope that you feel empowered and proud of the images we create and want to share them. However, it is completely up to you! Each client gets to choose whether we can share all your images, only the ones you choose, only images that are “anonymous” and don’t show your face, or none at all. This is a very personal choice and you get to decide after you have seen your images.

Do I have to wear lingerie?

Not everyone loves lingerie, and that’s ok! There are so many ways to feel beautiful at your session. We give you tons of ideas in our Boudoir Prep Guide when you book your session. But some of our favorites are off the shoulder sweaters, white pressed shirt, leather jacket, Calvin Klein underwear, or nothing at all. If you have questions on what to wear, I promise you that we will be sending you tons of information so that you can either do all your own shopping or use the Client Closet.

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Do you have payment plans?

Absolutely yes we have payment plans! We offer free in-house payment plans that are customized for every client. Payment options include either making monthly, bi-weekly payments or one time paid in full leading up to your session. Our clients love that by the time they get to their session, their artwork is already paid for!

Is hair and makeup included?

Of all the questions, we go over this with every client because everyone wants to know about hair and makeup!! Professional hair and makeup is included in the session so you get to sit back, relax and get pampered before your session. The Hair and Makeup Artists come right to the studio, so you can show up with a clean face and clean hair and they’ll take care of you. My stylists know how to get you ready for your closeup. Every clients’ style is customized depending on what style they’re drawn to. If you want to go full glam, we can do that. If you’re drawn to more of a natural look, we can do that too! Read more about customizing hair and makeup here.

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How much do you edit out?

Photoshop is definitely our friend. With that said, we want you to look like you. Our typical editing style includes smoothing skin, taking out fly away hairs, removing blemishes, softening wrinkles, smoothing tan lines – just polishing it up a little bit. Posing can really help to accentuate curves and flatter your figure. We do get asked about stretch marks – and well, we believe that stretch marks tell part of your story. They represent the awesome strength your body has endured. However, if stretch marks are something you would like removed, we can definitely edit those out, just let us know your preference. If you have questions about the different levels of editing, just ask! We are happy to show you what completely natural looks like, our typical edit, or editing everything.

Where should I shop for my looks?

Wondering what to wear has to be most the asked question we get! Don’t worry, we will be sending you our complete Boudoir Prep Guide which will help you not only to know where to shop but also the types of lingerie we recommend. You can check out our Top 5 Tips on What to Wear to Your Session here. Plus we also have the Client Closet available for you to use at your session. We have lingerie pieces ranging from size XS to 5X in all different styles, colors and shapes. You can read more about our client closet here.

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What type of print products do you offer?

We offer a variety of artwork for you to showcase your images, but our absolute favorite is our luxury album. Our albums are so stunning! They’re imported and so luxurious. We love the way the album showcases your story and truly shows off a range of images and emotions that you embody throughout your session. We also love wall art to show off your favorite image! There’s nothing better than seeing yourself on your walls every day and reminding yourself how freaking gorgeous you are!! We also have a variety of desktop options to show off your images, our Love Notes are a client favorite, as well as digital images. You see our luxury artwork here.

Do you offer digital images?

We love digital images!! Most of our collections include the corresponding digital images with our albums. We love printed artwork, but also understand that you want access to your files and want backups of your images forever. Plus it’s a great way to share your images with girl friends or others that you want to show! We have a custom phone app that is the perfect way to keep your digital images on your phone.

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I really want to do a boudoir session, but I’m so nervous!!! Help!

Almost everyone is nervous at the beginning. We hear over and over about how clients have butterflies leading up to their session, how a boudoir session is so far out of their comfort zone, that they’ve never done anything like this before. And by the end of their experience, clients say it was worth it!! Read the testimonials, ask questions of our past clients in our VIP group, read About Colleen and why I started offering boudoir sessions. It’s because this is not just a photo session, it’s an experience, one that can truly change how you feel about yourself. For me personally, it helped me to see how beautiful I was, to feel more confident and see myself as a woman – I have many other titles too – wife, mom, kid chauffeur, house cleaner – and most of those I am very proud to be (not the house cleaner part!). But to see myself this way brought out an inner confidence I didn’t know I was lacking. So if you’re thinking about it, do it, don’t waste anymore time wishing and wondering, do it. You’re worth it.

How many outfits should I bring?

We recommend 3-4 looks for your boudoir session. However that can be any combination of either looks that you bring or looks from the Client Closet. Only bring looks with you that you absolutely love!! If it’s a maybe, don’t bring it. We want you feeling good, feeling confident, feeling sexy so make sure any look that you bring fits you perfectly. Questions on what to wear, where to shop, how many looks to bring come up all the time!! We will be sending you tons of info to help you shop. We’ve got you babe!

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Should I get to my shoot early?

Please make sure you arrive on time to your session. You can be up to 5 minutes early. We will be cleaning, prepping and getting ready for the shoot in the time leading up to your session, so please don’t arrive more than 5 minutes early.

Where is your studio located?

We are currently located in El Dorado Hills in Northern California. But in June, we are moving to Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville.

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