My most commonly asked questions.
Do you have a studio?
Yes! As of Oct 2011, it’s small yet perfect!
Do you provide outfits?
At this time I do NOT provide outfits. Due to the intimate nature of the clothing and the many sizes I would need to fit everyone, it’s just not doable at this time. However I do recommend a few local shops that offer a gorgeous array of lingerie and clothing when clients book their sessions.
I will have some great flowers and necklaces on hand.
How much does it cost?
I have a range of sessions and products. Most clients invest around $1000 for a session and album up to $3000, depending on the session and desired products.
But I just want a couple pictures and don’t need a whole session can this be done?
Unfortunately I can not accommodate this sort of need. Each sessions takes a lot of prep time regardless of what is ordered in the end. I do not have the schedule or means to do 10 minute shoots.
Do you do payment plans?
Yes, but products cannot be ordered until payment is made in full.
What is a reservation fee?
A reservation fee is a non-refundable amount that holds your session date and time. I had to put this in place due to client no shows. When a clients does not show up for their scheduled session and they have not paid a reservation fee deposit I am out the money I could have made from a serious client whom I had to turn away because the session was already booked. To sum it up- it guarantees that you are serious about partaking in such an amazing experience! *Don’t forget, this money is applied in FULL to your final purchase, unless you’re a no show then it’s mine to keep. (I don’t want that any more than you do!)
So then what’s a session fee?
A session fee covers my time and talent as your custom photographer. This includes time spent from our initial contact, travel, the session, my artistic eye and skillz baby, editing, ordering session and any expenses I have to do all this. There is so much more to each session than the 1-3 hours I spend behind the lens!
What if I can’t make my session?
If the reason is legit and it’s a full session, then I am happy to reschedule. If the session is a mini marathon, then we can do our best to find a replacement for your session time, or put that fee towards an upcoming marathon. Reservation fees are non refundable, but I am a reasonable person and we will work it out so that we are both happy!
Do you take credit cards and/or personal checks?
Yes and yes. I have a merchant account and can accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. I will accept personal checks but they must have time to clear before your session date and before I can process your order. I also accept cash- preferably large, unmarked bills. Haha.
Is hair and makeup extra?
No, both are included in the session fee.
Do you retouch the images?
Absolutely! Let’s face it, even the most “perfect” woman could use a little help in photographs. I don’t go crazy and take you down a few dress sizes, but I do smooth/even skin tones, remove dark under eye circles and remove blemishes. I also do some minor fixes. By “fixes” I mean, removing slight bumps or lines or even little bulges that may appear due to certain poses or lingerie. But it’s rarely anything you would even notice that I did, BUT if I hadn’t you probably would have noticed those things immediately. Make sense?
My opinion on boudoir editing is that these sessions are part reality and part fantasy. You’ll look stunning, and guess what- it will still be YOU!
I’m pretty nervous but love the idea, how do I pass this fear and go for it?
I definitely would not pressure anyone to do a boudoir shoot- except maybe a few friends so I could work on my portfolio. Ha! Ok really, I would never pressure ANYONE. What I can do is reassure everyone who is interested just how much fun it is and how fantastic you will look! This is not something you need to “lose 10 pounds” before you do. It’s my job to make you look great right, just as you are. Trust me, I know lots of tricks to make any “problem” spots disappear!
When a session is booked I take the time to talk to each client about their goals for the session, what look they are going for and most importantly why they are wanting one. Every session is unique and every woman wants something a little different. Some want partial nudity and some won’t be comfortable being topless- even covered up and that is OKAY! This is about you and making you feel beautiful and sexy.
Sessions are relaxed and fun. Yes, you will be nervous at first but most women warm up to the camera after only a few minutes. Again I will be guiding and posing you so it’s not like you are expected to show up with all your best supermodel moves. But please feel free to to practice facial expressions in the mirror- sounds goofy I know, but it can help ease your mind a little. Believe me, once you see your images you will be so thankful you braved being seen in your skivvies, in fact you will likely want to show off just how hot you look to everyone you know AND a few passing strangers, this is a perfectly normal response.
What do I bring?
First an foremost, yourself. Bring a variety of lingerie, bra/panty sets, corsets, special items(if this shoot is for him then maybe something that is special or relates to him, an instrument, sport jersey, tie, tools…think out of the box). Sexy heals, button up blouses and sweaters, dresses, even jeans. We will choose a couple outfits when you arrive. Have fun with it!
PLEASE NOTE: I HIGHLY recomend a visit to a local lingerie shop. If you have never been properly fitted for a bra, or it’s been years then this is the time to do so. Specialty lingerie shops are trained in proper fitting and many have so many years experience that they will will be able to pick out the perfect item to highlight your best features the moment you walk in. Not to mention every girl loves some new lingerie, and how exciting would it be to hand your sweetie a sexy album of you in something he has never seen and then let him see it in person. *wink, wink*
Make sure the items are not too tight as this can leave unattractive lines on your skin or be just plain uncomfortable.
Can I bring a friend to my session?
Yes, you can bring ONE friend with you if it will make you feel a little more comfortable. But no children will be allowed at your session. More than one friend is an audience and this will make you more nervous as the “performance” factor sets in. Most clients prefer not to have anyone watching the actual shoot. I do not recomend bring your significant other- these shoots always feel awkward and no one really relaxes- unless of course it’s a couples shoot and he/she is getting in on the fun.
I have a friend who is interested also, can we book together?
YES! In fact if you book with a friend you will both receive a lovely gift.
How long until I receive my images and/or album?
In most cases your gallery will be ready to view within two weeks from your session date. You will be contacted when your gallery is ready and we will arrange a meeting to view your images. At this time we will make all order preparations. Disks and images usually take about 1 week to deliver. Albums take the longest to prepare, complete and deliver. Albums can take up to 4 weeks from the order date/preview time and assembly.
Please keep these times in mind if you are planning a gift for someone. It is always better to book a session with plenty of time to spare in case delivery times take longer than expected.
I have a group of friends who would also like to do a session, is this possible?
Yes, please contact me for details on group options!
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