Where are the boudoir sessions held? Your session will be held at my Atlanta boudoir studio. The address is 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. #313, Atlanta, GA 30306 and I am inside a building called Telephone Factory Lofts. (Unless this is a destination boudoir session, in which case the locations will vary.)
What is a boudoir session like? Your boudoir session is going to be a BLAST! I will be providing music and you are more than welcome (encouraged actually!) to bring champagne, wine or your favorite spirit!! You will be nervous, but as soon as we start shooting I'll be giving you so many things to focus on that you won't be nervous anymore. You'll arrive for your session and we'll go through the gorgeous lingerie you bring. The entire shoot typically takes 3-5 hours. Then we usually decide on a day within the following week for you to come back to view your images and make your order. When you come back, we'll sit down and view your images together on the big screen and figure out which ones are best for your digitals/canvases/albums/etc.
What do I wear? I would recommend bringing as many as you'd like, but we'll only use 3-4 outfits. More than that gets to be too much changing time and not enough picture time! :-) Try to consider options that will maximize the amount of looks you get. For example, go with one sweeter, more intimate look and then a racy, sexy look (or just go naked!) Also, it doesn't have to be lingerie-I've done some great shots with thin, oversized sweaters, boy shorts and cowgirl boots! Take a peek through your closet and you'd be surprised what kind of sexy options are in there.
Another thing I heartily encourage is for you to incorporate things that are specific to your man. Maybe bring his favorite work shirt/tie/boxers. Or if he has a team he adores, bring one of his jerseys. My husband's a chef, so when I did mine I wore his apron and nothing else. ;-) One of my brides brought in her fiances motorcycle jacket. Or maybe there's a prop that would be special to him. A football/playing cards/paint...the list really is endless. If you aren't sure, bring it anyway! I promise not to make fun of you-trust me I've seen it all!
And, finally, be sure to bring a robe. I will want you to get undressed while you're having your makeup done to avoid jean/bra/sock marks. If lingerie freaks you out, give me a call! You can absolutely text/email me pics of items you're thinking about purchasing and I'll weigh in for you!
How much are the boudoir sessions? The sitting fee is $400. The images are purchased separately when you come back for your in-person viewing. Contact me for a complete price list.
How far in advance do I need to book? It totally varies-if you need a weekend appointment, I recommend booking at least 2 months in advance. If you can shoot on a weekday, I can typically get you in earlier unless it's around Christmas/Valentine's Day. If you're looking to do this as a holiday gift, I recommend you book as soon as you can so you can secure your spot.
How quickly do you turn the images around? Your images will be ready to view the week following your photo session date.
Do you edit the images? Yes! All of the images you see will be edited. My rule of thumb with editing is if it won't be there in 30 days, I take it out. So scratches, pimples, bruises, etc. I also edit stretch marks/varicose veins/etc. However, I leave scars, moles, freckles, etc. unless you request for them to be removed.
How many images will I see when I come back? There are normally around 50 images for you to view at your reveal.
Do you pose me or do I have to "model" for you? You have to model for me...just kidding!! I 1000% know how awkward this feels for you, and don't worry, I've gotcha covered! I know how to light and pose you so you feel and look your absolute best. I've put together my posing based on a combination of what is flattering on camera, as well as what the body biologically does when you're attracted or flirting with someone. This is the type of session that requires a lot of "chin down", "arch your back", "eyes to me", etc. It'll honestly probably feel more like a yoga class and you will probably even be sore the following day. But I will give you very concrete instruction, so don't worry about "messing this up". For example, I will not look at you and say "ok, give me a sexy face." Who the heck can give "sexy faces" on demand?? I'll instead ask you to do things like part your lips and then inhale when I count to three. Directions that are easy and concrete for you to follow.
What do I do if I think I may be too nervous to do this? Don't worry!!!! I HAVE SEEN IT ALL. Seriously. You don't need to be nervous about anything on your body. Everyone has things they are insecure about! Just to give you an idea-I have done things like edit out a tampon string, take out a birth mark that "sort of looks like a smear of poop sometimes" (her words, not mine), jacked up the AC when one of my clients had a hot flash. Everyone has stretch marks. Everyone has cellulite. You are beautiful and unique and all those things that the world is telling you to "fix" are things that are uniquely you that your significant other gets to enjoy. That said, yes, I will take out stretch marks, soften skin, pose and light you so you look 20 lbs lighter. But certainly don't be embarrassed if you are on your period or have any specific requests. I only care that you are beyond delighted with the images I take and that you feel safe and beautiful during the shoot. Be honest with me about what you're comfortable with. If you don't want to show your nipples, that's totally fine. If you want to be naked for the entire shoot, that's fine too.
What should I do to prepare for the shoot? If there are things you normally get done around your beauty regime, try to get them done at least a week before the shoot to avoid redness/irritation/breakouts/etc. If necessary, I can edit redness and irritation out, but it's a tedious process, so planning on your side is super helpful! Things like waxes, highlights, teeth whitening-if it's important to you, have it done. If you have never gotten a spray tan before, I wouldn't recommend trying it now. Only do that if you've done it before and like the results. Drink plenty of water and get a lot of sleep, especially the week leading up to the shoot. Come to the shoot with clean, dry hair (or one day dirty hair if that's better for you for styling) and a clean, moisturized face.