Boudoir: Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not as young as I used to be...
I'm not a model and could lose a few pounds. Are there age or size limits for having a boudoir portrait made?
- There are no restrictions for a boudoir portrait. We've photographed women from their 20's to their 50's, from size 0 to plus sizes and they are all beautiful.
What about blemishes or scars?
and wrinkles, stretch marks, moles, rolls, etc.
- Through a combination of creative lighting and posing, we can usually camouflage any areas you're not comfortable revealing. And of course if all that fails, we also provide retouching. We're not going to make you look fake, just reveal the beauty within.
I'm afraid of the results?
I'm too self-conscious and not sure I'm going to like the finished portraits.
- Every woman is unique. We're not going to make you unrecognizable, but we will work with you to bring out your best features. There are many ways to do this and boudoir isn't always about revealing more than you're comfortable with. Often, it's just a look, a smile, or a sparkle in the eyes that creates the best portrait. We will help you put these fears aside during our consultation so you go into the photo session with confidence.
Where will the portrait session take place?
Can it be done in the comfort of my home or do I have to come to the studio?
- Your portrait session can be done anywhere you like. We work both in the studio or on-location. There are a few advantages to each. At home, you have all your clothing, jewellery and other personal 'props' on hand. We love photographs made with window-light and that's not available in the studio. If the portrait is for a gift, the home environment is much more personal, familiar and intimate. We can create your portrait wherever you feel the most comfortable.
Do you recommend hair and makeup?
and do you provide this service?
- Although we don't provide hair and makeup ourselves, we do work with artists that we can recommend. For the most part, you don't want to try a new hairstyle or outrageous makeup because there's no guarantee you're going to like it and may be stuck with it. We recommend something simple, a hairstyle you're comfortable with and makeup that is more natural. It'll depend a lot on what you're used to, just don't go overboard. Also remember that you may be lying down for many poses and over-sprayed hair may not 'fall naturally'.
I don't know how to pose?
Do you help with posing and positioning?
- Absolutely! During our consultation we will review samples both from our collection as well as online through sites like Pinterest. We'll work with you to create the look you want. With over 25 years of experience in portrait photography, we have worked with many sizes and shapes and will guide you through the session to create the portrait you envision.
How revealing do I have to be?
I'm not wanting to show 'private parts'. Is that ok?
- You don't have to reveal anything you don't want to. Many poses don't show anything at all and oftentimes can be more alluring and seductive when you don't. Again, this is something we discuss during the consultation so we are both on the same page for the photo-session.
Can I bring a friend?
What if I need some moral support?
- Of course. You can bring a friend or family member but we'd prefer if you limit it to one person.
Do you photograph couples?
I'd like to include my partner.
- Absolutely. We need both of you to attend the pre-shoot consultation and we'll work on details of your photo-shoot together. A portrait of this nature typically shows the love and intimacy that the two of you share and can be both tantalizing and tender at the same time.
Should I tan beforehand?
- It's really up to you. Remember though that tan lines may not be easily retouched. We also don't recommend spray on tans as they can look overly orange in photographs.
How soon can I book a session?
This is going to be gift. How much time do I need to schedule for?
- It'll depend somewhat on what you want to end up with. We print all our portraits in-house so the turnaround can be fairly quick. However, if you are interested in a book or album, then you should allow 6 to 8 weeks from the photo-session.
If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.