Boudoir Portrait Testimonials
"Having gone through some trying times the last 2 years I wanted to do something for me, a newly divorced, single 40 something mother of 2 young children. It took me a while to decide to have a boudoir photo shoot done, but I’ve known Mike for approximately 20 years, and knew that his work is exceptional. I had sent Mike an email about a Boudoir session, and he immediately responded with enthusiasm about doing a shoot. That in its self was reassuring that he thought that it was a great idea. He suggested that I look on line and gather some photo’s that appealed to me.
On the morning of the photo shoot I thought, "What in the world did I get myself into?” I was about to step way out of my comfort zone. My biggest fear was that instead of looking "sexy” in the photos I’d look silly. I felt very nervous for the first few pictures, then Mike showed me one of the shots on his camera. I was stunned! All I could think was "Wow, that’s me? I look sexy!”. After that my nerves completely disappeared and I started to have fun with the shoot. Mike was terrific, giving suggestions and directions for different poses. I can honestly say that doing to photo shoot has been a boost to my self-confidence and has been very empowering.
The turnaround time to view the photo’s was very quick. Once I got to the studio to have a peak at the pictures I was pleasantly surprised that Mike had created a slideshow to music for my viewing. Watching the slideshow I was totally blown away, the pictures captured a sexy, alluring, beautiful woman… and that woman was me! Mike was able to capture my best features and minimize the areas that I had concerns about. Every women needs to do this at least once in their life.
During the entire process Mike was professional and at the same time reassuring. When I look at these pictures years from now, I will recall that that’s when I found myself again." ~ Dawn
"Valentine’s Day was approaching and I knew the quality of Mike’s photography, so when it came time to do something special for my guy, he was first on my list. Boudoir photos it was!
Mike met me for a consultation to find out what was important for me. I wanted something classy, nostalgic and together Mike and I developed a plan. Photo day came and I was amazed at how comfortable Mike made me feel. It was professional and really kind of fun. Later we went over my photos in his studio and I could not believe my eyes. I looked great and I am so pleased. This was just the gift I was looking for.” ~ Donna
"When I first considered having personal boudior photos taken, my biggest fear was that I would not like the outcome. I would look at the photos and not see the beautiful woman that I hope others see I am. So when I met with Mike, we talked about different photography styles, goals, and expectations. We discussed what I consider to be my favorite assets, and he really took the time to make note of those things. I know this, because the results of our shoot really did capture my preferences. He allowed me to view previous work, and suggested I do a little "homework" online, to get a better feel for what my style was.
The morning of the shoot I felt fairly nervous, about to strip down to my private "bedroom only" clothing. Mike arrived early to scope out the shooting spaces, and sat with me while I was having my hair and makeup transform my look. We reviewed similar information that we had already discussed during the consultation, which I think helped me to ease into the first few shots. I felt that we were on the same page, and had the same goals. I'll admit the first few shots felt awkward, but Mike set my mind at ease by giving me precise guidance and posing me in the right positions for my body type. After those first few shots were taken, the experience really began to take shape, and I was feeling pretty great about myself. Mike would make comments that made me feel like I was doing a great job. Confidence was built, and I don't think I could have achieved that without Mike's professional demeanor and guidance.
The turnaround timing was excellent, as you can imagine I was pretty anxious to see the final product. We met in studio, and reviewed a great variety of shots thats were taken. I was so pleasantly surprised to see such a variety of editing choices, and so many available options. If I liked a photo but not the particular style of edit, Mike was more than happy to re-do that portrait to my preference. His knowledge and skills in editing truly are valuable, and the quality you get is unbeatable.
All in all, I am proud of myself for getting these shots taken, both for myself as well as for my spouse. Without the guidance and encouragement from Mike, I truly don't think the experience would have been as positive as it was. The small details go a long way, from the position of a leg to relaxing your hand, and without professional photography experience, those details can get overlooked." ~ Michelle
"Mike...the photos you took were amazing. To be honest, I couldn't stop looking at them because I couldn't believe that they were of me!
When I first contacted you to take boudoir photos of me as a gift to my husband, I have to admit that I was both excited and nervous at the same time. Like most women, I have insecurities about myself and being in my early 40's and after having 2 children, my body doesn't look the same as it did when I was first married to my husband in my 20s. I was excited at the same time because I have never done anything like this before and this is something that would normally put me far outside of my comfort zone.
The consulation a few days before really helped put my mind at ease-I knew exactly what to expect on the day of the photo shoot so there were no surprises. Getting ideas on pinterest and discussing them during the consultation was a good way to ensure that we were both on the same page as to the style of photos that I was looking for.
During the photo shoot, I was able to relax and just be myself because I didn't have to worry about how I was going to look in the photos - you were a genius at strategically "hiding" any areas that I had concerns about!! Being able to preview a few of the photos as they were being taken was an added bonus and helped put me more at ease. For someone that generally doesn't like having her photo taken, you made the process so easy with your guidance that I could have continued with the shoot for a few more hours!!
Something that I didn't expect after the photo shoot was an increased level of confidence (for example, I can walk around the house in my underwear and don't have a care in the world). After telling quite a few of my friends that I had these photos done, I was surprised at how many of them said they had thought of it before but were too self-conscious to book a photo session. For me, this was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time and even though my intial reason for doing this was as a suprise gift for my husband, I ended up doing this for myself without realizing it at the time.
For anyone thinking of having boudoir photos done, I would not hesitate to recommend you - you were professional, I felt completely comfortable throughout the entire process and the photos look amazing.
Thanks again Mike and I can't wait for my husband to see his photobook when it arrives." ~ Bonnie
"My boudoir session with Mike was truly a great experience. I was a little nervous at first due to the boudoir nature of the portraits, and never having met Mike before, but after meeting with him for a consultation I was at ease. Mike was extremely professional and yet personal and that helped me feel more comfortable. I didn't feel awkward at all in his studio or having him to guide me with hand, head and leg placements like I thought it might be.
My favourite part of the session was collaborating my ideas with Mikes. We all have our own idea of sexy and Mike helped capture mine the way I wanted it, and added some professional touches and placements to polish the ideas off. He also offered different posing ideas for different looks. Mike made my pictures personal, they told my idea of sexy.
I loved working with Mike, I felt so comfortable in his studio and being around him. Both my boyfriend and I are extremely happy with the photos and I would recommend Mike to anyone interested in a shoot." ~ Brittany
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Mike Guilbault, MPF