Thursday, June 30, 2011


Here are some frequently asked questions pertaining to boudoir photo parties.

Q: How long will my session take?
A: Your actual session will only take 20-30 minutes, but hair and make up can take up to an hour. Add in some socializing, chocolates, and less than perfect schedules and I'd say plan on being at the photo party for up to 3 hours.

Q: Will my session be private?
A: Yes, only the photographer will be in the room with you during your photo session. After your images have been edited, they will be uploaded to an online gallery that is password protected. You decide who you share your photos with. Even those that sign the model release will have say over which images are shared on my blog and in my portfolio. I never share nude images with anyone, other than the clients themselves.

Q: Should I go tanning?
A: NO! Please do not go tanning or have any kind of tan at all, if possible. Natraul skin tones photograph much better in b&w than tanned skin (fake or real). Please avoid tan lines at all costs, as they can not be fully removed in editing.

Q: What should I wear?
A: You may wear as much or as little as you'd like. Some ladies like to be a little more covered, whether it be a pretty robe or even a dress, while others are more comfortable in little to nothing in the way of clothing. Typically things that photograph well, though, are corsets, lace lingerie, and button down shirts over bra & panties. High heels are a great way to make your photos super sexy, but they are not a necessity. You may wear up to 2 different outfits during your photo session. If you would like to pose nude, that counts as an outfit. I usually encourage ladies to choose 2 for their partner (sports uniform, work uniform, something related to a hobby, etc.) and then one for themselves (something that makes them feel beautiful and feminine).

Q: What if I have problem areas?
A: First and foremost, try to choose outfits that show of fyour assets, but hide your problem areas. For example, if you do not like your tummy please do not wear bra & panties, as it will show off your stomach. Instead, try a corset or a button down shirt over your lingerie.

Q: What is included with my boudoir photo package?
A: You will receive hair & make up styling, champagne or mimosas, chocolates, a full b&w photo session, a private online gallery and a custom photo product (ask for details, as the featured photo product may change from party to party). You will also receive collection pricing on additional orders with no order minimum.

Q: What id I don't want to use the hair and make up stylist?
A: You do not have to take advantage of the hair & make up styling services, but your session fee will remain the same, as the hair & make up stylist s paid a daily rate, regardless of how many clients she services.

Q: How long will it take to receive my proofs and order?
A: It will take about 4 weeks to get your proofs ready and online for you to view. You will then have a week to place your order for specialty products and additional orders. Once the orders are placed it will take 3-4 weeks to receive your order, depending on what you order (some products take longer than others) and where you live (shipping is an additional charge).

Q: May I bring a friend with me?
A: No, you may not bring a friend with you unless they are also participating in the boudoir photo party. We just do not have room in the hotel suites for extra guests. If your party is being held elsewhere (like a house) arrangements can sometimes be made so that you may have a friend accompany you, but this must be arranged prior to the party.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Because of the costs involved with putting on a private boudoir party, no refunds will be given, even in the event of an emergency or illness. Half of your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable, while the other half is transferable towards another photo session (does not have to be a boudoir session).

Q: What if I don't like my photos?
A: I encourage all potential clients to make themselves very familiar with my work so that they know what to expect. I will not offer refunds or re-shoots from boudoir sessions for any reason.

Q: can I order photos, in addition to what comes with my session?
A: Absolutely! Because there are multiple orders being placed at the same time I am able to waive the minimum order as long as you place your order by the deadline. You will also receive collection pricing if you place your order by the deadline. Orders placed after the deadline, however, will have to meet the current order minimum.

Q: What if I have a friend who wants to join at the last minute?
A: Generally the boudoir photo parties are booked solid long before we host the party, but it does not hurt to ask. Sometimes I have room for an additional client due to a cancellation. So, please do not be afraid to ask!

Q: What if I want to have my boudoir photos taken, but I am not able to attend one of your scheduled boudoir photo parties?
A: If you are unable to attend a scheduled boudoir photo party, you can always book a private party with a few of your closest friends! I also do private boudoir photo shoots in clients' homes. Just contact me for more information and pricing.

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