As if there weren’t a ton of questions for any portrait session, add in the intimacy element and there seems to be so many more! Here are some of the questions I get asked most often, but if you think of something else, don’t hesitate to e-mail me using the “contact” section above.
What is boudoir photography anyway?
In French, boudoir means “woman’s bedroom.” Add in the word photography, and it’s almost a literal translation. But feel free to think outside the box, too. I’ve had lots of clients request sessions at other locations.
Who usually books a boudoir session?
Just about anybody! Women who want to get something unique for their boyfriend on their birthday or anniversary. Brides who want to wow their husband on their wedding night. Wives who want to surprise their husband with something unexpected after years of marriage. Women who want to remember their pre-baby body. Women who find their pregnancy body sensual and gorgeous. Women who want to send something amazing to their guys serving overseas. Women who want to try something different, exciting and fun.
Who will take my picture?
All photographs will be taken by me. No one else will be present for your session unless you want to bring a friend.
I have stretchmarks/scars/cellulite/(fill-in-the-body-hang-up here).
Investing in professional photography really pays off. The portrait process doesn’t end when your session does. I spend hours extensively retouching your images to make all of those little blemishes disappear. I want you to look flawless and magazine-cover ready just as much as you do. Plus, it’s my job to find poses and angles that accentuate your best features.
What if I don’t have a lot of lingerie?
Not that you need a good reason to go shopping, but really, this is splurge-worthy! Even just one thing out of the ordinary might make you feel tremendous — and that’s what this is all about! Besides, if the photographs are going to be a gift for your guy, that will really wow him if it’s something he’s never seen you in. But you don’t NEED to have a lot. Even a cami and everyday cotton can be extraordinary in the right setting.
Where will my photographs be taken?
Traditional boudoir sessions are done in my home where I have a private dressing room and studio. I often use other rooms, as well, for variety. But don’t think you’re limited to that. Some women prefer to customize a session based on their guy’s favorite things. I’ve done shoots at car repair shops, old barns and even a candy store. Heck, I think a pool table or using cards and poker chips would be incredible if that’s what your guy is into.
Is nudity required?
Absolutely not. Sensuality can be as simple as a bare shoulder. Personally, I find implied nudity to be incredibly enchanting and romantic. But if you want to request something in particular, I’m always willing to discuss your ideas.
Who will see my photos?
Most clients are anxious to see a sneak peek on Facebook, but I am happy to respect your privacy. I ask each client ahead of time if they want their name and face in their preview. Most do, but “Miss X” works, too! I also ask each client to pick out at least three images from their gallery that they would feel comfortable allowing me to share on my website.
I want to give the photos as a gift. How does that work?
First of all, please remember that professional photography takes time. If you have a deadline such as a birthday, anniversary or wedding night that you want to have the gift ready by, contact me as soon as possible to schedule your session. You can simply order prints, but I also offer a variety of exceptional products including custom-designed hardcover photobooks, calendars and personalized bedside table Keepsake Boxes to give them that wow-factor. Presentation really is everything. For details, click on the “Information” tab in the menu, then select “Products.”
This is completely out-of-the-ordinary for me. I’m kind of nervous!
Of course you are! It’s not every day you pose for photographs in your underwear. I get that. But I can promise you that these sessions are laid-back, comfortable and fun. Not to mention confidence-boosting. I gurantee you’ll leave feeling like you can conqure the world.
What if I want to show my guy all of the photos in my gallery — even the ones I didn’t order — just in case there are some other ones he wants? And can I order more at a later date?
Because it takes time to upload and reopen a gallery, I require a $50 deposit to do so. The deposit is then applied toward an additional print or product purchase. You can always order more prints at any time.
Is this the only type of photography you do?
I am a people photographer. I also offer wedding and event coverage, as well as portraits for expectant parents, newborns, babies, children, families, high school seniors, business professionals and couples celebrating their engagement or anniversary. For more information and to see examples of my other work, please visit my main site, Kelly V. Photography.