FAQ about Boudoir Photography

FAQ about Boudoir Photography

What is Boudoir Photography?

Boudoir photography is the fine art of sensual and intimate portraiture. It is designed to empower woman and give them courage to face their fears. Boudoir photography has been gaining immense popularity in recent years. As women, we spend endless amounts of time and money pampering ourselves with beauty products and services, clothing, accessories, fitness and even plastic surgery to make us feel beautiful. By investing in portraiture of ourselves, we can capture and document our beauty to treasure for a lifetime.

Regardless of age or body type, we specialize in offering all women an incredible opportunity to commission their own personal collection of stunning, modern boudoir portraits. Flattering your best features, Catherine provides you with something truly unique to show how beautiful you are. While our sessions are designed to create a personal, romantic gift for your significant other to cherish for a lifetime, they are truly designed for you.

Can I just right-click and print my proof pictures instead of purchasing them from you?

It is a common misunderstanding that it is ok to right-click and save your proofing pictures to your computer for personal printing or displaying on the intranet. However, it is illegal to download, copy, print or reproduce the images in any way.  I spend a great deal of time after your session in my digital darkroom, perfecting your images. I ask that you respect what I do for a living, and the laws set in place to protect them. My pricing has been carefully structured to be able to maintain my business. If I allowed theft of my images, I would not be able to offer this unique and beautiful service to women.

My session is booked…how do I prepare?

In preparation for your shoot, please think of the following things:  Hair touch-ups, waxing, eyebrow shaping, manicure, pedicure, tanning and moisturizing. Once your session is booked, I will send you a welcome guide, which goes into further detail regarding preparation.

Do you provide hair and makeup services?

Yes, it’s included in our four collections. Having a professional hair and makeup really adds to the experience and over quality of your photos…plus you’ll love being pampered. This is your time to sit and relax as you prepare for your shoot. My hair and makeup artist was hand selected by me for her amazing talent and easy going personality. She will make you look and feel beautiful.

What should I bring to my shoot? Do you supply wardrobe?

While I don’t supply wardrobe, I do have some lingerie and other wardrobe pieces and accessories that you are welcome to use.  Each piece is hand washed or dry cleaned after each use.  I do not reuse panties, but are available for purchase should you choose to wear them. Once you have booked your session, I will send you a boudoir welcome guide that has some great suggestions on what to purchase and bring with you to your shoot. You should plan to bring a variety of lingerie (3-4 outfits), shoes and jewelry that match your personality, style and skin tone. Sara and I will work with you to create the look you want. For additional wardrobe ideas, go to my Pinterest page.

Lingerie can include bra and panty sets, a corset, teddy, chemise, camisole, garters, thigh high stockings and robes. While black is the standard in sexy, all colors are great and give a nice variety of looks to your final images.

Other items you should bring include:  your favorite pair of  high heels, jewelry, scarves, hats, ties, etc.  Feel free to bring anything with you to accessorize your shoot and make it a more personalized experience. A piece of your mate’s favorite apparel – shirt and tie perhaps or a sports jersey – he’ll love it!

I’m a little uncomfortable about nudity…

Nudity is certainly not necessary and I would never push you to go further than you felt comfortable with. Sexy isn’t always about how much you show, it’s all about how you show it! Most men feel that leaving something to the imagination is much sexier than baring it all.

 Sounds great … but I’m feeling nervous about my shoot!

Feeling nervous or self-conscious about having a boudoir portrait session? There’s no need worry, it’s natural to feel this way. When you come into the studio, you will be greeted with friendly smiles before being whisked away for hair and makeup. You’ll enjoy being pampered while sipping on champagne and indulging in fine chocolate…your nerves will soon melt away. My sessions are designed to allow you plenty of time to relax and feel comfortable which really shows in the final images. So leave everything up to us…just relax and enjoy yourself!

I have a little problem area about by body is there anything you can do?

Regardless of age or body type, I specialize in offering all women an incredible experience and opportunity to commission their own personal collection of stunning, modern boudoir portraits. I will guide you through each pose and shoot your from angles that best exemplify and flatter your best features. I believe that each and every woman is very different and has something incredible to capture.

Most woman are self-conscious about one area of their body, whether it be stretch marks from having kids, cellulite on their butt, or scars from when you were younger…I want you to know that you don’t have to worry about these little imperfections, we have many way to handle little problem areas. However, when it comes to tan lines, they can be a little more problematic, and it is best to avoid spray tanning or other skin altering methods all together!  While I do my best to even out skin tone, I suggest staying out of the sun and/or even out tan lines well before your shoot.

If you have a particular problem area that you’re not happy with, let me know. My advanced posing techniques are designed to emphasize the positives and disguise problem areas. In addition I can perform a little “digital liposuction” in the retouching stage. I will not however, completely change the shape of your body – after all that just wouldn’t be you!

I’ve had my session…what a blast! When do I get to see my images?

About a week after your session, I will meet with you in person to go over your gallery of proofs and assist you in selecting your photos and deciding which products best fits your needs.

How many images will I have to choose from?

I try to capture as many images as I can during your session in order to create verity. About a week or so after your shoot, we will go through your images and select the ones you wish to purchase for your album and display. While I do take many photos during your session, you will only see the images that meet the standards of Mia Boudoir. Images that do not meet these standards are removed permanently during the selection process. I will create a gallery of proofs that have all been lightly retouched for the selection process. Once you have decided on which images you wish to include in your purchase, I will then fine tune the photo editing and prepare your order.

Will my images be shown on your website or in your studio?

The images shown on my website, social media, and in-studio displays are shown with the client’s written permission. I fully respect and understand the privacy of my clients, and your images will not be used in anyway to market or promote my business without your written consent.

I have a friend who is excited to book an intimate session as well…

For each new client that you refer to Mia Boudoir who books a session, you will receive a credit towards an additional session for yourself. Take advantage of the referral program as often as you like by spreading the word!  Credits are awarded once the full session fee is received from the new client. Credits have no cash value and can only be used by the original referrer and are not transferable.

I can’t make my shoot date, can I reschedule?

Absolutely. I understand that things come up or a date no longer works for you, and I am happy to make that change for you. However, I will need a 4 day notice via email in order to reschedule. You are permitted to reschedule your appointment once and must be within 12 months of the original reservation.

What is your refund policy?

Do to the nature and structure of my business, session fee’s are non-refundable. If you must reschedule your session for any reason, you may do so by notifying me via email at least 96 hours (4 days) prior to your reservation. At this time, you also have the option to transfer your reservation to someone else in your absence. Session may be reschedule once, and must be made within 3 months of the original reservation. Failure to cancel your reservation all together or after 96 hours will forfeit your session fee.

Where is your studio located?

My studio is located in Plymouth Michigan at my residence, privacy is never a problem.

I have a question that isn’t listed above…

If your questions haven’t been answered here, please feel free to contact me at MiaBoudoir@gmail.com or call 734-335-8866, I am more than happy to speak with you on an individual basis.