It’s no secret that we love boudoir shoots– we’ve listed 10 reasons you need to do one, and we love featuring them. However, we know that some women are more reserved or shy about the idea of a boudoir shoot, and might have unanswered questions about doing one. So, we asked Amber from Hello Beautiful Boudoir to address some of the most common questions she hears from potential clients today. Got a question that she didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments!
I don’t know how pose and afraid to look funny, do you help with that?
Absolutely. In fact, every woman that comes into my studio is NOT a professional model and knows nothing about posing. And I like it that way! I direct you from start to finish, so that you don’t have to worry about whether you are doing things the “right” way. My goal is to make you feel as comfortable in your own skin as possible so the outcome is genuine, fun, and sexy.
Will my photos be posted online?
That is completely up to you! I have a few different options when it comes to the usage of photos online and in my portfolio. You have the option to have complete privacy and no photos will be shared online, you can opt to have anonymous (such as the photo below) photos only posted, or you can sign a full model release allowing me to use them on my blog, social media, and printed portfolio. No matter which option you choose, I love you just the same!
I have some stretch marks I’m not sure if I want in my pictures, what is your take on photoshop?
While my message will always be to embrace the body you have and to love the skin you are in, I completely understand the love/hate relationship that stretch marks present. I make sure to ask you ahead of time if there are any areas on your body that make you feel self conscious, or if you have blemishes/ stretch marks you are wanting to minimize/ remove in post processing. I am able to minimize most with proper posing and lighting, however if photoshop is needed I can do so.
What should I wear? Does it have to be lingerie?
This is the question I get the most and I say wear whatever makes you feel sexy! It definitely doesn’t have to be lingerie, although most opt for some form of lingerie. It can be bra and panty sets, silk robes, slips, body suits, etc. Most also bring some other form of clothing as well, such as a sweater, jersey, or their love’s favorite work shirt. Don’t stress too much about wardrobe though. I’ve had some opt for no clothing and just a bed sheet and completely rocked it! I also send you a prep guide to help you select what to bring as well as what other accessories you may want to consider (like heels, those are a must!)
I want to do a shoot, but I don’t have a significant other to do it for. Do women in this situation still do boudoir?
YES. Absolutely yes! While I agree that doing a shoot for a significant other is an awesome gift, I am more into what it does for YOU! I shoot boudoir because I love empowering women and helping them find their “sexy” again! So many of us are tired, over worked, and barely have time for ourselves at the end of the day. Most of my clients come to me with wanting to do this as a gift, yet it always becomes an even bigger gift for themselves. You don’t need the “gift” excuse to do something amazing for yourself. This is a lifetime experience that truly changes you. It changes your perspective of yourself and gives you a boost in confidence you may not have known that you needed. You definitely don’t need a significant other to bring sexy back girl!
Can I bring someone with me to my session?
Sometimes your best friend is exactly what you need to calm the nerves for your shoot! I am completely fine with a friend coming to the shoot, however I ask that they don’t interfere by telling you how to pose or adjusting hair or wardrobe. I have my stylist working with me to do that! I do ask that NO husbands/ boyfriends/ significant others attend the shoot though.
How will I get to see and select my images and products?
After your shoot, we schedule a viewing session where I reveal the images and we go through and select the ones you love. If you booked a package that includes product, we select the images to have printed. If you opted for an a la carte shoot, we will then go over the products and choose what you would like to order. I help you through the whole process! If you are one of my out of town clients, I do have the option to do this online using a password protected gallery.
Have more questions? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!