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"I have never done a session like this before, and Melissa made me feel right at home!! Meeting me at the door, light conversation, helping pick outfits, and letting me be me for the first time in a LONG time. Going from a wife/mom for 12 years to a single mom of 2 in a year does something to you and she helped me find ME again. 🥰"
- Ms. T

"Melissa and Jessi were amazing. I was so nervous but Melissa walked me through everything step by step and make it so much fun and the pictures came out better than I was expecting. I felt so beautiful and I can't wait to do it again."
-Ms. J

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WHEN YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT DOING A BOUDOIR SESSION THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT COME UP ABOUT DOING THIS TYPE OF SESSION. SO I AM HERE TODAY TO ANSWER A BUNCH OF THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOU.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’M REALLY NERVOUS. IS THAT NORMAL?
It is definitely normal to be nervous for your boudoir session, so don’t worry. Most of our clients are nervous until the session has gone on for a few minutes. After it starts, you’ll begin to loosen up. If you’re still nervous, try out these relaxation tips we’ve provided in another blog post: Click here.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW TO POSE?
Don’t worry about posing. We’ve totally got you covered in that department. We know all the tricks to create the most flattering angles for you, no matter what shape or size you are. Plus we have some great starter tips for any photos you take at home that can start you on the path of preparing for your session. Check out FREEBIE HERE.

DO YOUR PACKAGES INCLUDE HAIR AND MAKEUP?
Absolutely! One thing we have as a non-negotiable for your session to provide you with complimentary hair and makeup by a professional MUA for your session. We want you to feel and look your best and we don’t want you to have to worry about doing it yourself. Taking care of it for you and letting us pamper you helps you feel more relaxed and at ease for stepping in front of the camera to take photos.

AM I ALLOWED TO BRING ALCOHOL TO HELP LOOSEN MY NERVES?
As long as you’re over 21, that’s totally fine with us. We do offer champagne or wine at your session to help you relax. But don’t go overboard with the alcohol either. Being relaxed is one thing. Being drunk, well then you’re photos aren’t going to look good either so one glass is probably good.

DO YOU PROVIDE THE WARDROBE?
We do not provide your wardrobe. This is something you’ll have to pick out and bring along yourself. If you need help choosing an outfit, we can definitely give you some suggestions, though. And we do send out a full prep-guide when you book to help you find places to go shopping and what to pull from your own closet. We also have many blog posts about outfit ideas and multiple outfit guides that we send out in your preparation process.

I WANT SHARE THESE PICTURES WITH MY PARTNER, BUT I DON’T WANT LOOSE PRINTS FLOATING AROUND. ANY IDEAS FOR THE BEST GIFT?
This is a very common concern and we totally understand. We recommend placing an order for our little black book. This is much more discreet and will keep all of your images in one place and not floating around. We also offer folios and accordion albums as well. For more information on these products, just ask. Or check out this blog here to learn about places to display your photos.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY BOUDOIR SESSION?
For our sessions, we suggest three to four different outfits and any props or accessories you may want to incorporate. Don’t hesitate to buy a few more things than you think you need or to even bring more to your session than you think you need. We will help you the day of your session to pick the best outfit for you. Need help choosing props? Check out this blog article we’ve written on incorporating your partner’s interests by clicking here.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
Yes, you can bring a friend if you think it will help you relax. However, sometimes an extra set of eyes has the opposite effect, even if it is a friend. They are more than welcome to come, but if they are making you uncomfortable, they may have to wait out in the lobby. But just ask and we are more than happy to help you decide.

WILL MY SESSION BE WITH A MALE OR FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER?
Our team is composed of all women, so you will only have me, as your female photographer for your session. Our hair and makeup artist is also a female. And the owner of the event and retreat center that we use as our studio space is also run by a woman. We also do not allow men to be in the studio or at your session so that you can do this powerfully for yourself.

DO YOU DO TOUCHUPS?
Yes, we will smooth skin and do some basic retouching on all of your portraits. But we will NOT make you look different or take weight off of you or make you look like someone you’re not. Blemishes, scars, pimples, scratches, etc. that aren’t naturally part of your body we will help hide. Otherwise let us know what you’re concerned about and we’d be happy to help you feel more at ease about what we can do to help you.

I’M NOT A MODEL – ARE BOUDOIR PHOTOS STILL FLATTERING EVEN IF MY BODY ISN’T PERFECT?
Absolutely! Nobody is perfect and every woman is sexy. If you have any specific concerns, contact us and we can talk about it! Posing and great outfits add to helping you look and feel amazing during your session.

DO YOU DO OUTDOOR BOUDOIR SESSIONS?
We absolutely do outdoor boudoir sessions. Our studio space is in town in Glencoe, but my house is out in the country and has a beautiful spot on the yard that is grass and trees that we can design for your session.

DO I HAVE CONTROL OVER WHO SEES MY IMAGES?
Yes, most certainly. We will only share photos if you have given us permission and have approved the images for sharing. We respect your wishes and won’t post or share any images if you’d prefer they stay private. There’s always variations of photos that you might be comfortable with sharing versus not sharing so don’t hesitate to ask (as we also always bring it up in our consult call) so that you know exactly how this works.

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