Can you say sweater season? Although I adore summer, let’s face it: Nothing beats crisp air, pumpkin-flavored everything, and a full spectrum of crunchy leaves. In the past year, Boudoir Sessions have been a smashing success! I am so inspired by the many women who’ve said “yes” to this empowering, transformative experience. Today I am thrilled to announce two new dates for Fall & Winter 2015-2016!
But first, let’s talk about boudoir.
Boudoir is a little French word meaning bedroom. I know you want to sound it out, so go ahead: “boo-dwar.”
There’s a widespread misconception that boudoir photography is exploitative and overtly erotic. But this experience, these images, are anything but. They are intended as tasteful, elegant, fine art images celebrating you. It is my honor to encourage women through butterflies, connect with them in heartfelt ways, and gently push them out of their comfort zones like a proud mama bird.
Although our health & wellness are important, we often get stuck on “those last 10 pounds” we feel we ought to shed. Boudoir is about celebrating your body right now, not because it meets a standard of beauty, but because of the awesome things it can do. I capture the hearts of real women by getting to know them, laughing with them, and helping them embrace their bodies just as they are.
With boudoir, the question is often “What to wear?” Many women love lace & lingerie, while some prefer their comfiest oversize sweater. Others opt for a men’s white dress shirt or a cozy plaid flannel. The most important factor? Wearing something you feel fabulous in, whether it’s a lingerie set or your favorite pajama tee.
Boudoir images make a wonderful gift for yourself or another — oftentimes both! Feeling butterflies? I promise, those are normal. My approach is relaxed & lighthearted, and we’ll probably be chatting like old gal pals by the end of your session. To calm those butterflies, be sure to read the client Love Letters further down!
For a peek into the Boudoir experience, including what to do about those pre-shoot butterflies, check out this blog post. To experience more of my boudoir work, visit the Bailey Aro Boudoir page. And finally, you may have questions about how I process my images & where I stand on the topic of airbrushing. If you’re interested in booking a session, this post is a must-read!
If the above speaks to you, then read on for important details & booking info!
What should I wear? Do I need to bring my own accessories etc.?
As noted above, bring a few items you feel fabulous in! When you book a session, I’ll send some inspiration & ideas to get you started. Although I will have select accessories & blankets on hand, I encourage you to bring pieces that are reflective of your style, too.
Do you capture full nudity?
This is based on each woman’s comfort level. There are many tasteful ways to capture implied nudity without full exposure. Oftentimes, showing less can be even more sensual & elegant. Feel free to contact me directly & I’d be happy to answer any specific questions!
Will my images remain private?
By default, your images will be kept private. Should you feel comfortable sharing any of your images in a portfolio or online, I will first obtain written permission from you.
A few lovely words from previous clients:
“Thank you again for a great boudoir shoot, you are fantastic. I was oh-so-worried about anything & everything until I arrived. You do a great job making your clients feel so comfortable! I will surely send everyone I know your direction! I am so so so pleased!”
“When I decided to do a boudoir photo shoot, I was really nervous about what it would actually be like… What was I going to wear? How would my hair and makeup look? All of those questions and more were running through my mind. I shared my pre-shoot questions with Bailey and she put me at ease right away! She shared an inspiration board with me of ideas for what to wear and assured me that the professionals who would be there to do my hair and makeup would take care of the rest. The morning of my shoot I arrived a few minutes early, and Bailey along with her hair and makeup team were already there. I was greeted with smiles, a mimosa, and a little Beyonce in the background! I had an hour to relax and enjoy my mimosa while the stylists worked their magic. The whole time everyone was so friendly and made me feel really comfortable – Bailey especially. By the time the photo shoot began, the nerves were gone! Throughout the shoot Bailey made me feel empowered and even shared some of her own personal butterflies with me to help me feel at ease. If you are thinking about doing a boudoir photo shoot, I highly recommend having Bailey take your photos. She is truly genuine, and is amazing at what she does!”
“If you are reading this and thinking ‘Should I?’ JUST DO IT. Bailey is the bomb and makes you feel like Beyonce.”
Winter Boudoir Mini Sessions
Sunday, Nov 22
Saturday, Jan 9
Sunday, Jan 10
Sunday, Jan 24
Effective 1/24/16 – The Boudoir Suite, my gorgeous new natural light studio space in Downtown Duluth!
Professional Hair & Makeup
Champagne & Mimosas upon arrival
30 minutes of shooting time
1-2 outfit changes
25-30 finished high resolution images
Petite Print Set
Digital Delivery + Print Release
Complete Your Experience
A handcrafted 8×8” book custom-designed from your images. Includes 10 spreads (20 pages) & your choice of leather or linen cover.
Petite Keepsake Book
A handcrafted 5×5” book custom-designed from your images. Includes 10 spreads (20 pages) & your choice of leather or linen cover.
Petite Print Set (included)
Your 6 favorite images printed on 4×6″ Lustre photographic paper and presented in a simple, elegant box with excelsior moss & satin ribbon.
Luxe Print Set
Your full set of images printed on 4×6″ Lustre photographic paper and presented in a simple, elegant box with excelsior moss & satin ribbon.
Your full set of high resolution images presented on a beautiful gold & crystal 2 GB USB drive that is yours to keep.
How to Book
Sessions begin with 45 minutes of hair & makeup, followed by your 30-minute shoot. When booking, please note your preferred session time. Spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in touch soon!
Sunday, November 22 – Fully booked!
8:00 – 9:15 AM 8:45 – 10:00 AM 9:30 – 10:45 AM 10:15 – 11:30 AM 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM 12:15 – 1:30 PM 1:00 – 2:15 PM 1:45 – 3:00 PM 2:30 – 3:45 PM
Saturday, January 9 – Fully booked!
8:15 – 9:30 AM 9:00 – 10:15 AM 9:45 – 11:00 AM 10:30 – 11:45 AM
Sunday, January 10 – Fully booked!
8:15 – 9:30 AM 9:00 – 10:15 AM 9:45 – 11:00 AM 10:30 – 11:45 AM 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM 12:30 – 1:45 PM 1:15 – 2:45 PM 2:00 – 3:15 PM 2:45 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 24
8:30 – 9:45 AM 9:45 – 11:00 AM 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
To secure your spot, a signed contract & 50% retainer payment are due upon booking, with the remaining balance due by your session date. Booking can conveniently be done online.
Contact Bailey & book your session today!
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