It’s that time of year again! Amid this bustling summer of moving (and renovating) house, capturing weddings, and road-trippin’, I’m excited for a little change of pace. More than ever, I’m giddy thinking of crisp breezes, absurdly oversized sweaters, and hot coffee in the hammock (well, until snow flies). Several months ago, on January 1st, The Boudoir Suite was born: A gorgeous little space tucked away from the bustle of Downtown Duluth. It was here that I began capturing women in a space that feels like home. Within these four walls, I’ve witnessed women blossom. I’m grateful to my clients for trusting me & taking the leap, and a special thanks goes to my fabulous hair & makeup team, without whom I couldn’t deliver such amazing experiences to these women! Today’s the big day: Duluth Boudoir Mini Sessions for Winter 2016 are being announced! Although I offer full-length sessions throughout the year, I release a limited batch of Mini Session dates each winter. Read on for details + booking info:
I’m so grateful our paths have crossed! If you’re here, you’ve probably given some thought to booking a Boudoir Session. Please know I completely understand the butterflies you might be feeling (they are real & totally allowed!), but I promise you, every woman leaves her session feeling empowered & rejuvenated. I truly want you to find the right photographer for you, whether it’s me or someone else. Every photographer has a different approach, and it’s important to find someone whose images make your heart skip a beat, and whose personality puts you at ease. Are you ready? Let’s jump in!
A few lovely words from previous clients!
“The most beautiful I have ever felt is the day I met Bailey Aro and played beneath her camera for awhile. Her pictures turned out fantastic and she is such a playful, funny, all around lovely lady – I felt like she was my best friend just minutes after starting to talk to her! Bailey, thank you SO much for the pictures and the wonderful experience. You were so great and helped me feel so comfortable that day, and I’m so happy with the pictures! You are amazing!”
“Thank you for the experience: the fun, the safe place to be brave and do something I’ve never done before! The entire deal…from getting there and being pampered with beautiful hair and makeup, the shooting time with you, laughing in my undies and then now the final product…it’s beautiful. Thank you for capturing me at 36, no big milestones, just regular me in the midst of a beautiful life.”
“Thank you so much for the photos! And the amazing experience! It was so much fun. I have never felt so empowered and so sexy in my skin like that before. It truly takes some talent and an inspiring personality bring that out in a woman and be able to capture it.”
“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.”
What should I wear? Do I need to bring my own accessories etc.?
Bring a few items you feel fabulous in! Although two outfits is a perfect number for mini sessions, feel free to bring more. Think beyond lingerie, too: Consider bringing your favorite comfy blanket or flannel button-down! Also, think about your favorite lazy morning routines: Does they include a good book or a mug of coffee? Consider bringing those items with, too. When you book a session, I’ll send some outfit inspiration & ideas to get you started. To complement your look, I have a growing collection of beautiful wraps, jewelry, and blousy pieces for you to choose from.
Can I print my own photos?
Yes! You will receive a Print Release with your final gallery, but please beware of most consumer print labs, as the quality and consistency is often poor (I do have one lab I feel comfortable recommending, which I’ll share after your session!). Most clients do invest in professional prints or a keepsake book. Sample products will be available for viewing at your session.
Will you airbrush my body?
The short answer: Nope!
Here’s the long answer: The core part of my purpose, my reason for doing this work, is because I believe in a world where real > retouched. Yes, all of your images will be thoughtfully hand-edited for color & contrast adjustments (and if you wake up with a blemish on the day of your session, I will absolutely minimize that!). However, I will not change the size or shape of your body, or remove anything permanent (like scars or wrinkles). Those things make you who you are! I will, however, guide you into beautiful light & natural poses that showcase your favorite features. It may sound funny, but my knowledge of light & posing are way more powerful than any Photoshop tools.
This experience is meant to change the way we view our bodies, and kick the world’s beauty standards to the curb. If you’re looking for someone who will dramatically change your body in Photoshop, I am not your girl (and that’s okay!).
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!
How & when will my images be delivered to me?
All Mini Sessions include a selection of 20-25 finished high resolution images with Print Release. Most clients order an album or professional print set to complete their experience. You’ll receive a sneak peek of your session within one week, and your full set of images will be delivered in 2-3 weeks in a private, password-protected gallery viewable only by you.
Will my images remain private?
By default, your images will be kept private. Should you feel comfortable sharing any of your images in my portfolio or online, I will first obtain written permission from you.
COMPLETE YOUR EXPERIENCE
A custom 20-page album designed from your images, featuring thick hardboard pages and a selection of gorgeous leather & linen covers. Available sizes: 10×10, 8×8 or 5×5.
Wooden Print Box
Your full set of images, printed on 4×6” ultra-thick lustre archival paper. Tucked in a lidded maple box with excelsior moss & silk ribbon. Handcrafted in our very own workshop!
Luxury Print Set
Your full set of images printed on 4×6” lustre photographic paper & gift wrapped in a simple, elegant box with excelsior moss & blush silk ribbon.
Your full set of high resolution images presented on a beautiful maple 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 first & second choice times. Spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in touch soon!
Sunday, November 6, 2016
9:00 – 10:15 AM 10:00 – 11:15 AM 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM 12:00 – 1:15 PM 1:00 – 2:15 PM 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2016
9:00 – 10:15 AM 10:00 – 11:15 AM 12:00 – 1:15 PM 1:00 – 2:15 PM
Sunday, January 8, 2017
10:00 – 11:15 AM 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
To secure your spot, a signed contract and 50% nonrefundable 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 experience today!
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