the boudoir experience

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So, what exactly is a boudoir session?

Boudoir is a little French word referring to a woman's bedroom. A boudoir session is an intimate portrait session, but more than that, it's an experience designed to spark confidence & celebrate you. While often featuring lace & lingerie, it certainly doesn't have to! A cozy sweater + oversize mug of coffee can be just as beautiful. 

Who are boudoir sessions for?

I work with women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds!

A few reasons my clients book sessions:

To ignite self-confidence.

To celebrate a milestone or achievement
(like completing a fitness or weight loss journey).

As a wedding or anniversary gift to their partner.

As a gift for a partner deploying overseas.

As a birthday gift to themselves.

...and more!

How would you describe your boudoir photography style?

Bright, crisp, full-of-life, and rich with emotion! My happy place is connecting with women, making them feel at home in their skin, and capturing their authentic selves. I walk my clients through every step of the process, so there's no need to bring poses or Pinterest ideas! Before your session, I'll send a few questions to get to know you better, including your favorite features (let's highlight 'em!) and any areas you may feel self-conscious about (we've all got 'em!). 

Do I need to bring my own outfits?

Yes! Because every body is different, I encourage you to bring items that fit beautifully & make you feel fabulous. Your session length will determine how many looks we'll have time for (inquire for details). I also have a growing collection of robes, wraps, and blankets to complement your look.

Help! What do I wear?!

Believe it or not, you may already have everything you need in your closet! There's no need to invest in a ton of new pieces.

Remember: Boudoir doesn't always mean lace & lingerie! Some of my favorite looks include your lazy Sunday uniform (think sleep shorts, cute tanks, and off-the-shoulder tops).

Other ideas include...

a comfy sweater
your fave bra & undies
a fun lace body suit
a cozy flannel
a blanket or shawl
a bralette & booty shorts
a well-loved off-the-shoulder tee
a billowing skirt paired with a bra
a breezy kimono robe

...and more!

When you book, I'll send inspiration + ideas, along with my favorite sources for boudoir outfits. Don't worry if you're feeling indecisive; I always encourage my clients to bring more items than they need, and I'll help pick & choose on-site!

 Is hair & makeup included?

For the Bailey Aro Boudoir Experience (full-length sessions), professional hair & makeup is always included. 

For Bare Essentials Sessions, hair & makeup is on your own!

For Boudoir Mini Sessions, hair & makeup is always included,
unless otherwise noted.

Who does the hair & makeup?

Click here to meet my boudoir hair & makeup team!

Apart from outfits, what else should I bring to my session?

I recommend bringing a small duffel or garment bag to carry your outfits & other necessities. If your session includes hair & makeup, please arrive with clean, dry hair and a makeup-free face. Be sure to use your regular face moisturizer that morning.

Will you share my images on social media, or can I keep them private?

The choice is yours! All images are kept private by default, as outlined in our contract. After your session, you'll receive a release form to sign, which gives you complete control over which images, if any, you'd like to share.

Will you airbrush my stretch marks/scars/etc.?

Nope! I'm known for my no-airbrushing policy. As a general rule,
I won't touch anything that's permanent (i.e. scars, stretch marks, smile lines), because these things are a part of who you are!
However, I WILL... you into gorgeous, flattering light.

...give you plenty of direction, leading you into poses that flatter your unique shape. extra mindful of those areas you feel self-conscious about
(we've all got 'em!).

Read more on my philosophy here.

When will I receive my photos?

You'll receive a sneak peek (1-2 images) within a week! Your full gallery will be delivered within 2-3 weeks of your session. Albums & prints may take additional time to create + ship.

Do you offer albums & prints?

Yes! Most collections include a custom album or print box. You can order these items at any time.

Can I print my own photos?

Yes! You'll receive a Print Release with your finished digital images. However, most clients prefer the convenience and privacy of ordering prints & albums through me.

How do I book?

Click here for booking details.

When you're ready to move forward, I'll send your online booking link, where you can sign the contract & make the retainer payment online. 

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! A retainer payment is required to secure your date, with the remaining balance due by your session. Many clients book several months in advance & make smaller payments leading up to their shoot.

I want to gift a boudoir session to a friend. Do you offer gift cards?

Yes! Click here to order gift cards.

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