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The Boudoir Experience

FAQ

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.

Because they WANT to!

...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 (Mini Sessions: 2-3 outfits / Full Sessions: 3-5 outfits). 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 full Boudoir Experience, professional hair & makeup is an optional upgrade. 

For Mini Sessions, as of now, hair & makeup is on your own unless otherwise stated.
 

Who does the hair & makeup?

Click here to meet my primary 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...

...guide you into gorgeous, flattering light.

...give you plenty of direction, leading you into poses that flatter your unique shape.

...be 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 (2-3 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.
 

How much does a Boudoir Session cost?

Full Boudoir Sessions begin at $675, and always includes 1+ hour of shooting time at Bailey's studio in Downtown Duluth, your full set of finished images (complete with digital downloads), and an amazing experience! Upgrade options include luxury prints + albums, along with Professional Hair & Makeup. Mini Sessions may also be available.


What if I need to reschedule?

Life happens! If needed, your session can always be rescheduled.
My Reschedule Policy is as follows:

In the event that a Client requests to reschedule their session, the retainer shall be applied to a mutually agreed upon reschedule date, and is subject to the following Rescheduling Fees: 

$35 if notice is given 15 or more days prior to the scheduled event
$75 if notice is given 14 or fewer days prior to the scheduled event


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?

My booking calendar is currently closed.
Click here to join the waitlist!


Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! A non-refundable retainer payment is required to secure your spot, with the remaining balance due by your session. You are more than welcome to make smaller payments leading up to your 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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