In my experience, there has been two main types of questions before a boudoir shoot. People want to know about the process e.g. what style will my pictures look like, or what should I bring, can I bring a friend etc. All that practical information is below and the more you put into being ready for the shoot the higher the chances of getting shots you are in love with.
The second type of question is fuzzier. “Will I look good”, or “I am self-conscious about someone seeing me”. Questions about vulnerability are normal, but tough to answer. All I can do on that front is assure you that your session is as private as you want it to be and that during our time together I am focused on seeing all the beautiful things about you… the light on your hair, your eyes, a fingertip touching your neck. In a few weeks, I will not remember what you looked like… so its like it never happened. Also, I am not seeing the things your harsh little inner voice whispers when you look in the mirror. It will be OK!
MAXIMUM PRIVACY AND COMFORT
I have a small dedicated shooting space in central Hamilton with nice natural light and studio lighting options. Comfortable rain or shine. A place to change. Music.
BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC SETTINGS
If you are hardy and love the idea of doing your shoot in the forest, the beach, or near a waterfall, then nature shoots are the way to go. We might need to time it for when the public isn’t about, like early morning, or travel to somewhere out of town.
FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE
You might be able to get access to a place with cool character. Maybe your house, hiring a theatre, or a cool bookabach that is your vibe.
How do you want the final shots to look, maybe a mixture?
Dark and moody
A lot of people like how darker photos feel. They are great for only showing what you want to be seen and tucking away everything else into shadow. Rather than showing exactly what something looks like, you are trying to show how it feels.
Light and bright
These photos are more dreamy and upbeat. They are great for smiles and happy vibes.
What should I wear?
Choose things that make you feel amazing.
Lingerie, body jewellery, a sheet, robes, a big shirt, garters/stockings, just a pair of jeans, nothing…
You will know what’s right for you, but great versions of those things. Its how they make you feel when you are in them that is important.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
What tone do you want? People usually get a mixture of moods with one dominating. On one end you have soft and fun, and at the other end spicy and sexy. Nothing is good or bad, just what suits how you feel and your personality.
Answers to commonly asked questions about doing a boudoir shoot.
Have a look at the questions below. If you are not sure what you want then start collecting some images on a Pinterest board and share it with me so I can look for the patterns.
You will be awesome!
Where do you want to shoot this?
Are you feeling darker, or lighter?
Do you own some nice things or know what you want to wear? Have you walked around the house in them feeling awesome!
How should I direct you during the shoot from soft and pretty through to more raunchy how do you want to be seen or see yourself?