"I've never done anything like this before"
DEMYSTIFYING A BOUDOIR SESSION
I hear this on almost every consult call. Being in front of any camera can be scary, being in front of a camera while in your underwear can be a new level of vulnerability you would have never imagined wanting. Believe me, I get it.
My goal is to provide you with as much information as I can before your session, so you show up to the studio feeling prepared, excited, a litttttle nervous, but ready to step into your power.
WHAT TO EXPECT
20 minute consult call with the ability to self-book immediately after
Comprehensive preparation guide
Professional Hair & Makeup
90 minute session time
3 outfit changes & styling guidance
expert posing guidance
In person gallery reveal and ordering appointment
Minimum 30 professionally retouched images
Menu of heirloom quality products
images are purchased separately and are not included in the session fee
ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL BOUDOIR SESSION
I don't think we ever "arrive" at self love. It's a continual learning and undoing & adapting and becoming, and it's a lifelong process. However, a boudoir session is not therapy, my camera and I are a powerful team, but not powerful enough to replace "the work."
Book your session when you are ready to see yourself with more love than before. Book when you're ready to surprise yourself & show up in your power, when you've started the radical work of loving yourself, and are ready to get deeper into it.
I need two things from you before your session: a moodboard & your pre-session questionnaire. These are such fun parts of the process & really give me an idea of what sort of images you'd love to see at your gallery reveal: are we looking for photos with movement or more classic portraits? What words do you want your photos to embody? What are your favorite parts of yourself?
All of this information greatly assists me in creating something beautiful for you & fulfilling for me.
When you show up to your session, I need you to not only trust me to pose you down to your fingertips, but to trust yourself too. You got this, I got you.
A boudoir session is the perfect excuse to be truly pampered. I work with a stylist who creates a natural, effortless look- focusing on adding some glow, some bouncy, bedhead waves and bringing attention to your favorite features. Never heavy or fake, this part of the process is to simply polish up your natural look and give you some time to relax before getting in front of the camera
a moment for you
hair & makeup
I work out of a shared studio space in Virginia Beach (your session will be completely private). This space holds so much beauty- abundant natural light, different styled sets and enough space to really get creative. Whether you want warm & whimsical or classic & polished, we'll create something beautiful here.
I believe in going beyond digital galleries. Every photo you purchase from me includes the digital file & the physical copy. I offer heirloom portrait boxes, fine art albums & wall art.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I don't like ___________ about myself. Will this ruin the photos? Will you photoshop my images to get rid of it?
If there's something about your appearance that you don't love (we all have something), let's talk about it. A session with me is a safe space from any and all judgement, including judgement about not loving every single thing about your body. While I don't photoshop bodies, I can absolutely adjust the way I photograph and pose you to focus on what you DO love about yourself, while drawing less attention to the parts that you've told me you are self conscious about.
My portraits are retouched to remove blemishes and soften skin, but unless specifically requested, I won't retouch away permanent about you: freckles, scars, tattoos, etc.
I'm not photogenic or confident in front of the camera. Should I still book?
Yes! Most of the women you see in my work are everyday, albeit absolutely gorgeous, women. It's my job to get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera, and that's a process I've gotten really good at. Any professional photographer will tell you there's no such thing as being un-photogenic, there are just bad poses, bad lighting, unflattering angles and.... bad photographers who won't put you at ease in such a vulnerable place.
A shoot with me is incredibly lighthearted, and EASY, despite being incredibly luxurious. I'll be giving you tons of direction, showing you how to pose, and cheering you on the whole time. Every one of my testimonials mentions that I made them feel at ease in front of the camera, which is something I'm incredibly proud of.
P.S. It took me 23 years to finally become comfortable in front of the camera.
Should I wait until I ______ (lose 10 lbs, get engaged, land my dream job, etc)?
A session with me is an amazing way to celebrate big accomplishments, life events or physical transformations, but I've found that as women, we block ourselves from what we really want by convincing ourselves we need to accomplish something to deserve it.
There is something just as powerful about booking a session \"just because.\" No one has made it this far without a story worth telling, and there is something incredible about recognizing that exactly where you are, who you are and what you're becoming is worth celebrating. And you can always come back for round 2 after that big accomplishment on the horizon.
What do I wear? How should I do my hair and makeup?
When you book a session, we'll work together on a mood board to figure out exactly how you want to be photographed. From there, I'll make you a packing list so you know exactly what to bring to your session. Ultimately, you are in complete control of what you want to wear and how much skin you're comfortable showing.
I include professional hair and makeup with every session! If you don't like the way it looks PLEASE let us know before we start shooting. We are both committed to making sure you feel like the best version of yourself, and want you to begin and end your session feeling thrilled with the way you look.
Where will we shoot?
I share a beautiful studio space in Virginia Beach but can go wherever you'd like. I love in-home sessions and outdoor sessions!
Can I bring a friend? A bunch of girlfriends?
Absolutely! If you know your friend will be 100% supportive of you and will allow you to feel completely at ease, she's absolutely welcome. I ask that \"moral support\" friends be limited to one, BUT would love to photograph you and a bunch of girlfriends for the most fun girls day/bachelorette party ever.
How far in advance should I book?
I recommend booking your date at least 4 weeks in advance so we have adequate time to plan, but I can accommodate tighter schedules if needed. Our reveal is 3 weeks after our session, and add on 4 weeks of production time for albums and wall art. You will get your digital files that day!
Portrait boxes can be available as soon as 2 weeks after our session, Heirloom albums can be available as soon as 4 weeks after our session but rush fees may be incurred.
How many photos will I be shown?
I show 20-25 finished photos at your reveal.
Will my photos be shared on social media?
You get to decide which (if any) images you are comfortable with me sharing. It is totally okay if you'd like to keep them ALL private.