Frequently Asked Questions
An Intimate Session is a completely different experience than regular family portraits and it's certainly not something we do everyday. For some of us, it's a once in a lifetime experience and, as such, many questions may come to mind. The following information has been designed to answer some of the frequently asked questions at Boudoir by Opie, from wardrobe selection, to picking up your final products. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to speak with you on an individual basis.
- What is Boudoir Photography?
The term "Boudoir" is a french word for a woman's dressing room. Boudoir photography is photographs of women in lingerie. Boudoir portraiture has been gaining immense popularity in recent years. As women, we spend endless amounts of time and money pampering ourselves with beauty products and services, clothing, accessories, fitness and even plastic surgery to make us feel beautiful. By investing in portraiture of ourselves, we can capture and document our beauty to treasure for a lifetime.
- Do you do touch ups or airbrushing?
Yes, touch ups are done on all printed products such as large prints, calendars, and albums.
I have a little problem area that I don't like about by body — is there anything you can do?
Regardless of age or body type, I specialize in offering all women an incredible opportunity to commission their own personal collection of stunning, modern boudoir portraits. Every woman is very different and has something incredible to capture. My beauty retouching includes skin perfecting, body contouring and feature enhancement. Every detail is covered from wrinkles to acne, scars, cellulite and stretch marks. You don't have to worry about these little imperfections. I have everything covered.
Do you provide hair and makeup services?
Yes! Hair and makeup is included with all boudoir sessions and is part of the boudoir experience.
- Are boudoir pictures still flattering for someone without a model type figure?
Yes! I have photographed women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Boudoir pictures are flattering for everyone.
- I'm a little uncomfortable about nudity.
Nudity is certainly not necessary and I will not push you to go further than you feel comfortable with. Sexy isn't always about how much you show, it's all about how you show it! Most men feel that leaving something to the imagination is much sexier than baring it all.
Will my session be with a female photographer?
Yes! With such personal portraits it is reassuring for both you and the man in your life that Boudoir by Opie is an all female team including the makeup artist, photographer, and retouch artist.
- If I choose to have my boudoir session done in a hotel is that included?
The studio is available to use for free. If you want to do your boudoir session in a hotel then you'll need to pay for a one night stay at that hotel. An on location fee will apply.
- Do you need a deposit to reserve my photo shoot?
Yes, I need a non-refundable half down (50%) retainer and a signed agreement to reserve your photo shoot. Easy online booking is available.
- Do you provide the outfits or is that something I would provide?
I highly recommend that you bring your own outfits for your photo shoot because it will fit correctly and it will fit your personal style. However, I do have some outfits available for you to use if you see something you like better then what you brought.
- How many prints are included with a boudoir session?
A session is for the photographers time and talent. The photos are available to purchase a la carte after the shoot.
- How far in advance should I plan if I want to give the photos as a gift?
I recommend doing your photo shoot 2-3 weeks before you plan on giving it as a gift. The photos will be available the same day as the shoot for an in person ordering session and an album will take about 1 week to create.
- How do I book you for my boudoir shoot?
You can book and pay your retainer online, visit the pricing page, and click "Book Now". The remaining balance for your session is required in full the day of your photo shoot right after your session.
- Do you give the client the rights to the pictures?
Yes! With high resolution discs I give my clients permission to print from the disc. Also, my high resolution files are always free of any watermark or logo. You will recieve a retouched digital file for any photo you order.
- How can I view my pictures after the photo shoot?
After your session grab lunch or a snack and return to order your photos the same day in studio!
- Do you take credit cards?
Yes! I can accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal.
- Do you edit all of my photos?
Yes, the photographs are adjusted for the correct exposure, sharpness, color balance, and contrast.
- Will my images be shown on your website or in your studio?
The images shown on my website, blog and in-studio displays are shown with the client's permission only. At the time of booking you will be given an optional model release. You can decide to share approved images or to keep all of your images private. If you choose to keep your images private then your images will not be seen by anyone other than employees of Boudoir by Opie. I fully understand and respect the privacy of my clients.
- Sounds great — but I'm feeling nervous about my shoot!
Feeling nervous or self conscious about having a boudoir session? There's no need worry, it's natural to feel this way. I will guide you through each pose and know exactly which angles to capture for all body types to make you look like the beautiful woman you are. I'll show you how to get those sexy poses and sultry looks. My sessions are designed to allow plenty of time to relax and feel comfortable which really shows in the final images. So leave everything up to me, just relax and enjoy yourself!
- How many images will I have to choose from?
Many images are captured during your session. Afterward, each image is put through a careful selection process. You will see only the images that meet the standards of Boudoir by Opie. Images that do not meet these standards are deleted permanently during the selection process. As a general rule you will see 50-75 images for every hour of shooting.
- My session is booked — how do I prepare?
In preparation for your shoot, please think of the following things: Hair touch-ups, waxing, eyebrow shaping, manicure, pedicure, tanning and moisturizing. Once your session is booked, I will send you my Client Guide which goes into further detail regarding preparation.
- I'd love to give a session as a gift. Can I do that?
Certainly! Gift Certificates are available for session fees and/or products.
- I have a question that isn't listed above.
If your questions haven't been answered here, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I am more than happy to speak with you on an individual basis.