A Boudoir Session is a completely different experience than regular family portraits for most of you, 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 we are asked at Don Smith Boudoir – 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 us. We are more than happy to speak with you on an individual basis.
What is Boudoir Photography ?
Boudoir portraiture has been gaining immense popularity in recent years. Women spend endless amounts of time and money pampering themselves with beauty products and services, clothing, accessories, fitness and even plastic surgery to make themselves feel beautiful. By investing in portraiture, You can capture and document your beauty to treasure for a lifetime.
Regardless of age or body type, we specialize in offering all women an incredible opportunity to commission their own personal collection of stunning, modern boudoir portraits. Flattering your best features, Black Pearl Boudoir provides you with something truly unique to show how beautiful you are. While our sessions are designed to create a personal, romantic gift for your significant other to cherish for a lifetime, they are truly designed for you.
What Products do you offer and how much is an Intimate Session ?
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My session is booked – how do I prepare ?
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Do you provide hair and makeup services ?
Yes we do. You can choose to purchase both hair and makeup services. We strongly encourage having both done by professionals – it really makes a difference in the final images.
What should I bring to my shoot ? Do you supply wardrobe ?
No we don’t supply wardrobe but have some great suggestions on what to purchase and bring with you. Please bring a variety of lingerie, shoes and jewelry. We will work with you to create the look you want. When you are choosing lingerie, consider choosing more than one set to get a variety of looks.
Lingerie can include bra and panty sets, a corset, teddy, chemise, camisole, garters, thigh high stockings and robes. While black is the standard in sexy, all colors are great and give a nice variety of looks to your final images.
For brides, consider bringing your favorite white lingerie.
Other items to bring include a variety of high heels, high boots, jewelry, scarves, hats, ties. Feel free to bring anything with you to accessorize your shoot and make it a more personalized experience. A piece of your mate’s favorite apparel – shirt and tie perhaps or a sports jersey – he’ll love it ! Have a look through our galleries for inspiration.
I’m a little uncomfortable about nudity
Nudity is certainly not necessary and we 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.
Sounds great … but I’m feeling nervous about my shoot !
Feeling nervous or self conscious about having an intimate session ? There’s no need worry, it’s natural to feel this way. We 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. You don’t need to know how to pose, you won’t have to do any performing and won’t be put on the spot. We’ll show you how to get those sexy poses and sultry looks. Our 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 us … just relax and enjoy yourself !
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, we specialize in offering all women an incredible opportunity to commission their own personal collection of stunning, modern boudoir portraits. Flattering your best features, Black Pearl Boudoir provides you with something truly unique to show how beautiful you are. Every woman is very different and has something incredible to capture.
Our advanced 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. We have everything covered.
If you have a particular problem area that you’re not happy with, let us know. Our advanced posing techniques are designed to emphasize the positives and disguise problem areas. In addition we can perform a little “digital liposuction” in the retouching stage. We will not however completely change the shape of your body – after all that just wouldn’t be you !
I’ve had my session – what a blast ! When do I get to see my images?
Within about 14 days of your session, your proofs will become available for you to view. We will invite you back to the studio for your private premier… We again encourage you to bring your closest friend to help you decide
How many images will I have to choose from ?
Many images are captured during your session. Afterwards, each image is put through a careful selection process. You will see only the images that meet the standards of Black Pearl Boudoir . Images that do not meet these standards are removed permanently during the selection process.
Will my images be shown on your website or in your studio ?
The images shown on our website, blog and in-studio displays are shown with the client’s permission only. At the end of your session you will be given an optional model release form that is completely voluntary to sign. If you choose not to sign the release, your images will not be seen by anyone other than employees of Black Pearl boudoir . We fully understand and respect the privacy of our clients.
I have a friend who is excited to book an intimate session as well
For each new client that you refer to Black Pearl Boudoir who books a session, you will receive a credit towards an additional session for yourself. Take advantage of the referral program as often as you like by spreading the word!
Credits are awarded once the full session fee is received from the new client. Credits have no cash value and can only be used by the original referrer and are not transferable.
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 us at email@example.com . We are more than happy to speak with you on an individual basis.