London Ontario Boudoir Photography
You have decided to just go ahead and book a boudoir session – “What the heck, let’s give it a try!” – it takes a lot of courage but we promise you won’t regret it! You are probably a little nervous just thinking about being half naked in front of a camera! First off, take a deep breath and relax. You have our word that it will not be as scary as you might think and will actually turn out to be a lot of fun!
The following are some tips we have for your boudoir portrait session in terms of what to expect at your session, and what to bring in terms of accessories and outfits. Hopefully they will ease any butterflies! The number one thing to keep in mind is to bring outfits that you are comfortable with and that fits your style and who you are. Some of the things we suggest may just not be “you” so it would be silly to do them. We want to create beautiful portraits that portray you as the fabulous individual that you are!
One of the first questions we always get asked is “is it a female photographer who takes the photos” YES! Boudoir sessions are photographed by either Heather or Niki and take place in our private natural light studio in downtown London where we have many different backdrops & props (blankets, chaise lounge, antique chairs, etc.). We can also go on location for these sessions – sometimes ‘on location’ just means shooting at your home. Other times, our client will rent out a swanky hotel room.
We like to photograph boudoir sessions with as much natural light as possible. Natural light just simply looks better for these sessions! We do have studio lighting if required but for the most part your session will be with natural light from our huge skylights!
Please let us know if you have any concerns before you session – everyone has things they are self conscious about, so if you can let us know we can be sure to do our best to accentuate your best features and downplay your least favorites! If you have certain poses, props, etc. that you’d like to try out for you session, please let us know ahead of time (sending sample images from magazines, etc. is welcomed!) so we can be prepared for them! You can find some great inspiration pics in magazines such as Maxim, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, etc.
What to Wear?
In terms of what to wear, we suggest having at least three to five different outfits. Variety is best, so make sure to bring a few different colours and styles so we have different options for the images. Bring outfits that you are comfortable in. Often our clients splurge and purchase a few new matching bra and panties sets – they are practical as you can wear them again!
Other options to consider are: wearing your man’s favourite sports team jersey, one of his business shirts, your own work shirt (if you are a “woman-in-uniform”!), a silk robe, your favourite pair of jeans with just a bra or topless (can look great if you have hair long enough to cover things up!) etc. Be creative!
Accessories can add so much to your photos! Shoes and Jewelry are a must: dangling earrings always look pretty, pearls or a long beaded necklace can be a little sassy if you play with it for a series of photographs. Sexy heels or high boots look great in photos. And of course, if this is a wedding gift, your engagement ring and other bridal accessories (veil, shoes, etc.) Some other suggestions are: stockings (fishnets, sheer leggings, garters, etc.), feather boa, your man’s tie, hair accessories (birdcage veil, fascinators)
Please note, for hygienic reasons we do not provide ANY clothing for these sessions and ask that clients bring all their own clothing. We do have accessories (hair pieces, jewelery, etc.) that you are welcome to use!
Hair & Make-up
We find the best results come from having professional hair/makeup done. Not only does a professional know what will photograph best, we find it really boosts your confidence to get all dolled up for the session! If you would rather do your own hair and/or makeup we suggest that you do your makeup as you would for a night out on the town! Bringing a tube of lip gloss is a must – shiny lips are the sexiest! If you have long hair, it is great to switch up the styles. We find having hair down photographs the best for boudoir sessions but it is also fun to switch it up and tie it back for some shots (for example, when you’re wearing your man’s work shirt for a “professional” look!).
Cost for a boudoir session is $495 + taxes and includes the session (about 1-1.5 hours), a private online gallery with all the images, your 20 fave images expertly retouched in a 4×6 brag book and the 20 retouched files in high res on DVD. If your boudoir session is for a gift, we suggest booking the session no later than about 6 weeks before you’d like the album to be ready. We are available for boudoir sessions Monday-Thursday from 9-4. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to book a session!