The idea of a Boudoir photoshoot can be a bit intimidating. It’s not often you strip down and have your photos taken by someone you barely know. To help you get a bit more comfortable with the idea I have compiled a list of the most common questions I have been asked over the years. Of course, if you don’t see your questions answered here please feel free to contact me using the form at the bottom to ask your question.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I want to do a Boudoir Photoshoot but I am too [skinny, overweight, tall, short, pale, etc.]. Can we schedule a shoot when I’m [curvier, skinnier, shorter, taller, tan, etc.]?
Oh good! I love women who are too [skinny, overweight, tall, short, pale, etc.]!! They are perfect for Boudoir! Honestly, our photoshoot will be a fun, confidence building experience that will encourage you to celebrate your body. It’s a morning spent letting loose and having fun in a non-judgmental environment. Sure it’s a bit outside of your comfort zone but that’s what makes it so exciting! Plus, stepping outside of the norm is a great way to remind yourself of how beautiful and sexy you are!
I have cellulite and/or stretch marks. Will you retouch the photos?
First off… we ALL have cellulite and/or stretch marks so this is a popular question. Yes, retouching is included in all your purchased images. I am a firm believer that we can love ourselves and not have to love EVERY part of our body… cellulite included. However, retouching is the last resort! During your shoot I will take special care to use the proper lighting and pose you in flattering poses so that we don’t won’t have much retouching to do. Before your shoot we’ll talk about outfits and what is most flattering for the look you want to go for during your shoot. During our pre-shoot consultations please let me know of anything you are feeling overly self-conscious about and I will keep that in mind when planning your shoot.
I am intrigued by the idea of a boudoir photoshoot but I have no one to give them to… is boudoir for me?
Yes, it is most definitely, absolutely is for you! At first glance, it may seem like a boudoir photoshoot is to create a gift for your significant other but honestly, it’s really about YOU! It’s a day to be reminded of how beautiful and sexy you are. A day to let loose and have fun. A day to create a timeless piece of art featuring you. Celebrating YOU! I’d say about half of the ladies who grace my studio are here to create a gift to give to someone else. The other are here because they need a boost to their confidence or they are already feeling damn fantastic and want to embrace that. This experience is about encouragement, being brave and feeling sexy beautiful.
Outfits! What should I bring? Where do I buy them? How many can I wear during out shoot?
One of the most fun parts about a photoshoot is the outfits! You have your own style and I want to reflect that in your photoshoot. We will chat either on the phone or in person about your style and different outfits ideas. I will let you know my favorite places to shop for lingerie (with special discounts just for my clients!) and let you in on some unexpected outfits ideas that I know you will love! I also have a shoe and jewelry collection and a few select wardrobe pieces at the studio that you can wear during your photoshoot. No reason to go out and buy 5″ stilettos that you will never wear again -I’ve got them here. Once you book I will send you a “what to wear” checklist as well as set you up with a secret Pinterest page that will help us plan out your looks. The number of outfits you wear is unlimited but I typically advise you to choose your favorite three to four favorite outfits.
I am not photogenic and take terrible photos. And I don’t know how to pose!
If I had a penny for every time I heard this! And honestly, I used to say it too. I promise you are more photogenic than you think you are. Trust me to find the right lighting and angles for you. You will look and feel amazing. Not convinced? Check out this post of before and after images of some of the ladies who have shot with me. As for posing, that’s on me. I will guide you into each pose as needed throughout your entire shoot. I practice posing in the mirror every morning and I am more than happy to get down on the floor with you and demonstrate!
How long does the Experience take?
A typical experience day is usually around 4.5 hours. It may seem like a long day but believe me, it will fly by! Here is how the day goes: we start with hair and makeup, then your photoshoot which is then followed by a quick break and your in-person reveal and purchasing session. Having one long day allows me to show you your images the day of the shoot – instead of having you come back to choose them. The next time you visit my studio it will be to pick up your album! The day typically starts at 10am but we can start later/earlier to accommodate childcare schedules.
How much does the Experience cost? Are the images included?
Digital images, albums and prints are not included in your Session Fee. I’ve set it up this way so that you have the option to buy as little or as much as you want. Your images will be made available for viewing and purchasing at the in-person viewing and ordering appointment immediately following your photo shoot. It is at this time that you will choose your favorites images and purchase your products. Boudoir Albums can include 10-35 images depending on your album choice. Album prices start at 1490 and include the high-res digital files of the images chosen for your album. In addition to albums I also offer small gifts, digital files and wall art. I am happy to schedule an in-studio consultation with you so you can see some album samples and options. If you’re a ‘gung ho lets go’ type woman then there’s an all inclusive option. Visit the Experience page to learn more about this.
I would like to meet you first… is this an option?
Yes! I strongly encourage all of my boudoir ladies to come in for a pre-shoot consult. You’ll get to meet me in person, tour the studio, go over outfit ideas and check out some of the album samples. If coming to Salem is not convenient for you, then I can come to you or we can talk on the phone instead.
I am concerned about privacy – will you put my photographs on the internet?
Boudoir photography is intimate, private. I understand and respect that. If there are photographs you want to share online then you and I will discuss it after your shoot but NOTHING will be posted without your expressed written consent. This is about you having an amazing time and capturing stunning images. Your photoshoot comes with the opportunity to be featured in a Jess McDougall Creative blog post. We can chat about that after your photoshoot if you are interested. I am also happy to sign NDA’s for my high-profile ladies.
Will I get a say in how my album is designed?
Yes! I will design your album and you will have up to three revisions to approve it. Additionally, if you choose the Luxe album you get to choose your favorite two materials and create a custom design cover. There are over 20 different silks, leathers and linens to choose from. Ladies who choose the Impact album also have the option to select their favorite image to feature on the cover, choose for it to be printed on metal or metal and choose the leather material for the back of the album. It’s important that your album reflects YOUR personality inside and out!
What is your return policy?
Due to the custom nature of photography all ordered products, digital files and albums are non-refundable and all sales are final.
Where is your studio located?
The studio is located in historic Salem, MA. I am located right downtown at 201 Washington Street. The studio is a bright and sunny space with hardwood floors and 8 foot high windows. It’s my happy place.
This all looks great – I’m ready! How do I book?
Yay! Fill out the form right below this post or via the Contact page. I will be in touch and we’ll start planning your shoot! I look forward to working with you!