If you’re thinking about booking a boudoir session or have already done so, you may be feeling a bit nervous. That’s totally normal. Most women have never experienced what boudoir is all about. And for those who have, they may have had a bad experience -one that left them fearful of ever doing it again.
Whatever your situation, you probably have some questions spinning around in your head, some of which you might not feel entirely comfortable asking. And that’s nothing to be ashamed about.
I’m here to support you through every part of the journey and help you feel comfortable and confident – even before you ever step foot in our studio!
So, to ease some of your concerns, I’ve compiled a list of 10 things you may be afraid to ask about boudoir, as well as some of the most common questions I receive from clients.
FQAs (i.e., Fabulous Questions Answered)
1. Will you tell me what to do/how to pose?
Don’t worry another second about not knowing how to pose or what your best angles are because I do! And I’ll direct and pose you the whole time, as well as demonstrate each pose. I’ll never leave you wondering what to do.
2. How should I “groom” before my session?
Do what you usually do. That means if you typically keep body hair, don’t feel like you have to get rid of it because you’ll be on camera. You do you! This is a judgment-free zone. The only thing I would advise against is getting waxed for the first time the day before the session.
3. Do I have to wear lingerie? Will I be naked?
You don’t have to wear lingerie, and you don’t have to be naked. I’ve had women bring in blazers, jerseys, tee shirts, dresses, hats, jeans, etc. These are your photos, and they can look however you want them to look. I ask in the pre-session questionnaire what your comfortability is with nudity, but remember…you are always welcome to change your mind at any time.
4. Will you share my photos online?
Not unless you want me to! I never assume and always ask for expressed permission. You can allow me to share in whatever way you feel comfortable. Just in the VIP group? Sounds good! Only photos that your face isn’t in? You got it! Want the world to see your photos? You got it! It’s all up to you, babe!
5. Will you edit out my imperfections? I hate my ___. Will you avoid that area?
The best way to answer this question is to ask another – are they part of who you are? I want you to see the beauty in exactly who you are, right now, today. So no, I will not edit out anything that makes you, you. I think it’s important for you to see every part of you and the imperfect goodness of it. Any non-permanent blemishes (i.e., a pimple, bruises, etc.) will be gone, but the stretch marks that came after you carried a human being, the scars that are part of your unique story, and the cellulite (which btw- we ALL have) are a part of you, and I want to celebrate that with you.
I ask every woman that enters the studio what her favorite physical attributes are and which ones she needs to work on loving- because I plan on photographing both. No matter your size, I photograph all women the same because one body isn’t better than the next. The same goes for each part of your body. You don’t have to select photos that feature whatever you’re self-conscious of for your final products. Still, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a body-positive boudoir photographer if I discriminated against it.
6. Do you have payment plans?
Yes, I offer in-house payment plans and accept Paypal credit.
7. Is hair and makeup included? What about false lashes?
Hair and makeup are included. You’re welcome to use someone else or do your own if you prefer, but it won’t change the price. Hair and makeup is the first step to boost your confidence the day of your session. Kelsey, our HMU gal, is incredible at what she does and will make sure you feel like a goddess. And yes, she’ll hook you up with lashes.
8. Do I bring my own lingerie or does WMNKND provide that?
We have a client closet full of lovely little things ranging in sizes from xs-4x. This is included with each session, so you can skip spending extra money on lingerie if you’ll never wear it again. But if you’re down with doing a bit of shopping, here are some of our favorite places to shop for boudoir lingerie. We wash anything that was tried on or used between each session. You are welcome to wear a thong underneath or we have panty liners as well.
9. How should I prepare for my session?
After you book a session, you’ll receive emails that will include our boudoir style guide, a pre-session questionnaire, prep tips, affirmations, and an official WMNKND yoga flow to prepare for this ultimate self-love experience.
We also have a blog post all about How to Prepare for Your Boudoir Session.
10. When should I book a session?
Book a session whenever you want! You are reason enough, and you don’t need an excuse.
Even More Boudoir Photography Questions Answered
How far out should I book?
At the moment, you can book between 2-5 months out, but 6 months out is always a safe bet.
Can I bring a friend?
Sure! Only women are allowed in the boudoir studio, and she MUST be on the same page with this body-positive experience. It never hurts to have a wing woman in your corner. (Please let me know if you plan on bringing a friend!).
Can I do my own hair/makeup?
Absolutely, but it won’t affect the overall price.
Are digitals included?
Digitals are not included in the session fee but, they are included in all collections! I have found that most women are more interested in professional quality products that aren’t available to consumers, so I have created a business model around this. However, I do have a full digital file add-on option!
Although I’ve covered some common concerns and questions, most clients have, please reach out and let me know what’s on your mind if you haven’t found your answer here. WMNKND is here for you from beginning to end, and we will provide you with all the resources you need!