The snow is falling outside and I am eating a bowl of apple-cinnamon oatmeal. I have just recently learned that most people do not like oatmeal at all, which seems so foreign to me! I suppose it all has to do with where and how you grew up but I love a heaping bowl of oatmeal and fruit. Mmm! I must ask, though – do YOU like oatmeal? Why or why not, and if so, what is your favorite?
So while I’m having a quiet evening, I figured I would take a minute to blog a few questions that I get asked most often along with my answers. I will be doing another blog post soon for photographer’s FAQ about boudoir photography, so if you have any questions you’d like to ask, you may do so in the comments!
How far in advance should I book my session?
If you are even in the beginning stages of thinking about booking a boudoir shoot, I would send an email or call as soon as you can. This will at least get the ball rolling, I can answer any questions you have and you can begin to save if you need to or think about/find a location of your choice. If you know for a fact you’re ready to book a session, I would make contact at least 2 months before you need your photos back to you. This is the case if the photos are a gift for a birthday, holiday, anniversary, etc. This gives me plenty of time to check my schedule for availability, for us to match our schedules, to book your makeup artist and also gives me time to edit and you time to order your products. If you are just doing the shoot just because and don’t really have a time line in which you need them back, I would make contact about a month before you’re ready to shoot. It’s basically just a safe time to make sure there is opening in both our schedules and to book our location and makeup artist. I DO have last minute schedule changes from time to time, though – so just email as soon as you think you may be ready to discuss a shoot and we’ll see when we can work out with our schedules.
How many wardrobe changes do I get?
I don’t like putting an exact number on wardrobe changes but I generally shoot between 3-6 different looks in a session. I encourage you to bring all of the outfits that you like and together we can look through what you have and choose which ones we think would work best for the day. I also encourage you to bring a few different pairs of shoes, stockings and jewelry along to your shoot as well. If requested beforehand, I also have a few favorites I can bring along to your shoot such as props to fit different looks (vintage, sexy, etc…) and a few different outfits.
I know that makeup is included but do you also do hair?
All of my makeup artists actually do hair as well and this can be arranged beforehand. If you are wanting something extreme there may be an additional fee added on, though.
Do you have to post my photos online?
Absolutely not! While your boudoir experience is very laid back and fun, I completely understand one wanting their photos to stay private. I am completely and utterly understanding of this and there will never be pressure to have your photos shared anywhere online. Just because we do a shoot doesn’t mean the world has to see them. Just let me know you would rather your images stay private and no one, online or offline, will see them! For the clients that do give me permission to post their photos online, they also have say over which photos I post. You actually only end up seeing about 50% of my shoots on the website, so know it is completely up to you rather your photos or shared or not!
Do you give discounts for friends?
I do! If you have a friend that would like to book a session the same day as you, you get $50 off your session fee for the referral. Not only is this a way to save a little money and have a friend there to join in the fun and support you, but you can also share the price of the hotel room as well! Just let me know at the time of booking if you have a friend that is interested and whenever your retainer fees are paid, you will receive $50 off!
I hope this shines some light onto some of the questions you may have if you are considering a shoot. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me!