What’s On Your Mind?
(Most) Everything You Need to Know
Everyone’s journey is different. These are the boudoir questions I’m most frequently asked, but others that you have are valid and most definitely worthy of my time. Please reach out; I am here to support you.
Is boudoir photography for me?
Yes! Boudoir is for everyone – every body, in fact. My clients are everyday women like you and me. They typically range in age from their early 20s to their late 50s, and choose boudoir to mark their highest highs and heal from their lowest lows. My studio is welcome to and inclusive of women of every stripe and consequence.
I’ve never done anything like this. I’m not sure I’m comfortable being exposed, is that a problem?
Absolutely not! First of all, you do not need to be nude (or even nearly nude) to achieve beautiful boudoir pictures! Second, before your boudoir session begins we’ll pour some coffee or bubbly and discuss your comfort level, any outfits you brought, and what each studio setup will entail. No surprises!
I’ll also give you a five-minute posing tutorial – not for you to emulate a professional model, but to know what I mean when I’m giving direction during the shoot. Posing is my job, not yours; no pressure!
Think of your session like a day at the spa, but with lifelong souvenirs. My team and I are here to help you feel comfortable, confident and empowered – and have fun!
Is wardrobe provided?
You’re welcome to choose from my extensive closet of one-size-fits-most robes, negligees and accessories – all of which are sanitized after every use. I recommend, though, that you also bring a variety of pieces from your own closet to play with – even T-shirts or button downs make for exciting choices. We’ll schedule at least one wardrobe consultation by phone, video, even in-person before your session, and revisit your outfits at the studio on the day of your shoot.
What about shoes?
I don’t provide shoes, and don’t recommend them either. They’re not a natural accessory in a boudoir setting – unless they’re a signature look for you, personally. I’ll add that if you don’t usually wear heels, don’t wear them to your photoshoot. You are most confident when you are most comfortable.
Do you offer hair and makeup?
Professional hair and makeup is part of every session, regardless of which package, collection or à la carte option you choose. Our aim is to showcase your authentic self, so our make-up artists work closely with you to ensure we capture your personal style.
Do I need to know how to pose?
No way! I will help to guide and pose you throughout your photoshoot. I photograph on your level, capturing the female gaze, so that neither your shoot nor your pictures give the allusion of dominance or submission.
Who chooses my photos?
You do! I’ll distill the best of the best from your shoot and then you decide, either in person or via email, which photos make the final cut. Once you’ve fallen in love with your selections, I’ll make some finishing touches and set your order in motion.
How do I get my photos?
Until you choose to share them, the only ones with access to your photos are you and me.
You can create your order in person following your photoshoot or, if you want to make your selections later, we can meet virtually to curate your portfolio. Your boutique prints, album and/or wall prints will be delivered to my studio, and then we’ll meet up again so you can take it home and relish in your stunning body of art!
What about digital galleries?
Yes! We offer several collections which include a digital archive gallery of your photos. They come in a secret app you can download directly to your home page on your phone. Through this app you can download and share your favorite images. Didn’t purchase a print collection? No problem! You can purchase just your digital gallery by itself, and upgrade to a secret phone app gallery at any time!
How soon will my photos be prepared?
Your photos are typically ready for final approval within a week. Previews can be made available within 48 to 72 hours with a rush fee. If you select prints or albums, the turnaround is between 2 and 4 weeks depending on the product. Plan ahead if you are creating a gift!
Will my photos be shared online or on social media?
Only if you want them to be! All photographs used on my website and social media pages are specifically approved by you for my use. If you decide to share them on your own social media pages, please remember to give me a shout out @boudoir_by_cipriani – together, we rise!
What if I decide I want to order more?
I hold on to all of your images for one year after your shoot. Should you want to revisit them, reconnect with me. You are welcome to order more of the same, or more than you initially selected to grow your collection.
What about editing?
Anything temporary – tan lines, bruises or acne, for example – I’ll easily erase. But the battle scars and beauty marks that are uniquely, permanently you, I keep. My purpose is to support you in self-celebration and reverence. You are perfect, just exactly as you are.
Do you offer outdoor or offsite photos?
My studio is my preferred shoot location because I’m confident in our safety and success – but I’m absolutely open to considering other locations. If the logistics make sense, the lighting is right, and we all feel comfortable in the environment, then we’re good to go. First step is always honest conversation followed by a site visit.
Do you offer maternity shoots?
Yes! And as a mom of two, I know how meaningful they are. Connect with me to discuss your vision and we’ll hatch a plan!
Do you photograph couples?
I do! But the circumstances are specific. I only shoot couples photos for women I’ve previously worked with one-on-one. I must feel confident that the relationship is legitimate and that my client feels safe within their partner dynamic. I need assurance that the photos are to be used in a positive way, and that the preservation of female empowerment is a mutual goal.
Can I bring a friend?
Most of my clients come alone, but you are welcome to bring a friend. The ideal companion is someone you can trust to be a support person. If you question whether s/he will be in full support of your choices and expression, then you’re better off without them.
If you and a girl friend schedule same-day shoots – and you’re confident in being the other’s advocate – then by all means have a girls day!
I’ll add, too, that you’ll never be just with me in the studio. One of my make-up artists is always on site to support us both.