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Casual Elegance Photography® – The Boudoir Photoshoot Process – Answers to the most FAQ’s

Can I meet with you prior to my photoshoot? Definitely!! At Casual Elegance Photography® your comfort level is my highest priority! I am always happy to set up a time for my clients to come in and chat – look at my portfolios – discuss the types of photographs they would like for themselves… besides making them more comfortable with their experience, it also allows us to set up a “game plan” for what types of shots we will be taking well in advance of the day of the shoot!

Do I need to come in for a consultation ahead of time? No. Because many of our clients come to us from across the United States, and even from other countries, for their boudoir photo sessions, we have gotten very good at doing complete consultations by email and phone. So if your schedule is too crazy to allow time for an in person consultation, we can always do a consultation for you over the phone or via email. Lots of my clients send me several emails ahead of time discussing what types of photos they want, what outfits they plan to wear, etc. Whatever works for you, works for us!

Do I have to be nude for Boudoir Photographs? Absolutely not!! In fact, most of the time boudoir photographs are not nudes. One of the reasons boudoir photography is so popular is that it allows you to create the illusion of nudity without actually having to be nude. Of course many of my clients elect to do at least one or two shots where they are completely nude, and that is totally up to you! Even in the completely nude shots it is possible to leave everything to the imagination through posing and lighting/shadowing.

Can I bring someone with me to the photoshoot? Of course! We have a very comfortable area set up in our studio for friends or companions of our clients to wait during the shoot. It is right off our shooting rooms, so they are able to be part of the process without interfering with the shoot.

What type of outfits should I wear for boudoir photographs? The answer to this is simple – articles of clothing that you are comfortable in (if you buy new lingerie or clothing for your shoot that is not comfortable, your discomfort will show in your photographs), and items that have special meaning to both you and the person you are taking the photographs for. Don’t forget the accessories such as heels and jewelry that would go with your outfit. One important note regarding outfits – PLEASE arrive for your shoot wearing loose clothing or undergarments – many clients choose to wear a loose sundress with nothing under it. Why? Clothing lines take hours to disappear, and although many can be removed in post processing, excessive or deep indentations in the skin cannot always be completely eliminated. If you are doing a combination of boudoir and art nude photographs, your session will start with the art nudes so that the articles of clothing you choose for your boudior session do not leave marks on your skin.

Do I need a makeup artist or can I do my own makeup? Unless you are familiar with how to do makeup for a photoshoot, we highly recommend using a makeup artist. The makeup artists we use are not only great makeup artists, but also help with ideas for the photoshoot. If you are on a budget, our makeup artists also can provide a “paint and go” service, which runs a little less than full service. Some clients prefer to have their makeup done at one of the larger department store makeup counters prior to the shoot. If you decide this is what you want to do, be sure that they understand that the makeup is for a photoshoot – not everyday makeup. There is a significant difference in the type of makeup as well as the application of makup for photography. Also make sure that they blend your neck so there is not a drastic transition from your face to your body. Remember you will be shooting under powerful strobes, which wash out normal, “everyday” makeup.

What is “paint and go” makeup? With a paint and go service the makeup artist will arrive when you do, apply one look of makeup, wait while we do a test shot to make sure it is perfect, and then they leave. With full makeup service they stay for almost the entire shoot (until the last makeup look is applied) and continually adjust/touch up your makeup during the photoshoot. They can even change your look entirely during the shoot if you are going for multiple looks in your photographs.

My husband likes to read “men’s magazines” and loves the more explicit pictures in some of them. Can I get that type of photograph taken during my shoot? Yes! Our goal is to capture the type of images that you want taken. At Casual Elegance Photography® we have only the highest respect for our clients and understand that they are coming to us for the most private and intimate of photographs. It is important to us that you feel safe, secure and confident in our studio. Your privacy is our utmost concern, and aside from you and me, the only people allowed at the shoot are the ones you allow! This is one of the reasons we offer the makeup artist paint and go service – if you don’t want her to stay for your session, she doesn’t have to (however if you read our testimonials – our clients love our makeup artists and their input into the process!)

I’m not a model, and I don’t know how to pose. Do you offer assistance with posing etc? We will guide you with suggestions for posing based on what has worked well for other clients. At any time, if you are not comfortable with a particular pose, you can simply let me know and we will choose something else. During your shoot you will be able to see your images coming up on the computer screen, and if you or I feel that a certain pose does not work for you, we will make the necessary adjustments. You will be surprised at how much fun you are going to have during your shoot! Once the pictures start coming up on the screen, any jitters you might have are sure to disappear!

Is there an age limit for doing boudoir or nude photographs? Yes, you must be over 18, and less than 145! Seriously, at our boudoir or nude photoshoots you must present at least one form of photo ID (preferably two if there would be any question as to whether you are of legal age) before we will even begin the process. Each client must sign an agreement that they are of legal age and that they are doing the shoot of their own free will and desire. We’ve also have had clients come in who were well into their 60’s and many of our clients are in their 40’s and 50’s. Remember, beauty is not age dependant, and the boudoir experience is for woman of all ages.

What if someone calls you and asks for copies of my pictures? Your photographs are never made available to anyone without your signed, written permission. This means that even if your boyfriend or husband paid for your shoot, and they called me later for reprints, they would not be able to get them without your specific written and signed permission. We are known for our integrity and the value we place on our clients’ privacy.

What if I want to do both Art Nudes and Boudoir in the same session?  Does it cost more? No.  It’s all a matter of time.  We recommend a package with at least 2 hours to combine the different venues.  Also, we need to know ahead of time to prepare the studio and be able to do them most in the time allotted.

What if one of your packages isn’t quite what I want? All our packages are able to be customized to your specific requirements. Just give me a call or send me an email and let me know what you are looking for and I will create a package just for you!

Where are you located? Is your studio located in a shopping mall? No, my studio is a completely private and comfortable studio located in Sandy Springs GA – and not located in a shopping mall.  The property where our studio is located is a very quiet business park with just 2 buildings.  The studio has been described by others as “like coming into someone’s home.

How far in advance should I book my boudoir session? The earlier the better. We are available for weekdays, evenings and weekend shoots. The closer it is to a holiday like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc, the more booked up we get. If you have a specific date that you need your images by (for instance if you are booking a Bridal Boudoir session) PLEASE talk to us well in advance so that we can do your shoot with plenty of time to get your prints back. Our lab takes 10-15 business days to turn around orders.  Our normal recommendation is to plan at least 20 days ahead of when you would like the images in your hands.

Can I pay with a credit card? Absolutely. We accept most major credit cards, checks and cash.

What if I have to cancel my appointment? A deposit may be required to book your session. Please visit our website http://www.casualelgancephotography.com under Services and Pricing to read our deposit and cancellation policy. Can I get images on a CD instead of prints? Yes. There may be a slight difference in pricing, but we can provide your images on a CD. Call or email me for more specific details.

I have stretch marks and a few scars. Do you edit the images and airbrush them? Images that you select for printing are completely edited. We have many techniques that we can use to make your pictures gorgeous!

I’ve been shopping around and have found a wide price range for boudoir photographs. Why should I come to Casual Elegance Photography® for my photographs? Casual Elegance Photography® is competetively priced. We hope to earn your business based on the work you see on our website, our client testimonials, and the integrity that Casual Elegance is known for. In choosing a photographer for boudoir photography, please be sure that you feel comfortable with the photographer, the processes, and the work that they have done in the past. We pride ourselves on being able to capture the images you want and providing you with a professional, comfortable, relaxed and private atmosphere for your photo session.

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Most definitely! The only requirement is at least two hours of shooting time, to ensure that time allows for multiple poses and wardrobe changes (for the boudoir).

We will start with the artistic nudes so that we aren’t dealing with marks left on the skin from the lingerie used in the boudoir photos. But other than that it is a simple process to do both types of shots in one appointment, and this is becoming a popular request from our clients!

When you call for your appointment, just let us know if you are considering a “double shoot”, so that we can prepare the studio for both!
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Today I was looking through a magazine we got in Paris on our last visit. The ads for the different museums kept catching my eye. I kept thinking of all the art we saw while we were in Paris and how different it was back when the “Masters” were painting and sculpting. Men and women alike posed nude – recording our beauty through the ages. Today we use digital cameras to record our “art”. We use lighting in ways that the old masters didn’t have, but guess what, we do almost the exact same lighting that they did then – it’s just that we use “lights” and they used “light”. The single light technique imitates the way window light lit the subject. Reflectors do the same job as mirrors and similar materials helped fill the shadows, etc. It’s all basically the same.

At our studio we light to flatter, conceal, and provoke emotion. Nothing, in my opinion, is more beautiful than the human form (both men and women) lit correctly to produce a work of art.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for your Artistic Nudes. You will be very glad you did!

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It is beautiful, romantic, artistic, erotic, and most of all FUN! Basically it all depends on the couple (and remember couples includes life partners) and what THEY want out of their session. Some couples want to show the symmetry of their bodies – we have a great example on our website (NO, to answer the question before you ask it… we don’t use your images without your written permission) The shot I’m referring to is blue in color and was taken of a male model and female model. But many couples opt for this type of shot. Others want something more romantic – showing nothing, but implying that they are nude. An example would be the shots of the kiss on the neck, or the hand on the shoulder, also on the website – portofolio 1 – Couples. Some want an artistic image to enlarge and put on the walls of their home, and some just want some beautiful images for their own private enjoyment… the possibilities are as endless as your imaginations.
Give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss a photo session designed especially for you.

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As Casual Elegance Photography® expands its studio in Sandy Springs, we are especially excited because it gives us back something we really valued in our home studio, which we lost when we moved to the Sandy Springs location.

In our home studio, our Boudoir set was completely isolated from the rest of our studio, which enabled us to pursue all of our other photography venues without having our boudoir sets “in your face”, so to speak. This allowed us to respect our clients who wanted to bring their children in for a family portrait, or child portraits … you get the idea. We have many clients who initially come to us for boudoir, or couples photography, and then return with their children for family portraits or portraits of their children. As parents, and grandparents ourselves, we are thrilled to once again offer a completely separate, family oriented studio to our clients.

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    Our studio expansion is moving along at a great pace! Tomorrow we are having a door installed in the wall between the two suites so that access between the two doesn’t involve going outside. This is basically the final step in the expansion project that will take Casual Elegance Photography ®, formerly Suite 203, to Casual Elegance Photography®, Suites 203-205.

    After moving everything into our new reception area, office, additional shooting room, and large storage area in Suite 205, we were left with LOTS of space on the Suite 203 side, which opens up MANY possibilities for multiple scenes in our boudoir, nude, and glamour photography venues. We will be putting on our thinking caps, coming up with ideas for new sets, and building them over the next few months. If you, our loyal clients (or future clients) have ideas that you’d like to see at Casual Elegance Photography®, feel free to share them with me – mark@casualelegancephotography.com

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We signed the papers today to rent the suite directly adjacent to our studio in Sandy Springs – basically doubling the square footage of Casual Elegance Photography! Each space will be able to function as a completely independent studio when needed. Both have kitchen and bath facilities – the new space even has a shower stall. This will allow me to once again offer our body painting photography sessions which clients have been asking for, but we have not been able to do at the Sandy Springs location because of the lack of a place for them to wash the paint off. A door will be installed in the common wall between the two suites, so that we have access to both, without having to go outside.

We are excited about this venture because we can now have a great big space that is perfect for family portraits, maternity and headshot photography… it is completely separate from the boudoir/glamour photography studio… yet it’s right next door!

In addition to a big shooting room, the new addition has a big, bright reception area, and nice size office space which I need desperately, as well as plenty of storage room for the never ending array of props I seem to accumulate!

I will keep you updated as our expansion progresses! A full weekend of remodeling is on our agenda!

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