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Casual Elegance Photography ® – The Boudoir Photography Photoshoot Process – Answers to the most FAQ’s  (Boudoir – Nude – Intimate Photography Information)



Can I meet with you prior to my Boudoir / Nude photography session?  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 boudoir / nude 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 during their boudoir photoshoot, 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 boudoir 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 studio photography, we highly recommend using a makeup artist. The ones we use are not only great makeup artists, but also help with ideas for the boudoir / nude 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 it’s for a photoshoot – not everyday wear. There is a significant difference in the type of makeup as well as the application of it 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 artist will arrive when you do, apply one look, 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 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 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 for photography. 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 photoshoot 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 photoshoot experience is for woman of all ages.

A lot of the photos on your site are young and have perfect bodies. I’m older and have a few sags and stretch marks. Do you edit the photos before they are printed?  Yes. The images you select for editing are edited to provide a great look. After most shoots I wil take you through the editing process so you can see what gets done and let me know what things you would like done on your images.

Will I get all the images from the shoot?  Yes and no. You can purchase a Prood CD that contains all the images (unedited) in a low resolution watermarked format. But images that are printable resolution have to be edited before they leave the studio.

Will my photos be used on your website or for advertising?  Your photographs are never used by us unless you sign a usage release for us to do so. The usage release is seperate from the contract you will sign at the shoot. The contract states that your images will not be used by us. We take your privacy seriously.

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 one of your packages isn’t quite what I want?  All our photography 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 photography package just for you!

Is your studio located in a shopping mall or strip mall?  No, my studio is a completely private and comfortable studio – and not located in a shopping mall or strip mall. We are in a very quiet office park that’s not right on the street. We are close to a MARTA stop too. It took us several years to find the right location that provides privacy, comfort, and a home like feeling. My wife created the look that’s an atmosphere where you feel comfortable and secure.

How long does it take to get my photos, book, or calendar back from your lab?  I recommend planning about 15 – 20 days after the shoot. It takes a day or so to build your gallery so you can select the images you want edited. Once you select the images and let me know it takes a few days before I will send you the edited proof images for your approval. Once approved, I will transmit them to the lab for printing. Normal prints take up to 7 working days, books and calendars take up to 10 working days (unless you want expedited service). On average most orders take about 8 – 15 days from the end of the shoot.

How far in advance should I book my boudoir photography 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 overall process can take 8-15 business days to turn around orders.

Do you require a deposit?  Yes, we have a modest non-refundable retainer fee to secure the date and time of your shoot. Should something come up that impacts your ability to make it to the planned shoot, your retainer can be used to reschedule your shoot if you cancel 48 or more hours in advance.

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 edited to give the best appearance. We have many techniques that we can use to make your pictures gorgeous! Please see our before and after images.

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 Photography ® is known for. We have been specializing in Boudoir and Glamour Photography for over 10 years. It’s not a side business to us and we have invested in our business to make sure we have the latest equipment and processes to get the results you want. Please don’t shop for these important images by price alone. In choosing a photographer for boudoir or nude photography, please be sure that you feel comfortable with the photographer, the processes, and the work that they have done in the past. We have been a business for over 10 years and 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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When I think of studio that does general photography verses a studio that has a specialty I think of it in terms of the medical profession. When you have a cold or the flu you would go to a general practitioner. But if you needed to have a heart transplant your choice would be a specialist – someone who understands the complete subject, keeps up on the latest procedures, and knows how to do the job from beginning to end. It’s not that different with photography. While a general studio can produce excellent results, they tend to do many different things while not focused on a particular area. Sort of like going to the restaurant that has 45 pages of different foods. The food is good, but none are what you would get at a specialty restaurant. At Casual Elegance Photography® we specialize in Intimate Sensual Photography. Call it Boudoir, Art Nudes, or Glamour photography, it all boils down to sensual in nature. We understand the business, we know what our clients are looking for, and we have the setting to create the images you are looking for. We’ve researched what works best and how to get the best images for you. We understand that you will be nervous and that this may be very new for you, but we work with you to help you overcome the nerves and get those relaxed and sexy shots. We realize that everyone is different and that’s why we specialize – you’re not here to get a family portrait so there are several things we make sure we don’t overlook. For instance, we have robes in our studio for you to use so you won’t have to remember to bring one (although it’s best if you do bring one).  We have a very friendly and comforting environment and staff. We have the latest in technology so that you can see the images as we shoot them – therefore allowing you to see how beautiful you are looking. Our studio isn’t they typical cold impersonal environment you may have encountered in the past – we pride ourselves on our personal attention to detail and the at home atmosphere of our studio. So when considering Sensual images, consider Casual Elegance Photography®. We want to earn your business.  From our reasonable priced packages to the quality of the work we produce, we are committed to providing excellence in our specialized business.

Visit Casual Elegance Photography® and book your appointment today!

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