Stef Elizabeth Photo | Boudoir Photographer Serving Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati
I don't have a perfect body! Can I still do a boudoir session?
Good news! You don't need to be a professional model or even enjoy having your photo taken to make your session a success. As a fellow female, I am empathetic to the insane pressure of trying to attain a "perfect" body. I get how scary a boudoir session can sound, so I work with each of my clients to make whatever body type you have look its absolute best! And no, you don't have to have to be a fitness model! As a photographer and artist, I believe every human possesses a unique beauty and that every woman deserves to feel beautiful regardless of size, shape or age. I use my knowledge of lighting, angles and expression to make images of you that are both beautiful and sexy. If you trust me during your session, listen to my instructions and posing tips, and not take it too seriously, there's no reason why your session will be awkward. You might even have fun!
Why SHOULD I get a boudoir session?
Boudoir is all about showcasing the feminine form, with everything pushed to an extreme: curvier curves, softer hands, more extreme angles, and closer crops. While the typical boudoir client can feel extremely vulnerable during her session, the payoff is a set of striking images that will make a once-in-a-lifetime gift for your significant other (or just yourself!). A lot of times during your session, you might hear me say "a little more curve, a little more bend in the waist," etc, and this is because the curve of the body can transform a dull, robotic pose into a flattering, dynamic pose with visual appeal and "flow." A slight improvement to the pose can be the difference between a "meh" photo of you lying on a bed to a "WHOA" photo. The photo will be much improved if I have you exaggerate something specific: maybe arch your back, close your eyes, or bend one knee. But don't worry, it's my job to take care of the posing suggestions, so leave that to me! Your only job during the session is to listen to my posing tips and not take anything too seriously!
How long will my boudoir session last?
The length of a boudoir session with me can vary from client to client, but generally you can expect your session to last between two and four hours. This includes set-up time, take-down time, 1-minute breaks between poses, and the time spent coaching you through the poses. I have a set of go-to poses and vary each "base pose" to ensure you have a variety of photos. However, for a successful execution of each pose, it can take between five and ten minutes to re-arrange the lighting and furniture. There is quite a lot of work that goes into a single photo - that is the real reason these shoots take so long! You can expect a minimum of 40 photos in your private online gallery to choose from.
What should I wear to my boudoir session?
I suggest you pick 3-5 different outfits, but I also encourage "non boudoir" items that we can incorporate in a boudoir way (ie soft sweaters, off the shoulder shirts, boots, jerseys, cardigans, etc- anything that makes you feel sexy and confident, not uncomfortable! Of course, you can also mix and match items for different looks. I do recommend at least one white underwear/bra set for shots with your veil (if applicable) if you're doing a wedding boudoir session. Anything lacy also works well for boudoir!
For bridal clients: don't forget any wedding accessories that you may want to incorporate (shoes, veil, bridal crowns, bodices etc work great!)
Are you going to put my boudoir pictures online?
Never without your explicit permission! Before your session, I will have you check a box on your contract that specifies where I can and cannot publish your photos. I will never put your images, even ones without your faces, on the internet without your consent.
I'm nervous! What can I expect to happen during my session?
I generally work with you beforehand to figure out what's most important for you to get out of your session. During your shoot, I keep those goals in mind so we can produce those photos you want to gift to your significant other (or just gift to yourself - why not?). Once your booked date rolls around, I head to either your home or an available studio space to set up for your session. I generally do these sessions in my clients' homes as that tends to be your comfort zones, and boudoir sessions can make you feel super vulnerable! However, if you're unable to have the session in your own home for whatever reason, don't worry - let me know and we can figure out an alternative location!
Once I arrive at your home, I spend about 20 minutes setting up any additional lighting I may need and possibly re-arrange the furniture to accommodate the lighting I need (the less clutter in the background, the better!). During this time, you can put on your favorite playlist, have a drink, or anything that helps you relax! Once I'm ready, you can throw on an outfit and I'll guide you through the first pose!
I have an arsenal of poses that involve standing, sitting, lying down, sitting on chairs, lounging, etc so you will end up with a variety of photos for your book. I will also frequently change my lenses, adjust the lighting, or do one pose with multiple lighting techniques so you can have similar poses with completely different "looks." After I've captured enough images that are up to my standard (or after you simply burn out on having your photo taken) I will gather my equipment and you can give yourself a pat on the back for being brave enough to do this!
What if I'm not good at posing?
Let me worry about the lighting, posing and technical aspect of the session. The best thing you can do to produce the photos you want to simply to trust my posing tips and suggestions, and not to take yourself too seriously! I know how you feel both vulnerable and possibly silly doing the poses, and to me it's just another day on the job, so don't worry about what I'm thinking about your body or posing ability. This session will naturally push most people out of their comfort zone, and I'm very aware of how vulnerable and uncomfortable a client can feel during the session. That's why I try my best to demonstrate the pose myself so you can copy it to the best of your ability, and if you can't, don't worry - we'll simply go with the flow and move on to another pose. Be forewarned, I am not a model. so chances are that I will feel as silly and awkward as you do demonstrating these poses! But laughter during a session is a great thing, so be prepared for a couple of hours of silliness.
What can I do to prepare for my session?
First off, do anything that makes you feel good and feel confident about yourself!
Work out, pamper yourself with spa products, exercise to get those endorphins flowing, cut out carbs, and HYDRATE! Drinking a ton of water throughout the day will give your skin a natural glow and ease under eye circles. You can use a moisturizer before your shoot - rosehip oil works wonders for a dewy glow.
For posing, I always encourage my clients to practice a bit in the mirror before their session. For example, standing flat-footed and straight-backed rarely works for boudoir. Instead, I will ask you to shift your weight from one foot to create a beautiful "S" curve that works much better in photos. Try Googling the term "contrapposto" to see what I mean by this!
How much does a boudoir session with you cost?
Please contact me for a boudoir pricing guide through the form below!