This guide is going to walk you through the process of what a boudoir shoot is and how the process works over here at Belle Etoile Boudoir. I am excited to get you in the studio! If you have any questions after reading this, please feel free to reach out and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
This guide is very thorough...which means it's long!
Sit down, grab a glass of something refreshing and read this until the very end!
Boudoir is so special to me because I love helping women feel better about themselves, inside and out. We all struggle with self image, and I want to help women overcome as much of that as I can. I love the WOW factor. I love delivering images to women and having them say, "I can't believe that's me! I have never felt so beautiful in my entire life!" It means so much to me to be able to offer that to women, and that women of all ages trust me to provide them with this experience. You don't need to lose 15 pounds to do a session with me. You don't need to be Beyonce curvy. You just need to be you. Have fun. And enjoy this moment. You won't regret it!!
As a licensed cosmetologist of 5 years, I also provide all the hair & makeup services to my wonderful clients! So lucky you - you get to spend tons of time with me! I love being able to be a "one stop shop" and truly customizing the whole experience for each and every client! I absolutely LOVE my job and making women feel pampered, beautiful, and confident!
Thank you for being here and for supporting my amazing business - I can't wait to meet you and create some of the most gorgeous photographs of yourself that you will ever have.
My home studio is located in Fowlerville, MI. My intimate home studio is FULL of gorgeous natural light, hardwood floors, greenery, and neutral colors for a soft, cozy feel.
Boudoir technically is a French word which means 'a woman's dressing room or bedroom', but I like to think of it as just a fancy word for women's intimate portraiture. Boudoir is NOT pornographic. Boudoir can be fun, flirty, beautiful, cute, sexy, feminine, intimate, candid, posed, or really anything else you want it to be. If you have not already joined our private VIP group on Facebook, I highly suggest that you do!
I truly think that boudoir is the best gift you can give YOURSELF, to capture your essence as you are now. When you need a reminder of the strong, beautiful woman that you are, you will have a collection of amazing portraits to look upon. I love it when women come to me for themselves. The images we create together will boost your self esteem and your confidence, and that should be celebrated by YOU! It will help you reclaim your femininity, your sexuality, two things that are often lost as we get consumed with our lives, our jobs, our families. Put that pep back in your step, and reflect on the sexy lady you are. Celebrate the body that you live in!
There is no such thing as the perfect body. You are never too big, too small, too old, too young (well, I only accept boudoir clients who are 18+) to do a boudoir session. Boudoir is for every BODY. Let me show you.
I want to help you feel beautiful now, just the way you are. I will flatter you with hair and makeup styling and amazing lighting and posing techniques to highlight your best ass-sets (see what I did there?). I do not believe in heavy photoshopping. Don't get me wrong, we will gladly smooth skin, remove all of your bruises and pimples, smooth wardrobe bulges, but you will never look at your photos and think "oh my gosh, she photoshopped the crap out of me". We already live in a time where we are consumed with unrealistic bodies in the media, I want to show you that you are beautiful at this very moment.
I am happy to retouch your images! All of my images will have pimples, bruises, scratches, and under eye circles removed. I also moderately retouch things like cellulite, scars, stretch marks, etc. I do my best to ask clients if they would like scars/stretch marks removed or if they'd rather keep them. It's all personal preference! Honestly though, most of my clients are WOW-ed at how amazing their images look straight out of camera. I do not remove tan lines or correct skin tone from tanning beds or spray tans, so proceed with caution.
I have created a beautiful and comprehensive wardrobe guide that should give you all the tips on how to look and feel like a bombshell for your session. My policy is always "when in doubt, bring it"! I have a small (but growing!) client wardrobe that you can borrow from for your session with sizes ranging S - 2XL that you are MORE than welcome to browse through.
Before your session we will have a consultation over the phone so that we can prepare you for your session and I can get to know you better. I am here for you every step of the way to make sure that you feel prepared and comfortable during this whole process. If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. Email is how I communicate with clients, you can email me anytime at email@example.com
Your entire experience will last about 6 hours. You will receive complimentary hair and makeup, access to the client wardrobe, and much more! I am going to pose you from head to pointed toe, and help you with a variety of facial expressions! Prepare to be sore after your session, we do a LOT of bending and twisting (it's quite the workout!). Studio Sessions begin at 10AM Monday - Friday, we break for lunch & shopping (or errands or whatever else you feel like doing!) around 12PM while I retouch your images, and you will return to the studio around 3PM for your Image Reveal & Ordering Appointment! When you return for this appointment, you will be seeing all of your FULLY RETOUCHED images that very same day! We will select which images you would like to purchase and how you would like to display them at home! Ordering appointments take approximately 1 hour, so please plan to be with me until about 4PM! Come prepared to pay in full at your viewing session unless you are taking advantage of our payment plans (more info on this coming to you soon!).
If you decide to order digital images, you will have access to those the SAME DAY as your session! As far as prints & products, I do order them from the print lab the day of your session as well. Shipping varies, but I usually will have your products within a couple of weeks. I do not offer multiple appointments for your reveal, all ordering decisions must be made at your reveal appointment.
The Session Fee is $250 and is required to be paid in full to reserve a space on my calendar.
The Session Fee includes:
Professional hair & makeup
Access to my client closet
60-90 minute session
Complete posing guidance
Same day image reveal
**All images are purchased separately from the Session Fee**
Before we have created your images, it is hard for me to give you an exact figure as to what to expect. Some women come to me and just get a basic album, others come to me and want it all and invest several thousands on a variety of products. Keep in mind what you spend is up to you. You can purchase from my Collection Menu or the A La Carte Menu, both which will be sent to you immediately following the completion of your booking process. What I can say is this, if you are looking for a "quick shoot" or "just a few images," this is not the session for you. I offer an entire day experience and will show you anywhere from 50-100 final images that will be printed on luxury products. It is certainly an investment, one that is worth its weight in gold. You'll never tire of looking at your images or forget the way the session day made you feel.
Albums begin at $1000 and go all the way up to $1500.
Collections begin at $1200 and go all the way up to $2600.
On average, most clients spend about $1500 at their ordering appointment.
No worries, I know that this experience is an investment and because of that, I offer pre session payment plans! You can split up the cost of any products or collections via my interest free in-house payment plan and make smaller monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly payments towards your purchase leading up to your shoot (usually 6-12 months). I also offer 10% off of any of my collections that are prepaid (either in full or placed on a payment plan).
If you've made it this far and are ready to take the next step, you can email me to book your session! If you have further questions, we can always set up a phone call if needed - just simply reply to this email that you'd like to chat with me before taking the leap.
I truly hope you've enjoyed reading this guide, and it's left you feeling excited about the thought of having your very own session with me! Please feel free to ask me ANY questions, I want you to be 100% comfortable and EMPOWERED during your session!
Can't wait to chat with you soon!