What is boudoir photography?
The term “boudoir” traditionally referred to the private dressing and bathing room of a woman and is derived from a French word which means “to pout”. Boudoir photography is an intimate style where you wear lingerie, suitable clothing or in some cases tasteful, subtle nudity.
Why have a boudoir session?
It is becoming increasingly popular amongst brides who provide their husband-to-be with a gift of the photographs in a book on their wedding day or even for a first anniversary gift (paper). However, anyone can do it and it’s a beautiful celebration of your beauty or a gift for someone special. Anniversaries, valentines day you name it.
Think of it as an addition to your bridal and wedding photography.
Do you do adult content or glamour photography?
No, I do not do any graphic nudity and if you are looking for this or adult magazine glamour photography I will not be the photographer for you.
How do I book a Session?
Email me at [email protected] and we can discuss a suitable time. Weekends are often the best, but I can also do weekday session if you like.
Who will be present at my session?
I am the primary photographer and I have a studio upstairs within my home. Occasionally, I will have a female assistant who helps me with styling and posing during our session. If you’d like to see my portrait work, please visit fionacolvin.com.
How long does my session last?
Up to two hours, depending on your outfit changes.
How do I prepare for the session?
If you frequently have a spray tan, try and do that a couple of days before so it’s well settled. Try to avoid the sun or sunbeds for at least a week before so your colour is nice and even.
It’s very difficult to fix up hair colour that has grown out so try and make sure your colour has recently been done.
Try to wear loose clothing and avoid tight fitting bras and underwear so you don’t have red marks on your skin.
Practice your facial expressions in the mirror – sexy, sultry, pouts, whatever you like. It might sound silly, but it’s a great way to see how you’ll look and get it just right!
What do I need to bring?
Bring along all your favourite underwear and intimate clothing. This could also include a favourite items of clothing of yours or your loved one. Men’s shirts, sporting clothes, aprons, fantasy outfits, whatever you like.
Bring along any scarves, jewellery or accessories that you think might work or that you would like incorporated into your session.
Ideal clothing includes:
- Baby doll nighties
- Boy leg panties
- Bra and knicker sets
- Garter and stockings
- Wedding lingerie, veils, etc.
Don’t forget some high heels to go with your outfits.
Should I bring props?
Sure. Bring along anything you’d like to incorporate into the session and anything that may have special significance to you and your partner.
How do I handle nerves?
Nerves are natural, but once you get into it - you’ll become really comfortable. It’s a time to celebrate - be confident in your beauty!
Do you supply clothing?
No, not at this time, but there are lots of fantastic places to buy great lingerie. DJ’s, Myer, Cotton On, Bras & Things and quite a few select lingerie shops. Look up the Yellow Pages (www.yelowpages.com.au) if you’re unsure.
Do you provide hair and makeup?
I recommend Jaye from Too Faced Makeup Artistry. Check out her site at www.toofaced.com.au. Her charge for your makeup session will be $50. She’s very busy with her wedding makeup business, so it’s best to book in early!
If Jaye isn’t available, some makeup counters in David Jones and Myer have makeup sessions available.
False eyelashes are also recommended. If you can’t get them done or do them yourself, I can help you out.
A trip to the hairdresser could also be good if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.
Can I bring a friend?
If you feel you need the moral support feel free, but it’s not necessary. Please let me know prior to your session if you want to do this.
What if I’m not as slim as I’d like to be?
You are beautiful just as you are. As your photographer, I try to maximize your assets and minimize the parts you’re not comfortable with.
Do you Photoshop or make alterations to my photos?
I work extensively in Photoshop to enhance the colour and clarity of your photos. I also do minor touch ups to you where necessary, which includes:
• skin touch-ups
• touch up of stretch marks
• smoothing out of skintones
I also make adjustments to body areas within Photoshop, for example boosting your bust a little, removing a bit of a love handle, narrowing areas that require it. Remember, boudoir photography has an element of fantasy to it and although this means your photographs may not be an exact representation of you, it’s very minor and subtle and you’ll be very happy with the outcome.