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Boudoir FAQ

Q: I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m SUPER nervous! How could these photos possibly turn out well?
I’ll be honest with you… I have had my own boudoir photos done, and I was TERRIFIED! However, I chose a photographer that I trust and we planned the session together, and that helped a lot. I truly understand how you feel.

I’ve been told by all my boudoir clients that even though they were very nervous when we started, they became very comfortable once the shoot got rolling. I make the session as fun as possible, including your fave playlist on Pandora!

Q: Who will be photographing me?
Only I, Dawn will photograph you. Privacy and modesty are very important to me, and I need to give that to you. Also, there are no men on set, EVER. My studio is in my home, so it's 100% private. You don't have to worry about someone walking by the studio or sharing bathrooms with us. I even use female makeup and hair stylists.

Q: Do you do nudes?
Yes, I do, upon request. There is nothing like a true artistic nude on black and white film. In your consultation I will ask you what type of photos you’d like to do, nudes included. But I will never try to force you to do a nude. If during the shoot, you decide to, or decide not to, that is your decision.

Q: Do I really have to wear little lingerie, or do I have to pose topless or nude?
No. You can wear as much or as little as you like. A woman doesn’t have to be undressed to be sexy. I do a very wide range of boudoir styles, from pinup to nude. Great alternatives for shy clients are: slinky cocktail dress, vintage apron, your man’s favorite jersey or button-up shirt, booty shorts, and many other modest, sexy outfits. I will help you choose your wardrobe, so don't worry.

Q: How many outfits do I get to wear?
You will wear two or three outfits, depending on what we plan together. I always encourage that you bring four outfits with you to the session so we can make final decisions then.

Q: I'm a curvy, plus-size girl. Where can I find sexy lingerie?
My favorite place for gorgeous, sexy lingerie is Hips & Curves online. They have a very wide array of options, ranging from naughty to modest.

Q: Who will see my photos?
I do shoot film, so the printer at my photo lab sees them. She is a very professional, seasoned photographer and film processor, so I trust her to see these intimate photos. They go from her hands to mine. If you don’t want any photos posted online, that’s totally fine. What I post is up to you, but I never post nude or topless photos to the web. Those images remain private.

Q: Will you retouch my photos?
I do very light retouching, which means balancing light and contrast, cropping, and occasionally smoothing skin. I also do some minor fixes. By “fixes” I mean, removing slight bumps, lines, or even little bulges that may appear due to certain poses or lingerie. I rarely have to retouch anything because I know how to best flatter you with wardrobe, posing, and lighting. I want you to look like YOU, at your best.

Q: Do you do Dudoir, photos of men?

Q: Do you have props and wardrobe I can use?
The props I use are brought by my clients, such as favorite books, cowboy hats, video game controllers, etc. I will help you plan what you're going to wear. I do have some wardrobe pieces, such as really sexy bodysuits, corsets, bralettes, and slips. You'll have to shop for the majority of your wardrobe, which is the super fun part!

Q: Will I get hair and makeup with the shoot?

I have a FANTASTIC stylist that does hair and makeup. If you’d like hair and makeup, it’s an additional charge.