Getting Ready Guide
Remember that if you paid your deposit of $200, that the last half of $150 is due at the beginning of your session before we get started! If you chose the without makeup/hair artist session, your remaining balance is $100 on the same booking link page.
Victoria's Secret is still my favorite spot to get some stunning pieces but if you're on a budget, you can find some equally gorgeous pieces at Target, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Rue 21, and even Wal-mart (2 of my favorite outfits from a session are actually from Walmart!).
If you're ordering online, please making sure it will arrive in time! In other words, ORDER ASAP since most packages take 7-10 days. I really love JOURNELLE (seriously so gorgeous and affordable), Free People, Etsy, Modcloth, Dita Von Teese, Bloomingdales.com, Dollhouse Bettie, Unique Vintage and Forever 21. You can also find garters in Cheyenne at Victoria's Secret or adorable ones at Flair downtown Cheyenne. Thigh high tights in black or white can be found at Target or Walmart. Please don't get too tight a size in thigh highs (too tight can be very unflattering!). A size large usually fits most girls perfectly unless you feel you're a bit more short or thinner in thighs, then a medium!
Feel free to get creative or fun with it by adding unique outfits like an oversized sweater with thigh high socks, a mens dress shirt or a silky robe. Or heck! Even a sports bra and boy shorts looks great for a cozier, intimate look. We can even do a few shots towards the end that give the illusion of nudity such as your hands covering, bare back turned to the camera or sheets covering. But heads up, due to my personal style preference, we will not be photographing total topless or bottomless - but we're totally cool to create the illusion of it.
PS, I've helped nearly every boudoir session clip the garter belt on so please do not be afraid to ask! Those suckers are tricky and we wouldn't want you spending 10 mins in the bathroom trying to snap them on!
I always recommend corsets, teddies or bodices as they're so flattering for all body types!
Don't feel pressured to wear anything you don't want to wear! I want you to be comfortable and we can only photograph the areas you feel best in. But you know you're a bombshell.
Hair & Makeup:
Please arrive with a fresh, clean moisturized face and clean hair ready to work on. If your hair is more manageable if you straighten it beforehand, please arrive with it pre-straightened to save on time as we only have 60 mins for glam time. Bring your favorite foundation to help match your skin tone best and any other makeup you favor but Ashley will have a treasure trove of professional makeup either way, so no worries! We also really recommend false lashes (no need to go too thick, just long and slightly feathery!) to add to the bombshell look that works so well in boudoir! Please arrive with hair and makeup finished if you chose the discounted session without the hair and makeup. The bigger the hair, the better boudoir photographs especially in loose waves and feel free to apply slightly more makeup than usual as it always photographs best! Blush and mauve hues look fantastic for boudoir!
Touchups & Editing:
I truly don't believe in completely altering your body so the only editing on your body that will happen is if something is distracting such as a scar, stray hair, or a body part that may have been squeezed. Luckily, most of the poses we will be doing will be very flattering to show off your best look! If you have a something like a scar you'd like removed (or not removed!) please let me know!
I direct you the whole way and pose you from your hair to your toes, literally. That being said, posing for boudoir photos is a lot like yoga or pilates. There's a lot of arching the back, popping the booty back a bit and pointing the toes. So because of this, I don't recommend eating or drinking a lot a couple hours before your shoot since a lot of the poses would be very uncomfortable to do if you're full or gassy. If you're on your period and have cramps, taking a Midol or extra strength Excedrin is seriously a lifesaver so you'll feel comfortable while you pose. I'll have a long list of poses also saved on my iPad for us to reference to so it's easy for you to see how the pose looks exactly and really helps us work together to get you some awesome images! Let's channel Beyonce, get fierce and remember this session is your time to be all "YAASSSS QUEEENNN".
The Boudoir Room:
The boudoir studio is located on the second floor of my Victorian style home/studio located near the intersection of College Ave and Dell Range Ave. I will message you the address and how to locate my home in the neighborhood. The atmosphere of the Sweetheart Sessions is super chill, inviting and cozy. Ashley and I pride ourselves on the whole experience being super fun and surprisingly comfortable. We like to play fun, upbeat music during the whole session (which ensues in random mini dance breaks, btw) and we also will have snacks, fruit, water, soda and wine for those of legal age, of course. A lot of people ask if they can bring a guest and for the most part, we would prefer you don't, as we found they can sometimes be distracting for you and cause a bit unwanted self-awareness to your shoot. As a photographer, I can also focus better when only the subject and I are in the room. We truly believe your shoot goes better if your attention is 100% on the images we're creating and we understand it can sometimes be hard when someone your close to is watching you the entire time. We want things to be fun, relaxed and no unwanted eyes on you as we create some stunning images. But if you feel like things would go well with a friend there, then go ahead! But please no boyfriends or husbands!
While I still retain copyright, this is only to protect the style and integrity of my photographs to prevent any alterations. You do though receive printing releases if you wish to print or use the images in a self-publishing book program. I do not post any boudoir photos without your permission but there are 4 options: A) Keep photos completely private, B) Permission to post any as promo material only C) Allow to post a few as promo material by showing you which image(s) first or D) Free to post any photos where your anonymity is protected such as your face being obscured or not recognizable in the image. That being said, I never tag you or include your last name since I wish to protect you from unwanted attention. I want to respect your wishes and protect your privacy so please just let me know after you view your images!
THE DAY OF:
We go through a lot of prepping and work to get ready for our Sweetheart Sessions so please arrive on time and if you must cancel because of an emergency, remember that the payments are nonrefundable. And if you get shy or cold feet the day of, just picture Ashley and I with very sad faces after we spent so much time and energy prepping for you and day dreaming about all the gorgeous shots we're going to get of you. It's like baking a cake for a party and no one shows up = no fun. So please be respectful of our time as we anticipate the awesome arrival of yours and I can't wait to create gorgeous images with you! Life is short and you're a bad ass. So let's have a blast taking gorgeous pictures of you in pretty clothes! You'll be glad you did and I'd be happy to go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable!
You should have the same uninhibited feeling one has when jumping off a high dive into a deep end pool. It's scary at first but the MOMENT you get going it's like, "OH MY GOD - that was so fun, what was I seriously so scared of?!" I've had that feeling too. And then you realize how powerful it is to just let go and enjoy the moment. Worrying too much shows and you can't be strong or sexy without confidence, so let that brightness SHINE SO BRIGHT and the cares melt right off and enjoy the hell out of your shoot. Because a wise young man once said YOLO and YOLO YOU SHALL. So don't spend this shoot or YOUR LIFE worrying about the outcome because the best way to ensure you'll love it is to let go and have fun and know how damn good you look!
I also have a motto for any shoot and it's IF YOU FEEL SILLY OR UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU'RE DOING IT RIGHT.
So there's no way you can mess anything up. You're job is having fun. Let me take care of the rest!