The Top 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Boudoir Photography

Dec 10, 2023

The thought of a boudoir session can be intimidating. When talking to women about their session, I’ve been asked ALL kinds of questions! Here are my top 12 most frequently asked questions about doing a boudoir session to help ease your nerves.

What IS a boudoir photo shoot?

I like to think of boudoir as intimate, honest and glamorous portraits, but really, it’s about empowerment. It’s the chance to be vulnerable and express a side of yourself that you may have lost touch with, or one that you love to bring out every once in a while! My 100% female team will make you feel beautiful, comfortable and at ease.

Do I have to wear lingerie?

You definitely don’t have to specifically wear lingerie in your portraits! There are many different outfits you can wear depending on your personality. I provide a full Wardrobe Guide to my clients to help you brainstorm, PLUS you get an in-person consultation with me at my studio in advance of your shoot to try on things from the Client Wardrobe!

What if I don’t want anyone else to see my images?

That is 100% your choice! The only reason that I have client images on my website, social feeds, and marketing materials is because those women gave me explicit permission to do so via their “Model Release Form.” Everyone is required to sign one of these forms at the end of your session, but there are four different levels of release you can grant. You can read more about these in this blog post.

But I’m sooo nervous – I’ve never done anything like this before! Will I be able to handle it?

Girl, almost everyone is nervous to do something like this – that’s what makes it so fun! Use this opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and feel an intense rush of pride and happiness that you did something for yourself. Plus, we have a lot of fun and you won’t be nervous once we start shooting!

Where is the studio located?

Our studio is located in beautiful downtown Wilmington, NC. We are walking distance to a variety of restaurants, bars, shops and hotels!

Is hair and makeup included?

Professional hair and makeup styling is included in all of our boudoir shoots! I think it’s very important for you to feel pampered and beautiful. Our amazing team can help you complete your desired look, whether you’re going for “I just woke up like this” or full-on glam. We include false eyelashes with all makeup application to make those gorgeous eyes pop on camera!


When will I get to see my photos?

The same day as your session! You take a lunch break, get a massage, and then they’re ready for the big reveal!

Will you retouch my acne/wrinkles/cellulite/bruises?

Yes – I professionally retouch all of your purchased images. I do not change body shapes, but I do smooth skin and remove blemishes, etc.

I’m a curvy/”older” woman – can you still make me look good?

Um…yes! I photograph women of all ages, sizes, and shapes. We are all unique and boudoir is for everyone!


How far in advance should I schedule my shoot?

Because I specialize in boudoir, my calendar fills up quickly. I recommend coming in for your shoot 4-6 weeks before you need your album.  No matter what your timeline is, give me a call – we can sometimes accommodate last minute requests.

What do I need to bring to my shoot? What about waxing, tanning, nails? Can I bring my boyfriend’s football jersey?

I offer a Client Wardrobe with pieces in sizes XS – 6X for my clients to borrow if they wish! You can try on pieces at the pre-session consult. We also have accessories and jewelry at the studio for you to use.  I will send you a detailed wardrobe guide, session guide, and multiple emails before your shoot with everything else you’ll need to know about getting ready.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes, we offer several different ways of financing your experience. We provide in-house payment plans (interest free!) for up to 6 months after your shoot, and we also accept all credit cards, PayPal Credit, Affirm and AfterPay!


If you’re ready to start planning your own session, set up a call with me so we can discuss! 

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