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Boudoir Photography Questions and Answers | Ithaca, New York Photographer
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Boudoir Questions and Answers

So, boudoir shoots. You, like, get naked and they point a giant light at you and a whole team takes your picture while you shiver there? Nope. It's small and intimate and easy going, you dance to your favorite song in your jammies if you want to, and you get kick ass images back! Keep for yourself to look at what an awesome goddess you are, or make a sensual, naughty gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary for your significant other. I know it can feel weird and different and like such a huge step outside your comfort zone. So here are some questions I hear often, answered for you!

Do you provide wedding or elopement coverage?

I do not provide wedding or elopement coverage and won’t be able to help with your special day.

How many outfits can I wear?

I don’t limit the number of outfits, but we do normally work with a set amount of time for each shoot based on the package you picked, so it will vary. A ballpark is 2 to 4. I always recommend bringing extra outfits, and we start working from your favorite one down the line to fit as many as we comfortably can without rushing the process.

Can I bring a friend with me?

Please feel free to! If it makes you more comfortable, grab a bestie or your significant other and they’ll be happy to confirm I am in fact, not a an axe murderer. Jokes aside, I know this can feel super weird and totally understand if you’d like to have some moral support. Once we start shooting we will leave your companion in the dressing room to ensure you get the full experience of your shoot. Most people tend to get distracted with an audience, even close one, and we don’t want an accidental friend shot in the background!

What do I get from my shoot?

You will receive the number of images included in your package or paid for additionally and they will be full size, high resolution, fully edited digital images, together with a print release. This means you can share your images online on social media, save them on your phone, and print them in whatever size, number or product you wish. You will receive your final images via a link to download your gallery which ensures the fastest delivery possible – pictures will be in your inbox as soon as they’re done.  Raw or un-edited images are not available for purchase. Packages do not include print products.

How many pictures do I get?

As many as you decide you want. The package you pick will come with a base set amount of pictures included to get you started, but you’re not limited to those only. Once you start flipping through your proofing gallery you’ll be able to add as many extra images as you’d like for an additional fee per image. Unedited images are not available for purchase.

What about hair and makeup?

Completely up to you! I tend to recommend some just so we have a more polished final look, and some shoot types like pin up really benefit from the additional styling. I can help with all the glamming up, but you’re also welcome to trust your skills or those of another artist you prefer.

Will you share my pictures on line?

This is 100% up to you! I get exited about taking beautiful images and want to share them on my website and social media, but I understand the need for privacy so we will discuss before starting how you feel about this. You can opt to only share the anonymous ones, keep them all private or share all of them. There is no extra charge for keeping your images private.

How much is edited and Photoshopped?

We are all imperfect! We bump into things, and get that-time-of-the-month break outs and the tank-top tan line. Before we start we’ll talk about editing to ensure it’s done at your comfort level and everything is polished so your beauty shines without the tiny marks of our daily lives. I have a general editing style you can see when browsing my galleries. Your images will be edited similarly for colors, keeping in mind that every shoot is unique so no two would be 100% exact. I will not match another photographer’s work if requested. Similarly, things that can be easily taken care of  while you prep for your shoot will not be edited – taking wrinkles out of clothes, removing unwanted body hair, touching up hair color roots for example.

When will my pictures be ready?

After your photo session I will take couple of days to go through all the images, take out all the weird closed eyes ones that won’t work, and prepare and send your proofing gallery so you can start your selection. Once you’re done I can start working on editing your pictures (this is where the final magic happens!), which will take up to 30 days. If you’re working with a specific date in mind, you can let me know before we set the shoot date and I can see what we can do to get your pictures back to you in time to meet that goal, depending on availability.

Can I get the unedited images for free?

You can think of your photography session like getting a beautiful cake from a cake decorating shop – there are eggs and flower and sugar that go into it, but also the skill and talent of the cake decorator. The editing part of my process is just like frosting and decorating a cake – a great batter is needed to have the perfect sponge, but it’s only half of the finished product. Giving someone the unedited images would be like giving them just a bowl of cake batter – it’s just not the finished product I offer.


Nellie did my engagement session at Ithaca Falls and I am very impressed. I’ve had people tell me it was the most beautiful engagement session they’ve ever seen so I know I’m not being biased when I say she is absolutely amazing. Not only is Nellie creative and talented, but she is also very professional and sweet.



I got my senior pictures done by Nellie and I couldn't be happier! She's professional yet made me feel so comfortable that I was just able to have a blast at the shoot. The pictures turned out beautiful, and her editing is IMPECCABLE. I swear they looked like modeling shots. I highly recommend!



I've done a couple photo shoots with Nellie. She is highly energetic and always excited to work with you. She helps you with poses and outfit ideas and is always ready to answer questions and work with you on things. She blows me away every time time!


Have any questions? Ready to jump in and make gorgeous images together? Get in touch with me!