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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, it's just me and you, you can dance to your favorite songs if you want to, and you get kick ass images back! Keep them 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 - the choice is yours. I know it can feel weird and different and like such a huge step outside your comfort zone - this is the case for the majority of folks I photograph and totally normal - the process is designed with that in mind and structured to offer you support with tips and guides along the way. I've been specializing in boudoir photography since 2014, and have compiled this list of questions and answers based on everything I've stumbled upon over the years as experiences with real world clients, in order to make your shoot a smooth, fun filled day. You'll also see this knowledge reflected in the getting ready guides you'll receive as part of the process. And lastly - you'll notice that a lot of the answers say it's up to you - and that's true. While I will offer guidance and suggestions along the way, there are no right or wrong ways to do this, because a boudoir shoot is a very personal experience, so you have the power to tweak this to your comfort level. You can even pick what temperature we set the thermostat to, or what music we play!

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 – with shorter packages, you can expect to fit 2 to 3 outfits, and with longer packages, you can expect to fit 3 to 4 outfits. I always recommend bringing extra ones, and we can start working from your favorite one down the line to fit as many as we comfortably can without rushing the process.

Can you help me pick outfits?

Once you book your session, I will send you a detailed inspiration board with lots of visual ideas for what to wear, in addition to a shopping guide with a broad range of options to browse in different price points and styles to take the guessing out of the process!

The studio does not carry a client wardrobe. The main reason is, we all come in so many different shapes and sizes! This is the best way to ensure your outfit fits you perfectly and you feel comfortable and sexy in it, no gaping cups or pinching bottoms. Not to mention it can make the reveal of your pictures extra fun if they’re intended for a special someone and accompanied by you wearing the same outfit, oh lala!

What about hair and makeup?

Completely up to you! I tend to recommend some just so we have a more polished final look, but ultimately, the session is meant to work with what makes you feel beautiful, and if that’s a bare face, that’s what we will do! I can help with all the glamming up, but you’re also welcome to trust your skills or those of another artist you prefer. You can book the Make Me Over package and all that fun stuff will be taken care of for you so you look like a bombshell. And if you a master of the eyebrow on fleek, you can skip it! I’ve designed the package to be separate from the regular session cost so it’s flexible and can work for any needs.

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!

I don't know how to pose sexy! Can you help with that?

Pose and facial expression coaching is included with every session. The majority of folks I work with have never done anything like this in their lives, and it’s completely out of their comfort zone. The process is designed with that in mind – before we start, I will check in to see if there’s something you’d like to accentuate or minimize, so we can tailor the shoot to your specific preferences. And once we start, I’ll be right there physically showing you every pose and guiding you down to when to smile and where to look. As we go along, I’ll check in to see if you also have any ideas, if you want to try a specific pose or something you think looks cool so that you get your perfect shoot experience! You can see some boudoir posing before and afters here.

Will you share my pictures on line?

This is completely up to you! I get exited about taking beautiful images and want to share them on my website and social media, but I understand these are very private for most folks. Before your session you will be able to select only sharing anonymous ones where we can’t see your face, keeping them all private or sharing all of them. There is no extra charge for keeping your images private. Your confidentiality is my top priority.

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. I aim for what I like to call the happy medium – where we take away the imperfections of daily life, but we don’t try to turn you into a different person. 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.

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. With my final email, I will also include recommendations for an online printing service with high quality and a wide range of products to help with your printing needs.

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.

When will my pictures be ready?

After your photo session I will take a 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!