Below you will find some common questions related to boudoir session itself as well as preparation for it. I am hoping it will help address most of your concerns. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me.
How long does a boudoir session take?
Typically a boudoir session with Magdalena takes about 2 hours. It is sufficient time to capture several beautiful images in two or three outfits.
Does the price of boudoir session include hair and make-up?
No. The price of $550 dollars includes the photo shoot and five edited digital images of your choice. It is up to you if you would like to get your hair and make-up done elsewhere or would prefer to get it done by one of our recommended artists in our studio. We collaborate with many talented hair and make-up artists and can provide you with their contact information so that you could discuss pricing and availability.
Do you have any suggestions about best outfits for a boudoir session?
In short, the best outfit is the one that makes you feel confident and beautiful. It also has to be comfortable. If the outfit does not fit properly or is uncomfortable, you may not like yourself in the pictures. Just remember that boudoir does not always mean lingerie. Some women are not comfortable in lingerie and that’s completely fine. An oversized sweater that shows off your shoulders or legs, a robe, a t-shirt, an evening gown that reveals your back, shoulders or neck can all be wonderful alternatives to traditional lingerie. Stores such as Victoria Secret’s, Anthropology, Free People, Shein, Nordstrom, LaPerla and many local boutiques with amazing lingerie. This is just a few ideas where you can find unique outfits for your session.
Do I have to bring a pair of high heel shoes to the session?
You may if you want to. Classic high heels in black or nude can elevate your look and typically work well with any outfit. But many times, clients choose not to wear shoes and that’s completely fine too.
Can I bring props to the session?
The photographs I take of you are meant to be very classic and show the romantic, sensual part of you. For that reason, I strive to avoid any props during sessions.
Do all the sessions take place at your West Loop studio or do I get to choose the location?
While most sessions take place in our West Loop studio, you can actually choose an alternative location. A boudoir session can be done anywhere- on a beach, in a garden, at your home, in a hotel or an apartment- it is up to you what setting you are looking for. I have experience working in any of these settings.
I live outside of Chicago. Do you offer sessions outside of the city and if so, how would that work?
Yes, I do offer sessions outside of the city. There is an additional fee for commuting to Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. If you live out of state (other than WI,MI and IN) the fee would include the flight and accommodations. Please contact me to discuss availability for out-of-state sessions.
I would like to purchase a boudoir session as a gift for someone else. Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, of course! Gift certificates are available. Please contact us with questions how to purchase one.
Can I bring a friend over to my boudoir session?
A boudoir session is a very special form of photography that requires focus and concentration on both sides. It has been my experience that additional people in the room cause distraction. Clients often feel timid in front of the camera when others are observing. If you’re totally comfortable shooting in front of someone, then bring them! I have a few guidelines for your guest if they do accompany to your shoot.
1. I ask for no cell phone photos taken during the shoot. During makeup and hair and in between looks is fine, just not when I’m posing and directing you!
2. Please let your guest know that they will not be able to help pose or direct you during the shoot. Leave it up to the professional, that’s why you hired me 🙂
Who participates in the session?
During the actual session, there is only a photographer and the client. If you decide to get your hair or make-up in the studio, the artist would leave before the session begins.
Will my photos be made public?
No, we never publish our clients’ photos unless we have an explicit approval and agreement from you.