Boudoir with Ahnvee Photography | FAQ's
At Ahnvee Photography, we work hard to provide an amazing experience from the moment you walk in the door to the delivery of your images. Part of the expertise we provide is ensuring that you are comfortable every step of the way, therefore we’ve put together a few FAQ’s below to help ease you into the experience.
Q: Where do you take the boudoir photos?
We have dedicated about 2 years and lots of blood, sweat, and tears (and money) into creating the coolest boudoir studio in the state (although we’re a little biased)!
Self-Serve Bar with Mimosas, Snacks, & Goodies
Our self-serve bar is complete with charcuterie, macarons, and mimosa bar, and coffee station, all adorned by a bomb-ass greenery wall with neon signs.
Pampering Room: Makeup & Hair Artist Station
The relaxing pampering area serves as the perfect place to kick off your boudoir experience! This is where we will be pampering and getting you camera ready, all while sipping on mimosas and getting to know each other a little better.
The Client Wardrobe & Dressing Room
As part of the Luxe Boudoir Experience, we provide a client wardrobe that has a curated selection of lingerie, accessories, and body butters. These pieces range from XS-XXL and are cleaned and sanitized for your use. View some of the available items HERE!
The Boudoir Studio:
A dedicated space for the boudoir photo session. The studio feels intimate, hosting a variety of lux styled furniture adorned with furs, silks, and textures that compliment everyone. Dramatic with botanical flair, the space was made for the exploration of confidence and expression within a private setting.
Our boudoir studio displays a different aesthetic on each wall, encouraging a dynamic set of photos with the appearance of multiple locations
Industrial Bedroom Loft
Exposed Brick Wall, Industrial Style Shelves Adorned with Plants Galore, Comfy Bed with Black Silk Sheets and Grey Furs, & a Window Surrounded by Mauve Velvet Curtains
Floral Wallpaper, Gold Velvet Chair, Boho Macrame Curtain, and Industrial Style Pendant Lights
Modern Glamour Lounge | Bold Geometric Walls, Luxurious Burgundy Velvet Shell Chair, Black Leather Jeweled Lounge, Soft Window Lighting, Moroccan Pendant Light, Zebra Rug, and Cozy Fireplace
Victorian Study | Authentic Vintage Black and Burgundy Striped Settee, Authentic Vintage Pink Queens Chair, Wainscoting with Black Damask Wallpaper, Maximalist Vintage Gallery Wall, Chrystal Chandelier, Candelabra, and Romantic FireplaceLight Fixtures, Authentic Vintage Furniture, Gold & Black Maximalist Gallery Wall
Boho Greenery Corner | Wicker Egg Chair Surrounded with Greenery, Persian Rug, and Moody Amber Backlighting
Q: Do You Release the Hi-Res Digital Files?
Because we believe that boudoir is a life-changing experience worth more than just the final product, we do release the retouched, hi-res digital jpeg files that are included in your package. Clients will receive private gallery containing only the high resolution digital files chosen and hand edited by the photographer. However, we do not release any of the raw or unedited digital files. Additional edited images can be purchased at $25 an image.
Q: Do you retouch the images?
We do retouch every photo you receive, however, we like to keep it as light and natural as possible. Every image will receive eye enhancement, skin smoothing i.e. removing imperfections, thinning wrinkles, and minimizing pores, slight contour, evening skin tone, cellulite removal, stretch-mark removal, and hair smoothing, if applicable. We use a technique called frequency separation which allows us to even out the skin and hair without losing the texture – resulting in skin that looks flawless but not retouched. Our goal is to enhance and perfect, but not make any drastic changes.
We also correct shadows, highlights, contrast, exposure & white balance, remove distractions, implement color correction, artistic enhancements, etc. However, if you have specific retouch requests, we are open to making those adjustments while still keeping it as natural as possible. Please note that extensive retouching may be subject to an additional fee. Below is an example of retouching a client asked for in regards to her derrière:
Q: Who chooses the edited photos that will be delivered?
After the session you will receive an online gallery of unedited proofs. The number of proofs range from 20 – 50 depending on several factors. From this gallery you will choose the number of photos included in your package.
Q: What is the turnaround time?
For boudoir sessions, the turnaround time for digitals is typically 3-4 weeks from the session date. This is to ensure the highest quality and expertise in retouching and enhancement. We do offer rush editing for an additional $100 with a turnaround time of 1 week from the session date. Prints and products typically take 5-10 days to arrive at an address of your choice after purchase.
Q: Can we purchase prints and photo albums, and other products?
We make it super easy to order prints and products straight from your gallery by offering high quality printing through our professional and trusted lab. Because we don’t want you to invest $500+ on a session and get subpar prints – we offer the high quality prints at our cost. The lab prints in all sizes and provides album options as well. To read more about this and see examples, check out our blog post on comparing print labs.
You will have access to purchase prints, products, and albums directly from your gallery and have it shipped to an address of your choice! You can view all product options and pricing at the sample gallery at https://ahnveephotography.pic-time.com/-samplegallery/store
Q: Why do boudoir sessions cost more than portrait sessions?
There are several reasons why your boudoir investment is worth more than traditional photography:
- Specialized skillsets that require additional education and certifications.
- Access to a professionally designed boudoir studio with authentic vintage furniture.
- An all-inclusive client wardrobe.
- Professional makeup application.
- Self-serve bar with mimosas, charcuterie, and macrons.
- More time spent retouching exposed skin and imperfections.
Q: Is hair and makeup included in the packages?
Professional makeup application is included with every boudoir package. Because our artist is certified in makeup application specific for professional photography, they understand how to bring out the right amount of shadow and highlight as well as select the perfect product to enhance your natural beauty. We apply our curated products in a way that helps reduce common issues such as flash reflection, dark eyes, and large pores to create a flawless and sexy look. This pampering process also adds to the entire boudoir experience and provides a great opportunity to be get comfortable and sip on your beverage of choice before the session.
Hairstyling is not included in the package, but can be added on and ranges from $30-$50 depending on style.
Q: Does the session time included in the packages (for example, “1 hour session”) include outfit changes, hairstyling, makeup application, consultations, getting ready, ect.?
The time noted in the package is for actively taking photos in tour studio, this does not include time spent on hair, makeup, or changing. For that reason, we wait until after our consultation to determine start time and total time spent based on number of outfits and any specific accommodations you may need. Times referenced are estimates, but typically we take as much time as needed to achieve the right results. We are dedicated to providing 110% to every client, and don’t want the experience to be rushed, therefore we don’t limit our time or creativity.
Q: What should I wear for my boudoir session?
If you don’t own any lingerie or don’t want to buy any, we do provide a client closet stocked with lingerie, robes, body suits, corsets, and cover ups in several sizes. There are also stockings, socks and accessories available to jazz up any outfit.
If you are looking for outfits or lingerie to purchase for your boudoir photos, we have compiled a Boudoir Outfit Guide with several affordable options from Amazon. Most of these options are Prime eligible which means they will arrive in only two days.
Lastly, never feel like you have to wear lingerie for a boudoir photoshoot. We’ve seen anything from cheeky panties to sexy off-the-shoulder sweater. I’ve even had a bride ask to take a picture in nothing but her veil. You really don’t have to get fancy with it. We can get creative with shadows, sheets, cover ups, and more.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid wearing to my boudoir session?
Avoid colors that are bright. Brights show up way more neon than they should. Brights also color casts onto skin, which is never flattering. Neutral and dark colors work best for the decor in our Boudoir studio.
Q: Do I have to be naked for my boudoir session?
No, absolutely not. In fact, for my own boudoir session, I wore the my favorite pjs. There is a large spectrum in the realm of comfort, and no two people are the same. From the nude, to lingerie, to a cozy set of pajamas – The best thing you can wear is your confidence. We will work together to find out what works best for you and your comfort level.
Q: Will I still look beautiful in my boudoir photos even if I’m not a size 2?
First and foremost, this whole experience is for you to fall in love with yourself! You don’t need to be flawless or a size 2 to feel beautiful within your own skin. Our goal is the help you gain confidence; feel empowered and look at yourself in a better light with the Ahnvee Experience. Also – In all honesty, we’ve had more plus sized clients ask to share their images with the world because we provided the confidence boost to allow them to love their bodies, and they wanted to show their beauty off!
We’ve photographed people of all shapes and sizes and truly see the beauty in everyone. We even encourage maternity boudoir, pregnancy belly and all, as it is such a wonderful milestone that is worth documenting!
Q: Can I bring a friend to my boudoir session?
We encourage you to bring a friend if it makes you more comfortable. That being said, keep in mind that in our experience, clients that don’t bring a friend are less likely to feel pressured and/or get distracted. Your friend may have already seen you naked, but keep in mind that you’re more vulnerable getting into certain poses and trying to feel sexy. We would never discourage anything you need to feel more comfortable, just keep in mind that there will be a photographer and assistant and too many people could get crowded and distracting. If you’d like you can always have as many people as you’d like during the pampering process and they can leave once we start shooting.
Q: Do you offer couples boudoir?
Abso-freaking-lutely! Some of our favorite sessions have been couples boudoir sessions! In most cases, your significant other’s presence and involvement allows you to feel more relaxed and certainly naturally evokes more emotion, which we love!
Q: Will you share my boudoir images online?
Privacy and confidentiality of boudoir is something we take extremely seriously. We do not share anything publicly unless it was specifically taken during a model call for marketing promotion. All of the photos you see in our portfolio were contractually released with the model and/or client’s signed permission. We do have a secret Facebook boudoir group where we encourage everyone to share their photos or experiences, but we never post any photos ourselves. It is completely up to you if you want to share your images online, and we sincerely respect everyone’s wishes.
We pride ourselves in the special skills and artistic ability that comes with boudoir and guarantee that you won’t regret investing in your boudoir session. If our boudoir session is something you’d like to experience, fill out our form to schedule a session today! We’d love to work with you!
Take a peek into how we are different that other boudoir studios by watching our youtube video!