Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions I get asked most often about photoshoots, Boudoir shoots especially, and some answers that may help. If you don’t see your question below, please feel free to contact me and ask.

Q. How does the shoot go? What can I expect?

A. I’m going to write a whole separate page about this, so hang in there for a bit.

Q. Should I lose that first/last 15 pounds first?

A. Let me be raw and blunt here, for just a moment. Society dumps a metric ton of body image issues on people, particularly on women. You’re beautiful. Please stop letting other people dictate what you should look like. Have you looked through my albums? There are women, men, non-binary, trans, and genderqueer people of all sorts of shapes and sizes and they’re gorgeous just the way they are. Guess what? So are you. Do what you need to do to make yourself happy, and that’s more important than anything anyone else thinks.

Q. Do I have to shave?

A. No. You don’t have to do a damned thing. I like people just the way they are. Be you. And if you are a person that likes having hairy pits and legs and [insert euphemism for labia here], then that’s how you should look. You’ll get no judgment from me. If you want to groom, groom. If you don’t, that’s fine, too.

Q. Should I wax?

A. That’s entirely up to you. But if you do wax, I recommend you have it done a few days before the shoot, to allow time for the minor redness and swelling to go away.

Q. Will there be a Hair & Makeup Artist?

A. Not yet. As I’ve just recently settled in Seattle, and there’s been an incompetently-managed pandemic on, I haven’t yet been able to connect with a HMUA here in town. At some point I’ll either have one on my shoots, or have a list of recommended artists for clients to see just before a shoot, but until then I’ll have to leave the hair and makeup to you. If you have a hair stylist you like, I suggest you start there.

Q. Can I bring a friend?

A. Of course! You may bring one guest to our shoot. Bring a friend, or bring your partner/significant other, if it’s not a surprise for them. But that person can’t take any photos or interfere with the shoot, or I’ll have to ask them to leave. I can’t refund your money if that happens, so bring someone you really trust to behave themselves properly. And also just be aware that I reserve the right to put them to work, without pay, checking wardrobe or moving lights or whatnot during the shoot. They will also probably be in charge of keeping the coffee cups / wine glasses full. I get very cranky when my coffee cup / wine glass is empty, so make sure they’re the responsible type. They might also have to listen to me ramble about nonsense. Fair warning.

Q. What do I wear, what do I bring?

A. Bring it all. Bring everything. The more you bring, the more options we have.

Here’s a list of suggestions:

A Book! (…for The Book Club, if you want in!)

Photo ID

Bras
Panties/Thongs
Stockings
Garter belts
Corsets
Other lingerie
Heels
Gloves

Makeup
Brush/comb/pick
Hair ties
Curling Iron
Straightener
Blow Dryer
Toothbrush

Jewelry – sparkles and pearls, especially
Necklaces
Rings
Bracelets
Earrings
Nose rings
Anklets
Body Jewelry

Jeans – you know which pair. That pair that makes your ass look amazing
Skirts – especially the ultra-short one that you won’t wear in public
Dresses – see “Skirts”
Shorts – see “Dresses”
Tops
T-shirts – especially the cut-up one
Socks
Large men’s button down shirt
Large Sweater
Hats
Wigs
Sports Jersey
Ballet Slippers
Boots
Leggings
Leg Warmers
Scarves
Head scarves
Halloween/Bedroom costumes and masks

Wine
Music
Teddy bear
Blindfolds, Cuffs, Collar, Crop, Paddle, etc.

Q. What if I’m running late on the day of the shoot?

A. I drive a stake through your heart, burn you at the stake, and scatter your ashes at the dog park where you’ll be peed on for eternity, usually, unless I’m in a bad mood. If you call as soon as you know you’re running late, I’ll try to do it gently. Arriving with a wine bribe wouldn’t hurt. Just not chianti.

Q. Can you Photoshop my thighs/arms/stomach/nose to be smaller?

A. No. And I wouldn’t if I could. I don’t mind removing the zit that will definitely show up the morning of the shoot (I swear it’s a law of Physics), but I will not fundamentally alter your body to fit some weird, unattainable beauty standard. You’re lovely, just the way you are. And my job is not to make you beautiful. My job is to show you how beautiful *you already are*. I like to say I am fixing the world, one beautiful person at a time, and you’re next.

Q. Will my pictures be public?

A. That’s up to you. I’d love to share a few of our shots, but I’ll always ask you about those specific shots before sharing them anywhere, with anyone. You’re the boss here, but I’d be tickled pink if you love our shots so much that you want to share them with the world.

Q. Can I share the photos on social media?

A. Please! Please do. Share them everywhere. Share them in a box and in just your socks and with a fox. Share our pictures of you bare, share our pictures *everywhere*. Add a link to this website, if you would, please!

Q. Can I add an Instagram filter?

A. Don’t you dare. I will hunt you down and eat your liver with a *whole plate* of fava beans and a nice chianti. It’s my policy, just so y’know. Ok, maybe not. I don’t like fava beans, and I’ve never tried chianti. But if you want an image cropped or altered in some way (say, to B&W or something), please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m usually happy to oblige. But please don’t ruin your photos with a cheesy Instagram filter.

Q. How will I get my photos?

A. I’ll deliver all your photos to you electronically in a private folder on Dropbox.com.

The price we agree on covers the shoot itself (the “sitting fee”, if you will) and ten finished digital images for each hour we shoot, delivered to you by Dropbox as soon as I can get them to you. It takes some time, and I have other clients, so do please try to be patient. I’m going to choose the best photos, I promise. I’ll also deliver a number of unfinished proofs. I will finish and deliver those to you at your request for an additional fee per block of five photos of your choice. How many there are to choose from will just depend how well the shoot goes.

If you’d like to order prints, I’ll get them professionally printed and sent discreetly to you directly, as soon as you let me know which ones. There is of course a small extra charge for each print, depending on the number of copies and the size of each print.

Q. How soon will I get my pictures?

A. Depending on the number of frames we shoot, it usually takes me a few days to winnow and choose and process and develop and deliver the shots from a shoot.

Q. OK, I’m ready to tell my story. How do I arrange a shoot, and how much does it cost?

A. I’m so glad you asked. Step One, you click right here to see my pricing. I’ll walk you through the whole process, one step at a time.

Q. Do you ever pay professional models?

A. I’d love to pay professional models. If it were up to me, I’d pay every model who posed for me. In fact, if it were up to me, I’d walk around downtown handing out fists-full of Benjamins to anyone who’d get naked for me. But for the time being, I’m a starving artist just like you are. Until I can get a steady stream of paying clients going on a regular basis, I just don’t have the spare dinero. Until then, I’m happy to do trade shoots with professional models. Here are my policies on that.

You know how you can help on that front? Like and share this website on social media, say nice things, and rave about my photos. Tell your friends how much fun you had shooting with me, and how awesome your experience was and your photos are. Credit the photos we make together and add a link.


 

The lovely model for the header image on this page is Sarie.