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boudoir session faqs

All tHE WOMEN ON YOUR WEBSITE LOOK LIKE MODELS. I AM NOT a model... CAN I still DO THIS??

We get asked this question so many times, but the truth is.. NONE of the women on our site are models! But one of our superpowers is making women feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. We coach, guide, and encourage each and every one of our clients every step of the way! We're actually your biggest cheerleaders and by the time you leave you're going to feel like you can conquer anything!! 

WHAT DO YOUR boudoir PACKAGES INCLUDE? How much should I expect to spend?

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?

We have two studios! One studio is located in Atlanta, GA and one studio is located in Miami, FL! 

Our Boudoir Session fee is $500 and includes:

- A consultation to design your dream session and prepare for your day
- Professional hair and makeup styling (including lashes!)
- Additional touch ups throughout your session
- A fully guided photo shoot with Melissa & Raven
- A variety of outfit changes and studio setups
- A private virtual viewing and ordering session 
- Custom magazine-style image editing to make you feel like the next VS supermodel
- Access to Pre Payment Plan Options and Additional Session Bonuses

All images and products are purchased separately and are not included in the non-refundable $500 Session Fee. We offer Collections, as well as A La Carte Sessions so that we are able to fully customize your day with us leaving you with the best products for your lifestyle. Our pricing begins at $1800 and go up from there with various options available. We offer all of our clients interest free pre-session payment plans to make any experience “budget friendly.”

After all is said and done, most MLC clients tend to invest between $3500-$5500 (on average) for their session and the photo products they desire. Clients are almost always SHOCKED by how many photos they cannot live without from their session. They think they are going to be the one client that just doesn't get good photos... and they're always proven wrong (but with a smile!). Yep, we're *THAT* good here!  


WHEN AND HOW WILL I SELECT MY FAVORITE IMAGES FROM MY SHOOT?

Approximately 3-4 weeks after your photo session we will schedule your virtual, private photo reveal appointment. This will be the very first time that you get to see all of your gorgeous images and pick out your favorites for your album, folio box, keepsakes, or wall art! This is by far our most favorite part of the whole entire process!

Then, it takes about 2-4 weeks for all of your products (albums, folio boxes, wall art, etc) to be delivered and ready for you to take home!


DO YOU OFFER EDITS IN COLOR OR ARE YOU STRICTLY BLACK & WHITE?

YES! While we have a love for all things monochrome and black and white is our "thing", we do show our clients a range of images from their session in color as well!

DO I HAVE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED NUDE?

Absolutely not! Because our boudoir sessions are customized to the wants and needs of each client it is absolutely your choice/preference as to how much/little you want to be clothed and photographed! 

CAN I HAVE SOMEONE WITH ME AT MY SESSION?

Yes and no. (lol) We know that with boudoir sessions comes a lot of nerves and we want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible, so we allow you to bring one female friend with you! However, we do ask that your friend not interfere with your shoot like touching you up or directing you in poses. 

Also, it is a requirement for boudoir sessions, that you leave your boyfriend/husband/spouse at home. That’s a firm policy. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE?

This is where we've got you! Right after you book your experience we will send you the complete MLC Welcome & Preparation guide! We feel the more informed our clients are, the better photoshoot experience you will have! We will cover everything from head to toe! 

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT EXTRA WEIGHT (CHIN, ARMS, THIGHS) AND STRETCH MARKS?

No girl, we've got your back here!! Professional retouching is included in your session so you don’t have to worry about blemishes, stretch marks and certain body contours. Our attention to detail makes you look and feel as if you came straight out of a fashion magazine.

I'M A SCHOOL TEACHER/I HAVE A HIGH PROFILE JOB/ i just don't want my pictures on the internet... IS THIS SECRET SAFE WITH YOU???

We take your privacy VERY seriously. Although all of the images that we shoot are tasteful enough to be placed anywhere we totally get it. We understand that you may not want your images shared with anyone and we 100% respect that! You can be certain that your images will never see the light of day without your express, written permission.

If you would like us to sign an NDA we are happy to do so! 

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH MEN?

We only photograph men for portraiture, headshots, and maternity with their spouse. We absolutely do not photograph men with boudoir. This is a firm policy. (No offense guys)

THIS IS MY FIRST STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE. WILL YOU GUIDE ME AND HELP ME POSE?

We hear this from so many of our clients. We absolutely do our best to be sure you feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident! During your shoot we will guide you through every pose and focus on the angles that flatter YOU the most. You will never have to wonder what to do or where to place a finger!

On which days of the week can I have my photo session?

We only accept shoots Monday through Friday, but have a limited number of sessions that we accept any given week. Appointments always start at 10:30am to allow for getting ready time and the best natural light our studio has to offer. If you would like a weekend date there will be an additional fee of $250.

Will you use my images on your website/blog/portfolio?

What we show and use on our website/blog/portfolio is something we totally leave up to our clients! We personally would LOVE to show off your gorgeous images, but we understand and respect your right to keep them private. We will not share a single one of your images unless you grant us your express written permission to do so. If you are okay with some, but not all of your images, shown you are able to choose specifically which ones you are comfortable with.

Can i save money if i do my own hair & makeup?

This is a step you DON’T want to skip! Amazing hair and makeup goes miles for your transformation, and it will make you FEEL like a million bucks! It’s also a lot of fun to be pampered for a bit before your session, it gives you some time to unwind with us and get comfortable in the studio. Proper makeup application and hair styling also saves us oodles of time during retouching, because you will already look flawless.

how long will my session take?

Generally our full portrait session can take anywhere from 4-6 hours (including getting ready time) depending on number of outfit changes, etc. Basically, just plan to spend the day with us :)

What if I am self-conscious?? (Girl, everyone is lol)

Let’s just face it, every human has something they are insecure about! (Including us, we’re all women here!! Lol) Whether it be a gain of a few pounds because well life happens, a little extra cellulite, or just your ever changing/fluctuating body! This is all natural and normal and we do get it!!

And although we completely understand and do our best to support women and their insecurities, we do not condone carping critical personalities (you know the ones that are completely unreasonable and that find fault with every turn, appreciate nothing, and just complain, complain, complain…). Even though we are here to support you and hold your hand, we do have a limit and will stop the process when we feel the situation will be exhausting and emotionally draining on us.

It is our goal to make a significant, positive impact in your life by sharing our gift with you, however when clients become this way and are beyond a reasonable level, the nuances halt our creative process. It is important for you to understand your level of insecurity before booking and if this is going to be something for you. 

We aren't the photographer for everyone and everyone is not for us, which is perfectly okay! 

If you have ANY other questions that we did not address here, please e-mail hello@melissalynnecouturephotography.com

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