This guide is going to walk you through the process of what a boudoir shoot is and how the process works over here at RJS. I am excited to get you in the studio! Once you read through this guide, you'll be able to schedule your free phone consultation and book your session over the phone with us!
THIS GUIDE IS VERY THOROUGH...WHICH MEANS ITS LONG!
Sit down, grab a glass of (insert favorite beverage here) and read this until the very end!
I have been specialized in boudoir for almost 4 years, this genre is the only one I shoot 365 days a year. Boudoir is so precious to me because I love helping women feel better about themselves, inside and out. We all struggle with self image, and I want to help women overcome as much of that as I can. I love the WOW factor. I love delivering images to women and having them say, "I can't believe that's me! I have never felt so beautiful in my entire life!"
It means so much to me to be able to offer that to women, and that women of all ages trust me to provide them with this experience. You don't need to lose 15 pounds to do a session with me. You don't need to be Beyonce curvy. You just need to be you. Have fun. And enjoy this moment. You won't regret it!!
Our studio is located at 18 Catherine St, Shillington PA. We have over 1100 square feet of space with multiple set ups, and a fabulous sales area full of samples and a 60 inch television from which you will view your images during your reveal. Our studio is FULL of gorgeous natural light, beautiful concrete floors, and hand selected decor in our whitewashed brick walled space.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Boudoir technically is a French word which means 'a woman's dressing room or bedroom', but I like to think of it as just a fancy word for women's intimate portraiture. Boudoir is NOT pornographic. Boudoir can be fun, flirty, beautiful, cute, sexy, feminine, intimate, candid, posed, or really anything else you want it to be. If you have not already joined our private VIP group on Facebook, I highly suggest that you do!
WHAT IS BOUDOIR?
WHAT DO I DO WITH BOUDOIR PHOTOS?
I actually believe that boudoir is the best gift you can give YOURSELF, to capture your essence as you are now. When you need a reminder of the strong, beautiful woman that you are, you will have a collection of amazing portraits to look upon. I love it when women come to me for themselves. The images we create together will boost your self esteem and your confidence, and that should be celebrated by YOU! It will help you reclaim your femininity, your sexuality, two things that are often lost as we get consumed with our lives, our jobs, our families. Put that pep back in your step, and reflect on the bodacious babe you are. Celebrate the body that you live in!
I had such an amazing experience, from my initial email all the way through to picking up my album! My album and metal print are so beautiful. Thank you girls for everything you do!
I'll let you in on a little secret.... all the women on our website believed they didn't look like the women on our website! Crazy right? Because here you see them being so fierce and so confident. But I can assure you that they were just as nervous and full of self doubt as you are. They all showed up, put their trust in me, and let me coach them through the whole day.
There is no such thing as the perfect body. You are never too big, too small, too old, too young (well, I only accept boudoir clients who are 19+) to do a boudoir session. Boudoir is for everyBODY. Let me show you.
I DON'T LOOK LIKE THE WOMEN ON YOUR WEBSITE.
I want to help you feel beautiful now, just the way you are. We flatter you with hair and makeup styling, a wardrobe that compliments your figure, and amazing lighting and posing techniques to highlight your best ass-sets (see what I did there?). I do not believe in heavy photoshopping. Don't get me wrong, we will gladly remove all of your bruises and pimples, but we don't want to over manipulate your body to make you look like someone you are not. We already live in a time where we are consumed with unrealistic bodies in the media, I want to show you that you are beautiful at this very moment.
CAN YOU MAKE ME LOOK THINNER?
HELL-TO-THE-YES, GIRL! NO BOUDOIR SESSION IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A BOMB, PHOTO-READY FINISH. I ONLY HIRE THE VERY BEST TALENT IN OUR AREA TO SERVE OUR CLIENTS WITH TOP LEVEL HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY.
MANY OF OUR CLIENTS TELL US THEY RARELY WEAR MAKEUP, AND/OR THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO APPLY MAKEUP FOR THE CAMERA. IF THIS IS YOU, THEN HAVE NO FEAR... WE ARE GOING TO TAKE GREAT CARE OF YOU AND GET YOU THE MAKEUP LOOK THAT SUITS YOU AND YOUR PERSONALITY BEST.
ARE YOU ALREADY SKILLED WITH HAIR AND MAKEUP? AWESOME! YOU ARE WELCOME TO DO YOUR OWN IF THAT'S WHAT YOU FEEL MOST COMFORTABLE DOING. WE RECOMMEND TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET PAMPERED FOR THE DAY, BUT WE CAN APPRECIATE WANTING TO DO YOUR OWN HAIR AND/OR MAKEUP IF YOU'RE VERY, VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT YOUR LOOK!
AN IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE: DOING YOUR OWN HAIR AND MAKEUP DOES NOT CHANGE THE PRICE. OUR MAKEUP ARTIST WILL STILL BE SCHEDULED FOR THE DAY OF YOUR SESSION TO ENSURE THE MAKEUP IS DONE TO MY STANDARDS AND NEEDS REGARDING LIGHTING AND PHOTO-SPECIFIC ELEMENTS. WAIVing THE RJS MAKEUP SERVICE also MEANS THAT ANY PHOTOSHOP RETOUCHING OR FIXES REQUESTED FOR ANYTHING RELATING TO MAKEUP APPLICATION WILL BE OUTSOURCED TO OUR PROFESSIONAL EDITOR AND WILL BE BILLED TO YOU SEPARATELY FOR THE ADDITIONAL SERVICE.
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I have created a beautiful and comprehensive wardrobe guide that should give you the 411 on how to look and feel like a bombshell for your session. My policy is always "when in doubt, bring it"! Most sessions will include 2-3 outfits, so it's not uncommon for our babes to show up with a duffle bag full of stuff! From there we'll hang all of your pieces and discuss which ones will flatter you most. Feel free to leave tags on incase you'd like to return the ones you did't end up shooting in!
For our booked clients we also have another guide that will instruct you on where to shop! We know the world of lingerie can be overwhelming so we do our very best to take as much stress off of you as possible. It gives you direct links to all of our favorite lingerie retailers, their price points, and what we love about them.
WHAT WILL I WEAR?
WHAT TYPE OF SESSIONS DO YOU OFFER?
Yes, there are different types of boudoir sessions you can book!! And OOOH girl, we are ALWAYS changing it up! We are currently offering the following types of sessions:
// Traditional Studio Sessions
// After-Dark Sessions (think 50-shades of Grey, November - December only)
// Outdoor Boudoir Sessions (Extremely limited: June - September)
// Destination Sessions (if we have one running as a group trip, or you may fly the team to a destination of your choice)
Have something else in mind? Ask us! We are always up for new adventures.
Most people for their first time will opt for a Traditional Studio Session, but we can discuss this more via the phone if you have any questions choosing!
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHAT KIND OF SESSION I WANT TO DO?
Your entire experience will last approximately 6 hours. You will receive complimentary hair and makeup, expert coaching, and a huge dose of empowerment. I am going to pose you from head to pointed toe, and help you with a variety of facial expressions! Prepare to be sore after your session, we do a LOT of bending and twisting (it's quite the workout!).
the studio is open monday-friday. we are closed on weekends. most of our sessions are scheduled on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and thursday's. All sessions begin at 9:30am. here's what a typical day looks like:
9:30am arrive at the studio for hair and makeup
11:00am begin shooting with rachel
12:30pm break for lunch
1:30pm IMAGE REVEAL + ORDERING APPOINTMENT
3:00pm appointment concludes
for sessions outside of our traditional boudoir experience, same day image reveals are not available. you will be scheduled to meet me at the studio up to one week after your session.
HOW DOES THIS ALL WORK?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET PRINTS BACK?
You will receive your images in approximately 6 weeks once your final payment is processed! You may choose to pick up your order at the studio or opt for 2 day shipping. We do not offer online galleries or multiple appointments for your reveal, all ordering decisions must be made at your reveal appointment.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BOOK?
The Session Fee is $500 and 50% is required to reserve a space on our calendar. The remainder will be charged to the card on file 30 days later.
30 Minute Pre-Session Consultation
Private Use of the Boudoir Studio
Professional Hair and Makeup Application
Access to our shopping and wardrobe styling guide
90 Minutes of Photography with Complete Posing and Expression Coaching
3 Wardrobe Changes
1-Hour Private In-Person Reveal & Image Ordering Appointment
Expert Magazine Quality Retouching on purchased images
YOUR $500 SESSION FEE INCLUDES:
PLEASE NOTE: ALL IMAGES ARE PURCHASED SEPARATELY FROM THE SESSION FEE AT THE REVEAL & IMAGE ORDERING APPOINTMENT
Before we have created your images, it is hard for me to give you an exact figure as to what to expect. Some women come to me and just get a basic album, others come to me and want it all and invest several thousand on a variety of products. Keep in mind what you spend is entirely up to you.
Our studio books up 3-4 months in advance and our printed products can take up to 6 weeks for delivery. If you have a special occasion coming up or wish to book a holiday appointment, I recommend booking 4-6 months in advance of that date.
We do not allow guests to be present for any portion of the time you spend with us. Our services are best delivered in an 1-on-1 atmosphere with your complete undivided attention.
What can I expect to spend at my Reveal & Ordering Appointment?
We do! Our in-house payment plan option is called the Pre-Session Payment Plan. What this means is we will take all of the available monthly (or bi-weekly) payments from the day you book to your session date and split them into
payments so you can take a few months to make smaller payments, instead of making a purchase in full at your image reveal. You may book up to 8 months out to take advantage of smaller payments. THIS PROGRAM IS MEANT TO HAVE YOUR PRODUCT PURCHASE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO THE DATE OF YOUR SESSION. WE DO NOT EXTEND PRE-SESSION PAYMENT PLANS BEYOND YOUR SESSION DATE.
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
ARE YOU READY TO BOOK YOUR CALL?
Your free phone consultation will allow us to figure out the best experience for you by getting to know you a little better, how we can accommodate your timeline based on our availability, and walk you through our product options. We'll choose a date together and book your date by either taking a payment for your full $500 session fee, or $250 with the remaining balance of $250 being charged to that card on file 30 days later.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT OFFER IN-HOUSE PAYMENT PLANS ON IMAGES AND PRODUCTS AFTER YOUR SESSION. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FINANCE YOUR PURCHASE WE RECOMMEND APPLYING FOR A TRADITIONAL CREDIT CARD WITH A LOW APR OR ONE THAT EARNS YOU POINTS. WE TAKE ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS FROM ANY TRADITIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION.