Part of the whole boudoir experience takes place very soon after you arrive at the studio. It's hair and makeup time! As a quick side note, we recommend you arrive with freshly showered, but dry hair, and no makeup. Let the pro’s work with a clean slate.
So, why is professional hair and makeup part of the session cost? The short answer is that both you, and us, want you to look absolutely your best. It’s the same thing for a bride on her wedding day. She wants to look her best, for several reasons. For her. For her man. For ....no name it.
Maybe, just maybe you are old enough (like me) to recall the 1980’s Vidal Sassoon TV ads that told us that “if you don’t look good, we don’t look good”. That also applies here. We want you to look amazing for not only you....but also for us. If you don't look good, we don't look good. Many boudoir clients allow us to use their photos online, in some capacity or another. Some will agree to be shown as long as their face is not showing. Some say “go for it, and use all you want”. (We get it all signed in release forms, to whatever degree is agreed upon).
Either way, both you and us want you to look amazing and stunning! If we do not include pro hair and makeup, then many ladies would cut corners to save a few bucks. In reality, In the long term, you don’t want any corners cut. You want to look back some day, just as a bride would at her wedding photos, and be thrilled that you went all out on this!
We have a couple of professional HMUA’s (hair and make up artists) that we call on as needed. They are wonderful people to be around, and they love what they do. Both are very qualified and do exceptional work. Dawn herself is also very good with this, and is also a distributor of Younique makeup products.
Oh, and don’t forget to contact us and schedule a session soon. It’s really easy to put it off until some day... That usually ends up being never. Today is the day!
Well, it's Orlando week! Dawn and I left Nashville for a week to get warm, and to do some more boudoir sessions in Orlando, Florida. A type of working vacation you could say. First we spent 3 nights alone on Hutchinson Island, FL. Then off to Orlando for several nights. Of course we had to squeeze in a full day at Disney! I guess we are still big kids in a way.
We connected with a gorgeous young lady named Roseanne to shoot boudoir with us, and we made it happen. Our room at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club at Sea World was delightfully sexy and photogenic, including a huge bath tub that looks like a bath tub, not a hot tub, and large glass door (and NO door) shower, and of course plenty of living room and bedroom locations with natural lighting. I also used my specialty lighting that I brought along. We made use of the tub for a "milk bath" photo, which will appear soon on the website (and on Instagram)
We had some great times, and fine food. I am always happy to leave any location with fresh beautiful photos. Even when I was traveling the south Pacific as a cruise ship musician in 2009, I spent all of my spare time connecting with models who wanted me to photograph them. I shot models in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Hawaii. Some day I will write up a blog post on that journey in 2009. Of course, I will post photos to go along with it.
As I write this, it is early in the morning, and Dawn is still asleep. I think the biggest difference between the two of us is our sleep schedule. I'm an early riser who hits the floor running, and she....sleeps as well as I wish I could!.
Shane, founder of Boudoir a la Mode.