BOUDOIR SHOOT PREP GUIDE

Thank you for booking a photo shoot with Chicago Boudoir Photography - we’re so excited that you’ll be at the studio for a fun, empowering photo shoot! You’ll find all of the information you need to get ready here, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

BEFORE YOUR SHOOT

  • Your session date and time has been reserved just for you! If you need to reschedule your appointment, be sure to get in touch with us ASAP. We offer one complimentary appointment reschedule, if 14+ days notice is given. Please note that we have a $100 reschedule fee for any appointment rescheduling requests with less than 14 days notice or for second reschedule requests. Your rescheduled date must be within 6 months of your original session date. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice and no-shows will forfeit the entire session fee.

  • Be sure to electronically sign the photo contract that will come to you in an email. This gives us permission to photograph you and guarantees your privacy for the photoshoot.

  • Make plans to go out on the town the evening after your session – you’ll look stunning, you’ll feel empowered and you will want to celebrate! Need to lie about why your hair and makeup looks so fabulous? Just say that you stopped by the mall to return something and a beauty store was giving away free makeovers! ;)

  • We recommend getting a salon manicure and pedicure for for your shoot - your hands and feet will show in many of your images.

  • We recommend getting your eyebrows shaped and having your hair recently trimmed and colored.

  • If you like to wax, we recommend getting it done a couple of days before your session to avoid redness or irritation showing in your images.

  • Stay out of the sun to avoid tan lines and sunburns.

  • For most people, we do NOT recommend getting a spray tan. Your natural skin tone will usually look better on camera than a spray tan. If you get spray tans frequently and know that it looks good on you, then go for it!  But this is probably not the time to try your first spray tan :)  Retouching of tan lines, sunburns or tanning streaks is not included in your session fee, but can be accommodated at $25 per image. We’ve taken a poll and 99% of men say they think tan lines are hot anyway! More info about image retouching is HERE.

  • If you have a tattoo that you do not want to show in your images, consider bringing wardrobe items that cover it. Retouching to remove tattoos is not included in your session fee, but can be accommodated at $25 per tattoo per image.

  • Remove the tags and labels from your shoes and lingerie.

  • Clean the soles of your shoes - the bottoms of your shoes will show in many of your images.

WHAT TO BRING

Plan to bring your own wardrobe for your shoot.  You are welcome to bring a variety of outfits and we will help you select the best ones for the camera. Remember, you can always do a look with just white sheets (implied nude). Your photo session comes with camera time for 2 outfits, but you are welcome to add on additional time for $100 per outfit when you get to the studio. Purchasing additional camera time means that you have more images to view in your gallery and more variety!

LINGERIE

  • The most popular types of lingerie to bring for boudoir shoots are bra/ panty sets, bodysuits and lace slips.

  • Jewel tones such as purple, navy, red, turquoise and crimson look good on almost everyone!

  • You don’t have to bare everything. For example, a slip with a built-in bra gives your bust-line a great lift while also covering your middle. Thigh-high stockings are also great for smoothing out the look of your legs. You are also welcome to bring a sexy dress.

  • Bring items that fit and that YOU love! If you feel uncomfortable, it will show in your photos. 

  • You can read our suggestions on where to shop for lingerie HERE.

SHOES

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  • You will need at least one pair of fabulous high-heeled shoes for your boudoir photo shoot. And the higher the heel, the better!

  • We have black heels with red soles in whole sizes 5-11 at the studio that you are welcome to wear for your shoot if you’d like.

  • You may want to bring a pair of black shoes (to wear with your dark colored lingerie) AND a pair of nude/ metallic shoes (to wear with lighter colored lingerie).

  • If you are getting married, bring your wedding shoes!

  • Before you come to the studio, peel off any labels or stickers and clean the soles of your shoes.  The bottoms of your shoes are likely to show in many of your pictures.

JEWELRY
Chunky necklaces, a long strand of pearls or a sentimental piece of jewelry are all great ways to add a bit of bling to your boudoir images. Bracelets and earrings will also look great with your lingerie. 

HOSIERY
We love hosiery. Thigh-high stockings are a great addition to almost any lingerie outfit. Stockings can be worn with or without a garter belt. We recommend all varieties of thigh-highs: black, white, fishnet, lace – you just can’t go wrong!

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES
If you are getting married, consider bringing your bridal accessories to your boudoir shoot, including your wedding garter, veil, shoes and jewelry. And be sure to wear your engagement ring!

OTHER ITEMS
You are welcome to bring other wardrobe items to personalize your shoot, such as a man’s white shirt, an off-the-shoulder sweater, a lace robe, a tank top, a black leather jacket or a sports jersey. It’s also fun if you want to bring an item to personalize your shoot - a special coffee mug, his police uniform shirt or a sentimental piece of jewelry. You are welcome to bring anything that makes YOU feel sexy! We have a few items and props at the studio that we can incorporate into your shoot: a man’s white shirt, a Chicago Cubs jersey, lace robes (white, black & pink), black heels with red soles (whole sizes 5-11), pearl necklaces, sparkly earrings, bridal veils and bridal garters.

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THE DAY OF YOUR SHOOT

  • Arrive at your appointment time with your outfits, shoes and accessories. We’ll take care of the rest! Plan to spend 3 - 4 hours at the studio. You do NOT need to arrive early, as we may be with another client. Your session confirmation email shows your arrival time. Late arrivals may reduce your time in front of the camera.

  • Arrive with a clean face and dry hair (more information about professional hair and makeup below).

  • Wear loose clothing. Avoid anything that will leave red indentations on your skin, such as tight jeans or socks. Take hair bands off of your wrists to avoid lines!

  • Wear a top that buttons or zips in the front so that you can change your clothes without messing up your hair and makeup.

  • Use clear deodorant.

  • Moisturize your skin heavily all over.

  • Drink plenty of water and eat something light but filling beforehand.

  • Bring cash or a credit card to purchase your photo package (no personal checks). If you need to keep this purchase a secret, consider buying a Visa gift card or have a girlfriend lend you her card. Because we offer in-person viewing and ordering of your photos, plan to make your photo purchases must the day of your shoot.

  • While you are getting your hair and makeup done, I will talk to you about any preferences you have for your shoot. I will also close all of the curtains in the front of the studio for complete privacy.

  • During your shoot, I will show you exactly what to do and how to pose. I will tell you exactly what to do with your hands and face. You don’t need to practice posing - I will make you look fabulous no matter what! Some boudoir photos won’t show your face - in that case, just keep a neutral expression while we shoot an anonymous photo.

  • Take a deep breath and relax! It's perfectly normal to feel nervous before doing a boudoir photo shoot. But don't worry - you are in great hands and we will be with you every step of the way!

PROFESSIONAL HAIR, MAKEUP AND LASHES

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We have partnered with a local beauty team to provide exceptional hair and makeup services so that you will look extra glam in your boudoir photos!

HAIR

  • Plan to arrive at the studio with your hair clean and dry.

  • The most common look for boudoir hair is loose, beachy waves. The artist will use dry styling and hot tools (curling iron, flat iron etc) to achieve a super sexy hair look for you. Don’t plan on having the artist blow-dry your hair or pin it into an up-do.

MAKEUP

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  • Arrive at the studio with your face clean and makeup free.

  • Be sure to let the makeup artist know if you have any allergies, sensitivities or special requests.

  • Feel free to bring inspiration photos to help guide the artist to the look you love.

  • The signature look for boudoir photo shoots is a subtle smokey eye, eyeliner, sun-kissed cheeks and a nude or pink lip.

  • For your boudoir shoot, you are probably going to want to wear more makeup than you normally would. This is your chance to dial it up a bit! That being said, the makeup artist will be more than happy to follow your lead and make sure you get the look you want. Do you want to go with a super natural look? Or a bright red lip? Either way is fine! Before the makeup artist puts anything on your face, she will talk to you and make sure you are both on the same page.

  • After the makeup artist applies your makeup, she will have you look in the mirror for a fun reveal moment! She will ask if you want anything edited. Don’t be afraid to ask for any changes - the makeup artist wants you to love your look and is happy to modify anything before she adds the final setting spray.

  • Many women worry about blemishes or small bruises showing in their photos. Don’t worry - whatever can’t be covered with makeup can always be photoshopped out. More info about retouching is HERE.

LASHES

  • Fake lashes give your eyes the super glamorous look that you are going to want in your boudoir photos. The makeup artist will use a type of glue-on lashes that look very natural on camera. The artist will also apply mascara to your real lashes.

  • If you’ve never worn lashes before, they may feel heavy at first. But after the lashes are fully dry (about 5-6 minutes), you will hardly notice they are there.

  • When you want to remove the lashes, just rub gently with warm water and/or makeup remover and they will slide right off.

  • Most women want to wear fake lashes for their boudoir shoot, but if you don’t want to wear them, that’s fine too. Just chat with the artist when you’re in the studio. Fake lashes are included with makeup application (no additional charge).

DIRECTIONS TO THE STUDIO

Chicago Boudoir Photography is located at 896 Green Bay Road Suite 12 Winnetka, IL 60093.

We are located in the courtyard behind Spa Dabin and across the street from BloOuts Bar and Grateful Bites.  There is a sidewalk sign at the entrance to the courtyard pointing you to the studio. Look for the camera sign hanging outside our front door.

Parking: There is free street parking available nearby (check street signs and be sure to park legally).  There is also a parking lot with no pass needed after 10:30 AM in the lot by the McDonald’s on 858 Green Bay Road Winnetka IL.

Arriving by train: Take the Metra to Hubbard Woods. The studio is a 3 min walk (.1 mile) from the Hubbard Woods Metra station.

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PHOTO PACKAGES

Right after your shoot, you are going to have the chance to view your photos and purchase the images and products that you want to keep from your photo session. Plan to purchase your photo package on the day of your shoot. We have samples of the photo products at the studio. Due to the custom nature of our portraits, all sales are final.

We offer 3 payment options so that you can get the photo package you want!

  1. Pay for your photo package in full on the day of your shoot with cash or credit/debit card. You will receive your digital images within 7-10 business days and your print products in 3-6 weeks. A 3% discount will be offered for any payment made in full with cash (no personal checks).

  2. Make monthly payments on your credit or debit card. Leave your card number with us and your card will be charged once a month on the 1st day of the month until payments are complete (maximum 6 months). Minimum down payment on the day of the shoot is $475. Digital images and/or print products will be delivered when all payments are complete.

  3. Apply for in-house financing through Square Installments on your smartphone while you’re at the studio. If approved, you will agree to the financing terms outlined by Square Installments. You will receive your digital images within 7-10 business days and your print products in 3-6 weeks.

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BOUDOIR PHOTO PACKAGES

Victoria / 4975
Peek-a-boo Album (40 images)
Lock & Key Box with Crystal USB drive (25 images)
ALL digital images from shoot in color & BW
$750 in add-ons FREE
FREE session fee on your next shoot

Vanity / 3999
Peek-a-boo Album
Corresponding digital download (31-40 images in color & BW)
$550 in add-ons FREE
FREE session fee on your next shoot

Vivacious / 2995
Lock & Key Box with Crystal USB drive
Corresponding digital download (21-30 images)
$250 in add-ons FREE

Valentine / 1475
Leather bound album OR Glass Keepsake Box
Corresponding digital download (11-20 images)

Velvet / 695
Little black book
Corresponding digital download (6-10 images)

Vogue / 475
Gift prints
Corresponding digital download (1-5 images)

Custom packages available

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DIGITAL IMAGES ONLY

ALL digital images (color & BW) / 4975

41-60 digital images (color $ BW) / 3995

31-40 digital images (color & BW) / 2975

21-30 digital images (color & BW) / 1995

11-20 digital images / 975

6-10 digital images / 695

1-5 digital images / 475

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ADD-ON to ANY PACKAGE

Retro ViewFinder / 250
Photo print / 55 / 95 / 195 / 495
Canvas / 195 / 295 / 495 / 950

AFTER YOUR SHOOT

  • You are going to leave the studio feeling confident and empowered! Enjoy that feeling for the rest of the day!

  • If you have purchased digital images, they will be delivered to you within 7 business days via a password-protected gallery send to your email address on file.

  • If you have purchased a print product (album, book, calendar, viewfinder), it will arrive on your doorstep in 4-6 weeks. Rush delivery available for $75.

  • If you have opted to make payments on your photo package, the products will be delivered to you when you have paid in full.