Frequently Asked Questions About Your Boudoir Experience

I really want a shoot ….but am so nervous!

It is normal  to be nervous about a boudoir shoot –  after all you are coming to a studio where you don’t know anyone and- expected to be photographed in skimpy items  – and you probably hate having your photo taken aswell!  From the minute you arrive to the minute you leave my make up artist and I make every effort to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. You will not be expected to do anything you don’t want to do and I will guide you throughout and make the shoot fun and exciting.

I’m too old!

Have you not seen my amazing 50 over 50 project? Have a look here at these amazing ladies – and every one of them over the age of 50.50 over 50 project

Who is the photographer?

My names is SHARON  MALLINSON I am a full time  photographer  – I started out photographing children, moved onto weddings and portraits, and now after lots of training with some of the top boudoir photographers in the country, have moved into boudoir as well. I always said I would never do boudoir unless I could do it well as it can look so tacky and seedy ……….. well I’ll leave the images to speak for themselves.

Can I trust you?

Read my reviews from women just like you – they are on an independent website, honest and I’m very proud of them  – click here or just read this from Dorothy (age 62)

“Well where do I start, and what words sum up my Boudoir experience with Sharon and Katie. Fun, professional, amazing, relaxing but Intense. I was encouraged by a friend to contact Sharon, as they both agreed it would help boost my self-esteem and confidence. After making the appointment I did consider cancelling the photo shoot as I was driving there-but thank heaven I didn’t as I now consider it for me life changing experience, and has given me a new outlook on Life. From the time I stepped inside the studio, I was made to feel so especially welcome, like a lifelong friend, and from then on it was fun all the way! Katie was unbelievable with her make-over and was able to give me a lot off advice, and complete with Sharon’s constant unobtrusive guidance throughout, they combined to produce some wonderful photos. When I returned to see my photos I remember saying “that’s not me” I didn’t recognise myself, and how amazing it was for someone else to show me how people should see me. Thank you Sharon and Katie for changing my life.”  Dorothy

Who will do my makeup and hair?

I worked with Katie Calo for over 10 years.     You will be amazed at how she can transform you.  We understand you don’t want your make up to be piled on. For most women it is the first time they have had a professional makeover so we like it to look natural. ! For more transformations – click here!

What shall I wear?

Bring whatever you feel comfortable and sexy in. When you book I will send you a brochure outlining some ideas for you. I will supply a  lovely big dressing gown for you to wear between shots so you don’t need to worry about bringing one of your own!

There are bits of me I don’t like, how do you deal with that?

Gosh – we’re female!!   We all have bits we don’t like!!  So yes we totally get it and that is the skill of a good boudoir photographer – to emphasise your good bits and hide the bad using a variety of posing and lighting techniques. I can  guarantee you will look fantastic!

Do you Photoshop my images?

We do edit your images for light, exposure, and color balance.  We do NOT, however, edit anything “out” that is permanent!  We believe that can be damaging to have a boudoir session done, and then edit out parts of yourself that make you who you are!  Part of the process of accepting yourself and seeing your beauty, is accepting parts of yourself you do not like.  Trust us when we say, you will see yourself in an entirely different light after doing a session with us!  If there are parts of yourself that you are learning to love and are not thrilled about, that is okay!  We are skilled in posing and lighting to make you look your absolute best!!! 

But if I have a scar or tattoo can you remove it in the photograph?

Yes, absolutely, with your permission – please let me know of anything you want removed.

I don’t want my photographs to appear on your website or Facebook page!

Don’t worry I  wont use any photographs on my website, Facebook page or for advertising purposes unless I get your permission first, I totally respect your privacy. However – I am eternally grateful that there are clients out there who hate looking at photos of themselves normally  but allow me to use their images as they are so proud of them! (Thank you ladies xx)

How long will the shoot last?

Generally the makeover takes about an hour, and then the shoot can take up to two hours. Don’t book anything after the shoot though – I want you to be totally relaxed and not clock watching!!

How long after the shoot will I get to see my photographs?

Usually between 7-10 days – this allows me time to fully edit and airbrush your images – I will invite you back to view them here at the studio.

It’s sounding good – how much?

My session fee is just £199.  This includes hair, makeup, all consultations, session guide, 2 hour photoshoot and a beautiful matted print in a gift box.  Other products and packages available -packages start at £490

Do you sell digital images

All of our collections include some sort of print product.  Most of the collections also include either all or corresponding digitals!  There is also an A La Carte list that you can choose from as well!  On this list we have an option to add on digital images.  These digital images come in a private online gallery, for you to download (and share if you desire)!

Do you offer payment plans

Yes I offer informal; interest free payment plans where you set the pace.  Lots of clients also opt to use PAYPAL credit which offers up to 4 months interest free credit and means you get your products immediately.

If I haven’t covered another question that you may have please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you 🙂

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