before you boudoir
A guide to help your session be as amazing as you are!
If you are reading then you are already well on your way to an experience that will be both rewarding and memorable!
My name is Leah. I am a Certified Professional Boudoir Photographer (that means that I have trained with the best boudoir photographers in the world to make sure you get not only outstanding images and products, but an outstanding experience!) and have been practicing the art of Boudoir Photography for five years all over the United States. I have spent all of that time not only perfecting the art of taking your picture, but also making sure that you feel comfortable, worthy, and valued.
It is tough being a woman in western culture today. The pressures to be what the world says is perfect are constant and the goal unattainable. I am here to help you on your journey towards realizing that you are enough right now, just as you are. You do not have to fit into some mold that society has created. You do not have to be a certain shape, a certain size, a certain color. You do not have to fit into your skinny jeans. Your beauty is based on so much more than the number on the scale and if you are struggling with that idea then this is just where you need to be.
I am here for you: busy stay-at-home mom who has lost touch with her body.
I am here for you: professional woman who never takes time for herself.
I am here for you: cancer survivor who needs to meet her new body after treatments.
I am here for you: woman on a weight loss journey that has been so much more than just trying to keep off a few pounds.
I am here to love you. I am here to celebrate you. I am here to commemorate you.
Here are some general things you may like to know. I understand that for many clients this can be a nerve-wracking occasion which is why I have assembled this little guide of tips and tricks to help you get as excited for your shoot as I am (which is a lot!).
What To Expect
You arrive at my location and come inside. You may be a bit nervous, or excited, or both!
You will be greeted by some fantastic ladies! We will take your things and offer you a glass of water or maybe brew you a cup of tea. Then our amazing makeup and hair artist will get underway on their magic while you relax and allow yourself to be pampered!
When you are all glamorous, I will take you into another room where I will show you my favorite outfits that you brought. Maybe you only brought enough for your allotted changes, maybe you could not decide exactly what you wanted to wear so you brought a lot of choices. Both are great! I will take care of everything for you.
Then the real fun begins! Music will play while we will work together and capture your stunningly beautiful self. I will pose you down to your fingertips so all you have to do is trust me! It will go by so quickly you won't believe it when I tell you we have wrapped!
Then you can take a moment to reflect on the amazingly brave thing you just did while I quickly pick out your top images! You will have time to change, relax, jump on our wi-fi and respond to work emails, etc. Thirty minutes later we will have our private viewing session together. You will select your favorites from your top images and I will help you pick out the perfect package and adds on for you!
It's going to be an amazing day and I cannot wait to share it with you!
HAIR AND MAKEUP
I work with the best of the best local professionals when it comes to hair and makeup. They are sweet, collaborative, and incredible. Whether you are skin care guru who follows all the best youtube tutorials on contouring or an all natural babe who never wears a speck of makeup - my team will be able to create a look that is both true to you and insanely flattering.
You may want to ask if you can do your own hair and makeup for you shoot and I have to say that that is not an option. I want to pamper you from start to finish! Allow others to do things that you are used to doing yourself can be a meditative act - peaceful and centering - and prepares you for your session. Basically: I want you to take a break. You probably haven’t done that in awhile and I want that for you.
Do you have a specific look in mind for your session? Awesome! Feel free to start a Pinterest board and bring it in on your phone or device or forward it to me so I can share with my team for your shoot. We cannot wait to make you feel as amazing as possible and are so excited to share this day with you!
Posing and Retouching
As I said before I have trained with top industry professionals to guarantee that your experience is not only amazing but rewarding. I will always work within your comfort zones and pose you in ways that make you feel safe and heard. My style is adaptive and never forces anyone into a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable. So just know that when it comes to posing I will take care of you down to your fingertips and I also make the effort very collaborative.
I want to listen to you.
I want to know everything that has ever made you uncomfortable in a photograph so I can change that narrative in your mind.
I want to know what you love about yourself so I can highlight that.
This day is about you and your body and being true to everything within that.
That being said we all have cellulite. We all have scars. We all have that One Thing that we do not want to show up in our final images. My editing process is very natural. I do not want to ever make it look not like you, but I have accommodated everything from absolutely zero edits on images to Barbie Doll Plastic Pristine.
Since my boudoir experience is so individualized to each client I never want to tell anyone how they must have their images edited. Once we have gone through your images together at our same-day-viewing session and selected your package you can let me know any specifics about what you would like (or not like) changed so I can guarantee your final product is just as it should be.
I do not offer reprints so make sure you take the time with me in the viewing session to make notes about what you would like edited and what you would like to stay untouched! I will make sure that any and all scars, stretch marks, cellulite, skin conditions, blemishes, and breakouts are left as is, altered, or removed to your level of preference.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to preference on this.
All I want is to provide you with the most perfect, representative image possible. So talk to me! We will figure out the perfect balance to give you just want you want and need to feel amazing.
the skin you’re in
Chances are you will be flashing a bit more skin during our shoot than you do on a daily basis. While I will be cleaning up any last minute breakouts and other unsightliness after the shoot with my retouching magic, there is a lot you can do beforehand to help you feel your confident best on the day.
Hydrated skin is beautiful skin. The general rule of thumb is to drink one ounce of water per pound of body weight a day (so if you weigh 120 lbs that is 120 ounces of water a day, or roughly a gallon). Be careful to not over-drink, however! That can cause way more harm that good!
If you are not already in the habit of treating your face and body to a daily moisturizing routine, now is an excellent time to consider exploring the possibilities. Besides just adding that hydrated glow, there are a lot of moisturizers out there that do double duty! From skin firming to stretch mark reducing - there is a moisturizer out there for you. Find one that you look forward to using. Think about each part of the body you are moisturizing, appreciate it. You are beautiful and strong and amazing and you deserve this!
Avoid the Sun
To all my vitamin D lovers I am sorry to break this one to you, but trust me. You do not want to be battling tan lines while trying on lingerie. So slather on that sunscreen, wear that wide-brimmed hat, seek out the shade! And if you are tempted to get your glow on with sunless tanners or a spray-on tan - make sure to do a trial run two weeks before your session so there are no Oompa-Loompa like surprises!
Facials are the best thing in the world. They are relaxing, amazing, and give you that magic glow. They can also irritate your face and make unsightly pimples rear their ugly heads which can be a blow to your confidence. So make sure you give a week or two between scheduling your favorite spa treatments and the day of our session.
hair, hair, everywhere!
Everyone has two types of hair on their body: the kind they want more of and the kind they want less of! It is normal to obsess over both before your session, but don't worry. You are beautiful just the way you are! If you are planning on making some changes or adjustments however, here are a few thoughts to consider.
Makeovers: Magic or Mayhem?
It can be totally tempting to want to try out a new look before a photo shoot, but it is not always the best idea. If you have been itching to try out a thick fringe bang when you have never worn bangs in your life or see just what you would be like to go from blonde to fire-engine red I think that is fantastic. Change is good and hair is fun, but I would encourage you to try it out after our session together. A bold new cut or color can be empowering but it can also be disappointing. The last thing you want to do pull the rug out from under your confidence by getting a new look that you do not love so proceed with caution.
If you want a trim or color refresh on your current look the best time for that is somewhere between one to two weeks ahead of your scheduled session.
The Whole Ball of Wax
As we covered earlier: you may be showing a bit more skin during our time together than you do on a daily basis and may be considering various kinds of depilatory methods. If that smooth look is something you love you definitely should look into this! More extreme hair removal processes (such as waxing, hair-removal creams, and laser treatments) can leave skin red and irritated after treatment however, so if you choose to go this route please make sure to schedule your appointment with at least 24-hour between it and our session together.
What to Wear (or not wear)
I will shoot in up to three outfit choices during your session, but feel free to bring more that three options. While my hair and makeup artist makes you look your best, I will go through what you have brought and make the perfect selections for our session. You may already have plenty of pieces that make you feel amazing, beautiful, and confident. If that is the case - fantastic! If not - it is time to grab a friend and go shopping!
When shopping it is important to find things that you like and make you feel good. You already are sexy, so just make sure you find something you enjoy wearing and it will make a world of difference. Have no idea where to start looking? I have compiled a short list of places that cover various price points. Many of these places offer free bra-fittings. Take advantage of that!
Anthropologie // (816)- 531 - 4429 // 531 Nichols Rd Kansas City, MO 64112 // website
Claire De Lune // (913) 491-3232 // 5053 W 119th St Overland Park, KS 66209 // website
Victoria’s Secret // 455 Nichols Rd Kansas City, MO 64112 // website
Birdies Boutique // (816)-842-2473 // 116 W 18th St Kansas City, MO 64108 // website
Sophia’s Affair // (816) 421-6193 // 1717 Main St KC MO 64108 // website
Agent Provocateur // (888) 881-4986 // www.agentprovocateur.com
Adore Me // 1-800-433-2367 // https://www.adoreme.com/
Additional online options
Not every lingerie store works for every person which is why I have included a few extra options. These are online options but they are still wonderful! If the shops above do not work for you check these out as well! Just know that online shopping can add to extra lead time so make sure you give yourself plenty of time you are ordering online to try on and make sure you love the piece as much in person as you love on the website!
Yandy // www.yandy.com/
True & Co. // https://trueandco.com
She In // https://us.shein.com/
Hips and Curves // www.hipsandcurves.com/
Fleur du Mal // www.fleurdumal.com
Harlow & Fox // www.harlowandfox.com/
Shop Mentionables // www.shopmentionables.com
Thistle and Spire // www.thistleandspire.com
what to bring
While we will be providing a lot of what you will need to have a fantastic and rewarding session, here is a checklist of things you could bring to the day to make it a rip-roaring success! Remember these are just suggestions so do what feels best for you. Also even though we will only have time for three looks - do not limit yourself to only bringing three! Pack a suitcase and bring it on over! I will go through your items and help you select the most flattering choices that will photograph beautifully.
Bra and Undies sets (Black is classic, white is sweet, colorful is fun!)
Bustier or corset
Lacey Undies (for implied topless shots)
Camisole or slip
Black pumps are always a great choice
Sparkle-y or metallic heels
Designer/special occasion shoes
JEWELRY (you can really go big and bold with your accessories!)
Rings (wedding/engagement and other)
There are really very few limits when it comes to boudoir. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable! That is what shows up in images more than anything else. So please take your own likes, dislikes, and comfort into the equation of the day!
I want nothing less than you to bring things that do not bring you joy!
That being said…. here are a few other suggestions!
What to Bring: Extended Options
Not everyone wants to shoot boudoir in traditional lingerie and that is great. Here are some fun ideas for outfits or props. Please note that the best photos are ones that have meaning for you, so only bring the things that have significance (e.g. if you don’t play guitar nor does your significant other - posing with a guitar would not make much sense for you)!
Favorite robe and slippers
Old, worn-out t-shirt
Cute, baggy sweater
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Daisy Duke shorts
Old band t-shirt
SOMETHING BORROWED (items from your significant other’s closet)
Favorite team’s jersey
Button down shirt
Work uniform (fatigues, dog tags, helmets, etc)
Musical instruments (if you or your significant other play them)
Sporting equipment (baseball bat, hockey stick, basketball, etc)
Favorite or prized possession
*if you would like to bring a firearm as a prop I require that you inform me beforehand and show me before entering my studio that it is fully UNloaded and that the safety is turned on. I reserve the right to refuse the use of any prop that I feel is unsafe or could bring unwanted liability to my studio, contractors, clients, and/or self. *
Timeline for the Day
Please allow 4-4.5 hours from start to finish of your amazing shoot! Also please be punctual as if you run late I cannot promise the full time for your incredible session!
You arrive ten minutes early on location and I greet you!
A professional hair and makeup artist collaborates with you to create your dream look. Then you just relax and enjoy the process!
You have the most incredible photo shoot with me!
You can stay in the space, I'll give you my wi-fi password and you can work while I edit your images for the viewing session! Or you can go out and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, just make sure you are back promptly for our viewing session!
You view your images with me and decide which package and add-on’s you would like to purchase!
We finish up and you go off one beautiful, confident, renewed woman!
Remember to review my price sheet for packages here
You will get to view all of your top images within 30 minutes of our session being finished so you will know exactly what came from our session. You also have me and my hundreds and hundreds for shoots and years of creating breath taking products for my clients to draw from so you will know that you have gotten EXACTLY what makes you feel powerful, beautiful, and worthy.
My clients have always joked that they have no idea how they will be able to chose between all of the images, but that is why we go through them together in the moment. It is honestly the best problem to have!
All of my packages are priced per image. Your images will come in digital format and as a bonus I include select, premium physical product as that is the most genuine way to preserve this experience. In this digital age we have forgotten the power of printed media. It is my hope to remove that The printing is all done locally in the midwest as I am passionate about employing local community vendors. Your order is completed on archival quality papers and with archival quality inks to ensure these images last for lifetimes (i.e. way better than costco can offer!).
If you pay for your order in full on the day you can have it in your hands within 3-4 weeks of your final payment date!
BOOKING YOUR SHOOT
To book your unforgettable shoot with LGEmerick Boudoir I do require a $300 non-refundable session fee. $100 of that will go towards your product purchase if you decide you love any images too much to let them go! This fee covers all of our prep time, location fee, booking your professional hair and makeup, photography time, editing time, customer service (like this awesome guide!) and much more! If you decide after your viewing session that you cannot live without your images we can then add a collection that fits your needs.
Once you have had your incredible, confidence boosting, empowering session we will review your top images together and you will have the option to purchase some of them if you like. There is never any pressure or requirement to purchase!
With any collection you receive the corresponding digital files along with the retouching and physical products to ensure your product is beautiful and long lasting.
Here are the details on the image collections:
THE GRACE - $997
5 Professionally Mounted Prints in a Satin Bag
THE ELIZABETH - $1397
5 x 5 Little Black Book OR Keepsake Box with 10 Professionally Mounted Prints
THE AUDREY - $2297
5 x 5 Little Black Book OR Keepsake Box with 20 Professionally Mounted Prints and a custom mobile app for your devices.
THE MARILYN - $4297
Premium 8x8 Heirloom Album OR Keepsake box with 30 Professionally Mounted Prints, a duplicate album or box to also keep or give to a significant other, a 16 x 20 canvas of one of your select images, and a custom mobile app for your devices.
Let’s face it. As women we are so good at taking care of everyone but ourselves. We will spend money on anything and everything that will better someone else’s life but never on ourselves! we give and give and give until we are dried up and done. We have to justify money spent on ourselves as if we do not deserve to be celebrated or appreciated or give ourselves beautiful things and that is just nonsense. You should not feel guilty for treating yourself to an experience that could LITERALLY change your life, leave your feeling refreshed, strong, and empowered in your own skin.
But I also understand budgets are real.
That is why I offer in-studio payment plans on all of my packages.
You can either pay all in full on the day of your shoot through cash, credit or debit card, or paypal credit (paypal credit is my favorite option as you receive up to 6 Months interest free on purchases over $100 and you can get your images in only 3-4 weeks) or I can set you up with an in-house payment plan that fits your budget.
Only can afford $50 a month? No problem.
Stop making excuses for things that you want and feel too guilty to give yourself.
Stop saying you need to lose weight or that you get work done.
Stop saying that you could never look as good as the girls in my pictures.
Stop convincing yourself that you are not worth it.
You are. You are worth this and so much more.
Let me prove it to you.