TOP 25 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT A BOUDOIR SESSION/ MORGANTOWN, WV/ BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

1. What is Natasha Anne Portrait?

Natasha Anne Portrait is a boudoir and beauty photography studio located in Morgantown, West Virginia and serving the greater Pittsburgh area. Our studio’s main mission is to empower every woman to reclaim their SEXY and SOULFUL inner and outer BEAUTY.

Many of our clients are brides, moms, nurses, teachers ect.. looking to gift themselves— and their husbands, partners, significant others— with an unbelievable gift.

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2. Why should I have a boudoir session?

The short answer?  Boudoir is a fun and liberating way for a woman to celebrate herself.  A boudoir session is both sexy and empowering.  The idea of boudoir can be intimidating one but once we start shooting all your fears will begin to fade.  Every woman starts gaining confidence and starts coming out of their shell. 

3. What are some occasions perfect for a Boudoir Session?

  • You are getting married! I love Bridal Boudoir!

  • You’re Anniversary is coming up!

  • You have a major birthday coming up! Milestones (25th, the Dirty 30, the Fabulous 40, the Sexy 50th)… and any birthday in between are reason to celebrate!

  • You are starting a new life journey and recently got divorced! (and want to celebrate yourself!)

  • Your Significant Others Birthday is coming up!

  • Its almost Valentine’s Day!

  • Because the Day Ends in "Y" or you just want to say **ck it and just do a session to invest in yourself and make you feel SUPER SEXY!

  • You recently overcame or found out about a significant life obstacle (cancer, chronic illness…)

4. I’m engaged and would love to give this to my future hubby as a special gift. When should I book my shoot in order to have the pictures ready before the wedding?

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’re engaged! Bridal boudoir sessions are extra special because they celebrate the beginning of one of the most important stages of your life. For all my clients, including those interested in a bridal theme, I recommend booking a session for 3 months before the desired date of product delivery. So, as soon as you’ve decided you want to go on this journey with me as your boudoir photographer, book your session! No matter how early on it is. 

5. Where are the Boudoir Sessions Held?

Natasha Anne Portrait currently shoots on-location in Morgantown, WV. And Yes, we do travel for boudoir sessions.  Frequent travel to the Washington DC and NYC area. Please contact us for more information.

6. Is hair and makeup included?

Yes! We always provide professional hair and makeup, including application of false eyelashes. Getting your hair and makeup done professionally is SO important to the Boudoir Experience – we can’t stress it enough!! Getting your makeup and hair done sets the tone for your session. It gives you time to relax, get to know us better and feel pampered. Honestly, you will want to have a professional makeup artist go with you everywhere once you experience this luxury!

If you have a very specific hair style in mind, or ethnic hair or simply want to come with your hair fully styled, we can discuss that after you booked the session.

7. Am I going to look like myself with my hair and makeup professionally done?

Don’t worry! It may look like a lot of makeup when you get it done on the day of the shoot but it will look just right in-camera. Remember that some of the makeup naturally “falls away” in the natural light, the processing and retouching of your images.

However, we want you to be happy, so speak up if you want to make an adjustment during your hair and makeup appointment. The makeup artist is happy to talk with you about making any adjustments to the makeup after you’ve had some time to get used to it. Your happiness with your look is really important to us.

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8. I don't know how to pose! Will that come through in the images?

First of all, don't stress yourself over this. Posing is something that only big-time models have perfected; and even they often when tons of direction during shoots! I am going to guide you through this process and make you look (and feel!) your best during the shoot. 

This is by far the biggest concern for my clients! Don’t worry – as I’ve said before, I work with clients through every pose during their session. Note that posing will NOT feel like just another afternoon of lounging around on your bed. I tell my clients that if the pose feels a little weird, they’re probably doing it right!

There are classic poses that most clients want to incorporate and new poses that clients wants to try. And I find several new poses for each session.

9. All the women on your website look amazing – what if I don’t look as good?

Our clients are all different sizes, ages and body types.  Nobody comes in looking perfect as we ALL have different things about our bodies that we are self-conscious about.  The images you see on this website are of regular women who have gained confidence through professionally-styled hair and make-up, as well as the encouragement from me as their photographer and their coach throughout the shoot.  NONE of the pictures you see on this website are of professional models – all are everyday women! It is normal to feel nervous and worry about not being a model, but we promise you that by the end you will look just just as gorgeous as the other women pictured on our website.  No matter what you look like, CONFIDENCE is the best feature you can have – for your boudoir pictures and in life!

10. Will you retouch my photos? I’m worried about cellulite, stretch marks, etc.

I take a very natural approach to editing and prefer to alter your images (and YOU!) as little as possible. Most of my edits concern the technical aspects of a photo (exposure, contrast, coloring, etc), however I do make the occasional "tuck" here and there, and I also perform light skin edits as needed (on things like under eye circles, blemishes, and noticeable cellulite). My goal is always to utilize the most flattering light, angles, and poses so that tons of post-processing isn't necessary, and I will also advise you on the most flattering outfits for various body types! I am committed to capturing who you ARE, not who I think you should be, therefore you will find my edits do not change you, but simply lightly enhance.

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11. What should I wear?

This is probably the most popular question I get….and the answer is simple…whatever you feel sexy in!  For a lot of women that can be an over-sized sweater, cropped sweatshirt and high waist panties, sleep shirt...you get the drift.  Other clients opt for lingerie. And many clients choose to do a nude set during their session.  Don't stress to0 much about wardrobe. I could (and have!) spend an entire hour shooting a client with no other wardrobe than the bed sheets and completely rock it out. Once you've completed the booking process with me, you will also receive a detailed preparation guide and we will build a personalized Pinterest board for your shoot to help you with all of the wardrobe details!  

12. Do you have lingerie or should I bring my own?

We do have outfits, but I do encourage women to bring their own lingerie to make the session more unique to them. Its also an opportunity to go shopping! Lastly, make sure to bring your own shoes!  Depending on what you are wearing a classic pair of black pumps is always a great idea.  The higher the better.  I always suggest at least 4 inch heels for dramatic effect. The right pumps will make an outfit stand out and your more lean!

13. Will you use my images on your website/blog/portfolio?

I, of course, would LOVE to use images from our session together to show other women your amazing photos!  Most of my clients love to INSPIRE and EMPOWER other women to do a session! During the session itself, we often take marketing videos, and behind the scenes images and videos to show the amazing experience! Therefore, most of my clients allow me to share all of their images in my VIP FB secret group, social media (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook) as well as on my website and in my printed samples.

HOWEVER, I also completely understand if you or your significant other might be uncomfortable sharing your images. Therefore, I will not share unless you grant permission. The bottom line is: I will honor whatever level of privacy you would like. As I said above, MOST clients are so PROUD of their images that they give me full discretion to choose images for my portfolio, some clients prefer that only their faceless images be put in my gallery, some clients prefer to choose the images that are posted, and other clients are comfortable with anything being posted, as long as it’s after a certain date (after they gift the images).  Just let me know where you stand on the topic and I will honor your wishes!

If you have ANY other questions that I did not address here, please contact me and I will get back to you ASAP!

14. How far in advance should I book my session?

I recommend that women have their shoot date scheduled for about 3 months prior to needing the finished product in-hand. Also, being a one-woman show, I tend to book up very quickly and relatively far in advance. Sundays also tend to be the most popular time slots and book up the quickest. That said, DON'T WAIT to email me! It's never to early to get on my schedule.

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15. How long does the session last?

The entire day from start to finish will be about 6-7 hours total. Hair and makeup lasts about 1.5 hours, the photo shoot itself is 2.5 hours, and then you get to take a 2 hour break for lunch/coffee/errands while I edit your photos. When you return you get to see your images SAME DAY! it takes about 1.5 hour select your images and products of your choice. 

16. These photos are intended as a gift for my significant other…what photo products make the best gift?

ALBUMS and WALL ART. Albums are the obvious choice for displaying a good number of images on your coffee table or night stand. In addition to that, most clients find themselves with at least one big statement piece of wall art for their master bedroom, master bathroom, or master walk in closet. Hand in hand, the album and wall art collection is the best of both worlds. 

17. How long does the finished product take?

Your finished art work is delivered 2-3 weeks, depending on your order, after the date of your session. If you need items sooner than that, we can deliver it to you in as little as 5-7 business days with a $500 rush fee.

18. How much money should I plan on spending?

My session fee is $349! It includes hair and makeup, wardrobe styling and assistance, magazine style retouching, and more. My album start at $699 and go up from there depending on the size and the number of images. My clients usually invest $1500+ in the full experience!

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19. Who will be at the shoot? Should I bring a friend?

We are an all-female staffed studio, and the only people present will be the photographer, makeup artist and hair stylist. We recommend you come alone for the best experience, as the best photos come from the one-on-one interaction between you and the photographer.

20. I’m a curvy girl, is that an issue?

Absolutely not! In fact, I am a curvy woman! Please know this—it is not about size, it is about who you are and the confidence you bring to the shoot. Curves are beautiful and we love to celebrate them. Plus we know exactly how to pose you and use lighting to show you at your best.  

21. What is the average age of your clients? Do you photograph older women?

Our client base varies from 21 to 65, with the average age between 28 and 55. We welcome women of all ages to come enjoy the experience of celebrating YOU. Some of our favorite clients are older women, and we have lots of experience with women of all ages – so don’t feel discouraged by age. It is all about confidence and being yourself. 

22. What is your refund policy? Can I reschedule?

Life happens! If you provide more than 14 days notice, you may reschedule once on the house. If you need to reschedule another time you will need to pay a new session fee.

When you pay your session fee and we confirm a scheduled date, I’m blocking that day and paying a makeup artist to block their calendar. I’m also turning away people interested in shooting that day. (Yes, I make exceptions! I will be happy to make an exception for work related changes – particularly military schedules as I know they can be unpredictable and out of your hands! Unfortunately due to past experiences, I’ve had to put this policy in place.)

Due to the custom nature of photography, the session fee and anything you purchase is non-refundable. I am committed to working with you to ensure you love your photos.

23. Do you offer group parties?

Yes, we offer Boudoir Parties.  These are great for birthday parties, Girls' Night Out, and Bachelorette parties.  It’s a time to get pampered before you enjoy a night out on the town!

24. Should I tan before my session?

Natural skin photographs and edits better than a tan. Tan lines are really hard to edit out so avoid being in the sun before your session. Spray tans are no good either because they always streak and tend to give your skin an uneven appearance. Plus, it comes off on our furniture and that’s not fun to clean. So do not get a tan please! You are beautiful just the way you are!

25. How do I schedule a session?

It’s super easy, you can email me at naportraits@gmail.com or fill out our contact form! I will then send you the link to pay for your session fee! We will also set up a phone call to chat about the details, as well as a questionnaire, preparation guide and more!

Note: Our studio is often booked full 3-4 months out, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to book a session for a future special occasion.

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