Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my boudoir session take place?
Our boudoir photography studio is located in Somerville, MA at Joy Street Artist Studios. It's a beautiful corner studio that has so much natural light! I’ve designed our studio in a comfortable and minimalist modern style with vintage accents to bring it all together. Take a sneak peak by clicking the link above.
Is there parking available at the studio?
Yes! There’s free parking in front of the building. Just let me know when you arrive and I’ll meet you at the yellow door to give you a parking pass and guide you through the maze of artist studios.
When should I book my session?
We recommend that women have their shoot date scheduled around 2 months prior to the date they need their printed product delivered. Your photo reveal appointment will be 1-2 weeks after your photo session and your finished product will arrive 3-4 weeks after you order, depending on what you order. Day and time slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We are usually fully booked 2-3 months out at any given time, so be sure to reserve your session early.
How much do I need to pay when I book my session?
A non-refundable fee for the session of your choice is required to reserve your spot: either $400 for the popular Full Session or $300 for a La Petite Session. Following your session, all products are purchased A La Carte or as packages at your viewing/ordering session. You’ll get the complete product list after our initial consultation call.
How much should I expect to spend on products?
Products are purchased in ADDITION to the session fee. This means that the total cost of your products will depend on what floats your boat. On average, our clients spend around $1,230 - $2,100 on their products. Clients are always surprised by how many photos they cannot live without. I’m ECSTATIC to deliver stunning photos, that’s why you hired yours truly! For more information on products visit the pricing page. We take all major credit cards, cash and checks.
Do you provide hair and makeup?
Absolutely, Full Sessions include professional hair and make-up to get you glammed up for your shoot. I adore our badass professional make-up artists - Marlo and Sam. They are truly the best in the Boston area.
I'm a wee bit nervous! What should I do?
Not to worry, you're going to rock this! A lot of women I photograph feel the same way in the first few minutes of the session. But how awesome do you feel when you’ve mastered a new skill, finished a daunting project, or exceeded a goal you've been working towards? Ahhhhmazing, I bet. The bigger the challenge, the more fulfilling it is. This is the same reason I tell my clients not to sweat the nerves. It makes the entire experience much more powerful. Just like bungee jumping, sky diving, or crushing a speech in front of an audience, it seems nerve wracking… but once you've done it you'll feel invincible!
Will there be anyone else present besides Melissa at my session?
It will be just you and me (Melissa) once you get your hair and makeup done. Our makeup artist leaves after she’s done glamming you up for your session. I want you to feel as comfortable as possible so rest assured you'll have all the privacy you want.
Can I bring a friend for the shoot?
Yes, HOWEVER your gal pal or buddy can only hang out with us while you get your hair and makeup done. He/She will have to go somewhere when we start shooting unless you need special assistance from your companion. Based on my experience, the best photographs are taken when you have the space to really express yourself and fully let your guard down.
Will you be editing the photos?
Absolutely, I'll retouch the images to look like your best self. I'll narrow the set of photographs for your viewing/ordering session. You'll choose from the best photographs taken during your shoot when you come back to place your order.
Do you provide wardrobe? What should I bring?
Clients are responsible for bringing their own wardrobe that accentuates their curves and style. While we don’t provide wardrobe, this is the perfect opportunity for you to choose items that express your individuality. We love lingerie, and the secret to a sexy lingerie is the perfect fit. But we also love taking non-lingerie clothing for a walk on the wild side. Our clients have looked sultry in sweaters, button-ups, leather jackets, even a tutu! Bring anything that you FEEL fabulous in... kimonos, jeans, bra and panty set, bodysuit, birthday suit… the sexy list goes on. A full session allows for three outfit changes while a La Petite Session includes two outfits. Always bring an extra outfit or two, just in case.
What if I need to reschedule my session due to unforeseeable situations?
No sweat. Life happens. Just let me know at least 3 days before the shoot, when you'd like to reschedule, and we’ll work it out. Note that the session fee is not refunded/applied to future shoots if you CANCEL your session instead of rescheduling. No-shows, day-before, or day-of rescheduling are all considered cancellations.
Which days can I book for a shoot?
Most of the sessions are scheduled Monday - Friday. I have VERY limited availability on weekends as they tend to book up first. I have clients booking as far as 8 months in advance, so please don’t wait to reserve your spot!
When can I see my photos after the session and how do I select my images?
Gurrrrrrl I can’t wait for you to see your photos, either! I’m managing a very small team, so please bear with us. Your in-person photo reveal appointment will be approximately 2 weeks after your photo session. I’ll reach out once your set is ready for your reveal/ordering session so you can visit the studio to choose your favorite images. Once you’ve chosen your images, we’ll order your album, glass box, or packages.
I want to keep my photos private and not to be seen by anyone online, will you put them on your site?
That’s a big, resounding NO! Personal privacy and discretion are VERY important to us. The only times I feature clients online are after they’ve given consent for us to share their images. Let me know if you're cool with sharing your beauty and I’ll give you a discount for your courage and confidence.
Do you shoot men or “dudoir” sessions?
My expertise lies in accentuating women’s curves, making their legs look 10 miles long and helping them achieve their most flattering angle. I’ll stick to what I’m good at, but I’m always happy to refer men to other boudoir photographers in the area who do dudoir sessions.