A few common questions…
IS A PLUS SIZE BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION DIFFERENT THAN OTHER BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS?
Yes and no. The layout of a shoot for a plus size or curvy woman is identical to any other session – planning and prepping before the session, a few conversations beforehand to make sure we’re on the same page, a professional makeup artist and hairstyling on the day of your session, several wardrobe options and sets, plenty of posing and coaching, editing and retouching on your best images, and a beautiful viewing a few weeks later.
There are a few things I’ll probably do differently if you indicate that you are plus size/curvy/have child bearing hips...
First off, I’ll tell you not to worry. Being curvy often means that you’ve had a LOT of bad photographs taken. This often translates into a general dread at the thought of being in front of a camera. After all, it’s much easier to simply be missing from the picture than have to deal with the shame spiral that takes over when you see how horrible your stomach/arms/whatever looked in said picture. I want you to know that I really get this feeling, I understand it in a personal way, and it’s a big part of what led me to photography in the first place.
The great news is you are not going to feel that feeling with me. Not over my dead body. A camera is just a magnification. Inexperienced hands and bad light means a camera magnifies all the things we dislike about ourselves. On the flip side, when you put your trust in a professional who has the necessary experience, you’ll be amazed how great you actually look. It’s simple things like moving your shoulders a few inches forward, turning slightly, stepping a little further into the light, etc. but they make a world of difference. I know how to light you properly and how to direct you into poses that will be the most flattering for your hips, your stomach, your chin, etc. It’s starting to sound very technical now, but it’s actually a lot of fun. It’s liberating if you let it be, and by the end of our time together, I’m pretty confident we’ll change the way you see yourself. All you have to do is be brave enough to give it a go:)
Second, we’ll chat about any body concerns you might have. This goes a long way to helping you feel comfortable about the shoot itself and optimistic about your final images. If there are areas of your body you’re not so keen on, we’ll chat about ways we can make these bits look their best. Usually, we’ll tackle this through clever posing and smart wardrobe options. Sometimes, the situation calls for a bit of lighting trickery (particularly good for vamoosing cellulite), or a little sneaky photoshop (great if stretch marks or scars bother you). We’ll also chat about any parts of your body you love so we can be sure to highlight and celebrate those.
Third, we’ll talk extensively about wardrobe in relation to your particular body shape and style – what works, what doesn’t work, what items to consider, and where you can find them.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
I recommend you contact me as soon as you know you’d definitely like to do this. The sooner I can put you on my calendar, the better, as my schedule fills up pretty quickly. If you’re planning to create a beautiful album to give as a gift, we’ll aim to schedule your shoot for about 2-3 months prior to any important dates. That gives us plenty of time to plan all the details of your session, and leaves me enough room for the editing/retouching process, album creation, and shipping time. It also gives us a few weeks buffer in case we need to reschedule or something needs to be reordered.
I can also accommodate a limited number of last minute sessions. If you need to do this ASAP, I’ll do my very best to squeeze you in somewhere. I offer rush retouching services, and a rush weekend service for international clients flying in from abroad. Please enquire for details.