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FAQ ~ Boudoir


Modesto Boudoir Photographer
Q: I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m SUPER nervous! How could these photos possibly turn out well?
I’ll be honest with you… I did a boudoir session last year, and I was TERRIFIED! However, I chose a photographer that I trust and we planned together, and that helped a lot.
I’ve been told by all my boudoir clients that even though they were very nervous when we started, they became very comfortable once the shoot got rolling. If you need a glass of champagne, or your own music playlist, or anything else to relax, you got it! I make it a fun experience.

Q: Who will be photographing me?
Only I, Dawn will photograph you, and I typically have my female assistant, Lindsey on set. Privacy and modesty are very important to me, and I like to give that to my clients. Also, there are no men on set, EVER. We even use female makeup artists and hair stylists.

Q: Do you do nudes?
Yes, I do, upon request. There is nothing like a true artistic nude on black and white film. In your consultation I will ask you what type of photos you’d like to do, nudes included. But I will never try to force you to do a nude. If during the shoot, you decide to, or decide not to, that is all your decision.

Q: Do I really have to wear little lingerie, or do I have to pose topless or nude?
No. You can wear as much or as little as you like. A woman doesn’t have to be undressed to be sexy. I do a very wide range of boudoir styles, from pinup to nude. Great alternatives for shy clients are: slinky cocktail dress, vintage apron, your man’s favorite jersey or button-up shirt, booty shorts, and many other modest, sexy outfits.

Q: How many outfits do I get to wear?
I usually request three outfits, but occasionally I’ll shoot more, especially if a clothing line provides us outfits. This means that you’ll need four outfits you love, which I will help you decide on the day of the shoot.


Modesto Boudoir Photographer

Q: I’m a curvy, plus-size girl. Where can I find sexy lingerie?
My favorite place for gorgeous, sexy lingerie is Hips & Curves online. They have a very wide array of options, ranging from naughty to modest.

Q: Who will see my photos?
I do shoot film, so the printer at my photo lab sees them. She is a very professional, seasoned photographer and film processor, so I trust her to see these intimate photos. They go from her hands to mine. If you don’t want any photos posted online, that’s totally fine. What I post is up to you, but I never post nude or topless photos to the web. Those images remain private.

Q: Will you retouch my photos?
I do very light retouching. “Light retouching” means balancing light and contrast, cropping, and occasionally smoothing skin. I also do some minor fixes. By “fixes” I mean, removing slight bumps, lines, or even little bulges that may appear due to certain poses or lingerie.  I rarely have to retouch anything because I know how to best flatter you with wardrobe, posing, and lighting.  I want you to look like YOU, at your best.

Q: Do you do Dudoir, photos of men?

Q: Do you have props and wardrobe I can use?
The props I use are brought by my clients, such as favorite books, cowboy hats, video game controllers, etc.  I don’t have wardrobe, but I will help you pick out your outfits, which is the super fun part!

Q: Will I get hair and makeup with the shoot?
I have a FANTASTIC stylist that does hair and makeup. If you’d like hair and/or makeup, it’s an additional charge.


Modesto Boudoir Photographer

Q: Do you have a studio?
Yes!  I have two studio spaces I’ve built in my home.  Some of my clients like to use a unique location.  I love using industrial areas, woodsy parks, abandoned buildings, and other outdoor locations because the images turn out very unique.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

Q: Do you do payment plans?
Yes I do. Your package must be paid off before your products are delivered.

Q: Can I bring a friend to my session?
I prefer you don’t, but if you feel you have to, I suggest only one friend because most women feel awkward with an audience.

Q: I have a friend who’d also like to do a shoot. Can we do a session together?
No, I only work with one client per day.  I don’t do group boudoir sessions or “Boudoir Parties” because the photos end up being very cookie-cutter.  My work is very personal and specific to each client’s body type and personality.  I need one-on-one time with each client to be able to get her to trust me, make her comfortable, and bring out her unique beauty and personality.

Q: How long will it take for my photos to be ready?
Your images are ready to view within three weeks of the shoot.

Q: These are a gift. How fast can I get the images and my album?
My suggestion is that we do the shoot eight weeks before your gift-giving date. Time is needed to get the film back from the lab, retouch the images, show them to you, get your selection, and lay out the album.  Plus the album company takes several weeks to deliver a finished product to me.  If you need the album sooner than six weeks, there is a rush fee of $150.