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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you curious about doing a boudoir session but aren’t super familiar with how it works? Are you nervous or have you had a bad experience in the past? Below we aim to help clarify some of the most frequently asked questions about boudoir photography sessions. This isn’t a completely inclusive list, so we encourage you to book a free consult to really dig into all of the questions you might have! You can book your free 15-minute session by emailing us at [email protected] to schedule a time that works well. 

I’m not a model, do you only photograph women who look like they are?

Believe it or not, the women on my page aren’t models. They’re just normal women who trusted me to help them look amazing! I guide you from how to prepare for your shoot, what to wear, how to pose, and I also know all the good angles! :-* You never have to choose photos that you aren’t happy with … but I promise you’ll have WAY more photos that you’re in love with than you’ll know what to do with.

Do I have to get naked?

Absolutely not! I do shoot implied nudity if it’s planned, but for the most part, my clients are covered. It all depends on your vision and what we plan! Please note that Abeille Studios does not photograph overtly sexually explicit images. Some of the sexiest pictures we’ve taken were actually taken while the client was clothed. There’s something really sexy about a loose t-shirt and knee-high socks! We can play around with a ton of ideas. 

Can my pictures remain private? I want my pictures to be a gift for my partner.

Not a problem. You’ll have the option to keep your pictures private, to allow me to choose which I share (always flattering!), or you could even select a handful that you’d be ok with sharing. It’s completely up to you!

What’s the booking process look like? 

First, we set up a quick 15-minute call to go over what our sessions are like and answer any questions you might have, we select a date for your session, and then we send you a link to complete your session fee and sign your contract. After that, the fun starts and we’ll begin planning your shoot!

I am not great in front of the camera, should I still do a session?

Umm, yes! You don’t need to have ANY experience in front of a camera. I’ve been told that I’m super chill and easy to be around. I’ll help you out with great poses and even demonstrate them myself. Let me know your favorite music and I’ll make sure we’ve got great tunes for your shoot!

Can we do something different than what you show on your site?

Of course! I absolutely love themes! Do you love boho vibes or are you more preppy and girly? We have a number of props and options to choose from. 

Do you do outdoor sessions?

Yes! These tend to need a bit more planning, but are totally doable. Bonus tip: sunrise beach shoots are to die for!

I don’t know what to wear, can you help?

We’d love to! After you book your session, I send over a super helpful wardrobe guide that also has links to my favorite items as well. Here’s a quick reference to my number one recommended item: The number one lingerie item every woman should own!

What’s included in the session fee?

Session fees include a professional hair and makeup artist (she’s amazing!), studio time/the photoshoot with me, professional retouching of handpicked images, and your in-person ordering session.

What’s the typical cost?

It all depends on what you want! Our average booking is between $1800 and $3000 and can go up or down from there. At your ordering appointment, we’ll go over in detail all of our product offerings.

Are you a women-owned business? I’d be more comfortable in front of women. 

Yes. We are a 100% women team.

What sort of products do you offer? I’m really thinking about doing a photoshoot as a gift for my significant other. 

We offer luxury albums in linen, leather, and vegan leather with optional album boxes, vivid metal prints, canvases, image folios, folio boxes, personalized mobile apps, and other specialty matted prints. 

What if I don’t like my pictures?

If for some reason you are not satisfied with your images, you are not obligated to purchase! We truly want to make sure you’re in love, which is why we are so involved with the planning aspects of your shoot. You’ll feel prepared and confident that we’ll capture great images.

How long does it take to get my pictures?

Our current timeline is about 4 weeks after your ordering session. On some occasions, we can accommodate a faster turn-around on certain products. 

How far out do you book?

10 months!

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, we offer pre-payment plans with awesome bonuses (from diamond blocks to free sessions). Available with a minimum purchase of $1500 USD. 

I’ve done a boudoir shoot before and didn’t love it. Should I try again?

I’d love to speak to you more about why your last experience wasn’t a great one. We strive to ensure you have the best experience you could hope for and also love the images we produce! We invest time in planning our shoots and will make sure you’re 100% comfortable along the way. You can be confident that you’ll be in good hands and we believe that you deserve to totally love your photos. Additionally, we only use professional-grade equipment and professional printing labs for all of our products. 

Where is your studio located?

I offer boudoir sessions in San Clemente, CA and around Orange County, CA and occasionally in San Francisco and Central Valley (Manteca). That said, I am available for travel and have some great ideas brewing. Just ask!

Have more questions before you book?

That’s what our free consultations are for! Seriously. Let’s talk about it. We love boudoir and want every woman to experience what it’s like to have a boudoir photography session!