So many questions! We know that you might be teetering on the edge of ‘do I, don’t I’ whether the shoot is for you or for a much loved partner. We have answered many of the most FAQs below but also recommend that you take time to read our boudoir blogs and watch the ‘in conversation with’ video to understand the MUSE experience better.
“NOTHING MAKES A WOMAN MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE BELIEF THAT SHE IS BEAUTIFUL”
HOW LONG WILL A SHOOT TAKE?
Our MUSE Essential Collection is for 3 hours of shooting but the experience lasts longer. If you book hair and make up you should expect to be with us for about 5 hours. The take the experience very seriously and it cannot (and should not) be rushed.
HOW DO I BOOK?
We use an online booking system where you will be able to see a quote based on the date and details that we have agreed. We require a 25% non-refundable booking fee and the balance payment one week before the shoot date. You can move a shoot if you have problem with the booked date. Please remember we will need to check availability with the hair and make up artist if you wish to book this service.
IS HAIR AND MAKEUP INCLUDED?
No it isn’t. Whilst it isn’t an essential it makes a huge difference to both how you feel and how you look in your boudoir photos. All of our clients arrive for their shoots a little nervous – which is totally understandable – but by the time they have finished with the hair and makeup element they are relaxed and looking fabulous. Because it is a choice to have a professional look after you the hair and makeup is not included in the price of our Essential Collection. However, you do have the choice to add this element at the booking stage - we organise the booking for you and you pay the artist directly.
DO YOUR RETOUCH SKIN?
With so much skin on show boudoir photography is an intensive edit for us – we will make sure that any semi-permanent blemishes are removed and that you look as if you have just had a 2 week holiday. We won’t change anything about you in terms of shape and size – making you look your best is all down to how we shape with light and posing techniques.
WHEN AND HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?
You can expect to see about at least 50 fully edited & retouched screen resolution jpeg images from a 3 hour boudoir shoot. We generally have the gallery ready 2 weeks from the shoot date .
PRINT RESOLUTION VS SCREEN RESOLUTION?
Digital images are measured in pixels per inch, or ppi, which is similar but not quite the same as dpi in printing. Most computer monitor displays are 72 ppi which is very low resolution compared to print. Most digital images looks great on your monitor and 72 ppi images will be a smaller file size and load faster than a 300 ppi image. So we provide you with the images in screen resolution – perfect for sharing via email and displaying on any screens.
When it comes to printing the dpi refers to the amount of ink that is printed on paper. The more ink, the higher the resolution. 300 dots per inch is the standard for quality printing. You can choose to purchase some or all of your images in high resolution at 300 ppi they will be very large file sizes so should only be used for photographs you want to print. If you try and print the 72ppi version the print will literally pixellate and look blurry.
You can order professional prints directly from your client gallery – before we approve the order we upload a print resolution version for the lab.
Many clients choose to purchase the full shoot in print resolution which comes in a beautiful USB presentation box.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
A woman’s relationship with her body and her lingerie drawer is deeply personal. Some women buy lingerie like others buy shoes or lipstick – in quantity, quality and to suit the occasion. Others prefer to put comfort over aesthetics and there are those who prefer to go commando – each to their own we say. So let’s be clear that there isn’t a perfect, one size fits all, list of the best things to wear for a boudoir session. What matters is what feels right for you but we have put together this blog post to talk it all through.
I'M NERVOUS I WON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?
Don’t worry – all of our clients feel like this and it is our job to direct you 100% of the way. You may take a little while to warm up but you will be amazed how quickly you relax and start really enjoying the shoot. Clients don’t want the shoots to end and that is why we suggest you make plans for the evening after the shoot and be prepared to ache the next day!
And above all else visit the Testimonials page and read how other people have felt after a shoot – their words are far more powerful than ours!
HOW WILL I SEE MY PHOTOS FOR THE FIRST TIME?
We use a fantastic password protected online gallery system that will allow you to download your images, create a mobile app and buy professional prints directly if you wish. Most importantly it will be a private moment for you – pour yourself a glass of wine and prepare to be amazed…
CAN I BUY PRINTS OR AN ALBUM TOO?
After the shoot we will send you a link to a password protected online gallery. The gallery links directly to an online professional print lab where you can order individual prints that will be delivered directly to you. We also offer all kinds of beautiful boudoir products and you can find out more on the Products Page.
DO YOU SHOOT IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE?
WE shoot digital RAW files which we then edit – we view each image as an individual frame and choose the most appropriate treatment to get the best from it – be it black and white or colour. Sometimes we will give you both versions of an image and you can always ask to see an image in another treatment
WHAT IF I WANT TO USE THE IMAGES COMMERCIALLY?
Our Muse Essential Collection if for private clients and usage. Please respect that if you intend to use the images for commercial gain you need to be honest and speak to us about a possible license fee. It will be case by case in terms of what can be agreed.