Deadlines! When should you book your boudoir photo shoot?

**UPDATE**

This is a re-post from April - but the last minute requests keep coming! I will update this and re-post from time to time so it stays visible.


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How far in advance should I book my boudoir session?

Plan for a MINIMUM of 6-8 WEEKS before you need your product in hand! Read more for a full breakdown of the process.

I get a fair share of last minute requests. A version of this message hits my inbox pretty frequently: “I’m getting married in 3 weeks and would love to have boudoir photos to gift to my fiancé.” I have even received requests with less than a week to the wedding day!

The planning, executing, editing, designing, and ordering takes up anywhere between 15-20 working hours - a difficult amount of work to cram into a 1-2 week deadline. Not to mention that high quality products alone take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to be delivered. This experience is not one that you should rush.

The last thing I want is for you to miss your chance to have this experience because you don’t have all of the facts. I’m going to give you a peek behind the process so that you know exactly what kind of timeline you are looking at for your boudoir experience.

WEEKS 1-2

A portrait session with me is a fully customized experience. When someone decides to book their photoshoot, my work begins planning. I create an individualized style board, ask you questions, and set up my studio space specifically for you and your goals. This planning & communication typically takes place over 1-2 weeks.

WEEKS 3-4

After your boudoir photography wraps, I get to work selecting and editing photos for your viewing and ordering appointment which takes place 1-2 weeks after your session. This is where you select your photos.

WEEKS 5-8

As soon as you select your images and products, I place your order. Depending on the products you select, this order can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to arrive. 

This timeline excludes existing clients who have already planned ahead and snagged a date on my calendar! Lots of hours and expertise go into creating your one-of-a-kind experience. This isn’t something you want to rush, so take your time preparing and asking questions so that you can schedule your session in time for whatever milestone you are celebrating!

Chicago Pin Up Photoshoot | A retro inspired boudoir photo shoot.

A couple of months ago I picked up a book on pin up photography and fell in love. I have always been careful not to dip too much into themed photography as it isn’t my style, but this book was filled with simple setups and gorgeous posing. It didn’t feature the themed costuming I normally associate with pin up photography and it sparked my imagination!

An idea started to form and I knew that I wanted to go for a classy, modernized, slightly painterly, pin up inspired boudoir photoshoot! I waited for the perfect subject and planned everything out. Then Kelly was on the schedule - a tall dancer with red hair and retro vibes - the stars aligned!

I am so pleased with the images that I captured. My best work always starts with a vision. When I know what I am trying to achieve, I can practice the lighting and the posing ahead of time and I am more clear on styling and direction. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see a vision through.

If you are looking for modern pinup photography in chicago, I have you covered!


Summer Updates + 7 Boudoir Shoots in June!

June was an insanely busy month for me with 7 boudoir photo shoots! My schedule was packed full with planning, editing, ordering products, and general management. Things have slowed down a bit now and I am taking some time to make a plan for what’s next!

My schedule was actually a little bit too busy for my liking. I am not the kind of person who enjoys working nonstop. I love taking portraits but I need to make sure I also take time to work on creative projects. Here’s what I have planned for the rest of the summer:

  • I started July with a creative shoot. It was just what I needed to push myself into new territory. I hate getting stuck in a rut! I was inspired by Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom - a book I found in the basement of a bookstore in downtown Chicago. I wanted to work on something inspired by Bunny’s pin-up photography. I ended up with something a little bit modern, a little bit sculptural - complete with the pin-up vibes I was after. I can’t wait to share that session on my blog, so keep a look out for it!

  • I have also been combing through my work and selecting images to submit to the next round of competitions. My first time submitting, I just wanted to see where I stood. Now I am hooked! Competitions are amazing creative deadlines and I plan on submitting twice as many images this time around. I wrote a post about my first submissions a few months ago. This new deadline is July 31st.

  • I’m thinking about deleting all of my social media. It seems blasphemous to mention out loud, but it’s something I have thought about a lot. I have spent more hours than I care to mention trying to move the needle on social media. I compare myself to other photographers, my work starts to take on this kind of “sameness” and I worry about how quickly I am reaching success. That combined with the fact that I have learned very little, gained almost zero new clients, and have an overwhelming sense of anxiety about the whole thing makes me feel like it’s time to forge a different path to success. I’ll keep you posted!

Here are some of my favorite captures from last months boudoir sessions:

Are you nervous about your boudoir session?

Are you nervous about your boudoir session?

A boudoir photo shoot is intimate and personal so it’s normal to be apprehensive! That’s why I encourage anyone who is considering this experience to schedule a time to stop by the studio to meet me in person. See the products, take a peak at the studio space and ease your mind.

Fine Art Nude Pregnancy Portraits

Fine Art Nude Pregnancy Portraits

Have you ever noticed that major life changes are often accompanied by newfound boldness? I swear that I’m not making this phenomenon up! Something massive changes in your life and suddenly you are making decisions and taking bigger risks. I notice this the most with my maternity clients.

Why Every Woman Should Experience a Boudoir Photo Shoot

Why Every Woman Should Experience a Boudoir Photo Shoot

A boudoir photo shoot is an experience that I think every woman should have - mostly because it pushes boundaries and expands your view of yourself. Here are just a few reasons why a boudoir shoot is something that should be on your bucket list!

The Best Way to Back Up Your Photos

The Best Way to Back Up Your Photos

Guess how often I receive the following email:

“Stephanie! HELP!! My computer has crashed. I’m absolutely devastated and hoping that you still have the files from my session.”

The answer is….a LOT. And I’m sympathetic! It has happened to all of us. Our memories are captured and then lost on neglected hard drives. We tell ourselves that we will get around to printing those photos or backing up our computers and then life gets in the way like it always does.