Zenfolio | Kim Harris Photography | Boudoir FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions


What does “Boudoir” mean?

Boudoir is French for bedroom, which most often is the setting for these photos.



How do I prepare for my boudoir shoot?

If you are having you hair and makeup done by our artists, come with clean hair and a clean face free

of makeup.  Don’t forget to shave, and wear loose clothing and undergarments so that they do not

leave marks on your skin.  It is imperative that you do not have elastic marks on your skin for the shoot!


What should I bring?

Bring several sets of outfits to choose from.  It’s always better to bring more rather than not having

enough.  Bring a pair of shoes for each outfit; stunning heels can really make a shot great!  Not to

mention they give your legs a nice length and tighten everything up.  More importantly, they just make

you feel downright sexy!  Don’t forget to complete the look with any jewelry, accessories and any props

you may want to use.


Can I bring a friend?

If you have a friend that is doing a boudoir session as well and you would like to schedule your shoot

the same day as hers, yes.  If your friend is not planning on shooting that day we highly recommend

coming alone.  You may think you would feel more comfortable with someone you know there with you,

but it generally makes women more self conscious knowing someone they know is watching.  You will

be able to let loose and feel more free if no one else is hanging around.  However, if it is absolutely

imperative that you bring a friend then please do.  Your comfort is top priority and we would rather you

be comfortable than overly nervous.



How long does it take for you to design and print the book?

Expect to receive your book within a month after our shoot date.  This gives us time to edit the photos,

design the book, let you review the book, then print it.



I really want to do a shoot, but I don’t think I’m skinny enough...

BIG BIG MISCONCEPTION!!!!  Boudoir is NOT just for skinny women!  It is for any woman of every

size.  All women are beautiful.  It is our job as photographers to maximize your greatest assets and

minimize the things you’re self conscious about.  If you really feel the need to lose weight before the

shoot, schedule it for a few months away and let it be your driving factor and sweetest treat for

reaching your goal!



I have a few images I like I found online and in magazines, can I bring

them so I can get a shot like them?

Most definitely!!!  The best way to show us what style you would like to portray is to bring us sample

images of what you have in mind.  Though we will not replicate any images exactly, we will produce

something unique to you in the same style.  You can find images online through various search terms

such as boudoir photography, burlesque photography, erotic photography, intimate photography,

glamour and artistic nudes.  Be sure to bring any photos you have saved with you for your consultation

appointment or email them before our shoot date so that we are prepared.



I want to do a boudoir shoot but I don’t want my photos posted online.

 Are my photos safe?

Yes, rest assured that your photos are completely safe. Every woman who you have seen on our

website, and anywhere else online or in print form has given us the honor of using their photos through

a signed model release form.  We will NEVER post ANY photos without permission.  Many women find

it a privilege to have their photos chosen to be displayed, but we certainly understand privacy




Do you provide lingerie or wardrobe for the shoot?

We do not provide you with lingerie for the shoot for hygienic reasons.  

We will have a few accessories and things to use, but bring your own wardrobe to shoot in.



Do I need to buy all new lingerie for the shoot?

You do not need to buy all new lingerie for the shoot.  While it is exciting having new lingerie that

makes you feel sensual and sexy, (especially if you’re presenting your album as a gift and your partner

hasn’t seen the lingerie yet!) just about anything can be made to look sexy for a boudoir shoot.  You

can use your partners’ clothing (favorite T-shirt, button down shirt, boxers, uniform, etc.) for a personal

touch, a sports jersey, leather jacket, bed sheet, cocktail dress, or you can opt for wearing nothing at

all.  Be creative!


Do I have to be nude?

Boudoir photo shoots can be stunning when you’re wearing anything from dresses and lingerie to

nothing at all.  You most certainly do not have to be nude for your shoot.  Sometimes leaving more to

the imagination is sexier than anything else!


Do you retouch skin?

Yes, we do retouch skin and temporary imperfections. If you have birthmarks or permanent features

that you would like removed please discuss this with us.



Do you help with posing?

As boudoir photographers it is our job to find the most flattering poses for you.  We will give you

guidance throughout the shoot process and help you to look your absolute best!  

Feel free to pose yourself as well.



Can I bring music?

Of course!  In fact we highly recommend that you bring a good play-list that gets YOU going.  Music

can really set the tone and get you in the mood.  If you don’t have any music to bring, no worries.



Can I drink to relax before I come to the shoot?

We advise you to limit yourself to one drink ONLY!  One drink can work wonders to relax you, while

more than one can hinder the process and lessen your awareness.  Not to mention make you feel

bloated, which is NOT good for a boudoir shoot!