Frequently Asked Questions

Revealed Studios is Chicago’s premier boudoir photo studio. We want nothing more than for every client to feel comfortable and leave more confident. We believe great results begin before your session!  We’re hear to answer any questions and help you understand what to expect from your session.  If your considering a boudoir photo shoot, these FAQ’s will help ease your concerns and prepare for your experience.

Q:  I see you take boudoir photos, but I’m uncomfortable being photographed in my lingerie. Do I have to take off my clothes to book a portrait session?

A: Keep your clothes on! We want you to be comfortable and if you’re looking for more lovely and less sexy, no problem.

Q:  For the boudoir clients: What should I bring to wear?

A: Options!  We love options. Bring 4-5 outfits, and we’ll narrow them down to three.  Here’s a list of the most common pieces: corsets, stockings, garters, lingerie sets, white tanks/shirts and boy shorts, your man’s favorite dress or t-shirt; HEELS!!!–bring the staples, black &/or nude pumps; items with sparkle, especially accessories like earrings, necklaces, bracelets; pearls; hats, glasses, props, a sexy dress. What looks great on camera: sheer fabric, silk or satin, items with texture, sparkle, soft colors, bold colors. Have fun with your selections!  Make a pinterest style board here and share it with us, or visit our pinterest board for ideas here. Scour the magazines for inspiration–our favorites include Vogue, W, and our course, Vanity Fair.

Q: What kind of hair and makeup styling should I expect?

A: We work with talented make-up and hair stylists who specialize in natural, yet glamorous hair and make-up. Imagine a more-rested you after two weeks of vacation with a little va va voom added to your hair and eyelashes. You are going to look hot!  Make sure you schedule a night on the town after your portrait session.

Q: How much should I expect to invest in my session?

A: Our average client spends between $1,000-$2,500 for their experience, including the session fee.

Q: What’s your policy regarding digital files?

A: Great question!  We’re a bit old school at Revealed Studios.  Every step of your experience is handled with care and thought–from your initial consultation, to hair and makeup, and finally the creation of your pictures.  In keeping with the commitment to top-notch quality, we want your final product to reflect those same standards.  We believe your final images will really sing as professional, fine-art prints.

For those whom prefer to keep their files tucked away safely on a personal computer or phone (don’t forget that password!), we offer a digital package of 20 web resolution files, perfect for this instance.

Q: In that case, how should I “prep” my hair before arriving to the shoot?

A: Because no one hair type is the same, there are exceptions to this rule. We recommend clean hair. If your scalp tends to be oily, come with it washed and blow-dyed. For this hair type, we also suggest volumizing spray or mousse be applied before drying.

Curly girls, just come with it dry–we’ll work with it from there.

Chemically treated or damaged hair? Great!  It’ll hold curl even better.

Q: How about my skin?

1. Drink lots of water the week before your shoot. 2. No picking! If you have a pimple, just leave it. We can easily remove it in retouching, 3. Moisturize. We love Cetaphil for normal skin, Olay Total Effects for aging skin, and Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar for sensitive skin types.


Q: I hate having my photo taken, but the experience sounds like so much fun. What do you suggest I do to help me relax in front of the camera? Should I be like a Top Model contestant and mock pose in the front of the mirror? Okay kidding, but OMG, I’m freaking out.

A: The only thing we ask is that you stay hydrated and get some sleep the night before. We will help you pose from your head to your toes. We trained to help you look your very best.


Q: My kids are finally out of the house/college, and I want to treat myself to a Revealed portrait session. I look so tired in our family snapshots, how do you handle this? Also, my eyes and jawline have disappeared. Help!

A: Three words: make-up, lighting and posing. Make-up will help make you look well-rested. We also make sure women of all ages are well-lit and angled so the eyes pop and the jawline looks more defined.


Q: Can I bring my spouse and kids to the shoot?

A: Feel free to bring your loved ones to the shoot. In fact, they can even join you for a few portraits. But this is about you as a woman, not necessarily as a wife or mom, feeling and looking fabulous. It’s a respite from your normal fast-paced life. Be prepared to be pampered and spoiled. (Also, bring someone to watch the kids so you can relax.)


Q: What happens after the shoot?

A: We will schedule a viewing for a couple days after the shoot where you will be able to see your images for the first time and be able to order prints and fine art. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have during this session. You will receive complimentary digital images for all prints you order.