What IS the Value of Boudoir Photography
In a world full of aspiring photographers and surplus of options, it’s hard not to wonder, what differentiates one boudoir photographer from another? Well first of all, let’s get this out of the way. Boudoir photography can range in pricing. Big time. In doing research, we’ve found packages going up all the way to $28,000 (yes, seriously! I mean, it did include a round trip ticket to Paris. Which doesn’t sound so bad to me) and on the flip side, others that started closer to mid hundreds.
So what makes one boudoir experience more valuable than another? We’ve thought a lot about this. Providing an incredible experience to our clients matters to us. A lot. Here are the things we take into account when pricing our packages.
Experience matters. You don’t just want someone with a nice camera, but someone who knows what to do with it.
Experience: Boudoir is an intimate and often, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s so important to have someone with plenty of experience. Having a great camera and nice location is great. But in the end, it’s what you do with that camera, in that location, and with that person that makes the difference. Understanding how to pose all sorts of body types matters. Knowing how to shape lighting to contour a figure, camouflage skin texture, and create a mood matters. Having an understanding of angles, lens choices, and camera settings matters.
Being in this field for the last six years, we’ve developed a deep understanding of how to make all women look their best. Not only that, but we’re always eagerly learning and pushing for more.
(Insider tip: Check out a variety of portfolios and a photographer’s instagram account to get a sense of their experience level).
Retouching is a fine art. It involves both taste and skill to make skin look naturally flawless.
Retouching: Have you ever seen a picture that just looks way over photoshopped? Like, the skin looks a bit plasticy? Yeah, I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. We believe in approaching retouching on a much more micro level, versus using an all over blur filter. Keeping natural texture in skin, while removing blemishes, bruises, cellulite, red bumps, etc is a fine art. It takes a lot of practice and learning. We’ve taken many classes from master retouchers and processed thousands of images over the years that have brought us to a place of beautiful, natural results.
(Insider tip: Ask your photographer to share their philosophy and approach to retouching).
Feeling comfortable and confident to relax and really let go is invaluable.
The Vibe: This is a very subjective area when it comes to the value of a boudoir photoshoot. In our minds though, it’s one of the most important elements in our work. Imagine going to a session where the photographer makes you feel uncomfortable. Where you don’t feel like you can let your guard down. Where you question whether you should be there at all.
From the moment you reach out to us, we try to be encouraging, informative, and approachable. We want clients to feel like they’re among friends, ones who also happen to know exactly how to make them look amazing. At the same time, we want you to feel special. This day is all about you. From start to finish, we’re invested in giving you an experience you’ll cherish for years to come. It’s the little things that count…help selecting an outfit, interest in your vision, confidence in direction.
“Maggie and Kelly were SO comfortable to be around for this type of adventure! I had no qualms or hesitations because they made everything so easy! They put my outfits together and were so encouraging and made me feel beautiful! They told me what to do, how to stand, where to go – I didn’t have to think! Just followed their direction!”
Photographer’s work in a variety of locations. Choose one that not only wows, but feels professional.
Location: Boudoir photography is done in all sorts of places, from people’s homes to hotel rooms. Over the years, we’ve photographed in a variety of locations, but we love now having our own studio space. We’re able to cultivate the energy we want for our sessions, whereas when shooting in a hotel, you’re privy to elements you can’t control (artwork on the walls you can’t remove, small spaces that limit your range of shooting, and in general, the feeling that you’re in a hotel). There’s also something wonderful about knowing what to expect in the space you’re shooting in and the freedom to create your own scenes.
(Insider tip: Check out pictures of the studio on their website or instagram account, or ask the studio to describe where they shoot).
The little things that make a difference.
Other Considerations: All the factors above attribute to the value of the final package. When people ask why the session fee doesn’t include free digital files or products, it’s because it’s accounting for all the factors above as well as a few others–the time and investment it takes to be an accomplished photographer, the equipment costs to create beautiful imagery, the cost of the space rental, the staff you’re working with (talented and versatile makeup and hair stylists, a responsive and timely owner or studio manager), software for processing images, and even more.
We really believe a boudoir photoshoot is so much more than the pictures at the end of the day. It’s an investment in yourself. It’s taking the time to tap into your feminine and even sensual side. The goal is to not only leave you with gorgeous photos, but also a sense of self-actualization that you can take with you in your personal life. That is priceless.
Mother’s Day Portrait Sessions
The Perfect Gift for Any Mom in Your Life
This is a wonderful opportunity to make any mother in your life feel special. Whether a new mom or grandmother, let her feel seen and appreciated this year. These portraits will be treasured keepsakes to share for generations to come.
Mother’s Day Photo Shoot Includes:
Time for mom individually and with child(ren)
Complimentary matted 8 x 12 fine art print
Celebrate Her this Year
“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
Gift Cards Available
Purchase your gift card today or book your session by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-273-9063
Bringing home the baby…
Congratulations to Maggie on the birth of her baby! On February 19th, Maggie and her husband welcomed their sweet baby boy, Theo, into the world! Maggie and Theo are both happy and healthy, and judging by the big smiles on both their faces today, they are both settling into their new lives quite well.
I’m so happy for Maggie, and so happy that she finally gets to hold this little guy, who she couldn’t wait to meet for the last 9 months. Maggie is currently enjoying her much deserved maternity leave, but we’re looking forward to welcoming her back in May. We’re also looking forward to spending some quality time on the job with this little nugget.
Click here to see Maggie’s own maternity shoot.
WHAT BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY MEANS TO US
You might have heard about boudoir as a sexy gift for your special someone. But we see it as so much more. Boudoir is an empowering experience that can be incredibly transformative.
Everyone comes into the studio with insecurities. Everyone. It’s so normal and understandable. So hearing someone’s disbelief and joy in their pictures, well, that is what fills my heart to the brim. We could all use a little more self-love. Especially us ladies.
Why IS boudoir so empowering?
I’m sure to some people, what we’re doing at Revealed is something akin to glamour shots, but to us, boudoir photography is more than just taking pretty pictures. It’s about encouragement, healing, embracing the now. It’s about letting go of fear, self-criticism, and comparison and coming into the best version of yourself and no one else.
Embrace a spirit of celebration with Brené Brown‘s Guideposts to wholehearted living.
It’s 2016. A new year and a new start. Our wish at Revealed is that you begin again with a spirit of celebration. Not just acceptance, but real celebration.
What’s your internal dialogue sound like?
Consider the tone you use toward yourself. Is it kind? Would you talk to your friend, sister, or mom that way?
Realign your thinking, directing thoughts away from self-doubt and criticism.
Instead, we wish for you rejoice in the good. It’s there, we promise.
How to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.
Brené Brown is an expert in this field. She offers such great wisdom for “letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embracing who you are.”
If you’re struggling with this, her guideposts for Wholehearted Living are a great jumping off point.
Here’s to 2016.
The Revealed Team
CHICAGO PRIVATE MAKEUP CLASS: EFFORTLESS GLOW
Revealed makeup artists, Jaycie Kurfess and Emily Wolf teach how to create this look in five easy steps in a private makeup lesson at Revealed Studios on Nov. 18th, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Want to attend this Chicago private makeup class? E-mail us at email@example.com to signup today!
GLIMMER & GLOW™
First three to sign up will receive a five-piece radiant kit
Blackhawks Boudoir Photos, the perfect boudoir shoot for all you hockey fans out there.
Ms. M’s fiance is a native Canadian and huge fan of Chicago’s Blackhawks. So for her boudoir shoot, she opted for a look celebrating his beloved team. These Blackhawks boudoir photos are just in time for the start of the hockey season. We loved how she choose red heels to sass up the look.
We love when our clients bring jerseys to their shoots! Whether it’s their own and has a feminine vibe to it, or their special someone’s, it’s a great look for a sports lover.
Photos of Austin, TX – Our new favorite city
Some sneak peek details from our photo shoot trip to Austin, Texas. Can’t wait for you all to see more.
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One night while living in New York during a college internship, I was chatting with my roomates in the kitchen when my phone ringed. I looked down at the caller id and saw “Dad” flash across the screen.
“Hi Dad, what’s up?” I asked.
We chatted for a few minutes, until at one point, my Dad changed the subject and tone. He told me he’d fallen in love recently, and well, had proposed. He explained how he met her in Kenya while photographing children in an orphanage. It was a brief run in, they just bumped into each other in the hallway where he asked to snap her picture. “She had a great smile,” I remember him telling me.
A month later, he received an e-mail from the woman, Caroline, asking for the picture. Gradually, through e-mail exchanges and long distance phone calls, he fell for Caroline. Before anyone knew what had grown between them, he proposed. (I attribute my adventurous, hopeless romantic nature to my Dad. )
She said yes!
After two years of visa paperwork, a trip back to meet her family, and tons of hoops to jump through, she finally arrived to Nebraska with 9-year old Jasmine in tow. Our family suddenly grew from three to five, a year and a half later, a new addition arrived. Her name, Neriah.
There is 22 years between Neriah and me and 12 between Jazz and me, but our bond, which includes our older sister Katie, is solid. When we’re all together, silliness always ensues! I never imagined ten years ago that I’d have two new sisters, nor that despite our age differences, we’d all be so close. I’ve always been the baby, which in my family meant I doing “favors” for my older sister, asking for advice, and getting it even when I didn’t ask, and the one with the least experience. All that has changed. Last week I had Jasmine up to visit. I realized it was now my time to treat, tease, and teach her. What a gift! On Jazz’s last day, my Dad and Caroline came to pick her up with Neriah. With a lump in my throat, I snapped these pictures below. I love them so much and feel lucky as can be to have three great sisters who bring me all this joy.
At Revealed Studios, we love celebrating women, and especially sisters! If you’d like to book a session with your sister, call us at (773) 273-9063 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
In this nine-by-nine below, my little sister, five-year old Neriah, shows me her many different faces.
My sister Katie and I in our kitchen back in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Tip #1: breathe through your mouth
Quite often, Laurie and I have clients say to us, “I’m so awkward on camera!” To them we answer, “that’s totally normal!” We are real women, our clients are real women, not professional models. Laurie and I have totally been there. In fact, we pose for each other often enough to remember what it feels like to be on that side of the camera. We want to connect and relate to our clients, and know the right tips to help bring about a natural unfolding. Like pie crust, it takes a certain touch to create a sense of complete confidence and comfort on camera. Eventually there is a change that happens, when tension is released and a spirit shines through.
We have 10 tips that help our clients look their best on camera, and we want to share them with you. These tips don’t just apply during a professional photo shoot, they’re get guidelines for selfies or party pics during a night out with your girlfriends. Each day we’ll release a new tip on our twitter and facebook page. Follow us to have special, daily access to these tips, before we release the full list, right here on our blog, in two weeks.
So back to Tip #1: Breathe through your mouth
So we all have vicemouth syndrome. Our lips are press together so firmly, there’s no way a single sliver of air can escape. It happens when were nervous, stressed, or focused. We want to hold in our stress, swallow it down, so it doesn’t overcome us. Just as every yoga instructor would tell you, breathing helps release that tension.
At the start of each session, this is one of the first tips we share. breathe through your mouth. The whole time. Not only will it naturally help you relax, but it looks great on camera by curing vicemouth syndrome. Suddenly your mouth is free to smile, tease, pucker. Try it out! Let us know if it works for you. Here are a few examples from our shoots showing, beautiful, relaxed lips.
With poise and confidence beyond her years, Evanston, Illinois senior Shanell glowed during her senior portraits in Chicago.
For Shanell’s 18th birthday gift and senior year present, she experienced the full pampered treatment, including hair and makeup by the talented Tanya Renelt. With moving curls and glowing skin, Laurie and I captured pictures of her beneath the urban el tracks. It took her no time to warm up on camera–soon she was breaking out her salsa moves and laughing along with us. After the tracks, we moved to nature, where the late afternoon sun cast golden light onto a field of wild flowers. It was a gorgeous setting for the lovely Shanell! We’re so honored we were able to capture this special time in Shanell’s life.
Senior year of high school is a pinnacle moment in life. If you’d like to have beautiful senior portraits of your daughter to celebrate this coming of age moment, call us at (773) 273-9063 or e-mail to email@example.com