Thursday, January 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Boudoir is Hot {New Braunfels Boudoir Photography}

The studio was a happening place last month. A lot of lucky husbands and boyfriends got some amazing gifts from their love. The next few weeks will be hopping as well. Unfortunately, however, they'll wait until the last minute so early February will be crazy.

A lot of people ask me how early they need to start their boudoir planning to give the gift of boudoir. I always tell them it depends on what you order. Here's a sample timeline if you were to call me early and had plenty of time. I like to sit down with you in the studio first if at all possible. This gives you a chance to meet me, to see the studio, and to get comfortable. At that point we'll talk about the session and how it'll go. We'll talk about wardrobe, makeup, and props. I'll likely ask you what you does for a living, what your significant other does for a living, what you like to do together and how long you've been together. We can use all these things in the boudoir session.

At that time we'll pick a date and a time and you'll leave with a good idea of what to bring. You may want to go shopping. I always recommend the Perky Peacock in New Braunfels. Their staff is amazing and when you tell them you're doing a shoot with me, they'll help you find the perfect outfits and give you a discount.

You may also opt to make a visit to a nail salon for a manicure. Your fingers will show up in some of the photos and you'll want them to look nice.

You may also opt for hair and makeup. You can go to a stylist you know and trust, you can do it yourself, or you can get me to help you book one of my favorite stylists right here in the studio. That's my favorite option. Then you can be in the studio before your session getting pampered, getting comfortable, listening to music, girl talking and sipping on wine or whatever you want.

You'll bring a suitcase full of clothing items with you and while you're getting your hair and makeup done I'll be laying them all out and we'll be talking about the pieces. We'll narrow it down to about 3-5 outfits. You may opt to being a shirt that belongs to your guy.

Some ladies opt to bring a jersey from their guy's favorite sports team or a uniform from his work. I've seen uniforms from the military, police officers, postal workers, fire fighters, dentists, surgeons, factory workers, pilots, and a host of business attire.

All that prep time can take a few days or a couple of weeks depending on your scheduling. Once the session is over, you'll leave with a hop in your step, a really great makeover, a feeling that you did something a little but naughty but more fun than you've had in a long time.

That's when I get to work. First I'll download your images and begin a cull of all the images that are not fit to show you. Maybe you blinked, my flash didn't go off, the focus wasn't just perfect or that post I put you in just didn't work. My bad.

Then I'll start all my pre-edits. I'll go into each image and sharpen, convert to black and white if that's what my vision was (and I don't just hit "greyscale" for that, trust me), make sure the white balance is working and crop if needed. Then I'll go through again and apply my digital magic. I'll remove blemishes, brighten eyes, a nip here a tuck there. I do enough so that you'll get an idea of what the final version will be. This whole process takes up to a week because I'm also doing that on all the other sessions I photographed recently as well.

Once these are done I like to have you come to the office to show them to you and talk about your order. But I will put them online with a password protected gallery for out of town clients, or clients who are unable to come to the office for whatever reason. I just caution against trusting your monitor to give you an accurate representation of color and brightness.

If you want to place an order for digital images only, then we're almost done. I'll order a fancy thumb drive or CD, burn them for you and you can pick those up within a couple of days. Or you can opt for an instant digital download and have them immediately. If you order prints, those go through a final round of edits, then are sent to a professional lab for the highest print quality. It will take a few days to process by the lab. If you order an album then we need to start the design process. You narrow down your image choices, I design the album within a few days and show you the proof. You suggest edits. It may take me a couple of days to do those edits and show it to you again. Then you say "I love it" and it goes to press. The albums can take 1-3 weeks to get back from the lab depending on their workload.

I usually recommend getting started on your boudoir experience earlier rather than later. I've had last minute orders that didn't quite make it on time despite my best intentions. I can't control the mail or the speed at which the lab fills my order. And there are only so many hours in a day for myself when it comes to the retouches.

I'm offering a special for a limited time only. My popular boudoir minis are coming up next Saturday. Call me now to hold your spot!

All my sessions are private and I never share your images online without your permission. The images you see here were taken of models who I photographed for the sole purpose of online sharing. Just the other day this lovely model spent some time with me. Give me a call so we can create these special images for you and your honey.

Lisa On Location Photography

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