Vendor Conversation: Columbus Boudoir

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Heather from Columbus Boudoir and she answered a few questions for me about this growing trend!

Business Name: Columbus Boudoir
Name: Heather Walker
Phone Number:740-531-6657
Email Address: heather {@} columbusboudoir {dot} com
Website Address: www.columbusboudoir.com
Blog Address: www.columbusboudoirblog.com

How did you get started in boudoir photography?
I have always enjoyed portrait photography and making people look amazing.  I stumbled across boudoir from a wedding site almost three years ago, and it peaked my interest. I spent around 6 months researching and practicing before I took an actual boudoir client. Ever since I started with boudoir, it has been something I really enjoy and want to continue as my specialty.

Why do you love doing boudoir sessions?
I really enjoy the whole process of a boudoir session.  Discussing all the ideas with clients, usually they are so excited… it is a real big deal for them to do this.  It is so rewarding to show a woman how gorgeous she is. Some women come in so insecure or say they never look good in photos. I love to show them that once they relax, and we do our part…they look so amazing!

What occasions are you seeing women (and men and couples!) do sessions for besides weddings?
Wedding gifts are a top reason women do this… but along with that, there are anniversaries, birthdays, and some married women do this because they realize they are going to be starting a family and want to document themselves prior to that as well, we also have women come in for their birthday milestones like 30 -40 -50.  Couples are starting to inquire about sessions together to showcase them in a more intimate setting. The couples sessions are kind of like engagement sessions, but we are in a bedroom set and other intimate sets, and this gives them a chance to be looking amazing together..something they can both have to look at and cherish through their relationship.

What would you say to women who aren’t comfortable with their bodies?  Do you have tricks for hiding those bits that we would rather not show?
Most women have something about their bodies they are insecure about.  If someone isn’t comfortable with their body, we try to bring out their best assets. We discuss what his favorite parts of her body are, and we discuss how we can highlight those parts.  We have many poses that help accentuate the best with someones figure, and our lighting can highlight areas, and downplay other areas.

What should someone expect when from a boudoir shoot with you?
With a Columbus Boudoir session, the woman is our focus. We want her experience from discussing the session, to makeup, to the photoshoot to be a very relaxing, and fun experience. We want her to leave the session feeling amazing about herself. We want to wow them with their images, and let them know they can look as great as the models in magazines!

What should someone bring with them to the shoot?
We suggest bringing your intimate outfits, shoes, hose, and any accessories you might think work with your outfits.  We will work with them to help decide on the best outifts for what type of session they are wanting.  We have gals that look at Victoria’s Secret as inspiration, and some that want a more pin-up style. At our studio we also have a ton of heels for you to wear if you forget or just can’t find that right pair… we have jewelry, hair accessories, as well as some corsets and other items they might want to try.

How much do your shoots run and what is included?
Our sessions start at 395.00 for a 2 outfit session. The session is an hour long, and also includes makeup with a professional makeup artist. We have a full package and a la carte menu that we would be happy to send out via email to any that inquires.

Any tips for putting your best foot…or hip or leg forward in the shoot?
Tips for preparing for a successful photo session would be to eat a light meal, so you have some energy, and drink water to keep your skin hydrated. Prepare your skin with lotion prior to shoot if you have dry skin. (Please do not use glitter lotion)  Manicure all nails, and make sure you shave or wax pretty as well! Some women can benefit from practicing their model face in the mirror as well!

A few of Heather’s favorite pictures:

Gorgeous!  Thanks Heather for the chat!

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