Every single gal who’s ever booked a Girls on Film session has questions. Most have nerves, all have questions. And that’s totally normal! I run my business like I run my life… I’m an open book, and I never have trouble answering any questions.
But since a few of the questions I get seem to come pretty regularly, I thought I’d take a break from sharing my spring sessions to share a little “FAQ” post!
Q: Do you blog EVERYTHING you shoot?
A : Absolutely not!
I only EVER blog what’s explicitly approved by my clients. Some clients prefer not to appear on the blog at all, others give me carte blanche to share whatever I want. My girls are never under ANY pressure to publicize their images if they’d rather not. Most, though, feel a sense of empowerment from the experience, and trust that I keep my blog pretty solidly PG-13 rated at MOST, so they’re happy to share a few favorite shots from their session.
Q : Do you photograph full nudes?
A : Yup!
In keeping with the PG-13 rule I mentioned above, you won’t ever see full nudity here on the blog. But that doesn’t mean I don’t shoot it. I think the human body is the highest form of art, and I have photographed tasteful nudes for lots of clients over the years.
Q : How Private are my photos?
A : As private as you want them to be.
Repeating myself again, I only EVER blog with my clients’ explicit permission. This blog is also my portfolio, so if an image isn’t released to go here, you can rest assured that McG & you are the only people that have seen it. We use an incredibly trustworthy gallery site and keep incredibly tight security around all boudoir images, so they’re only ever shared with the people YOU share them with.
Q: Do you only shoot outdoors?
A : I shoot EVERYWHERE!
In 2012, I started a relationship with an amazing outdoor property in Arlington, and started offering natural boudoir sessions there. The idea kind of exploded, and my Girls on Film clients tripled. I used what I learned from shooting outdoors to affect every session I have, even the ones inside. Although I’m no longer shooting at that property, I do still offer outdoor boudoir sessions, as well as sessions in hotels, loft venues, private homes, bars, beaches… you name it, and I can photograph a girl there.
Q : Can you make me skinnier / remove my stretch marks / etc?
A : You will still look like you… but awesome.
I definitely edit my boudoir photos. Every single final image spends one-on-one time with me, where I smooth skin, pop color, and remove distracting elements where necessary. I learned all my skin retouching tricks on MYSELF, and I can promise you, my two babies weren’t kind to me in the stretch mark department. I pride myself on my ability to fade stretch marks, veins, scars and acne marks on my clients, and keep them from being distracting elements in your images.
I also employ a little nip/tuck on my clients where I feel it benefits the image. I don’t make my size 20 clients a size 6, just like I don’t artificially add curves to my size zero gals… it’s important to me that my girls RECOGNIZE themselves in their photos. I will, though, trim down anything that’s a distraction, typically where clothes pinch or bulge. I also remove all but the one original chin.
Q: Why do you work with the same makeup artist all the time?
A : Because she’s good.
As a busy wedding photographer, I get to work with a lot of makeup artists. I’m lucky, I work with a lot of GREAT ones. If for any reason Meg isn’t available for a shoot someday, I have a list of people I can call to step in so that I know my Girls on Film are going to look phenomenal.
But I use Meg because she’s fantastic. She’s done several Girls on Film sessions herself, so she knows how I shoot and what the process feels like for the clients. She listens to my input, and is dedicated to reproducing my vision for each client. She’s fast and efficient. She is an advocate for my business. And most of all, we’re a great team. We have a blast working together, and I love being “in the trenches” with her on these photo shoots.
Q : Can I bring a friend for moral support?
A : I’ve got a better idea.
The short answer is, yes, you can bring a friend if you feel like you need to. Boudoir isn’t really a great spectator sport, though, and we’ve found that a lot of times, people feel MORE awkward if they’ve got a friend just sitting around watching the process.
If you’re nervous and want an outside hand to hold, we highly recommend booking a Duo session with your bestie. That way, you can be there to morally support one another, but also get to SHARE the experience with someone. You’ll be in the same boat. It’s a really fantastic way to do Girls on Film, and I love shooting Besties.
Q: What if what “he” wants and what “I” want are different?
A : I got you, boo.
That’s normal. That’s usual. I pretty much get that every single session.
I make sure I know before we start shooting who the session is FOR. Are you shooting for yourself, or for a gift for him? If it’s a gift for him, what will he like? But even in cases where the session is solely for gift-giving purposes, helping my clients feel gorgeous & empowered is still my number on priority.
That said, I definitely work to make sure a session has plenty of variety, and we can have lots of final images for “him” and for “you”.
Q : What in the world should I wear?
A : What makes you feel gorgeous?
Oh snap, I answered a question with a question.
Anyway, there are no hard & fast rules about what you should wear for a Girls on Film session. I talk to each of my clients before their sessions and offer my input on outfits… we’ve had ladies wear anything from dresses to string bikinis, french lingerie, nothing at all. What I suggest for your wardrobe will be entirely dependent on your location, your body shape, and your reason for the shoot.
The important thing is, don’t get stuck in the “corset & heels” box. That can be a KILLER outfit in the right situation, but it is NOT your only option.
Q : Why are your Girls on Film sessions so expensive?
A : Because they’re worth it.
Since 2007, I’ve been working to try and be at the top of my game where boudoir photography is concerned. Empowering women through gorgeous photography is a passion of mine, and I have tirelessly pursued success in this genre. The experience I provide for my clients is top of the line, the images are completely customized, and the final product is incomparable in my market. It’s taken me years to get to the point where I can stand tall and be proud of what I’m doing without qualifiers, and I’m there. Girls on Film is worth it.
While I sincerely wish every woman I meet could get in front of my camera and get the Girls on Film treatment, I know that realistically, it’s not an option for everyone. We do offer mini sessions once or twice a year, and also BFF sessions year round where groups of friends can get mini session pricing for a private event. But really, I view Girls on Film as a luxury product. If you want a Kate Spade purse, it’s worth saving for, and a purse from Target just isn’t going to cut it for you.
I believe that every one of my clients is worth this investment in themselves, and I’m so proud that I can play a part in helping them embrace the skin they’re in!
Q : How Do I Book?
A : Email me.
We’ve still got room for a couple sessions in June/July/August, and are starting now to book our busy fall season. Make it happen, ladies… you’ll never regret it!