Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not comfortable sharing my images online. Is that required to work with Burnt Honey Portraiture?
Sessions are 100% private and images are NEVER shared anywhere without your permission. There’s NO requirement to share images in order to book a session.
I’m worried about imperfections. Do you offer retouching?
Retouching is included with every session. I remove scars as requested, acne, blemishes, stretchmarks and cellulite in addition to bruises and other random marks you may have on the day of your session!
I don’t “take off 15 pounds!” I work with clients to find the most flattering poses and lighting to highlight their best features. If there’s something you feel particularly self-conscious about, let me know.
I’m don't feel like I'm like the women on your website. Do you think I can still have a good shoot?
No doubt about it, it will be fun and look great. That's what we're here for!
Every woman on our website are real women just like you who went through makeup and hair, put together thoughtful wardrobes and trusted us to help them create sexy, beautiful images. We can do the same for you. Boudoir photography is for EVERY woman.
Where does the session take place?
We have studio space and offer hotel and location options to make your shoot even more uniquely special. Exact location will be provided to you once you’ve confirmed your session with payment and client information form.
Can I bring someone with me to my shoot?
You’re welcome to bring a friend, but please let me know prior to your session. We do caution that even a best friend can be distracting because the attention isn’t completely on you. While I’m photographing your session there are no other folks in the room – your friend can relax or pop out to grab coffee.
Are makeup and hair included? Can I just do my own and save money?
No, it is an additional extra unless specified in the package purchased. We strongly recommend full makeup and hair styling. Getting your makeup and hair done sets the tone for your session. It gives you time to relax, get to know us better and feel pampered. But more importantly, having a professional do your makeup means they know how to do camera-ready makeup that will truly make you feel and look boudoir sexy! Honestly, you will want to have a professional makeup artist go with you everywhere once you experience this luxury!
If you have a very specific hair style in mind, or ethnic hair or simply want to come with your hair fully styled, that is fine.
The makeup artist just handed me a mirror – I feel like I have A LOT of makeup on. Am I going to look like myself?
Don’t worry! It looks like a lot of makeup in person but it will look just right in-camera. Keep the mirror at least three feet away from you when you look at your makeup – the camera will never be closer than that. Remember that some of the makeup naturally “falls away” in the natural light, the processing and retouching of your images.
However, we want you to be happy, so speak up if you want to make an adjustment. The makeup artist is happy to talk with you about making any adjustments to the makeup after you’ve had some time to get used to it. Your happiness with your look is really important to me.
How long will the session take?
Makeup and hair take an hour to an hour on average. The photographic session also takes an hour to an hour and a half to two hours.
I will provide you with suggestions on things to bring to your session in an email “tip sheet” you’ll receive upon reserving your session.
In general here are some things you’ll want to bring:
– 3 to 4 outfit changes like a mix of lingerie, special items (like a favourite dress or heels) and any other options you’d like
– Accessories – jewelry and other items like a hat, helmet, veil etc.
– Sexy shoes!
– Any ideas on your device or printed inspiration pages for poses if you’d like!
– Cash or check to pay the remaining session fee balance. I also take credit cards. You may also pay for a package on the day of your session if you’d like. (If you’re on a payment plan you may not owe the remaining balance on the day of your session.)
How many outfits can I wear?
The sessions include 3 outfits if you want to add more outfits to you session, you may do so for $60 per outfit. The $60 includes photographing additional photos in that outfit as well as processing and providing the final images in that outfit in your online gallery. Please arrange this with me PRIOR to the day of your session because it impacts my schedule and may impact my family’s schedule.
Do I bring my own lingerie? Do you have some I can use?
I encourage clients to primarily bring their own selection of outfits. That’s the best way to ensure everything fits really well and that you love the way you look in your outfits. New for this year – I also offer the Burnt Honey Portraiture closet to my clients! I have closet and several drawers full of options for client who would like to borrow them. Select outfits that match your body type and suit your session goals. I also have a selection of necklaces and accessories.
I don’t know how to pose. I’m not a model. Help!
This is by far the biggest concern for my clients! Don’t worry –we work with clients through every pose during their session. Note that posing will NOT feel like just another afternoon of lounging around on your bed. I tell my clients that if the pose feels a little weird, they’re probably doing it right!
There are classic poses that most clients want to incorporate and new poses that clients wants to try. And I try to find several new poses for each session.
When will I see my session images? How long does it take to get everything back?
About 7-10 days after your shoot, we will arrange a time to view your final images. You will have 7 days to complete your order and pay for it (or make a payment within your payment plan).
If you’ve purchased items like an album, canvas or prints, we’ll go over your order together and you will see a proof of the item before it goes out to be created and delivered to you. About a week later your gorgeous purchases will arrive at your doorstep.
Need something sooner? Let me know when you contact me – I may be able to rush your session images.
Do you offer a payment plan?
In a way, my packages include a built-in payment plan and this works for most clients. I take payment for your session fee and package over the course of several weeks to months depending on how far in advance you book your session. Part of the session fee is taken at the time of booking and your remaining session fee balance isn’t due until the day of your session. In addition, you can purchase a package on the day of your session or when you see your images during the week you have to complete your order.
I do offer no-interest payment plans that extends the payment window to 3 months – this is a great way to purchase the collection of your choice. Please talk with us about a payment plan if you’re interested in setting it up. I do not deliver any products until full payment has been made.
I’m traveling from out of town for my session. Where should I stay?
Many of my clients travel in for their sessions from out of the area. Please let me know if you’re interested in booking a place to stay while you’re in town.
I don’t see any semi nude photos on your website. I’m a little embarrassed to ask, but do you offer that type of photography?
Yes, I do offer semi nude options during sessions. I just choose not to display this on the web. Keep in mind that I will only photograph tasteful nudes – if it’s outside my comfort zone I will let you know. It’s my goal that you look back on the photos and feel good about them years from now. And not that you look back on them and feel weird about having shown something you wish you hadn’t!
What is your refund policy? Can I reschedule?
Life happens! However, if you contact me to reschedule with less than 14 days notice, you forget about your appointment or you reschedule more than once, the portion of the session fee that you’ve already paid is not transferable. When you sign the contract, I’m blocking that day and paying a makeup artist to block their calendar. I’m also turning away people interested in shooting that day. (Yes, I make exceptions, unfortunately due to past experiences, I’ve had to put this policy in place.)
If you provide more than 14 days notice, you may transfer the portion of the session fee you’ve already paid to a future date within 60 days of your original session date.
Due to the custom nature of photography, the session fee and anything you purchase is non-refundable. I am committed to working with you to ensure you love your photos. You’ll have final say on all retouching and you’ll see all album layouts before they go to print.