Common thoughts & FAQ's
I don't have the right body/ age/ look to do a boudoir or empowerment shoot...
To which I say rubbish! Boudoir and empowerment photoshoots should be accessible to everyone. The idea behind doing a boudoir shoot is to appreciate all of your body, even the parts you might not be particularly fond of right now. It takes work to love ourselves and it certainly doesn’t come naturally to all of us. A boudoir shoot is about empowering yourself to encourage and nurture that appreciation for your skin sack and help you feel beautiful while doing so.
I have never done this before & I’m a bit nervous...
That’s totally okay! I aim to make shoots as natural, relaxed and as fun as possible. The experience itself should be comfortable while simultaneously getting you out of your comfort zone (if that makes sense!). I promise there will be no continuously holding awkward poses or forced smiles. I will guide you on your journey to empowerment by giving you direction when necessary and making sure you’re feeling like a total badass the whole way through.
Do I have to get naked?
Absolutely not! You wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Personally I find getting my kit off rather empowering but I know that not everyone is ready for that. If you haven’t filled out a questionnaire yet, I will ask you just what level of nudity you are comfortable with and if you change your mind on the day that’s okay too! This is a no judgement zone and all of your decisions will be respected.
My home is no good for a boudoir shoot- where do we go?
My favourite and number one option is always outside (though this is technically not boudoir!). Golden hour sunset shoots are pretty hard to beat. However, if you’re keen on an indoor location we can hire a studio or hotel room at an additional cost. Studios range between $50-$100 per hour depending on availability. Nice hotels are a little more but then you can keep it for the night and make the most of it!
Do you retouch the images?
I have a strict no-body policy- which means I will only edit things like pimples and bruises on request. I don’t do skin smoothing or body shaping as I am a firm believer in setting realistic beauty standards in the industry. I’m all about embracing natural beauty and in today's modern society that values perfectionism over reality, I think we need all reality we can get. I want to help you accept (if not love) your "flaws" and celebrate your best features. Long live the dimples, freckles, cellulite, skin rolls and scars. These are all signs of life!
What should I wear?
This depends a lot on the location and the type of shoot that we will be doing and is something which we will finalize together. But the most important thing you wear is confidence (so cliché I know, I’m sorry)! It’s vital that you choose outfits that make you feel beautiful. It could be something that you have worn a thousand times before or I can give you some advice on something cute to buy if you feel like treating yourself to something new.
Do you include makeup?
Trust me I am not the girl you want doing your make up. I can, however, set you up with some extremely talented local artists that will perfectly highlight your naturally beautiful features.
10% of my shoot goes to a charity. Why is that?
I’m all about empowerment, inclusivity and helping people love themselves, but that’s only possible if we can provide people with a safe and loving space to do so. I like to put my money where my mouth is which is why I donate a 10% of every shoot to either Rainbow Youth, Shine or NZ Women’s Refuge. Proof of donation will be provided after every final payment.
If there’s anything you can’t find on here, please make sure you have read through the price list and website page. If you’re still curious- flick me a message!