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Hello Lovely Lady!

As promised, here is the post you have been waiting for, what on earth even happens during a boudoir shoot!?

First, I want to reassure you that it is not as frightening of an experience as your imagination may have cooked up. Although nerves are completely normal. Hey, cameras are scary… why do you think I hide behind mine! 🙂 All kidding aside, I will be there guiding you though the entire process from booking to posing to ordering so you have nothing to fear and EVERYTHING to gain!

So, let’s get started!!

1. A good match

As I mentioned in my first email it is super important that you are completely comfortable with and trust your photographer! Sometimes, for reasons we may not quite understand, the magic just isn’t there and in those instances, rather than struggle though I feel it is in your best interest to find that photographer that lights you up like a sparkler on the fourth of July! Because good relationships yield AWESOME photos and YOU DESERVE THE BEST!

2. Identifying & Overcoming Hesitations

I touched on some of these in the eBook Common Reasons NOT to Book a Boudoir Session, which was sent out in email #2! However, no eBook can possible hold every hesitation, fear, or doubt that YOU are feeling, nor can a canned answer try to help alleviate those feelings. That is why I offer a Complementary Consultation to every potential client to really dig deep on: 

  • Why she wants to have photos taken,
  • What she wants the outcome to look and feel like,
  • Where she plans to use the photos,
  • What her ideal shoot would look and feel like,
  • And Most importantly, what body parts she absolutely LOVES and WHY!

3. The Investment

In many ways, the investment in yourself drastically outweighs the monetary one. By taking this time to pamper and love on yourself, you will leave with a completely new outlook on life not to mention a collection of beautiful heirloom images that will be cherished memories for both you and your loved ones for years and generations to come! On top of that, your session fee includes a hair and makeup appointment that will help you get the best out of your session. Once your package is chosen, you will be sent a digital Boudoir Contract Agreement with Model Release Form that we will both sign and a link to pay the deposit. After I have received both, you will officially be booked with Leslie Arakelian Photography! Yippee!

4. Shoot

It is completely normal to be nervous before your session, feel the nerves but be willing to step outside your natural comfort zone and be daring. By now most of the session styling details have been ironed out and all you have to worry about is having a good time. I will be there to model the poses for you and use simple coaching actions to get stunning results.

5. Post Production

After the session, I will go through all of the images shot and pick the best images to retouch. This process usually takes me about 2 weeks. My philosophy on retouching is that less is more and the point of this session is to celebrate who you are right now and proudly own it. That being said I will go through correct skin blemishes and wardrobe bulges as needed. These edits are meant not to change your appearance but to make you look like you on your very best day.

6. Image Reveal & Ordering Session

After the images are retouched, about two weeks after the session, I will contact you to schedule your image reveal and ordering session. At this meeting, we will sit down together and go through each photo, pick your favorites, and choose products that will meet all your needs. All product orders must be paid in full before your products will be delivered to you. Payment plans are available upon request and a 10% discount will be given to those who pay in full during the ordering session. 

7. Prints, Albums, and Wall Art

Some of you may be thinking, “Thanks, but I just want the digitals.”

And while having the digitals is a great thing, how often do you find that those images get lost on a hard drive somewhere never to see the light of day, get corrupted, or lost forever. By ordering tangible products, you can ensure that your images remain safe for future generations without fear of corruption or that the media format will become obsolete like the floppy disc or the soon the CD.

All products purchased will be delivered with its corresponding low-resolution digital file and print release usable for social media and printing up to 8×10”. 

8. The Future

Think having a boudoir session is a once and done thing. It doesn’t have to be, here are just a few reasons to come back:

  • To capture how you wish to be remembered.
  • To reclaim your femininity
  • To recapture your sexiness consumed by motherhood
  • To celebrate your triumph over breast cancer or other hardships
  • To honor your recent weight loss/gain or other significant life event
  • To give as a gift to your significant other (Birthday, anniversary, or any given holiday)

Click here to download The Boudoir FAQ Guide

Keep smiling!



I personally will respond to every email, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Inner beauty radiates from within, and there’s nothing more beautiful than when a woman feels beautiful on the inside. -Erin Heatherton

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