Boudoir FAQ

We know that everyone who is considering the world of boudoir has lots of questions so let’s go over some of the details of what you can expect with your experience with us. First off; yes, all of our clients get nervous about coming in to see us and that is a completely normal! Having tons of questions is completely ok, especially when it’s about getting down into your intimates! We suggest reading through our BOUDOIR FAQ’s to help with some of the fears about getting in touch with us and to answer some of the questions you may have. We would also love to chat with you about some of the finer details and to answer any further questions so please contact us via our email or by phone at 403.452.4515.

How do I know which Miss Behave Session is for me?

Miss Behave offers six different sessions that were created based on how many outfits and sets you would like. The Quick & Dirty session is an hour and half of shooting time and is great if you have 3 different looks that you love. If you are hoping to have a collection with quite a few of different looks then we suggest the Late Night Session. With the Late Night session we can do up to 6 wardrobe changes on up to 6 different backgrounds so it makes for a great variety of sexy shots. Our Overnighter Session is perfect for an all day pampering experience that will give you a large variety of both looks and set ups. With the Overnighter you can also get two completely different hair and make up looks so you can explore your naughty and nice side! We also have created brand new sessions for our Brides and Momma’s to be that both include three outfits and a an hour and a half of shooting time. Our Girls Just Want to Have Fun Mini sessions are great for getting your girlfriends together for an unforgettable night of fun! Our Mini Session’s include one outfit and background and are 35 minutes of shooting time. For more specific information on our sessions you can click here.

What do I bring with me to my shoot?

We suggest bringing as many sexy outfits, jewellery, props, and your highest of heels as you like! (Now you have a great excuse to go on Victoria Secret and splurge!) We will help you, with our boudoir styling expertise, to go through  everything that you brought to put together all your amazing looks you will be shot in.  It is highly recommended that you bring 2 pairs of pull up stockings in either sheer, fishnet, or any style that you love as they look hot with any look!  You can also bring along your iPod with your favorite play lists that get you in the mood and a bottle of wine to help loosen you up (white wine is preferred as it doesn’t stain your teeth).

What do you suggest for outfits?

Anything can be sexy!! We definitely suggest bringing a corset or a favorite piece of lingerie, a push up bra and matching pantie set, and some boy shorts.  Other idea’s for outfits: a seductive sheer top or dress, a loose sweater, hats, your man’s shirt and tie, brightly colorful panties and bra’s (pink, purple, teal, red), lots of personal jewellery ( long necklaces and some bling are great!), sexy skirts, a leather jacket, your favorite LBD, garters, a chiffon scarf, or a cute baby doll. Naughty props such as whips, crops, or handcuff’s or a fun wig. The possibilities are endless!! Another idea is to bring themed outfits like a retro pin up outfit, a bad cop, a french maid, a sexy cowgirl or a naughty school girl. And of course, lots and lots of high heels in lots of different colors and styles!! Just have fun with it! We will send you a detailed PDF with lots of specific idea’s on what to bring with you once your session is booked with us and we are more than happy to make some suggestions if you need some additional guidance.

Do you provide outfits and props for the shoot?

We do have a “Vixen Wardrobe” that you are more than happy to utilize to add onto the outfits you brought. We have everything from a an amazing admiral pin up girl ensemble to a Marie Antoinette outfit. We have petticoats, corsets,  heels (mostly sized 8.5 – 10), vintage jewellery, feather fans, vintage hats, over-sized feathers, ornate masks, crinoline’s and everything in between.

How many outfits should I bring?

As many as you like and we will tailor them down once you get here. As a loose guideline the Quick & Dirty we can shoot up to 3 outfits, the Late Night Session is up to 6 outfits and the Overnighter session the outfits are unlimited.

What backgrounds and furniture do you have to choose from?

We have a 1700 Sq FT studio so we are able to to keep up tons of different permanent installations so we can move around quickly to get lots of variety in your shoot. We have a permanent installations of a beautiful purple damask wall with luxurious purple velvet curtains and our vintage pink couch; our glitzy black and gold set with matching gold vintage couch; our super girly pink and gray damask set with vintage desk and vanity; our ethereal backlit corner; rustic wood wall and a our vintage chocolate brown with vintage couch .Our interchangeable backgrounds include a vintage pink, slate grey and teal peacock, sparkly silver, playful teal and sparkly gold, whimsical baby blue, industrial silver,  black and white damask, red damask, smoky gray, metallic or satin purple, metallic orange, golden stripes, pin up red and white polka dots, and red and white circus stripes. We also have the most amazing vintage pink couch and matching chair, a beautiful vintage gold couch, antique floral chair, a leather club chair, a petite ornate classic chair, a leather ottoman which can double as a bed, stools, a lovely pink fun fur rug, sheets, & various blankets. You will also receive a visual on background choices via email once your session time slot has been secured.

How long is the session?

It depends on which session and styling package you have chosen but each shoot takes anywhere from 3–8 hours. Once you arrive, we will go through your outfits and start with our wardrobe styling to get your perfectly suited looks. Once we have your looks put together we will make final decisions about your background and prop choices. From there, you head into our in-studio hair and make up salon for styling which typically takes about an hour (but can vary based on the look you want to achieve). Also, there is some additional time added to your shoot for wardrobe and prop changes.

Do I need to use your hair and make up stylist?

No, you don’t have to, but they come highly recommended to get the looks that you see on our website. Their services are not only amazing but also add to the whole glamorous experience! Make up application for studio photography is very different than everyday make up and our stylists have been in the industry for over a decade. Our makeup styling also includes false lashes, so unless you have a specific style that you love, then we have you covered!

Does Miss Behave have a studio?

Yes, we have a 1700 sq ft downtown studio, located in the historical Grain Exchange building, that is completely dedicated to boudoir photography. Our gorgeous studio is equipped with a hair and make up mini salon, a separate lounging area, and large photo studio area with various permanent sets. We also have a small kitchenette with mini fridge so please feel free to bring drinks and /or a snack along to your shoot.

Where is the studio?

Our studio is located in the lower level of the historic Grain Exchange Building downtown Calgary. We are easily accessible from all area’s of the city and there is lots of hourly parking located close to our building. We are also perfectly located to go and grab a bite or cocktail with your partner or girlfriend, to celebrate once you have completed your shoot! Once your session has been booked, an email will be sent to you with a map and directions on how to find us as well as parking suggestions.

Do you shoot in a hotel? Or on location?

We prefer to shoot in our studio as we have numerous backdrops, props, and hair and make up area’s on site. We are more than happy to discuss any On location shoot idea’s that you may have and our on location sessions start at $1000.

Is your photographer a female and how long has the photographer been shooting for?

Yes, we have an all female staff here at Miss Behave from our photographer, to our stylist, to our retouching artist. Alix, the principle photographer, got her Photography degree from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2001. She has been shooting all over the city both commercially and personally ever since. She has shot everything from recording artist Ben E. King to international weddings to high profile fashion clientele.

Do you retouch the photo’s?

Yes, we do beauty retouching to all of your final images that you have chosen. Our beauty airbrushing includes skin perfecting ( wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite) and body contouring.  We are also very careful to not overly retouch the photo’s…the last thing we would want is for you not to recognize yourself in the photo’s. We just make it look like you had a great night’s sleep and have been taking very good care of yourself.

Will you help me pose?

Yes! Our photographer will give you a ton of direction throughout the shoot in terms of everything from your poses, to what to do with your hands, to how to obtain that “sexy” look with your facial expressions ( a scary though we know!). We promise that you will feel at ease as soon as you walk through our studio door as we run a very friendly and laid back studio. Alix will make you forget those nerves ever existed and we are constantly told how easy she makes the shoot : )

Do I have to be a size 2 to get great photo’s? And what if I don’t like my thighs/tummy/arms?

Not at all and there is no need to worry! Miss Behave celebrates women of all shapes and sizes and we are here to help you to embrace your body as it is today.  We have an arsenal of poses and lighting techniques that can hide any area’s that you may feel self conscious about but by the end of the shoot the last thing you will be thinking of is your ‘problem area’.

I have a lot of girlfriends that want to come in at the same time. Do you offer boudoir parties?

Yes, we have a “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Session that is perfect for bachelorette parties, birthday parties or just a great night out with your ladies. We offer the GJWTHF for groups of ladies up to 10 however we can only accommodate up to 6 mini individual shoots over the course of your event. The best part of the evening is getting a large group shot with everyone that attended and it is definitely an experience none of your ladies will ever forget!

Who is your typical customer?

Our ladies are an amazing diverse mix of women in all shapes ranging in age from 21 all the way past 70. They are modern and classy ladies who are celebrating and treating themselves to a once in a lifetime experience or is looking to give the perfect gift for her partner.  Our clients come in to celebrate their own milestone birthday’s, to rediscover their sexuality, to gain confidence, and to embrace their uniquely beautiful selves. Some give their beautiful photo’s as a sexy gift for a wedding day present, an anniversary, a birthday or as a just because. Our goal for all of our clients is to walk out of her boudoir experience with Miss Behave feeling sexy, confident and most importantly, beautiful!

Do I have to get naked?

No, not at all! We will do strategically covered topless shots but there is never any full nudity in a typical shoot. Leaving a little to the imagination will drive any man wild! If you are interested in any nude shots a consultation will be required to discuss your idea’s prior to your shoot.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, we require $150 deposit for the Quick & Dirty Session and $250 for the Late Night and Overnighter Sessions. Deposits are non-refundable / non-transferrable and the remaining amount is due the day of the shoot.

How can I pay?

We accept Debit, Cash, Visa and MasterCard.

I think this is a great gift idea…do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we have professionally designed gift certificates that are finished off with a perfect little bow.

Will my images appear on your website or in your promotions?

We will never post anything on our site or in our promotional materials unless we have written approval on the specific shots we would like to use. We respect all our clientele’s wishes and there is absolutely no pressure to allow us to use your boudoir images.

How far in advance should I book?

We suggest booking your photo session about six weeks before you would like your final images back. After your boudoir photo session, we will get your digital proofs to you within 2 weeks of your shoot date.  Most reprints and albums can be turned around within a week and a half of your order being placed with us. However, our availability on the weekend is booked well in advance so it you are hoping for a Saturday afternoon we suggest getting in touch with us about 2 months beforehand. We can also do rush orders for an additional $75 rush fee.

Can I print my pictures if I purchase a USB?

Yes, when you purchase a USB of high resolution files we also include a letter with usage rights and permission to print. These images will also not have any watermarks on them and can be printed up to 24″ x 36″.

How long does it take for me to see my proofs?

Your online photo proofs will be ready within 2 weeks of your shoot unless previously discussed.

How do I view my images after the shoot?

We will send you a link to our secure online proofing software and a password so you can view them directly from your home computer. You can also set up a viewing time in our studio so we grab a coffee (or a glass of wine) and can go through them together. We are more than happy to help you with the hard decisions of what final images you would like!

How many digital proofs do I get?

Once your shoot is complete, we do an edit of all your shots to pick out the shots where you look nothing less than fabulous.  There is no set number of proofs but on average you get 75–100 shots/hour of shooting.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that everyone gets sick once and awhile or has to go out of town for work last minute. However, 72 hours notice is required before the day of your shoot to be eligible to use your initial deposit towards another session. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. There is a $50 rescheduling fee for anything less than 48 hours notice. In the case that you miss your appointment completely and a stylist has been booked, then a $75 no-show fee will be billed to your credit card to cover her lost time.

What if I am really nervous?

Everyone is a little nervous of the idea of getting into your intimates in front of a camera and that is completely normal!  We guarantee you by the time you are 10 minutes into your shoot you will have let go of your butterflies and be enjoying every minute of your session. We will welcome you into our friendly and professional studio and coach you every step of the way. We absolutely promise that you will have the time of your life and we will make the process super fun and easy throughout the entire experience!

What if I am not photogenic?

Everyone is their worst critic and we promise that you will be nothing less than thrilled when you see your final results. We will make you feel super relaxed yet super sexy and will show you all the poses in such a way that you will forget to make any awkward faces : )

What do I do to prepare?

Once you have booked your boudoir photoshoot we also recommend getting hair touch ups, waxing, and manicure/pedicures done prior to the day of your shoot. We don’t recommend getting spray tans and ask you to embrace your natural hue even in the middle of a Calgary winter. We also suggest staying away from self tanners unless you are an expert at application. The last thing you want is streaky legs and orange palms!  The day of your shoot drink plenty of water, moisturize your entire body and don’t forget to have a little snack before you come. If you are getting your hair and make up done please come with a fresh clean face and non-styled dry hair.

Can I bring my partner/husband/or friend?

We recommend bringing your partner to a consultation appointment but not to your shoot. Then there will still be an element of surprise even if your boudoir photo shoot hasn’t been kept a secret. You are more than welcome to bring a girlfriend to the shoot if it makes you more comfortable. Or even better find a friend that is interested in getting her own shots done and you can go through the experience together. We offer a BFF discount if you come together and you will both get a bonus $25 credit toward your product order. Our studio does have separate area’s for shooting and our lobby so it is ok if you aren’t comfortable getting down to your intimates around one another.

Do you shoot couples or men?

We are open to shooting couples but recommend coming in for a consultation together so we can discuss your expectations for the shoot. Currently we are not shooting Dudoir (men’s boudoir sessions.)

What products do you offer?

We offer enlargements, canvas prints, albums, leather tri-folds, and calendar design. We also have a list of custom printing that is available upon request .Once  you have booked your session you will receive our full price list and album options via email.

Do you offer consultations?

Yes, we do offer complimentary consultations if you would like to come in and meet us before the day of your shoot. I am also more than happy have an in depth phone conversation where I can answer all your questions and we can chat more about your personalized shoot.

Still have some unanswered questions?

We would love to chat with you! Send us a note below including your phone number and we would be more than happy to give you a call or have you come down to the studio and chat in person.

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