Frequently Asked Questions

A woman looks at her reflection in a rainy window during a boudoir shoot

Q: Can we meet before my photo session, to plan out what we’re going to photograph?

We love meeting with clients before photo sessions — in fact, we prefer to work that way — in order to discuss your comfort levels and the type of imagery you like. The point is to capture beautiful photos of you being yourself in your place or a location where you feel comfortable with the surroundings.

Q: Where will we hold our photo session?

Our ideal location is usually your home. If your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light or isn’t the most picturesque backdrop for whatever reason, we do have pre-selected locations that we sometimes offer clients.

Alternatively, we recommend picking out an Airbnb space. It’s amazing how many well-decorated and beautiful spaces you can find. Bonus: you can have a little getaway once the shoot is over. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the right apartment/house, so you can also check sites Peerspace and VRBO.

Before booking a space, feel free to ask our opinion. We usually can tell you if it will be an ideal space or not. Be sure to ask for photos of the space to make sure it’s the aesthetic you’re going for.

Q: I’m transgendered, genderqueer, nonbinary, or otherwise not cisgender; will you photograph me?

Of course! Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are welcomed at Bull City Boudoir, with open arms. We want our photographs to reflect who you are and who you aspire to be.

Q: What should I wear?

The clothes you pick can depend on your comfort level and vision for the session. We tell our clients to plan clothes based on a ‘special Saturday / lazy Sunday’ routine, which usually includes underwear, t-shirts, and jeans. On the must-have list, we usually put multiple colors of the following: lingerie, underwear, t-shirts, and jeans. Wear the clothes you feel most comfortable in. If you feel comfortable the photos will show that.

The session can begin with you being in underwear/lingerie but it doesn’t necessarily have to end this way.

Q: I want to be photographed, but don’t want other people to see them. Can that be arranged?

Absolutely! We value your privacy. Your proofs will be delivered in a private gallery to which only you have access. Furthermore, no matter how much we love your images, we will not display your photos in our portfolio or promotional materials without your written consent.

Q: Do you photograph men, couples, or non-binary relationships?

Yes, we photograph men and also intimate couple’s/groups.

Q: I paid for a photo session and had to cancel. Can you refund my deposit?

As stated on our booking page, deposits are not refundable, but you can apply them to a future shoot. (If you do need to cancel or reschedule, we do ask for 24 hours’ notice, if possible, else you may be charged the remainder of the balance for your shoot.)

Q: My friend and I want to book photo sessions and come at the same time, is that possible?

Yes, we can accommodate more than one person at a time, up to groups of 5. The maximum number of ‘looks’ we can do in a day is 6 (for the group) without help. The more people that come together, the longer the process takes, but as long as you have the time to do it, it can be a lot of fun to shoot with friends.

If you plan to book sessions together, please make a note of your friends’ names on the booking form. Of course, everyone pays for their own package and must pay a separate deposit when the shoot is booked. For larger groups (3, or more) we will only shoot single looks, as hair and make-up preparation takes the most time. If you have a larger group, we do have multiple freelance hair and make-up artists with whom we work and who can be hired for the day. This does add additional expense. (Generally, $250 per H/MUA and $100 per assistant.)

Q: What can I do to make my experience great and to make it easy to have a fantastic photo session?

Hydrate and get plenty of rest before your session day. Leave your inhibitions at the door, come in the right frame of mind, feel confident, revel in who you are, and be prepared to have fun and celebrate yourself.

Q: I have concerns about my figure or skin problems, what can be done to make my areas of worry look better?

Nobody and no body is perfect, but everbody and every body is beautiful..

We can assure you that whatever is worrying you is ‘normal’ and is something we’ve encountered and conquered with our skill sets. Our photographer is an accomplished retoucher. He can address almost anything that could distract from your image.

Though we want you to celebrate who you are and feel confident in your own skin, we gladly retouch photos for our clients, with their guidance and with the level of care and consideration that we would expect with our own photos. We will never make you look fake or plastic, and would never make you look like someone else.

Our goal is to make you look and feel your very best, and we take the time to do that on your photos. If you have a particular concern, please let us know the day of your shoot, so that we might be able to address it, practically, in-camera, with light, makeup, wardrobe, posing, etc, if possible.

Q: Do you photograph products for websites or advertisements?

Absolutely! Our photographer’s first professional gig was photographing product photography at a leading N.C. catalog retailer with an international presence. Please contact us with details for your project for a quote.

Q: I’m building a modeling portfolio, would you be willing to photograph me TFP or TFCD?

Our photographer only works TFP/CD with a limited number of collaborators of his choosing. While unlikely, feel free to contact us.