Dream Shoot Planner Be Bold. Be You.

"I believe women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds are beautiful, but sometimes we need somebody else to show us..." - Maria Ruscitti

My name is Maria Ruscitti and I own Central Connecticut's premier boudoir studio. Through a passion for photography and a desire to help women discover their inner and outer beauty, I have cultivated a strong business presence helping women in the area to truly believe in their beauty. Most of us women struggle with self image. Why do we struggle with this? Because we internalize the unrealistic physical expectations that are portrayed through the media and often feel dowdy, unappealing, and inferior. I'm telling you that you're lovely.

Do you know that you're beautiful? Are you still trying to fit into an impossible mold, thinking you could be perfect if you could just fix one little thing? You won't find perfection by losing a few more pounds or trying to hide each imperceptible blemish. You are perfectly beautiful now.

At Boudoir by Lensflare, we provide professional hair and makeup services not to make you look better, but to help you see that you are gorgeous. When you know how fabulous you are, that confidence exudes from your photos, and that makes such a drastic difference between what you see in the mirror and your pictures. It's not about how you look but rather how you feel about the way you look. Confidence is truly a beautiful thing. Confidence is what we all need. Confidence, self acceptance and personality is what I bring out in the women I photograph. I need you to know you're perfect now. It is my job to coach and find the model within you that I know is there. Some of us forget what it's like to feel beautiful and strong along the way. We get to busy with our lives, our family & our job. This experience is for you to feel that again ... because you truly are perfect right now. Want to know more? Check out MORE!


Once you arrive our professional hair/makeup artist will be ready to create the perfect look you're going for! We include your professional hair/makeup services, we have sets/props that will create a variety of looks within your photoshoot, we'll help you with your outfit selection once you book, we have some outfits and accessories you can use for your shoot if you'd like, we use flattering lighting, and we will pose you down to your fingertips! As you can see there's nothing to worry about, we've got you covered! With our all female staff you're in good hands, and we can't wait for your shoot!

  • Hair and Makeup - 45-60 min
  • Photoshoot - 60 - 80 min
  • Break - 15 min
  • Reveal Session - 30-45 min

Professional hair and makeup services are included with your photo shoot experience! Once you book your shoot, we'll send you a fun questionnaire where you can tell us exactly the look you're going for! The day of your shoot, your stylist will be prepared to create the perfect look for you! We will review this chart with you the day of your shoot. Your stylist will also discuss makeup colors and styles based on your final outfit selections. Professional hair and makeup is such an essential part of the boudoir photography experience; it can make or break your photo shoot and that's why we only work with the best makeup and hair artists! I have two professional hair/makeup stylists that I've worked with for years. Not only do they know how to give you the perfect look you're wanting, but most importantly they know how to do makeup for the particular lighting and photography we use!

Do you have a specific look in mind? In addition to your questionnaire, feel free to create a pinterest board and send us the link! maria@lensflarephotodesign.com

"One of the most common worries about doing a Boudoir Shoot is "What will I wear?" DON'T WORRY! We'll work together to find the perfect outfits that will flatter your body and make you feel confident and sexy!" - Maria

We recommend you bring lots of things when you arrive and we can help you narrow them down once you are here!

If you're curious to see what we have give us a call or an email and we'll set you up with a free consult and tour of the studio! In addition to these helpful resources we also advise you to make a pinterest board with outfit ideas that you love!

Your Session


45-60 minutes hair/makeup

60 minutes shooting

45-60 minutes break while we edit

60 minutes same day viewing/ordering


You will receive your final order in 3 weeks or less. If you have a specific date that you need your photos by let us know ahead of time and we can make that happen for you.


Once you book your shoot you'll receive our welcome email and questionnaire. In our welcome email we'll share with you tips for preparing for your photo shoot. It's all optional and super easy stuff like, "drink more water, arrive with a clean face for makeup application, etc." We'll also send you our super fun questionnaire. This will help us to tailor your photoshoot to be the photoshoot of your dreams. We also LOVE when our clients share images that they love! If you have time, create a pinterest board and pin some photos that you're drawn to. Once you're done you can send us the link to your board! If you don't have time, no worries at all. When you arrive for your shoot, I'll show you photos on our ipad and you can tell me which looks you love best. This will help us tailor the shoot to your exact needs.

Your Order

Isn't it awesome that you'll get to view and order your favorite photos the same day as your shoot? No scheduling ANOTHER day to come back, everything is done for you, and in one day! Our clients love that they don't have to wait to see their gorgeous photos! We'll show you to our viewing room where you'll have a cozy seat to sit in and we'll have snacks on the table. First we'll start out with a slideshow of your portraits so you can just sit back and enjoy them. Once we've reviewed them all via the slideshow we'll go through and narrow them down to your favorites.

Our clients always joke that they don't know how they're going to choose because they love them all! We think that's a good problem to have but we want to assure you that we'll totally help you narrow them down to your favorites. We offer per image pricing and incentives if you purchase a certain number images, like albums, and boxes. Our albums are very popular for boudoir! We also have wall canvases that are perfect to hang in the bedroom, in the walk in closet, in your master bath, in his workshop, etc. Most of our clients get their photos in an album along with one or more wall canvases to display privately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm not a lingerie type girl. Can I still do boudoir?

A: Absolutely! Lingerie is not the only way to look and feel sexy. You can do a boudoir shoot wearing a dress, robe, button-up, etc. Let us know if you are interested in a more in-depth wardrobe consult.

Q: I'm not sure I feel comfortable spending money on myself.

A: I totally understand. That's why we offer payment plans to make a boudoir portrait experience manageable for any budget. This is an experience that you will cherish for your lifetime and you'll be able to look back at your pictures and cherish the memories and experience for years to come.

Q: What if l don't like my pictures?

A: After photographing women for over eight years, I'm confident that you will be thrilled with the finished product. However, if for any reason you're unsatisfied you may opt out of purchasing your photos.

Q: Do you include hair extensions?

A: If you'd like hair extensions you'll need to arrive with them in and your hair artist will style them in with your natural hair.

Q: Can I bring someone with me to the shoot?

A: You are welcome to bring a guest, either a friend family member. We ask that you inform us of the guest before the shoot, and please limit to one person as we have limited shooting space. They may wait in the waiting room during your session. Also during shooting we have a strict "no boys allowed" policy to maintain the comfort of everyone there.

Q: I don't think I can afford this.

A: We offer payment plans with no interest that we tailor to your specific needs. Would you like me to explain how that would work for you? maria@lensflarephotodesign.com

Q: Can I just get the digitals?

A: The cooresponding digitals come with any collection you purchase. You may opt out of the product for just the files, but the price will remain the same.

Q: Can I bring someone to the viewing?

A: Yes, you may bring 1 person with you to the viewing. Please note that we do one viewing session 30 minutes following your shoot, so be sure they know to be on time.

Q: What if l want a product you don't offer?

A: You get the duplicate digital file of any picture you purchase, so you'll be able to create whatever you want with your digital files. If it's something we can create, we will help you in designing it.

Q: After my order is placed, will I be able to purchase more from that shoot in the future?

A: No. We do one viewing and ordering session. With storage restraints, we only keep the images you purchase. In special circumstances we may do one additional purchase session up to a month after the shoot, after that all images will be deleted.

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