Melisa Ford Boudoir DREAM SHOOT PLANNER

To me, boudoir photography is about empowering women and showing you how beautiful you are from the inside out. Boudoir is about the inner confidence that shines through when you feel amazing on the outside. Yes, I can also help you knock the socks off of your husband, boyfriend, or partner. But in the end, boudoir becomes a gift to yourself that tops all others. I encourage you to give yourself that gift...you deserve it.

I will make you FEEL beautiful, but more importantly, I will show you how truly beautiful you really ARE.

Who I am

I am an artist, a secret keeper, a storyteller, and an award-winning photographer who has been photographing women for over 14 years. I use my art to help women feel empowered and sexy as they learn to embrace their unique beauty and own their fierce femininity. I began my career photographing fine art nude maternity portraiture, so I can appreciate every body type there is. I am also an expert at showing off assets and hiding any flaws you wish to be hidden...it's kinda my jam.

And yes, that is ME below. I too have experienced a boudoir session!

Photo by Honey Stetson Photographer

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." -Coco Chanel

Location Options

Whether you opt for an elegant indoor session or want a romantic andplayful outdoor session, choosing the right location will ensure your photos are exactly what you imagined.

In Studio: We would love to shoot your boudoir session in the comfort of our Home Studio for an indoor, magazine-style shoot with gorgeous, natural lighting. We provide a comfortable setting where you can start your pampering with hair and makeup without having to drive around. Some options for your session include: a rustic and romantic bed, clean simple walls so that you stand out, a beautiful set of french doors, a gorgeous plush white faux fur rug, lots of throws, and hardwood floors.

Out of doors: Select an outdoor location for a more natural and flattering editorial-style boudoir session. We would be happy to suggest the perfect location for your outdoor session, whether you’re envisioning a secluded beach at sunset or a lush forest clearing. Just remember, while outdoor shoots yield stunning results, Mother Nature loves to keep us on our toes. Come prepared with plenty of water, an umbrella, natural bug repellent and a knack for rolling with the weather.

At your place: Choosing your home as your location will lend a personal and intimate touch to your photos. Plus, where else are you more at ease than in your own space? To ensure your house is ready for your session, de-clutter as much as possible and make sure all family members, roommates and pets have other plans for the day. Having the place to yourself makes it much easier to find your romantic and confident frame of mind.

Hotel: A timeless option, a hotel room provides a private space in a style of your liking. Choose a room with plenty of windows (corner rooms are usually the best) and decor that complements the look you’re going for. Our clients’ favorite and our go-to hotel is The Hotel Palomar San Diego on 5th Ave. If you need help with hotel selection, we would be happy to help.

What to Wear

What’s on the outside should reflect the inside, so the most important guideline for choosing what to wear during your session is to pick something you feel confident in. Choose options ranging from sassy lingerie, body suits, bra & panties, and stockings. If you’re feeling extra brave, you can opt to wear nothing at all for “implied nude” photos! Or you can opt for a fine art nude approach. We will capture tasteful, coy and flattering poses. Whatever you choose, we want you to feel beautiful and confident. Staying true to yourself is the most beautiful look of all!

Lingerie Closet

I have an ever growing client closet with lingerie, kimono's and accessories to choose from. However, being that every woman comes in their own unique shape and size along with style preferences, each client should bring pieces of their own. Wardrobe consultation is included with the session fee. I will even help you shop for your lingerie pieces, and help you hone the look you are after.

A Note on Retouching

We happily offer basic retouching on all our photos, which includes smoothing out an area of uneven skin tone or removing a stray hair. We do not, however, provide any body sculpting or more extensive forms of retouching. You simply don’t need it! My motto: if it's a permanent part of your body, it stays, if it's a temporary imperfection, it goes.

“I did a boudoir session just a few months after having a baby, and I was SUPER nervous at first. The atmosphere from the beginning was comfortable, we talked, joked and laughed, when stripped down to the bare minimum what else can you do!? Melisa was super professional and made everything extremely relaxed. I ended up having a blast. It will forever be one of my most favorite photo shoots ever. I absolutely 100% recommend Melisa.” —Holly

Why do a boudoir session?

Ask yourself why you want to do this? Now dig deeper. Is it for a gift, for fun, a life-change, or because you've always been curious? While I agree that all of those are perfectly acceptable and common reasons to do a boudoir session, I also believe the number one motivator behind a session should be YOU. A gift for you. Not just for the beautiful products you will receive as a result, but the actual experience itself.

There's a reason the empowerment movement is so strong right now. Women are standing up for themselves AND each other, and supporting what ever it is that makes us feel good. Self-love doesn't happen over night, and most women struggle with putting themselves first (especially us moms), but the outcome of true self-love can be the biggest blessing for both you and your loved ones. Boudoir is one of the most empowering, life-changing experience you can have. And every woman deserves it. Some of my clients do it TWICE because they just can't get enough!

So, I encourage you to reach down deep and set your fears aside for a moment. Believe in yourself. Do this for YOU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to get my products?

A: After your products are paid in full it takes about 3-4 weeks.

Q: I'm not a size 2, is boudoir for me?

A: Girl, please. You might be surprised to hear that many of my clients are moms, over the age of 30, and definitely NOT a size 2, or even a 10! Posing & lighting for everyBODY is my specialty.

Q: I am not sure I can afford you, what are my options?

A: My boudoir photography is an investment. And most importantly its an investment in YOU, which many women have a hard time with. But I've got payment plans and a boudie bank to take care of those needs. I want to make this opportunity accessible to every woman!

Q: Is hair & makeup included with the session fee?

A: YES! I have an amazing team of professional hair + makeup artists!

Q: Do you offer any discounts, sales, or promotions?

A: Now that you are on my VIP email list, you'll be receiving any special offers I put out there. Also, it's very important that you join my VIP Facebook group, so you can keep up with any special offers that I promote just in my group

SESSION INFO

Session Fee Includes

Up to 5 Wardrobe Changes

On-Site Professional Makeup and Hair Styling by one of our talented artists

Wardrobe Consultation and Styling

Access to my Client Lingerie Closet

In Person View & Order Appointment (1-7 days after session)

Professional retouching on every ordered image

$300

Once you have had the amazing experience and transformation of a boudoir shoot with us, we will schedule an in person View & Order Appointment, where you will fall head over heels in love with your images. We will custom design luxury products, beautifully crafted to perfection.

Prices are subject to change at any time. Payment plans for product purchases are available upon request. $300 session fee is required to book date. You can expect to invest between $1,800-3,000+ on your product purchase. All payments are final and non-refundable.

NO PRODUCTS ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SESSION FEE. PRODUCTS MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY AT YOUR PRIVATE VIEWING APPOINTMENT

We offer PAYMENT PLANS on product purchases, accept all major credit cards, and offer PayPal Credit. You can even begin to put money towards your products before your session with your very own "Boudie Bank"!

LUXURY PRODUCTS

I offer carefully curated collections, which are combinations of my most popular items, or you can purchase a la carte. Below are my starting prices for my products. I only offer the highest quality, heirloom products. When we chat on the phone, I'll go over the full, detailed price list with you. Yes, a phone consultation is required! Don't worry, it will only take about 10 minutes, but those 10 minutes are invaluable in terms of getting to know the photographer that will see you naked! ;-)

COLLECTIONS. I offer 3 different collections, starting at $1750. The most value can be found in collections.

A LA CARTE. Albums start at $2000 for an 8x8 with 20 images. Our heirloom box starts at $2000 and comes with up to 75 images. Metal wall portraits start at $1000 for a 16x20.

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS. Digital collections start at $3000 and include the printed proofs from your session and all of your high-resolution files on a crystal USB.

So what's next?

CHECK YOUR EMAIL for my Welcome Email. Be sure to check your spam folders or promotions tab. There you will see the next step towards an experience of a life time!

Or, if you are all set to book, then click on the button below!

From top left clockwise: Metal wall portrait, Blush collection, rose gold and gold glass heirloom box, Beauty collection, Allure collection.

ALBUM

Our luxury, fine-art, Italian leather albums are hand made with exquisite attention to detail. Each album is custom designed with your favorite images. Choose from a variety of gorgeous cover options to suite your taste.

HEIRLOOM BOX

Choose between a custom engraved, hand made wood box, gold or rose gold glass box, or fine linen. Our high-end heirloom boxes come with your favorite prints from your session and can be beautifully displayed anywhere you'd like.

We offer a full line of hand-picked, luxury products to complete your experience.

THE STUDIO

Our gorgeous, in-home, intimate studio provides the perfect setting for getting pampered, and having the experience of a life time.

CLIENT CLOSET

You will have access to our client lingerie closet with options in many sizes along with accessories such as body jewelry, comfy sweaters, knee high socks, and kimonos.

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