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

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. My Boudie Bank (pre-paying for products & the most common option) or payment plans (after your session) are 2 options available to make saving for a session easier. I want to make this opportunity accessible to every woman! See below for more info.

Q: Is hair & makeup included with the session fee? A: YES! I have an amazing team of professional hair + makeup artists!

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

$375 + tax

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

Scroll down for full product pricing.

THE INVESTMENT

I offer carefully curated collections, which are combinations of my most popular items, or you can purchase a la carte. You can expect to invest between $1800-$3000+ on your portrait order.

COLLECTIONS

ALLURE — $4000 (save $2850)

  • 10x10 album or 5x7 heirloom box
  • 1 16x20 metal wall portrait
  • 1 8x10 custom framed nightstand/ bedside print or 8x10 acrylic block
  • All of your high-res digital files printable up to 8x10 with print release on a crystal & rose gold USB
  • Your very own mobile app with your favorite images for sharing on your phone
  • 20% off a la carte purchases (day of viewing only)

Beauty — $2450 (save $1000)

  • 8x8 album or 4x6 heirloom box
  • 1 5x7 custom framed night stand print or 5x7 acrylic block
  • 10 high-res digital files printable up to 8x10 with print release on a crystal & rose gold USB
  • Your very own mobile app with your favorite images for sharing on your phone
  • 15% off a la carte purchases (day of viewing only)

Blush — $1750 (save $500)

  • 1 16x20 metal wall portrait
  • 6 mounted 5x7 prints in a box with display easel
  • 5 high-res digital files printable up to 8x10 with print release (digital download)
  • 10% off a la carte purchases (day of viewing only)

A LA CARTE

METAL WALL PORTRAITS

  • 30x40 - $3000
  • 24x36 - $2500
  • 20x30 - $1900
  • 16x20 - $1000

ALBUMS

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  • 15x10 (up to 30 images) - $2850
  • 12x8 (up to 25 images) - $ 2500
  • 10x8 (up to 20 images) - $2150

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  • 10x10 (up to 25 images) - $2300
  • 8x8 (up to 20 images) - $2000

Album Upgrades (can be added to any album or collection purchase): acrylic photo cover - $150, additional spreads (1-2 images) - $150/ each, etched leather - $50. All of our gorgeous albums are printed on archival photographic paper, your choice of leather or linen cover, and are packaged in a graphite album box for safe keeping.

HEIRLOOM BOX choose from handcrafted engraved wood, gold or rose gold glass, or fine linen. Comes with up to 75 images from your session printed on photographic paper. 5x7 - $2300, 4x6 - $2000

ADD-ONS

Add-ons are available after a minimum $1000 purchase.

  • mobile app - $300
  • retro viewfinder - $275
  • gift print (5x7 or 8x10) - $75
  • single digital file - $100
  • session slideshow - $300, ($275 with purchase of the beauty or allure collection)

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

All of your high-resolution files on a gorgeous crystal & rose gold USB with the printed proofs from your session beautifully displayed in a custom box. Includes a print release and recommended online printing lab.

Proofs + USB - $3000 • Wine + proofs + USB - $3200

PRE-PAY AND SLAY

The BEST way to affordable and responsibly pay for and plan for your session is with my BOUDIE BANK. I highly recommend setting up your Boudie Bank Account when you book your session so that you can start saving for your portrait products before your session. This works best when you book 3-6 months in advance. You determine the monthly amount you want to contribute to your Boudie Bank Account, and then when your session rolls around you already have money set aside to spend! The best part - it's INTEREST FREE!

Need to book a session last minute? No problem. I offer PayPal credit and accept all major credit cards. In-house payment plans are available upon request.

Prices are subject to change at any time. $375 session fee is required to book date. All payments are final and non-refundable.

MELISA FORD BOUDOIR PRODUCT LINE

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.

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.

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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