WHAT IS BOUDOIR? 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.
“Melisa, I am completely in LOVE with the outcome of my outdoor shoot. Not only did you help me feel comfortable in my own body, you helped me see a version of myself that I didn’t even believe existed! Seriously, I have never felt so amazingly confident about myself in my life, especially after a couple kids. I can not thank you enough for for the wonderful gift you have given me. You have an enormous heart and it shine through in your work. Any woman would be lucky to go through this experience with you, and should! I recommend than no one should pass up an opportunity with you behind the lens.” -Karina
Whether you opt for an elegant indoor session or want a romantic and playful outdoor session, choosing the right location will ensure your photos are exactly what you imagined.
In Studio: Imagine a magazine-style shoot with gorgeous, natural lighting where we provide a comfortable setting to start your pampering with hair and makeup in one convenient location.
Out of doors: Select an outdoor location for a more natural and flattering editorial-style boudoir session. (Date, time, and location must be pre-arranged prior to booking)
At your place: Choosing your home as your location will lend a personal and intimate touch to your photos. (By request/ upon approval)
Hotel: A timeless option, a hotel room provides a private space in a style of your liking. (By request/ upon approval)
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!
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES
"Melisa seriously rocks. The whole experience, from booking to ordering products was really easy and fun. On shoot day, Melisa brought in an awesome HMUA, who helped me find the right balance of drama and natural make up. When we were shooting my photos, I found this comfort and confidence in my own skin that I never knew I had. Melisa had an amazingly quick turnover between the shoot and viewing my photos, and I fell in love with probably every photo she took of me. The products are super high quality, and worth every penny. I overwhelmingly recommend booking a shoot with her!" -Rachel
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.
Our gorgeous natural light studio provides the perfect setting for getting pampered, feeling sexy AF, and having the experience of a life time.
Located in Oceanside, CA
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. We are continuously adding new pieces to our closet!