Melisa Ford Boudoir DREAM SHOOT PLANNER & Investment Information


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

Who I am

I am an artist, a secret keeper, a storyteller, and an award-winning photographer who has been photographing women for over 16 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 Anthony Thurston

"I’m super excited about how my shoot went today and how comfortable I was! And if you ever are semi-considering some fun-for-you photos, you give this amazing woman a DM! The whole experience was fun and, did I say comfortable yet?" -Jessica

Location Options

Whether you opt for an elegant indoor session at our studio, 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! We provide an extensive prep & lingerie guide upon booking so you are totally taken care of.

Lingerie Closet

We have an ever growing client closet with lingerie, kimono's and accessories to choose from. Our closet has sizes ranging from XS-3X. 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: I'm not a size 2, is boudoir for me? A: 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: Do you share all of my images on the internet? A: Absolutely not! I only share images that my clients sign a release for allowing me to share. There are different levels of sharing too. You can choose just to share in my private group. You can choose to share publicly. Or you can keep your images completely private.

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 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! Makeup includes false lashes.



Melisa is an expert at putting her clients at ease, demonstrating poses, knowing what poses and lighting flatter best, and HAVING FUN with her clients!

"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


To book a date on my calendar, there is session fee of 375 plus tax.

What does that cover?

  • Wardrobe Consultation and Styling
  • On-Site Professional Makeup and Hair Styling by one of our talented artists
  • Up to 5 Wardrobe Changes
  • Access to my Client Lingerie Closet
  • In Person View & Order Appointment (1-7 days after session)
  • Professional retouching on every ordered image


The Product Line

You can expect to invest between 1799 - 3000+ on your custom portrait order.



The BEST way to affordably and responsibly pay 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 a date on my calendar. All payments are final and non-refundable. Once you reserve your session date, it can not be changed; cancellations/ reschedules are not permitted and require a new session fee to switch dates.


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.

Featured: Albums, 11x14 Folio Box, Rose Gold Heirloom Box, and the Black Label Digital collection.


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.


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.


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 San Marcos, CA right off the 78 freeway, minutes from interstate 5 and 15.


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 which currently ranges in size from XS to 3X!

Studio Details

So what's next?

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*Prices herein are subject to change.

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