Session Prep Guide intimate portraits by erika gayle

What to Expect

Session Consult

Before you book your session time, the first step is for us to have a quick 15 minute chat either on the phone or video call. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, and talk about how a session works from start to finish. We'll chat about your print product options, wardrobe, and book a date for your shoot.

Prepping for Your Session

It's a great idea to start thinking about what you want to wear in advance of your shoot. Feel free to ask for suggestions, I'm happy to help.

In the days leading up to your shoot, make sure to get PLENTY OF REST!! Drink lots of water. Treat your body with kindness. Make sure to eat a good meal and STRETCH before your session, posing is HARD WORK!!

If you're going to colour your hair, get your nails done, wax, or have a facial, I recommend doing this 3-5 days prior to your session.

You WILL be orange if you tan before your session, so I do not recommend this. Please avoid self-tanner as it can create a mess and stain my set which is no fun for anybody!

Arrive for your session with no bra and loose-fitting underwear, if possible. This helps to avoid those mean red lines on your skin once you change into your first outfit.

Don't be shy to ask for certain poses or nudes! I'm happy to get any shots you want!

Schedule a night out with your gal pals or your significant other, because you're going to look and feel AMAZING after your session and it's a shame to just head right home and take it all off.

During Your Session

I’ll show you each pose and direct you, so you aren’t left wondering what to do! Your job is to worry about arching your back, pointing your toes, and hold that pose for as long as you can. 😉

Relax! This session is all about YOU, so don't be afraid to have fun, be yourself, LAUGH, and play around! This gives me the opportunity to capture your personality and it'll reflect in your final images.

After Your Session

2-3 weeks after your session, I'll invite you to come back to our home studio for your in-person reveal. Due to the nature of boudoir sessions, I do not post sneak peeks unless you have signed a model release, so this will be the first time you see your images.

Sneak peeks are ONLY posted in our private VIP group on Facebook, usually a few days after your shoot. Click the button below to join.

It is VERY important that anyone whose decision is necessary for this investment be present at your ordering appointment. This part is the best part of the entire process, watching your portraits come to life through printed products.

Your ordering appointment will take about an hour. Your order must be paid in full during this appointment. All sales are final due to the custom nature of our products. Payment plans are available, just ask at your reveal! Click the button below for more information on your options.

Once your order is paid in full, I will begin retouching your images, and deliver you your digital proofs. If you ordered an album, you'll be able to make changes to and approve your album layout online.

Once you've approved your final images, I'll send them off to the professional labs we work closely with, to create your archival quality products. Typical turn-around is 4-6 weeks.

What to Wear?

This is my most-asked question when it comes to boudoir sessions. The short answer is... anything you want!

I wrote an in-depth blog post about wardrobe for your session, check it out by clicking the link below!

I also have a small selection of lingerie items in my client closet you are welcome to pull from to supplement your own wardrobe. Don't fret - we wash each piece between clients! If you want to pull from our wardrobe, please bring a nude or black thong or panty to wear underneath.

Session Fee

Our pricing is simple! First you start with the session fee that includes your pre-session consultation, professional hair and makeup, creative session, retouching of artist selected images images, and an in-person reveal appointment to select your favourites.


* $99 retainer required to book your session time and date, your remaining balance must be paid in full one week before your session.

Your retainer is non-refundable. I understand that plans change and things need to be rescheduled, so your retainer may be applied to ONE re-scheduled session should the need arise.

Prints and digital negatives are not included, and may be ordered at your reveal appointment. Please see our Product & Pricing Guide for full details.

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Erika Hodson

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