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It’s normal to be a little nervous leading up to your boudoir session…I mean you’re about to take off your clothes (or most of them) in front of a photographer that you probably don’t know very well! I get it! I’d be nervous too!

But don’t be too nervous. Every client starts out a little nervous but is always chatty and relaxed by the end.

There are a few tips I give all my clients to ease any worries they may have and to help them show up to their session as prepared as possible. After all, you’re doing this to celebrate you and it should be fun!

01. Unless you’re working with a makeup artist and stylist at the shoot, have your hair, makeup, and lashes done upon arrival! You can do these either by yourself or by a professional. It’ whatever you need to do to feel more confident and glamorous. Just be sure you do what looks like you!

02. Do NOT wash your hair the day of your shoot. I would wash it the night before. The natural oils in your hair will help your hair style ‘hold’ better. If you must wash your hair the day of, don’t show up to your session with wet or damp hair.

03. Wear loose clothing before the shoot so you prevent marks on your skin. Avoid wearing socks, underwear, or a bra to the session as well because these tend to leave lines on your skin and these are difficult to remove in photos.

04. Use clear deodorant…for obvious reasons…

05. Bring at least 2 outfits to your session plus a plain bra and thong set in nude or black. It’s always good to have these staple items with us during a shoot.

06. Don’t forget the shoes! Tall….Sexy HIGH heels! Tall quirky socks or leg warmers can be quite sexy as well. Consider a favorite sports jersey or dress shirt or tie that belongs to your significant other. A simple and casual dress tie can be sexier than you think!

07. Don’t do anything drastic to your body/skin right before the session – IF you must have a haircut, hair treatment, facial, tan, wax, or tweeze; do this several days before so your body has time to recover.

08. Stop tanning at least three days before your shoot. If you don’t normally tan….DON’T start! Tanning beds and spray tans can make you look orange.

09. Take care of any waxing/shaving in the sensitive areas (such as bikini line) at least the 2-3 days before to avoid irritation and redness.

10. I recommend a manicure and pedicure for your session, your nails will show up in close ups. Or take off any remaining nail polish you currently have…chipped nails are not cute!

11. Make sure you drink plenty of water 24 hours before to avoid dehydration and looking tired. Do NOT drink alcohol the night before and make sure you get plenty of rest the night before. A boudoir session is more of a workout than you think!

12. And most importantly: get ready to HAVE FUN!

P.S. – Interested in having a boudoir session? Sign up for our fall mini sessions! More details can be found here!

It’s mini session time y’all!

Have you ever wanted to do a boudoir session but haven’t taken the leap yet? Well you’re in luck because it’s boudoir time!

I’m beyond thrilled to offer boudoir mini sessions this fall just in time for the holidays! On Saturday, November 11th we will be gathering for our sessions at a stunning studio space in Lawrenceville, GA (stay tuned for sneak peak pictures soon!). You’ll be pampered and have plenty of time to get all dolled up!

Mini sessions are $200 and include:

  • 1 hour of photo time in an amazing studio space!
  • High resolution copies of your images with rights to print
  • Makeup done before your session with a makeup artist in the studio

Sign ups for mini-sessions come on a first-come, first-serve basis. All mini sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable due to limited studio availability and a high demand for mini session dates and times.

How do I sign up?

1. Email Me! (amandaoliviaphotography@gmail.com)

2. In the email, please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Reason for the shoot (gift for a loved one, just for you, etc.)
  • Preferred time slot: a) early morning b) late morning c) early afternoon d) late afternoon
  • Anything special I should know!

3. I will correspond with you and give you a specific time slot on November 11th.

4. Sign your session contract and pay for your session!

If you have any questions about how mini sessions work please leave a comment below or send me an email! I hope to see you there!

Welcome to Part 2 of the Film Series!

You can read Part 1 on why I love film and why I value this medium here.

One question I get asked a lot from potential clients is, “So do I still get digital pictures or am I only getting prints?”

This is a great question!

And the short answer is….Yes! You do get high quality digital images in return,  just as you would from a purely digital photographer.

But there is more to it than that short answer….it’ such a cool process how we get from taking an image at an event, to delivering a high quality jpeg image to you. I think the details are totally worth sharing!

Film is a little different now than it was when I was a kid. Do you all remember the days of disposal and  35mm film cameras? I would carry those cameras around…take pictures of random things that I just had to capture (mostly animals and plants), and then drop off the rolls of film or disposable cameras at Walgreens. I’d come back a little while later, and there I’d have an envelope full of 4×6 photos. If I was lucky I got a few keepers, the rest would have a finger in the top corner of the screen or would be blurry! Anyone else have those experiences?

Well, the kind of film I’m talking about is much different! I use what is called a medium format camera. This camera has a bigger frame than a 35 mm camera and produces beautiful images like the ones you see here!

I load the camera with film, make sure the lighting is good (another lesson for another day), and shoot away during the session, wedding, or whatever the event might be.

Once the event is over, I am one happy photographer with a bag filled with full rolls of film. I ship off all the film to Indie Film Lab (my favorite film lab…you should check them out!).

The film lab then develops and processes all my rolls of film, scans all the images in, and then does any color correction if needed. As far as I’m concerned….magic happens in the film lab. 😉

Once the film lab is done processing everything, they send me high resolution scans of each photo I took.  So now, I have high quality jpeg images that I can share with my clients. These images are beautiful and full of life and rarely need any additional corrections on my end.

P.S. – 99% of the photos on my website are film images! Check them out! See what you think!

All my clients then get beautiful gallery full of digital images just as they would from a digital photographer. But of course I still think you should print your favorites!

Do you have any lingering questions about film photography that you’d like to know? I’d love to hear about them!

Till next time film lovers!

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