FAQs About Boudoir Photography

Commonly asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about what to expect the first time you show up for a boudoir photoshoot. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about boudoir photography. If you don’t see an answer to one of your questions, please shoot us an email! We want you to have all the information you need to be comfortable and prepared for your photoshoot.

Is boudoir photography only for women?

Absolutely not! All bodies are sexy! We are happy to work with men, trans women, and nonbinary individuals to create stunning boudoir photos.

Do you take couple’s boudoir photos?

Yes! You can book a couple’s boudoir photo shoot with us. We also do boudoir sessions for groups of friends.

Beautiful, sexy Chicago Boudoir portrait.

What if I’m not a model and don’t know how to pose?

That’s okay! Coaching you on how to pose so that you look like a model is our job. Everyone is beautiful on film with the right direction to highlight your natural allure. Our photographer is an expert at making sure you look amazing and feel confident in the process. He’s worked with people of all ages, shapes, and sizes including experience taking plus-size boudoir photos. Some poses might feel a little awkward at the moment but, when you see your pictures, you’ll be amazed by how gorgeous you look!

Do you offer hair and makeup services?

Yes! Professional hair, makeup, and lashes are included with many of the boudoir packages that we offer. Feel free to browse Pinterest for ideas to show our professional stylist and makeup artist. You can also get inspiration from the photo albums our photographer shares with you.

What should I wear and how should I do my makeup?

You should bring three to five outfits with you to your boudoir photoshoot. (The exact number depends on whether you get the Luxury or Deluxe package). What type of intimate apparel or lingerie you should bring depends on the style of boudoir photos or pin-up girl pictures you have in mind. Our photographer will give you suggestions, based on your preferences, during your pre-planning consultation.

If you ordered one of the packages that includes hair and makeup, we’ll take care of that for you.

Sexy Stunning Chicago Boudoir photo.

Why should I invest in a boudoir photoshoot?

Because you are worth it! Your boudoir photos may be intended for a special someone but the photoshoot itself is for you. A boudoir photoshoot is an opportunity to invest in yourself. To overcome insecurities about your body’s imperfects and see yourself through a new lens. Every part of the process–from hair and makeup to the final reveal of photos–is designed to make you feel fierce and sexy. You’ll see that your body is perfect exactly how it is!

What occasions are boudoir photos meant for?

Weddings, transformations, and milestones are the three most popular reasons why someone wants a boudoir photoshoot. A boudoir photo album is a unique and intimate gift for your partner to celebrate your wedding, anniversary or Valentine’s Day. It can be a wonderful gift for yourself to celebrate a transformative life event like a divorce or getting in shape for a triathlon. Or you can treat yourself to a boudoir shoot to mark a milestone life event like a big promotion or meaningful anniversary. You are worth it no matter the reason! A boudoir album is something you can pick up whenever you need a reminder that you’re a work of art.

What should I expect when I book a boudoir photoshoot?

Our photographer, Mike, will work with you from start to finish to customize your boudoir experience.


When you contact us, Mike will follow up with you to schedule a free no-pressure consultation. The consultation can take place in person, over the phone or via video chat. During the consultation, he’ll ask about your ideas for your boudoir photo shoot. Such as what look and feel you have in mind for the photos and your goals. He’ll also cover: * What to wear. * How you want your hair and makeup. * Your preferred date and time for the photoshoot. * What locations in Chicago you’d like.

Once you and Mike have customized your photoshoot and decided on the date, time and location, we’ll take care of the arrangements.

Chicago Boudoir headshot showing beautiful eyes.

The Week Before

You’ll receive a reminder email the week before your shoot. It will include the photoshoot details (date, time, location) along with reminders about what to bring with you.

The Day Of

Arrive 1 hour before your photoshoot with your hair down, face clean and a bag of outfits. Our professional stylist and makeup artist will do your hair and makeup for you. Once you’re ready, our photographer will guide you through the rest of the photoshoot from coaching you on posing to telling you when it’s time for a wardrobe change.

The Private Photo Reveal

You will get to see your boudoir photographs 2-3 weeks later during a private photo reveal meeting. (Rush service is available if you need them sooner). The meeting can take place online or in-person. This is when you will choose your favorite digital images, prints, and products to keep. The photos you choose at this meeting for your album, and any other prints, will be professionally printed, packaged and delivered to your door.

Beautiful dramatic Chicago Boudoir photograph of a woman pushing her hand against a mirror.

Will my photos be on the internet?

Only if you want them to be. After you’ve chosen the digital photos that you’d like, you will receive a password-protected, TLS encrypted digital photo album. If you don’t want your photos on the internet whatsoever, that’s okay, just let our photographer know.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you for support. If you think they might want to do a boudoir session too, ask about our specials for booking with a friend!

Don’t see your question on this list?

Email us! We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Ready to book your luxury boudoir photoshoot?

Contact us now to secure a spot for your dream boudoir session!

Email: sales@mbphotography.net
Call: (312)999-8312

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