Frequently Asked Questions

Playful Whisper - Boudoir Photography - Kingston - Toronto - Ottawa - New York

If you don’t see your question here, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to answer it for you personally.

What’s a Boudoir Party?

Get ready for the most fun you’ll have with your friends…ever.
Gather 3-5 friends and create a memorable boudoir experience together.

Everyone gets professional hair and makeup, a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, a 1-hour private boudoir photo shoot, and a 1-hour combined photoshoot.

This is a super fun way to spend a day with your BFFs and then hit the town looking hot and sexy with your amazing hair, makeup and incredible self-confidence.

Do you offer Planning and Pre-Session Help?

My role in your boudoir experience is to help you have one of the most fulfilling, empowering, sexy, fun times of your life. Together, we’ll make sure everything is perfect, from your wardrobe selection to any specific requests you may have.

I’m nervous about a boudoir photo shoot. Can I have a friend with me?

It’s normal to feel nervous and excited about your boudoir photoshoot, so of course you are more than welcome to have a friend. I often have a female assistant, which makes many clients feel more comfortable too. Usually, your friend will stay until they see you’re relaxed and then they sit in another room, so you can focus your attention on the shoot.

The only time your friend would be asked to leave is if they were being critical of you or trying to direct the shoot. Then they would be asked to sit in a corner, until the end of the shoot. LOL.

How many photos will I receive?

It depends on the package you choose. Larger packages include more photos. You can also purchase additional photos individually.

I'm worried about stretch marks/moles/blemishes. Can you remove them in the photos?

I do basic retouching that smooths out your skin, but your body is beautiful exactly the way you are, so I don't Photoshop you into someone else. If you are really uncomfortable about a specific area of your body, we'll shoot you in poses that are most complimentary to highlight your favorite features. And if you really, really, really want something removed, we can do it for you. Extra fees apply for any major renovations.

Where does the photoshoot take place?

We can shoot anywhere in the world. Some clients like to shoot in their homes, because they feel comfortable with their surroundings. Other clients like to shoot at an alternative venue, like an Airbnb, where we can choose a unique setting for the session. Any additional location costs are simply added to your final invoice.

Do I wear my own lingerie?

You can wear your favorite lingerie, panties, bras, sexy clothes, shoes and accessories. Depending on the package you choose, some lingerie is included. If you choose a package that doesn’t include lingerie, you can always order something from the Playful Whisper lingerie collection and I’ll bring it with me to the shoot for you.

Is hair and makeup included?

Yes. We want you to feel pampered and relaxed before the shoot, so every package includes professional hair and makeup. If you’d like a specific style of hair or makeup, please send pictures of what you have in mind, so I can bring the proper professionals.

How long does a boudoir photo session take?

Hair and makeup takes approximately 1 hour and the photo session will last for 1 – 3 hours, depending on the package you choose.

I have no idea how to pose, will you help me?

Absolutely. Posing is part of the whole experience. I will direct you, so your photos are true works of art. You'll pop your hips, point your toes, arch your back and feel a bit like you're taking a yoga class. You’ll love it.

What if I'm not comfortable with a male photographer?

When you're choosing a photographer, your comfort level is very important. So, if shooting with a male photographer just isn't for you, you may want to find a female photographer. Alternatively, you can bring a friend, if it makes you feel more at ease. I often have a female assistant, which helps make many clients more comfortable too.

As a professional photographer, my job is to ensure that you have fun and look amazing in pictures. My focus is on lighting, shadows, texture and getting the perfect angle to make your beauty shine through. We will laugh, be creative and have fun together on a professional level.

I think I'd like to do a boudoir photo session, but I'm really shy and uncomfortable about being nude in front of a stranger. Any suggestions?

The beautiful thing about a boudoir photo session is you decide what your comfort level is. If you feel more comfortable in a chemise that drapes you in sexy lace, we'll create beautiful pictures in sexy lace. If you're comfortable posing nude, we’ll create artistic nude works of art.

What if I don't have the body for a boudoir photoshoot?

If you have a body, you can do a boudoir photoshoot. We'll work together to create photos that will highlight your beauty. Part of the amazing boudoir experience is letting you see yourself through a different lens (pun intended). You may find your confidence level increases and you feel more empowered after the photoshoot.

Do you do couples boudoir photoshoots?

Couples boudoir photoshoots are becoming more popular. Capturing passion and love between two people in photographs is a special treat for me. Pricing for a couples boudoir photoshoot is an additional $200 on the Boudoir Photoshoot packages. 

What should I wear?

Before the photoshoot begins, it’s recommended to wear loose baggy clothing with no bra or panties. Constricting undergarments leave lines on your body and look awkward in photos.

Can I choose what poses I want?

You definitely can. If you’ve seen poses that you want to replicate, send them to me and we’ll make it happen. And please don’t feel shy. This is your photo shoot. We can shoot anything you like.

How do I make a payment?

We accept cash, e-transfer, Visa and Mastercard.

How far in advance do I have to book a photoshoot?

It depends on how many bookings I have in my calendar. Sometimes we can fit you in quickly, but generally there is a 4-5 week lead time. If you absolutely need a rush booking, a $200 rush fee will apply and will only be available if I can rearrange my schedule with other clients. I will always do my best to accommodate your needs.

What about my privacy?

Your privacy is an important part of this entire experience. All the images and artwork that we create together are kept confidential. If you allow your photos to be published online or included in an exhibit, I really appreciate your generosity, but it is not expected. Your personal information and photos are kept 100% confidential.

I’m ready to book a boudoir photoshoot, what’s next?

Fill in the form at the bottom of this page. We’ll set a date and time for the photoshoot and you’ll receive a client agreement. When you return the agreement, your $200 non-refundable retainer is due to reserve your photoshoot day and time. The remaining balance is due on or before the day of your shoot and can be made by credit card, e-transfer, or cash. I also offer payment plans if you need some flexibility to get the package you really want.

I’m older than…I’m younger than…I’m curvier than…I’m not as curvy as…I don’t look like…I’m too shy…I’m not photogenic… can you help me?

I’ve heard all the excuses and the ones above were from women who now feel empowered after they faced their fears head on and had an amazing boudoir photoshoot. My job is to create beautiful works of art with you; art that shows off your femininity, your style and your personality.

I’m not sure if I’d like to order prints, an album, wall art, or something else. Can I decide after I see the pictures?

You sure can. After the shoot, I’ll show you examples of artwork you may want to consider. When I am finished retouching your photos, you can decide what you’d like at that time. A 50% deposit is due to start work on the design and the remaining balance is due when the order is completed.

What if I can’t make my photoshoot? Can I reschedule?

Yes you can. I get it. Life happens, so I’m happy to make changes for you, with the following caveat. You can reschedule your photoshoot once, with a minimum of 7 days notice. If you need to reschedule with less than 7 days notice, 50% of your balance is due to reschedule your photoshoot. Any balance paid is non-refundable or transferable if you decide to cancel your photoshoot.

Although this may sound harsh, we book time with hair and makeup professionals and reserve time for you when you sign the agreement. That reservation means no one else can book your time slot. If you reschedule, it’s unlikely that the time slot can be filled with such short notice.

What is your refund policy?

Because we are creating a custom piece of artwork together, the session price and any products you order are non-refundable. You always have the final say on the photos before they go to print.

How do I prepare for my shoot?

After your agreement has been signed and we’ve received your deposit, we’ll send you a set of emails with details about how to prepare, what to bring, and posing suggestions. By the time your boudoir photoshoot day arrives, you’ll be well prepared.