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A big thank you to our ‘effortlessly glamorous’ models

A month or so ago, we put a shout-out looking for 9 women of any age, size, shape to work with us to create beautiful, natural 'white sheet' portraits, so that we could play around and try out some new shots.

We need more!
Take a look below at some of the images we have so far. We need to expand this into more images that are suitable for Facebook advertising (and Facebook has very strict rules).

If you would like to take part, these sessions are available at our Witney studio - just fill in the form below and I'll give you a call.


This boudoir portrait session includes:

  • Champagne on arrival for your session
  • Hair and make up by one of our pro stylists
  • Your fully directed portrait session - you don't need to know how to pose, that's our job! Part of your session will be given over to us 'playing' with some white sheet style shots
  • Your private image viewing - This is your 'wow' moment. Bring your partner! Bring your mum! Bring a friend! And get ready to be wowed by you!
  • 20% off anything on our pricelist, if you choose to purchase from your session (there is no obligation to do so).

As with all of our boudoir portrait sessions, we will ask for a fully refundable booking deposit of £50 and you must be over 18 to take part.

To take part, simply fill in the form below, and I'll call you with all the info. ​
Much love,

But I Haven’t Got Sexy Underwear

Before you come along for a boudoir portrait session, I'll chat with you everything that you need to bring. You may well pre-empt that with everyone's favourite get out clause* "...but I haven't got any sexy underwear'.

(*get out clauses are when you've got in touch and are now in panic mode, having a crisis of confidence, and feeding yourself reasons why you can't possibly have a session).

I don't think I have ever used the words 'you need to have sexy underwear' to anyone. If you love sexy undies and have a lingerie drawer full of Agent Provocateur's finest, then of course, bring it!

If you're like me, and have a drawer full of M+S 5 pack knickers, read on.

Everything we suggest you bring has a reason

I'm a practical person and I'm not going to dictate you the style of lingerie you choose to bring along. Nor am I going to suggest spending a large amount of money on things you'll never wear again.
I will give you a list of absolute essentials though - all of which are serving a purpose.

If you want the short version, here's a link to me telling you exactly what you need to bring, in 60 seconds!

The essentials list

Bra and Knicker Set

For many women their first though is 'oh but I hate my stomach and was hoping to wear something more covered up'. Don't panic. This is not about showing off your stomach, it's about having a bra doing the job that only a bra can do.

If you want to work out really quickly whether a good, well-fitting bra is essential, here's a simple test. Lie down on your back without a bra on. If, like mine, your breasts gravitate towards your armpits, then a good bra is going to be your absolute best friend in your portrait session.

If you are blessed with a chest that either stays in place or isn't big enough for you have to worry about the...driftage, then you have a much wider range of bra styles open to you to choose from.

For the rest of us, I would say the larger your chest, the more likely it is that a full cup bra is going to be the best choice, but as long as it passes the lying down test, you're going to be fine.

One final note on this - if you struggle to find matching sets, as long as the knickers and bra are the same colour, we're not going to examine the fabric to make sure they were purchased together.

Brazilian Cut Knickers

Whatever the style of the knickers in your matching set, make sure that you also have some Brazilian cut knickers too (also known as cheeky cut).

Brazilians are super comfy to wear, so don't worry that you're getting something you won't wear again. They are also by far the most flattering cut across your cheeks. Don't decide that you don't like your bum anyway and skip these, they are an absolute necessity.


Even if your feet aren't in the picture, you will stand very differently in heels to how you stand flat-footed - your bum will be tucked under and they'll work all kinds of magic on your thighs. 
Tall, thin heels tend to look best next to lingerie, but if you happen to have a penchant for Irregular Choice, Ruby Shoo or Iron Fist - bring them!

You don't need to be able to walk in the shoes. You can genuinely carry them into position, slip them on, wobble around like a baby giraffe learning to walk whilst your photo is being taken and then take them straight off. 


As long as you have the above, you're going to get through the session. I do tend to recommend having at least one change of lingerie, and I'll also talk through stockings/hold ups and accessories, because it's always better to have options, but the above items are the core of a session.

What We Can Provide


I call them our 'emergency fishnets'. Why fishnets? Because they are extremely flattering (so if you happen to have varicose veins they'll still look fab).

A gorgeous lace dress

If the thought of wearing only a bra and knicker set has brought you out in a cold sweat, panic no more. This versatile and stretchy dress will give more coverage, whilst still looking glam.

Lace Robes

These are so elegant, a client came in with one and we just had to get some, because there are so many ways they can be used. We have two colours - black or burgundy.

Plain white shirts

These work in so many different ways, for that 'Sunday morning' vibe. If you can snaffle your partner's shirt, do, otherwise, borrow from us.


We've got shoes in sizes 3 to 8, so if you never wear heels and don't want to buy some just for the session, chances are you can borrow from us.

If you think you might be ready to chat through coming along for your own portrait session, just fill in the form below (and save yourself the £99 session fee!) and I'll be in touch.

Much love,


The Boudoir Image Everyone Wants

(But Thinks They Can't Have)

This image usually provokes 3 thoughts:
- Wow!
- I would love a photo like that
- I can't have a photo like that

Now, here's the thing. We rarely show images that aren't going to work for the absolute broadest range of women possible.  It is pointless to showcase beautiful images that you have to be a certain size or shape to achieve. So our most wow images? They're almost certainly going to be achievable, by you.

I understand the panic - faced with looking at this I would immediately think "hmm, but my stomach will be resting on the floor next to me".

And you know what? I'm right. It will be. Because it's soft, wobbly and responds to gravity.

The great thing about this image as that it doesn't matter. We've shot this with women of all shapes, including a heavily pregnant woman, and the extremely clever lighting from Robin means that you simply can't tell what is going on in the stomach area. (Don't worry - we did a fab version for our pregnant client with her bump lit beautifully too!).

When we chat through images with you, we're not going to encourage you into poses that won't work - we'll find the ones that will (and this will usually include almost anything you may have seen on our Facebook page).

It is not our job to show you images that you can never have for yourself, but to show you that you can achieve so much more than you thought from your time with us.

All you have to do is have a tiny bit of faith.
Much love,

Ready to chat about planning your own portrait session with us?
Fill in the form below, and save the £99 session fee!


Your 5 biggest questions about boudoir answered

Everyone has questions about boudoir portrait sessions before they come - so here are the answers to all those things you need to know

1. Let's start with the big one!
Will I really look ok in my photos?

I know you think there are lots of reasons you may not look fabulous - we worry about everything from stretch marks to varicose veins. Some of us think our faces are too round, or our noses are too big <raises hand>. Others are more caught up with our wobbly bits - no one needs to see our cellulite, right?

On the one hand, if you're about to be photographed in your lingerie, you can't help but look in the mirror and critique what's in front of you.  On the other, unless you happen to be really, really good at posing and lighting, you're not seeing what's going to be in your images.

Don't do yourself down. If I didn't 100% believe that anyone would have really beautiful portraits, I wouldn't say it. What would be the point?

It is the case that not every pose suits every person. It's not the case that every person likes/wants/can physically get into every pose.

So, your portrait session is tailored to you, and no one else. We won't create images that don't work for you.

2. I have nothing to wear - what do I need?

Well, you're welcome to wear nothing, of course! However, if you were thinking of a little more coverage than your birthday suit, you really only need 3 changes of lingerie.

 A well fitting bra and knicker set is a must - nothing does the job of a bra quite as well as a bra does.

A couple more items - basques, corsets, babydolls, your other half's shirt, leather jacket - anything goes. We also have the Ann Summers 'Britney' dress here, which you're welcome to borrow.

Brazilian cut knickers - they're the most flattering cut and M&S have plenty in a variety of colours - we're not asking you to break the bank here.

Heels - the taller and thinner the heel, the better. You stand differently in heels. Luckily, we have sizes 3 to 8 available for you to borrow too.

3. Do my images have to be used by you for marketing?

No! Unless you are responding to a 'model call' - which we make very clear - your images are yours to decide what to do with, and won't be shared at all without your permission.

4. Do I need to do my own hair and make up?

No - part of your experience with us is to enjoy a professional makeover.

This doesn't mean you have to look drastically different, although you can if you want to. It's up to you what look you'd like to go for.

5. Is there a hard sell at the end of it all?

No! No thumbscrews here. If you'd like a price list in advance, just ask - it will be with your booking email anyway, and we'll go through the different options on the day of your session too.

I'm not going to pretend we are cheap. So, if you look, and decide it's not for you, that's fine. I also know sometimes people want to save up a little before they come, so that they can definitely get exactly what they want.
You'll never be sat looking at your images, not knowing how much anything costs. Plus, we keep your images long term, so that you can come back and buy more later if you want to.

So what's next?

We have a 3 step process to make sure you're feeling as confident as you can, going into your boudoir portrait session.

We start with a chat on the phone.

Then you come along to our Witney studio, for your pre session planning chat.

Next is the session itself - you'll be with us for around 3 hours on the day of your session, and you're welcome to bring a friend along for company too.

I hope I've answered your questions about boudoir - to find you more about coming along for a session, or if you have questions I haven't answered, fill in the form below and I'll give you a call.

Much love,


Jo’s Body Confidence Journey

Jo  came along to further her body confidence journey - here's what she has to say about her time with us:

I thought the photos looked beautiful, the before and after photos on the Facebook page made me think I would like to do it. The whole Facebook site is very friendly and I love the "fall in love with you" message.

My new partner thinks I'm gorgeous and I owe it to him and myself to try and feel that way about myself, but it did take 1/2 a bottle of wine to get me to fill out my details.

As an introvert, I hate talking on the phone but it was great to talk to Anna. The conversation was friendly and really felt personalised to me as Anna addressed all my fears.

The information sent with the confirmation email was brilliant and very comprehensive. As someone who normally wears plain black knickers from a multi-pack it was important that I could find all the information without having to ask questions that I thought would have sounded stupid.

I was very nervous when I arrived for my session and that didn't really go until the session started. Katrina (my stylist) was really friendly and reassured me that although the make-up looked really heavy to me it would look natural in the photos, which it did. I was so surprised how relaxed I was during the shoot (apart from my muscles, obviously, oh the pain) and it felt absolutely fine to take all my clothes off by the time we got to the nude portraits. Robin was very patient, I wasn't very good at getting into positions and following directions.

I was not expecting to walk into the room to see a wall full of me! I thought it would be a digital slideshow. Elise was lovely and explained everything clearly and didn't put me under any pressure to purchase images. It was nice that Robin came in to see what I thought as well. The 18" x 12" wasn't one I would have initially chosen but having stared at it for approximately two days I really love it. The slideshow was lovely to see and I never felt rushed.

I felt a bit bad when narrowing them down by taking out the photos I liked least (I'm just not very good at sultry and seductive looks). The presentation of the photos and the gorgeous USB and packaging were lovely and I really didn't expect to be able to take them home on the day. That was a lovely surprise.

Think you might be ready to fall in love with you?

Come along for a complimentary boudoir portrait session and enjoy our 'Fall in Love With You' Guarantee.
If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

Click the link to fill in a short form and take the first step to falling in love with you.

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