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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.

Help us create some ‘Effortlessly Glamorous’ boudoir images?

We're looking for 9 women of any age, size, shape to work with us to create beautiful, natural 'white sheet' portraits.

We're going for that 'just woken a Hollywood movie' vibe and want to try out some new ideas for shots.

If you would like to take part, these sessions are available at our Witney studio on a 'first come, first served' basis - just fill in the form below and I'll give you a call.
(Dates available in June - Thursday 13th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Thursday 20th, Sunday 23rd).


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,

Nilam’s Body Confidence Journey

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

I got in touch for the opportunity to do something so valuable in the journey of learning to love yourself.

I have been on my own journey the last few months in re finding myself and learning to love myself from the inside out. I knew I needed to do state of mind absolutely needed it.

Anna just listened... I mean really listened. I cried when I told her a little of my story and she was absolutely brilliant,  she reassured me and made me feel completely at ease and valued.

Upon arrival for my session, I was made to feel at ease straight away by Anna. When I was handed over to Robin I was a a little apprehensive but he was absolutely brilliant, constantly asking me if I was OK and if I was comfortable. My make-up and hair artist was equally brilliant at making me feel valued and special.

This experience has totally propelled me in my journey to “find me and love myself “ seeing my photos was a feeling I will never forget. I’m not normally speechless but the overwhelming feeling of pride and 'wow' just took me totally by surprise. For anyone who’s questioning whether to do it... don’t question it, just do it. Every one is so welcoming and professional and make you feel like you are most important person in the room.


I never expected to walk in to the consultation room and see myself all over the wall. I was gobsmacked at how amazing the pictures were. Elise was unbelievably supportive whilst I had a melt down on seeing myself. I was able to take my time in deciding and never felt pressured or rushed. Thank you to you all. You all are amazing and I will never forget a single moment of the entire process.

All I can say is thank you. It has taken me 47 years to be able to say I love myself and I am confident and comfortable for the first time in my life.

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.

How boudoir portraits build confidence

Why does portraits being 'confidence building' mean I need to be in lingerie?

It's a valid question, and one that lots of people think but don't say, so I think it's time to address it.

There are a lot of ways to build confidence - I've talked many times about how confidence is a muscle that needs to be exercised. The truth is, most of us don't exercise it. We think people fall into two camps - confident or not confident - and that's pretty much that.

You can switch between camps! And in a way, you know that - because all the time I hear from women who have lost confidence.

If you can lose it, you can get it back.
If you've never had it, you can get it.

But it takes a little work, because, chances are, it's not going to come back on its own.

Our confidence building portraits aren't just about body confidence

It's an easy leap to make - don't feel good about how you look, get shown you look good (and have photographic proof!), feel better.

If only it was that easy!

The core element of what we do is not 'showing you a lovely photo' of yourself'. If it was, you could pop in for a makeover and a headshot, and that would be that.

If we want to really build your confidence (and we do), then we need to gently lead you outside of your comfort zone. Most of the women who cme along to our Witney studio believe:
1. they would be too nervous to have a boudoir portrait session
2. they won't look good in their photos

The second of these is what we deliver -and we know that anyone can look great in photos, when they are posed well for them, and the lighting is perfect.

The first part is where the confidence transformation truly happens. Because just by doing something outside of their comfort zone, and pushing back against self-limiting beliefs, our clients are building their own confidence.

You don't have to be photographed in lingerie, but if the thought scares you a little, that's why you should be

When you push yourself to step outside of your comfort zone, you not only feel really good about yourself, you start to learn that your comfort zone is an illusion. So, if you can do one thing that's outside of it, maybe you can do other things to?

And there you go, exercising that 'confidence muscle'. With your portraits serving as a positive reminder of what can lie just beyond what you think you can do.

See - boudoir is more than just 'portraits in pants'!

Much love,

Ready to start building your confidence? Fill in the form below, and I'll be in touch xx

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