frequently asked questions

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Can I purchase a gift certificate?

A gift certificate can be a meaningful gift for someone you believe deserves a day of pampering and an empowering experience, this gift will continue to give and will truly last a lifetime! You can call us at 218-308-6399 or email us right from the website and let us know when is a good time to call! We can arrange to have you come in and pickup a gift certificate or drop it in the mail for you!

How do I schedule a session?

You can call us at 218-308-6399 or email us right from the website! Leave us the best time to call you, along with your phone number, so we can contact you to schedule your session!

Where are you located?

We are in downtown Bemidji, on the second floor of the beautiful old Northwest Minnesota foundation building! You can see our logo on the entrance door that is facing 3rd street.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive no later than 5 minutes before your schedule session to give yourself time to relax and change. Keep in mind, there might be someone finishing up before you so relax on the couch in the waiting area if you see the sign “in session” up.

What should I expect the session to be like?

Expect to feel nervous! You will be changing in an area that is private but not a bathroom so use the bathroom before your arrival! There are bathrooms down the hall. We will take time to talk about everything we are going to do, what you can expect during the actual shoot, how we will be coaching you, and picking out which outfits you’ll wear first! Oh, and you’ll probably laugh and feel like a supermodel too.

Do I need to pay my session fee before the session takes place?

Yes, we do not confirm your appointment until you have paid your session fee. It is easy to pay the invoice that is sent to you via email with any Internet capable device, or we can take your payment over the phone!

What is the process to get ready for the shoot?

We will email you after you book your session with all the things you need to do and prep before your big day 😉 .

What do I need to do in the days before the shoot?

RELAX & be on the lookout for emails and/or text reminders. We don’t expect you to remember EVERYTHING in one email

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I’m a hair and makeup artist, can I do my own hair and makeup?

At Boutique Boudoir Studios, we believe getting pampered is part of the experience. We are open to you doing your own hair, however getting makeup done by our wonderful and talented makeup artist is a must.

I never wear/barely wear makeup! Am I going to look like myself?

In short YES! Our makeup artist is a true professional and can bring out everything from a natural look to the edgy vixen in you! You can also show us a “look” you’re going for and we’ll do it! You can look like whomever you want to look like!

Do you offer outfits / clothes / shoes / wardrobe?

At Boutique Boudoir Studios, we believe every woman is unique and beautiful! The style of clothing for each woman is extremely personal therefore, we do not believe in stocking a dressing room at this time. 

We want to make sure you choose outfits beforehand that represent you – not come in guessing and feeling anxious about what to wear, or seeing your BFF chose the same outfit as you to do her session after the fact! We are NOT a costume style studio and feel stocking outfits would take away from the individual experience. 

We do carry a handful of shoes, and a few corsets and robes that can be combined with what you bring & be easily sanitized. Please ask if you’re looking for something in particular to help with the variation.

What should I bring to wear? Can you help me pick out my outfits?

We usually provide an email with tried and true suggestions for outfits! Many clients text or email photos of possible outfits and we help them make their final choices. Otherwise, they just bring more than needed and we help them decide in the studio.

Can I bring suggestions or ideas for the shoot with me?

Yes! This is a collaboration! If you have any ideas, please share them with us, or show us exactly what you want.

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Can I bring someone with me to my shoot?

You can bring your friend or significant other to your makeover session or viewing session as of right now. However, we do not allow guests at your actual photography session. During your photography session, it’s best there’s no one else there to distract you from what we’re trying to do.

I don’t know how to pose, will you help?

Absolutely! I give super easy to follow instructions and will coach you on everything from facial expressions down to the placement of your fingers. You will be guided through the entire photo shoot and will not have to guess anything!

I have scarring, stretch marks, tan lines, acne or cellulite. Can you get rid of that?

We airbrush all skin for the images you purchase! Usually the light airbrushing, in conjunction with the way we take photographs and our lighting, softens a lot of skin textures.

When will I see my photographs?

For out of town guests, we try to schedule viewing sessions same day. If time doesn’t permit we find a time in the next 1-2 weeks to view and purchase.

How much is this going to cost me?

While we cannot say how much you are going to spend on something we haven’t created yet, we can say that the average client spends between $1000-$2500 including session fees and chosen products. Please see our investment page for more details.

I really want to do this, but I’m afraid I can’t afford this ... Do you offer payment plans?

Thank you for asking! We are proud to say that we in fact DO offer payment plans! I believe that the investment you’ve made by experiencing an empowering boudoir and beauty session is worth it, and you are worth it! You deserve to put yourself first and show yourself some love by taking home a collection of YOUR images! So, celebrate yourself and get what you really want! Your chosen product will be YOURS for a lifetime, not to mention, the experience of finally seeing a portrait of yourself you LOVE will elevate your confidence for a lifetime! 

All payment arrangements are customized to fit the client, and are agreed upon at the viewing session. Most clients find that a 3, 6, or 9-month payment arrangement works very well for them. You will be required to put down a $300 goodwill deposit and sign an authorization for auto-deductions #treatyourself

Am I allowed to view my album before it gets printed?

We are so happy to be able to say YES you can! We have found it to be in the best interest of the clients to review the photographs before print. Photos will be presented via an online link the client can view from any Internet device! Once the client approves, the final product goes to print, and the client is notified of the delivery window!

If I want to surprise my significant other with photos for a special event (wedding day, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, etc.), how far ahead of time should I book my session?

Your album may take 3-4 weeks after your session to be delivered. There are variations for this, but it is a general estimation. It is always best to call us as soon as possible when planning a surprise shoot! We can discuss your unique needs and see if we can accommodate your special occasion!

I do not want to be displayed on your website or social media platforms. Will my privacy be insured?

YES! We NEVER show images unless clients have signed a model release stating we can use their images for advertising, our webpage or social media platforms, etc.

Do you utilize backdrops or studio lighting?

At Boutique Boudoir Studios, we believe in the natural beauty of our surroundings. By utilizing the “natural” layout of the studio, we maximize on the lighting effect and composition of the image. Thus, providing our clients with “the Natural Beauty Experience” unmatched by our competitors.

I am not the age/size I used to be, can you still get good photos of me?

We are not lying when we say we believe in the beauty of every person! From your makeup application to your photos, we will bring out the best YOU that you have ever seen!! You do you and we’ll be there to translate via photography.

I don’t see any semi-nude or nude photos on your website. I’m a little embarrassed to ask, but do you offer that type of photography?

YES!!! Our studio is a NON-JUDGMENT zone! We are in the business of helping women from all walks of life, all ages and sizes, love and embrace themselves for who they are! We are here to reveal YOUR sexy, whatever that means to you!

What is your style?

I like to think of myself as being a coach. You have that sexy, happy, confident, strong, dreamer, peaceful and powerful woman inside of you. My job is to bring her out!

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