Top Boudoir Session FAQ's

So you've decided that you're going to schedule a boudoir session, congrats on that first step!! You'll certainly have some questions before you officially book, every does. What to wear, posing, hair and makeup...there's a lot to consider! That's why I decided to organize the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients.

Here are my top boudoir session FAQ's:

I’m not a professional model so I don’t know how to pose! Can you help me with that?

Yes, absolutely! We get as involved as we need to. If you’re a client that needs a lot of direction with posing, we will help and guide you every step of the way. If you’re a natural and feel comfortable in front of the camera, we’ll give you basic direction, stay out of your way and document!

There are some basic poses that are simple and easy to do. Take a look at these poses here and practice in the mirror a little before your session!

How should I approach my hair and makeup?

Professional hair and makeup is provided on site for you and is included in all Boudoir Collections. We will discuss the look you are going for during our pre-session consult and that information will be provided to the stylists before your shoot.

Will you post my images on your website or social media?

My clients privacy is incredibly important and no images will ever be shared without your consent.

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What kind of outfits should I wear? How many should I bring?

After I have received your pre-shoot questionnaire from you, we will schedule our pre-shoot consult. Wardrobe ideas are among the things we’ll discuss. Lingerie is a must, nothing screams sexy  like lace, silk, and sheer outfits. Body suits and robes are amazing choices as well. I also encourage my clients to make it their own by bringing anything they feel comfortable in, maybe an oversize sweatshirt or your significant others button up shirt. The options are endless. I also have some people bring in dresses, jean jackets, faux fur. It’s all up to you and the vibe you want to create at your session!

As for accessories, the more the better! Anything from earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, body chains, & fishnets. High heels are a MUST!

Check out my blog post "What to wear for your Boudoir Session" for more ideas!

Where will my session take place?

I mostly secure beautiful apartments through Airbnb in Philadelphia or the surrounding area. I also occasionally book a hotel suite in the Philadelphia area as well.

There are parts of my body that I’m self-conscious of. Can you Photoshop that for me?

One of my top boudoir session FAQ's right here! This is where my knowledge of posing comes in. Posing will almost always cure any areas of your body that you may be self-conscious of. We will discuss those areas (if any) during our pre-shoot consult. While I will use Photoshop to remove blemishes, fly-aways and other minor imperfections, I will not use it for altering your body. You’re beautiful exactly the way you are!

What products do you offer?

We offer albums hand made in Italy and beautiful canvas and metal wall art.


I’d like to surprise my fiancé on our wedding day with a book of images from my session. When is the best time to schedule my session so I have the book in time?

I suggest scheduling your session at least 4 months before your wedding day to avoid late delivery of your products.

What payment options do you accept?

I accept credit card, check, cash and Paypal.

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! But please limit it to one guest.

How long does it take to see my photos?

We will schedule your gallery reveal/design session within one week of your session.


Should I get a spray tan before my session?

From my perspective, I'd say to not get a spray tan. Your natural skin is your best asset and nothing photographs better than your natural skin.

If a spray tan is going to make you feel more comfortable and confident, then definitely do it! Spray tans before your session can work really well IF it’s done right. Book your spray tan with an experienced professional and make sure your spray tan artist knows what your getting your spray tan for! You want your spray tan to be light and natural since we are going for a natural look. Book your tan 2-3 days before your session.

I’m a plus sized women and I don’t think I have the body for boudoir?

One of my other top boudoir session FAQ's!!
Boudoir photography is for EVERYONE and if you have curves let’s celebrate them! And no you don’t need to lose 10lbs first - there’s magic we can make with angles, posing and outfit choices. Come as you are and let’s love and celebrate YOU!


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If you want to discuss your boudoir session or would like more information, be sure to join our mailing list and receive our FREE Boudoir Magazine! Our magazine is packed with tips on preparing for your session, what to wear, posing guides and client testimonials.

Also, join our women only VIP Boudoir Photography Group on Facebook. Here's the link:

This group is an intimate & exclusive women only group for past, present, and potential future clients of Ralph Deal Boudoir & Glamour Photography.

My goal is to encourage body positivity, self love, supporting your fellow ladies and learning to love yourself a little more. If you’ve already done a photo shoot, are about to do a shoot, or are just considering a shoot with me, this is the place for you! Members will get to see sneak peeks of what's going on behind the scenes as well as news first of any promos and preference for session giveaways.

Feel free to invite your girlfriends to join the group. Nothing is a bigger compliment than your referral! Your comments or images will never be shared outside of this group without your consent. This is a group for encouragement and positivity and I want EVERYONE to feel comfortable.

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