So you’ve been gifted a boudoir session? Congratulations! I’m so excited to have you. Here’s your guide to the complete boudoir experience, so keep it on hand and refer to it any time.
To schedule your session, you or the person who gifted you the session can contact me at email@example.com.
Hiya! I’m Lindley (she/her, pronounced LIN-lee). I help people reclaim their bodies through photography. I capture images of people of all sizes, ethnicities and genders, not just the ones whose bodies are likely to be seen in magazines and advertisements.
I come from a body positive and fat activist ethical grounding, so I work primarily with folks who live in large bodies, are people of color and/or members of the LGBTQIAP+ community.
Photography sets my soul on fire because through my work, people who don’t see bodies like theirs represented anywhere else get to reclaim their self image. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
My clients are taking a stand and refusing to be marginalized or defined by conventional beauty standards. People who are free of self loathing and who have grown in their sense of self so much that they don’t just live their bodies — they celebrate them.
Here’s more about me and my work.
I practice a completely judgment-free photography approach that views every body with honesty, compassion and respect. This isn’t your mainstream photography experience: There’s no extreme posing to make your body look unlike its natural form, no heavy retouching, no shame around flyaway hair or fat rolls. This is a body-safe and LGBTQIAP+-affirming place for you to explore your natural body’s beauty.
That all sounds very serious, but the truth is we have a lot of fun! It’s amazing how freeing a complete lack of expectations (and, often, a lack of clothing) can be. You’re among friends and allies here. My sessions are laid back, warm and friendly, and self-care always comes first.
Your mini session includes:
- 30-minute mini boudoir session at my beautiful private home studio in Renton, WA
- Hair and makeup touchups by a professional makeup artist
- Complete guidance on what to wear, what to bring and what to expect
- Light professional digital retouching
- A private, candlelit reveal session for you and your sweetie
- Five fully-edited, lightly retouched, high-res digital images of your choice
- Two mini albums with images of client’s choice (one to keep and one to share)
Date and time: Please see your confirmation email, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t yet have one
Location: 17118 151st Ave SE Renton, WA 98058
Parking: There’s plenty of street parking; just be careful not to block people’s driveways, please.
Past headshots for inspiration: https://stock.bodyliberationphotos.com/Portfolio-Body-Positive-Portraits-Boudoir-Business-Branding/Boudoir-Photography
Hair and Makeup Touchups
Please arrive with your hair clean and dry and makeup complete to your ability level. A button-down shirt (or one with a wide neck) will help protect your other clothing and help you change afterward without mussing your hair.
A professional makeup artist will be on site to help bring out the details of your features for your photos. The camera sees details much more finely than the human eye, and a knowledgeable hand and eye help tune your look to show best on camera. (And yes, this is a great idea for men and other folks who don’t identify as women as well!)
This service is included in the cost of your session. Tipping is appreciated, but not required.
Here’s what to expect during your touchups:
- Up to 30 minutes of added makeup and dry-styled hair
- If you provide false lashes, the makeup artist will apply them for you
In preparing for your session, my makeup artist requests that you consider these factors:
- A fresh haircut, color or shave always looks best
- You may trim all distracting facial hair to your comfort level, including brows, nose, ears, etc.
- If waxing, please allow 48 hours prior to the session for your skin to calm down
- Clean and neat nails are best
- Please bring your personal hair brush or comb
- This one is from Lindley — Please don’t schedule a session with a fresh tattoo. It will look unhealed!
What to Expect at Your Session
Working with me is a friendly, fun and laid-back experience. I’ll welcome you and show you a private space where you can put your things and change.
The makeup artist will touch up your hair and/or makeup, which takes about a half hour. You’ll then be able to change into your bodoir outfit and take a quick bathroom and snack break before I take your photographs.
There’s no need to be nervous or to know anything about posing. I’ll walk you gently through several poses with each backdrop that work for your career, personal style and personality. (And, of course, respect and honor any mobility limitations you might mention to me.)
I use my home as my boudoir studio to ensure that your session is comfortable and private. I have several indoor spaces set up for boudoir. My garden is also a lovely spot for botanical and nature boudoir, though it’s not quite as private. If we go outdoors, I’ll guide you carefully to the most private spots and make sure you feel safe.
After Your Session
After your session, I’ll contact you to schedule your reveal session. You’ll meet me back here at the house for a private, candle-lit reveal of your images. (If you’re not local or able to visit again, I’ll provide an online proof gallery with full instructions.)
Five digital images come with your session, and you can keep as many extras as you like. (If you choose more than five, I’ll send you an invoice for the additional photos.) We’ll also work together to choose the images for your mini albums.
I’ll do a very light edit on the photos you chose, then send you a download link. A light edit includes removal of temporary factors like acne and nervous flushes (bright red ears, anyone?), plus a very light skin smoothing. See more on my philosophy on retouching.
Turnaround time is minimum 5 business days from session to reveal, and then an additional 5 business days for delivery after you choose your images. Expect a couple of weeks for your mini albums to arrive.
Let’s Keep Up
Love your photos and want to share them? I’ll be delighted if you tag and follow me! Here are the best accounts to tag and follow:
The contract you’ll be asked to sign has more details, but in general, feel free to use these images for any personal use. You may not: use them as before/after photos; use them in a weight loss/”lifestyle change” context; claim them as your own work; resell them; or give them to anyone else to use for profit (e.g., in a calendar). Questions? Please email me.
Contact email@example.com and I’ll be right with you.
Code of Conduct & Ethics
Photographer Code of Conduct
It’s incredibly important to me that you feel safe, comfortable and happy whenever you work with me. Here’s how I respect your bodily autonomy during our sessions:
- Ask before touching you the first time
- Check in with you occasionally about your experience and comfort
- Give you space if you exhibit unusual nervousness or jitteriness
- Explain what I’m doing occasionally
- Respect any requests you might have for space or a break
Client/Attendee Code of Conduct
Client and event attendees must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Touching without permission will not be tolerated.
The use of alcohol, marijuana, and illegal drugs IS NOT permitted on the photographer’s premises. The client understands that consumption of any such substances prior to and/or during the session may negatively impact the results of the images. If any such substances are consumed during the course of the session the photographer may cease work and retain all deposits.
The client will be responsible for the behavior of client during portraiture session. The photographer reserves the right to terminate the portraiture session without notice if the photographer deems the client’s behavior to be unruly or unsafe. In such instances, the photographer reserves the right to retain the full session fee and collect the minimum order as damages. The client will reimburse the photographer or her agents for any loss/damage caused to property or equipment.
Body Liberation Photos reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the admission of any attendee not in compliance with this policy and show them out. Anyone violating the code of conduct for an event or a session may also forfeit the high-resolution photos that may be part of the admission fee if that person is asked to leave before their photos are taken.
Anyone finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate Lindley so that she can handle the issue immediately.
We see you. We hear you. We believe you.
Makeup Artist Code of Conduct
This is the agreement that I typically ask makeup artists to sign before working with any of my clients:
The clients you’re working with today may be shy or particularly vulnerable. Please respect their bodily autonomy and:
- Ask before touching them the first time
- Give them space if they exhibit unusual nervousness or jitteriness
- Explain what you’re doing occasionally
- Respect any request they might have for space or a break
You must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Touching without permission will not be tolerated.
Conversely, I expect clients to hold themselves to a high standard of behavior as well. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel your safety is at risk or a client exhibits unacceptable behavior, please find me so I can take steps immediately.
Body Positive Photography Pledge
As a body positive photographer, I:
» View human bodies — all of them — with honesty, joy and compassion» Seek out a wide range of people who aren’t trained models for my portfolio images
» Don’t talk about “problem areas” or “flaws”
» Don’t strive to make bodies look smaller or larger than they actually are
» Don’t digitally remove permanent aspects of people’s bodies like fat rolls or wrinkles
» Honor the body that each person has in this moment, in all its beauty and uniqueness
» Strive to capture a wide range of body types, shapes, sizes, colors and orientations in my portfolio work, both to increase the representation of people in underrepresented bodies and to make clients in any conceivable body feel safe working with me
» Use poses that are reasonably comfortable for each person’s body shape and size, rather than slavishly imitating only poses that very thin people use
» Feature a full range of client and portfolio images on my website and in my social media, not just “aspirational” bodies