Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Boudoir Photography?
A: It’s glamour photography that’s a little sexy taken in lingerie or other intimate items. The photographs taken are headshots to three-quarters and sometimes full length. Our photography style will give you an image that’s magazine cover quality! This is really cool! This is a PRIVATE, non-commercial use service. It can be done alone, with a friend or with all the Bridal Party/Girl night out
Q: Who Should Do a Boudoir Photo-Session?
Brides that are looking for a creative and unique gift to give her fiancé on their wedding eve. Imagine the groom’s surprise as he opens a box featuring a classy, stylish album of photographs of a sexy woman as his pre-wedding gift… and that woman is his bride-to-be!
Bride + Bridesmaids before have a Girls night out.
Married women looking for a confidence boost. A Boudoir photo-shoot can help woman rediscover her inner and outer beauty through portraits. Put some spice on your wedding!!! Anniversary Gift?
Single women. Who says the session is just for the guy! What a wonderful way to get pampered and feel like a movie star and have some of the most gorgeous images of yourself!
Military wives are also embracing boudoir photography as a way to stay romantically connected to their man serving overseas (WE do offer 3% military discounts for wives of deployed servicemen). There can’t be a better way to keep your soldier motivated than with romantic and classy photos of his beautiful wife!
Q: Where will the Boudoir session take place?
A: It can take place in our studio, at your home, or if you like in a Hotel
Q: Do you provide professional hair and makeup?
A: We do work with a professional hair and makeup artist. Depending on which package you choose… The H&M charge may be additional or included. We only style your hair, we do not cut or wash your hair. You are asked to bring your base makeup and mascara with you to the session when you have H&M. PLEASE NOTE, French – Pink/White manicures/pedicures is a must. Extension hair and Eyelashes are extras
Q: Is the photographer male or female?
A: In our studio, you can choose from CECILY CASTALDO, (female) or DOMENICO CASTALDO, (male) or if you like you can have both, they are a husband and wife team and have been happily married for over 13 years.
Q: I’m nervous about doing this…
A: This is absolutely normal. Most ladies do not have intimate photos taken on a regular basis like professional models. It’s quite normal to feel apprehensive about the session… that’s why we have a conference available prior to the photography day. We also recommend you bring a friend. You’ll feel more comfortable and will probably have more fun! Almost all of our clients are initially nervous and within twenty minutes are having a great time.
Q: Do you offer a payment plan?
In a way, my packages include a built-in payment plan and this works for most clients. I take payment for your session and A La Carte items over the course of several weeks to months depending on how far in advance you book your session. Your reservation fee ($100) is taken at the time of booking and your remaining balance isn’t due until the day of your session. In addition, you can upgrade to another package on the day of your session or when you see your online gallery during the week you have to complete your order.
Many clients will book a smaller package, pay for that on the day of their session and then upgrade to another package when they receive their gallery – it’s a great way to split up your total even more.I do offer a 0% interest payment plan that extends the payment window to 6 months. Please talk with me about a payment plan if you’re interested in setting it up. No final digital files or A La Carte items are provided without full payment.
Q: Can I bring or have another person with me for a boudoir or pinup session?
Can I bring or have another person with me for a boudoir or pinup session?
Yes and No. Yes you may bring a friend, if it makes you feel more comfortable, But during the actually shoot and preview session NO we do not allow another person, It is our experience that clients have a little difficulty connecting with the photographer, take longer to relax and have difficulty during the posing and coaching session when they are paying attention to another person instead of the photographer. Therefore, we do not allow companions present during our sessions. If you have questions or concerns about your photographer and the studio please join our private VIP Facebook group here. Many of the ladies in the group are previous clients and would be more than happy to give you references to our work and studio privately.
Q: Are the images retouched or enhanced?
A: Our images are enhanced with Castaldo Studios personal touch. (THE PICTURE BELOW IS A MODEL AND NOT A CLIENT)
Q: I am camera shy and don’t really know how to pose….
A: We are experts at making you feel comfortable and relaxed, don’t worry we will help you all the way through
Q: What should I bring to my boudoir shooting?
A: We ask that you bring a minimum of 6-10 outfits to choose from. Having a couple of extra outfits gives us more variety. Bring a couple of different bras and panty sets, maybe a corset set, a teddy or camisole also works great. Little black dress (or any color as long is solid)- this is to get some pictures you can show your mom. Tee and boy shorts (again solid or lacy) Boyfriend’s shirt- This is one of those things that are at your discretion. Does he love hockey? You in his jersey and nothing underneath. Hockey helmet? Does he wear a suit? A nice shirt and tie. And of course lingerie. Have you ever worn a uniform? Even the school one. The real thing with socks it’s very kinky. Even the BlockBuster one. Bring it.
Q: Do I need to bring accessories?
A: Yes, accessories are always great for the boudoir. Try to have your accessories match your outfits. You may have been given something special to commemorate an anniversary or birthday, using these will make the portraits extra personal. If your guy is a sports fan… you might want to bring (get) his favorite team jersey… your boyfriend’s shirt or, his tie, his sports memorabilia, his sport or his lucky jersey, a football, Baseball glove, his serf or guitar…. your Stiletto shoes and please DO NOT FORGET THE ENGAGEMENT RING or your wedding veil!!! … you get the idea! Basically, figure out what he likes and feature these ideas in your photos.
Q: Do I get an online gallery of my portraits?
A: No you will have a personal and private “Studio Preview and Ordering Session” as a part of our service and included in the price
Q: Do I have any control over the design of the custom photo book?
A: You choose the images that will go into the book but CASTALDOstudio Boudoir Photography has total control of designing the book. We are happy to show you a sample of a book similar to what we are creating for you in our studio. For privacy reason, most of our work can NOT be online.
Q: Can I order other products from you?
A: Yes you can order prints, canvases, books, calendars or any other products that we offer during the “Studio Preview and Ordering Session”
Q: How do I pay for my session?
A: You may pay online via PayPal or credit card. Click here. Or with a check. (There will be a charge for any returned checks)
Q: Do I have to pay a retainer to hold the date?
A: Yes there is a $100 dollar non-refundable retainer to hold the date and time. The $100 will be credited to your package.
Q: I’m Looking to Give this Gift on a Special Holiday, How Long does it take to get something to give?
A: There are several ways you can give this gift. First, you can be photographed up to the day before your giving deadline. We’ll supply you with a lovely proof CD with your photo on it, this way, you and your recipient can choose your photos together. That might be a lot of fun for you two. Secondly, if you want your finished product to give… we need to have your print selection a week before your gift date for prints and the “little black books”. For the contemporary albums, allow up to two weeks. There may be additional time needed if more retouching is requested or needed.
Q: How old must I be to have this type of photography done?
A: It is our policy that you must be at least 21 years of age. This type of photography is meant to be an intimate gift that a lady may do for herself, or give a gift to that special someone in her life.
Q: Are there any limits on what you will photograph?
A: Yes, we will photograph ladies in evening attire, lingerie and elegant nudes, artistic tasteful erotica, anything other than this is strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
Q: I don’t see any semi-nude photos on your website. I’m a little embarrassed to ask, but do you offer that type of photography?
A: Yes, We do offer semi and nude options during sessions. Keep in mind that we will only photograph tasteful nudes under client request.
Q: Is Boudoir really for me?
A: Yes, it’s for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. We make sure you feel comfortable at our boudoir
NEED OUTFIT INSPIRATION & STYLING IDEAS FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SHOOT?
Here is a list of clothing and lingerie vendors. This list should have something for everyone’s body type and budget.
Yandy | www.yandy.com
Agent Provacteaur | www.agentprovacateur.com
Boo Hoo | us.boohoo.com
Free People | www.freepeople.com
Hips and Curves | www.hipsandcurves.com
Linspree | www.linspree.com
Adore Me | www.adoreme.com
Forever 21 | www.forever21.com
BHLDN | www.bhldn.com
Lane Bryant | www.lanebryant.com
Victoria’s Secret | www.victoriassecret.com
Venus | www.venus.com