You have questions, I have answers. 
Check out the frequently asked questions below. 


Why should I do a boudoir shoot?

YOU deserve your love and affection.

You are gorgeous, unique and sexy AF. There’s no time like the present to celebrate YOU through a private, “holy $#!+, that’s ,me?!” photo experience. Whether you want to rock that new engagement ring, celebrate an anniversary, cross it off the bucket list, or just because you’re SEXY AF — there’s no time like the present. Not to mention that I will coach you through every step of this transformative process, from the very first chat, through choosing the perfect wardrobe to suit your style and comfort, to expertly posing you in the most flattering and amazing ways. At the end of it all, you get to not only OWN who you are, but feel even more beautiful, confident, and inspired when you walk out of the studio. When you preserve your sexy self through our gorgeous wall art, albums and other photo products, you can relive the awesome EVERY DAY. #heckyes


Who will my photographer be?

I (Laura) will ALWAYS be your photographer.  I do have other women on staff to help with hair + makeup, lighting, wardrobe, album design and more.  But I will always be the one to push the shutter and your experience will mostly revolve around interactions with me.  All of the other amazing women on my staff are also hand-picked by me and work under a strict confidentiality agreement.  


Will you share my images?

How will you protect my privacy?

I will never, ever share your images unless you allow me to share through a signed “model release” (like the beautiful photos you’ve seen on our website and social media!) If you say no, NOT EVEN ONE will be seen by anyone but you and me!

I will never, EVER, EVER, share your personal information outside of our studio.  EVER. 

The only people who will be in the studio during your session will be you and me; my incredible makeup artist will be on-site during your session prep, and will only stay if you are requesting an additional look.  The only people who will ever see your images before they are released to you are me and my editor, Nicole (because she is a goddess with making everything gorgeous and her attention to detail is flawless!).

I will never EVER share your images without a signed model release.  I do hope that you'll consider a partial or a full release of images; as a boudoir photography studio, it is important that I have beautiful, fresh images to share when possible (for the same reason you saw my photos and decided to book your own session!).

I offer several options, including a full model release (yes, share all of my images!) and a limited release (such as "no face photos").  If you want your images kept 100% confidential, you are welcome to that option as well. Your privacy is of utmost importance to me and your trust is paramount. 

If you decide that a limited release or a full release is acceptable, I will be diligent in sharing with you the images I would like to share, before I share them, if requested.  In most cases, the images I would like to share under a partial release would be what I consider "anonymous" images (images where you are not easily identifiable) -- you control the privacy of your images.

Please note, that if you decide to purchase digital files as part of your collection, I cannot guarantee your privacy -- once an image is on the internet, on Facebook or even sent over email, there is no way for me to guarantee your privacy.


I have no idea how to "act sexy". HELP!

Whatever your comfort level, I will always help you move and flow effortlessly, literally from the top of your head all the way to your fingers and toes and even how your mouth opens.  You will always receive one-on-one instruction from me and I will even personally show you just how to move to get the most flattering images.  Leave your worry behind and place your trust in my years of experience making women of all ages, shapes, and sizes look incredible.


Where will my photo session take place?

I strongly prefer to shoot at my studio, 30 minutes west of Minneapolis.  I am familiar with the natural light available, and have additional lighting systems available and set up in-studio.  However, I also realize that you may be more comfortable in your own home or at a favorite hotel.  I am more than happy to accommodate these locations as well for a small travel fee; for a hotel, you are also responsible for the room charge.


Do you have any weekend availability?

Yes, I have limited weekend availability options; however, these do book up quickly and may not be available for several months. Please inquire for availability.


What time of day do you offer sessions?

Photo sessions are structured around a mid-morning start time.  This is when the light is optimal inside the studio.  I also offer an optional “night shoot” add-on if you want some nighttime styled images as well!


How long will my session last?

Plan for an estimated 3 hours for your complete boudoir experience.  We will begin with hair + makeup and then your photo session will take place over the next 1.5 hours or so.  You will also be able to change outfits as well for different "looks".  If you are interested in a custom, half or full-day experience with multiple locations, please contact the studio.


Is hair + makeup included in my session fee?

All of our standard sessions DO include hair and makeup!  (Some a la carte sessions and mini sessions DO NOT include hair + makeup, but can be added for $150.)  If you choose to do your own makeup or use another makeup artist, the price of your session fee stays the same. Adding lashes is ALWAYS a good idea, as well as a lip color.  Nude lips do not photograph well.  I strongly suggest using our in-studio makeup artist, which IS INCLUDED in all of our standard, Signature Collections.


Do I need to bring my own lingerie and other wardrobe options?

Short answer: Yes. At this time, I have a very small studio collection to choose your wardrobe from.  I do also offer a limited selection of jewelry, shoes, and jewelry. However, you are responsible for bringing your own lingerie, robes, shoes, jewelry, etc.  I am more than happy to assist you with picking out your wardrobe options ahead of time!  I also have a fabulous inspiration board on Pinterest to help you find inspiration on what to bring.  The best part - you still get to keep all of your beautiful pieces!


How soon will I see my images?

Your complete image collection will be available to view in-studio at your private Ordering Session 1-2 weeks after your session.  Only basic color correction is applied to your images prior to your appointment.  No additional retouching is done to your images until after we've viewed them together and you've placed your order.  This includes skin smoothing, stray hairs, etc.  All print, album and wall art orders are fully retouched based on your specific feedback. 

For those of you who need your images FAST, I do offer a Rush option! Just ask!


Will my images be online?

While I would LOVE to shout from the rooftops how gorgeous you are, I take your privacy super seriously. Your images will never be online until you allow me to share with our easy, popular model release options. I require your written permission — whether as a signed Full or Partial ("anonymous") model release.  I take my clients' privacy VERY seriously!!  See the privacy section above.


Do you offer sessions for couples or men?

No, not at this time.  I have chosen to exclusively tailor my studio and the boudoir experience to women and the female form.  If you're looking for that service, I would be happy to recommend other photographer colleagues who would be able to serve you.


Will you photograph fine art nude images?

My style does not revolve around nude images; if you're looking for that service, I would be happy to recommend other photographer colleagues who would be able to serve you.


How do I book my session?

Simply email me at studio@ellarreboudoir.com and I will send you the booking info. I can’t wait to create incredible images for you! Not to mention, you’ll LOVE the pampering experience!


“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid....You are the only you there is and ever will be.”
— Jen Sincero, author