BY JONATHAN SOLTERO
WHAT IS BOUDOIR?
Boudoir is physical beauty inner beauty therapy discovery freedom celebration empowerment self-love pleasure
Heal and elevate your life with the power of boudoir. Improve confidence & self-love. Let go of emotional baggage, overcome insecurities, stop self-doubt, end body image issues, and get rid of shame & anxiety around sex.
Make your celebrations even better with boudoir. From birthdays to weddings, to achieving your goals or hitting milestones, boudoir lets you celebrate & capture the moment in a more intimate, thrilling way.
Need a vacation? Indulge in my most voluptuous boudoir experience, a boudoir getaway. Stay at an amazing villa where the only person to please is yourself. Food, drinks, treats, & more, provided by yours truly.
Show off your youthful flirtiness with a cute yet sexy boudoir set that is full of giggles & smiles. Forever young just got a whole new meaning.
In between classy and erotic, you get a feel for both worlds as you discover how enticing & sensual you can be.
A LUXURY EXPERIENCE
I do not have a single set location. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area, but I travel within the U.S. and beyond.
I reserve a studio or property in proximity to my clients or at a destination of their choice.
You can also choose to have a boudoir session is in the warmth of your own home; this will make your images have a more natural, personal feel.
For more information, see my post on boudoir photoshoot location ideas.
If applicable, the beauty stylist/artist will be there only until she’s done, then, it’s just you and me.
A genuine boudoir session is an intimate and private experience; an experience that should only be shared between a woman and her boudoir photographer. If a photographer has assistants during the shoot, you’re not experiencing a true boudoir session, you’re having an extremely watered-down boudoir shoot, basically an ordinary photoshoot but in lingerie. Boudoir does not require a whole photo crew.
Think of a boudoir session like a nice fine wine. It is easily diluted by water, even one drop will change its whole structure. Sure, it is still wine, but you will not get the full taste of what the wine has to offer. It is no longer what it was meant to be. In boudoir’s instance, the water is adding more people to the room. Instantly removing vital boudoir elements such as the privacy aspect, and possibly the therapeutic aspect, including the listening, empowering, and connection.
My boudoir sessions are an experience like no other. They are professional yet casual and laid back with no rush or worries. I’ve had clients tell me it’s like sensual therapy. They take the words right out of my mouth. I want to add, it’s also a journey and a vacation. A journey to sexual liberation and self-love. A sensual vacation in which you step away from your regular routine and truly discover your sexy side as you break free from society’s negative views on sensuality. You will reconnect with your whole body as you move around feeling & touching it while I empower you and show you sides you never knew you had. You will love yourself so much that you’ll probably never feel jealous of another woman ever again. Boudoir and sexual liberation are blissful, and I can’t wait for you to experience it, it’s as if a huge weight is lifted off you. You’ll be able to pursue sexual pleasure without guilt, anxiety, or shame because there is nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s imposible to say as every single session is unique but a typical session looks like this: recap of what was discussed beforehand > stretching & yoga > photoshoot begins > breaks & activities > photoshoot concludes > unwrap the day and discuss > wrap up. Again, that’s just a simplified standard agenda, the in between and the after varying the most. What I can say with certainty is that the session will include music, fun, & good vibes.
No, you do not, nor do you need to have any experience in front of the camera. I will guide you as needed, where to look, what to do with your hands, etc.
Some poses may require flexibility and balance. We may do some stretching and yoga to relax and loosen up. If a pose is still unachievable, not a problem, we’ll simply try to modify it or move on to another pose.
Trust me, once you’re in the vibe, a lot of it will come naturally.
Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors; I see every woman as a work of art. However, I also fully understand the insecurities we all have about our bodies so it’s completely up to you. I usually say do not wait and book a session now. A lot of people are waiting for that “perfect moment”, I’ve realized those who live waiting for the perfect moment sadly never follow through with what they were waiting for. If you take action now you are more likely to act sooner rather than later in other aspects of life. Let’s not forget that boudoir is all about empowerment, a boudoir session will give you the willpower you may be missing. Once you see how amazing you already are, you’ll feel more motivated to keep on improving. You can even have a follow up boudoir session once you’ve reached a body milestone. Then you will look back and realize you were amazing then and you are amazing now.
Boudoir isn’t about lingerie, while lingerie is a boudoir staple, you can wear whatever you want or nothing at all.
As a side note, purchasing a boudoir package may include outfits picked just for you, or we can go shopping on the day of your session, so we can choose together.
You are not required to go fully nude. I may give you a little nudge and empower you to do so but you will not be pushed into it. That being said, I highly recommend you go nude at some point so you can finally be comfortable with your beautiful naked body. I am aware that many are not there yet or for any other reason are not comfortable doing so. Maybe your first session involves no nudity and later for your next session, you’re ready to go nude, that’s perfectly ok.
Of course. I used to be shy and awkward, so I know what it’s like.
A boudoir session with me will greatly help you come out of your shell. My sessions are no rush sessions; patience is of virtue. I will help you be at ease.
You may benefit from a more powerful, focused session, check out my healing boudoir sessions.
I completely understand but let me tell you, there is nothing to worry about. The nerves come from doing something different, even if that different may be good for you. You’ve never done anything like this, of course it will cause butterflies. If you are someone who’s never been truly comfortable with your sexual side, it can be even more nerve racking. I want you to know that I will guide you and be with you through the entire process, from the day you first reach out, to the actual day, and beyond. This is a very intimate experience. I want to be someone you can trust. The trust that needs to be built not only for a successful boudoir session, but a fruitful relationship, starts way before the first picture is taken. We’ll cover a lot of things beforehand; I’ll listen to your requests, answer every question, and respond to every concern you might have. No question, concern, or request will go unanswered. I can reassure you that although it can be intimidating from the outside, once things start rolling it won’t be as scary and those nerves will be more about excitement than worry.
I understand that one of the reasons you may feel uncomfortable wearing nothing but underwear or getting naked has to do with me being fully clothed, while you’re wearing little to nothing. I realize that could be uneasy for you, and for some, it may even be perceived as belittlement.
I now take this into account for every boudoir session. While I usually remove any outerwear (jacket, coats, etc.) and footwear (shoes & socks), I can remove more. We will discuss your preferences and requests beforehand.
I strive to make your experience comfortable yet fun. I do this by moving away from the rigid & business like atmosphere, that of which other photographers stick with, to a more sans souci or casual & worry free atmosphere. This distinctive approach to a boudoir session achieves a harmonious balance between comfort and exhilaration. That of which allows for the removal of my clothes as well, providing a more intimate and open environment.
Apart from obviously needing to be an adult, there is no right age range for a boudoir session, I welcome all ages over eighteen with the majority of my boudoir clients being around forty.
Boudoir is for any woman, from any background, with any career. That includes all family focused women: moms, soon to be moms, aunts, grandmas. Career focused women: from those in an entry level job who desire more from life and need more confidence, to executives, nurses, & doctors. For those healing from past traumas, for those who want to find their inner sexy, the list goes on and on. The point being, boudoir is for any woman, boudoir is for YOU!
No. Some photographers do shoot men in a boudoir style and call it “dudeoir.” I am not one of those photographers, I specialize in boudoir and working with women. However, I can shoot men in an erotic boudoir shoot for couples.
Yes, you can choose from one of my signature photo styles: Bright & Glammy, Warm & Dreamy, Dark & Moody, and of course, Black & White.
You can then choose what level of skin smoothing and retouching you want. From natural to plastic.
Final digital images are not watermarked by default. I may watermark images when sharing them, for example, I will sometimes watermark them before uploading to a social media platform. My watermarks are elegant, subtle, and noticeable but not distracting. As a result, some clients do like having my mark on their images.
If you desire, you can choose for me to add either my logo or my signature to your digital images.
Prints on the other hand are signed with my signature.
My boudoir rates vary depending on the session type, please refer to the session pages for pricing.
I offer both pre-made packages and à la carte / build your own package.
Yes, we can work out a payment plan that works for you.
My boudoir sessions can go from a few hours to a whole day, to even multiple days.
On average, each outfit gets about an hour of shooting time.
All boudoir sessions have a minimum of 3 hours allocated, with a good buffer between sessions for a no rush experience.
You can expect to receive your digital pictures within two weeks, with the average being one week. If ordering prints & gifts, it may take up to 2 months to get those, depending on how busy we are. So, if you plan to buy prints, do schedule your session date months ahead of gifting time.
There are a few things you will need to make sure you do in order to have a successful boudoir session. Yes, preparing might be a bit stressful, but don’t worry, it’s nothing you can’t handle!
Firstly, I highly recommend you clear out a few days around your session date. Start shopping for outfits, it’s a good idea to start shopping for lingerie ASAP, especially if ordering online because of delays and returns. As a reminder, I can help with choosing outfits. Continue to eat a healthy diet that works for you while making sure to get enough water as well. Get a pedicure, a manicure, & a facial. You’ll then want to figure out what you want to do with your body hair. A full body wax is highly recommended but not required.
For a comprehensive guide have a look at my article: How to Prepare for Your Boudoir Session.
I love sharing my work to showcase your beauty and the beauty of boudoir, to inspire more women to have a possibly life changing session of their own. However, I will never share your images anywhere or with anyone without your approval.
Your privacy is very important to me.
If you do choose to share, you can decide through what outlets I am allowed to do so. You can choose to opt out for certain mediums. Some of the ways pictures are shared include: sharing directly/privately with another client, showcasing your pictures on this website, my socials, portfolio, or publications. You can also decide whether you want to be attributed or not, and whether you want to use your legal name or fictitious name.
Some women are ok with me sharing their images as long as their face is not fully shown, so that is also an option if you wish to share but be on the anonymous side.
Yes. For every friend you refer to me, you will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card or $300 off your next session.
Yes! Possibly the best gift you can give to a woman. You’ll give them an amazingly unforgettable experience that no material gift can do.
I will provide a beautiful personalized digital image with their name and what they are receiving, which you can send to them.
I am a passionate boudoir photographer. Through my lens, I capture sensuality and beauty in their purest form. I provide an empowering, intimate, and open environment, allowing my clients to reveal and embrace their sexual energy without bounds.
When I’m not shooting or editing sexy pictures, you’ll find me exercising, cooking, learning, writing, or absorbed in another art form, such as music.
Whether you’re looking to boost your self-esteem, commemorate a special occasion, or simply indulge in a moment of self-love, together, we’ll capture the essence of your sensuality like never before.