Frequently Asked Questions About Matthew &
In this section, I answer several questions about myself and my photography business.
Um... Are you a male boudoir photographer?
Understandably some women are hesitant about having a male boudoir photographer taking their photos, while others prefer the male perspective. I can guarantee a relaxing, professional and amazingly awesome experience. I sure about one thing I will capture pictures both you and your partner will enjoy!
Why did you become a boudoir photographer?
My story of becoming a professional boudoir photographer begins with my terrible anxiety problems and my obsession I had with landscape photography. I soon realized that photography had a powerful ability to help me overcome my anxieties. With this in mind, I started down the path of becoming a professional photographer.
My anxiety was getting the better of me, and I was looking to push myself outside of my comfort zone while also helping others. What drew me to boudoir was its ability to help other people overcome their own self-doubts and boost confidence. I have passed on what I have learned personally about self-confidence to the woman I photograph.
How would you describe your photography?
It’s really great! Don’t believe me check out my boudoir portfolio.
Do you still shoot with film?
When I was starting my photography journey, I shot tons of rolls of film. Since becoming a full-time photographer, I don’t shoot that much film any more. I loved developing my own film in a darkroom with traditional chemicals, but it’s a massive time commitment. The digital workflow is faster, easier, and much more reliable. I still shoot film on a few of my personal projects, but I can’t see myself using film for a boudoir session for a client.
Are you a successful photographer?
I’m sure by most people's standards I would be considered among my peers in Brisbane.
It’s important to me to continually evolve and improve. I always want to be better than I was yesterday.
How long have you been in business?
since finishing my photography course In 2014 I been working full-time as a boudoir photographer. Check out About Matthew Hamm for more information about my story.
What is the pre-shoot consultation?
Before you book your photoshoot, we will have a chat over coffee at my studio to discuss more of the details of my photo sessions. I love taking the time to get to know you and finding out why you are looking to do a boudoir shoot. During our chat will find the perfect outfits, plan the mood and style of your shoot and figure out what will work best. Are discussing these chatting can be 30mins to 2hrs long. I love going into detail and making your photos unique.
How do you prepare yourself before a boudoir session?
Before anyone has arrived for the session. I blast music at full volume from the Hi-Fi in the studio. This helps me to get pumped and ready for the session. If you arrive a little early, you are welcome to join in.🤘
Why choose Belle-Vous Photography?
Boudoir photography has been gaining in popularity in the last few years. It's the favourite wedding gift for a lot of brides-to-be to give their grooms. I always will encourage you to do your research before choosing your boudoir photographer. There are different levels of experience, talent, style and price. You should choose a photographer whose style matches what you are looking for and a photographer that you will feel comfortable with for such an intimate setting.
With Belle-Vous Photography here are a few things you should consider:
I have photographed 100s of woman. I've worked with woman from ages 18-56, every shape and size, and I have spent years learning how to pose, use angles and lighting. Most importantly, how to make my clients feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Unlike other photographers that book multiple clients per day and have a strict session time limits. I only book one client per day, so you have my full attention and no rushing through poses. My shoots are fun, relaxing day. At the end of the day, I guarantee you will have authentic and sexy boudoir photos.
How far in advance should I book my session?
I've had some woman book sessions booked 12+ months out. However, I ask that you book your session a minimum of 8 weeks before you are wanting or needing your albums/prints. This gives me time for the shoot, post-production, processing and printing. My luxury albums and most of my products are handmade in Italy and sometimes can take up to 6 weeks for them to arrive back in Australia. Just remember to think ahead when booking. Before major holidays (Christmas, Valentines etc.) Printing can take longer and my schedule books up quick!
How long does the photoshoot go for?
I only take one booking per day. This means you will ever feel rushed, and we will have all day to achieve the styles you are wanting from your session. My photo shoots are usually around 7-8 hours long. This includes makeup and hair (1-2hrs), the photography (3-4hrs) and your image reveal and ordering (1-2hr). On average, I spend over 25 hours working with each of my clients. Discussing ideas, planning, shooting, editing, album designing and much more.
I'm not a model and have never done this. Is that a problem?
Over years of photographing boudoir sessions, I have shot women of all ages, shapes and sizes. No one is born knowing how to pose, and no one comes into the studio knowing how to pose, but everyone leaves with incredible! Photos. You have hired me to make you look and feel the best you ever have, and I guarantee you'll leave with a newfound confidence. Your only job: have fun and relax. I only ask that place your trust in me. With amazing posing, lighting and direction, you will love your portraits.
I'm a curvy girl, is that a problem?
Absolutely not! A boudoir shoot is not about your dress size, it all about who you are and the confidence you bring to the shoot. Curves are beautiful, and I loved to celebrate them with you. Plus I know exactly how to pose you to show you at your best!
Can I bring a friend to my photoshoot?
Yes! Please do! I highly encourage bringing a friend along to your photoshoot. My boudoir sessions are a day full of laughter and light-hearted fun. So why not invite your BFF so they and enjoy the day as well. Also if you are feeling a little nervous about your shoot having someone you're close to can be a big boost of confidence.
I need help finding ideas!? can you help me!?
Yes, of course! I'm always here to help. Just shoot me an email, and I'll do everything I can to help. Before you decided to book a photoshoot with us, you can schedule a free in-studio consultation. We will make recommendations on outfits, makeup and themes. We are here to make your dream boudoir shoot come to life!
I'm transgender, can I book and shoot with you?
YES, of course! Trans women are women! My studio is open and body-positive space. My number one goal for Belle-Vous Photography is to make everybody I photograph feels beautiful and sexy.
I don't want to be displayed on your website. Can my privacy be assured?
I take your privacy very seriously. Most of the women I photograph want their photos to stay private. I often work with school teachers, public figures, and professionals, so I understand the importance of privacy. Only a tiny percentage of the women I photograph end up on this website and everyone displayed on my website/blog/advertising has given me written permission to do so. I'd love to share your photos so other women can get an idea of what the experience looks and feels like. But I'm not pushy about trying to sharing your photos, by default your images are kept 100% private and offline.
Where is your studio and do you offer shoots anywhere else?
My home studio is located in Bellbowrie, about 25 mins west of the Brisbane CBD. I also offer shoots in different locations like hotel rooms or your own home based on what you are looking for from your boudoir session. I frequently travel to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Are you looking for interns or assistant's?
I have been open to hire a assistant to help out during photoshoot. I found I don't have the time to provide them with the training required to get them up to speed with our I work. So at this time I am not looks for an assistant.
Are you a natural light photographer?
Yes, when conditions are excellent, I will shoot using natural light, and when it’s not, I make my own light.
The Cost & Products
In this section, I answer questions about my session pricing and booking.
What is the cost?
All my pricing is available online. Just check out my Pricing Page.
Below is a quick preview of what I charge for a boudoir session
My session pricing starts at $199.
This covers everything below:
- One-on-one in-person or phone consultation to discuss your shoot
- 1 hour photo session
- Professional makeup & hair
- Full pose coaching
The shoot fee is all that needs to be paid before to your shoot.
Why do I need to pay the deposit?
To book my team for a particular time. I will need a signed Boudoir Photography Agreement and a $50 deposit.
The deposit covers everything my team and I do on the day of your photoshoot. The deposit also allows me to lock in your session date with my team.
Do you offer discounts?
Very rarely! I do indeed understand that budget is a significant concern when looking for a boudoir photographer. Although I would love to offer discounts to my clients. I want to avoid the appearance of favouritism, and I don’t want to be one of those photographers that uses frequent "limited" time-based and high pressure sales tactics to book clients. I want to keep it fair for everyone.
When do I get to see my photos and pick out the ones I would like to purchase?
Straight after we are done taking photos. Sounds amazing right? Why wait weeks to see your proofs? When you can see every picture from your session on the same day. Or if you don't have time, you are welcome to schedule a time a few days after to pick out your photos.
I don’t use this time as an upsell opportunity. My boudoir pricing is fully transparent, and during your pre-shoot consultation, we will discuss what you are looking to buy and work out what will be best for you.
Will I get digital images of my photos?
Yes, I offer printed products and digital images. During your purchasing session, I will help you choose the best option for you.
Will I also get black & white photo?
I will provide you with full-resolution copies of your photos in colour and black & white and no extra cost.
What if I lose my boudoir photos?
I have the original files of every boudoir session I have shot All 100,000s of thousands of them. I’m close to cracking over 1,000,000 photos in my archive. So please don’t worry if you lose your photos. I’ve got your back, and I won't charge you a recovery fee when you ask for them.
Do you offer Boudoir Mini Sessions?
Not any more. I felt the mini sessions were a compromised boudoir experience.
Make-up & Preparing
In this section, I answer several questions about makeup and how to prepare for your session.
Is hair and make-up included?
Yes, hair and make-up is included in your session fee (includes lashes). I have a makeup artists, and your make-up artist for your session will come to the studio to give you an amazing makeover before your photo session!
Do I need to practice posing at home in the mirror?
There is no need to practice. You hired me, so you don’t have to worry about that stuff.
Top 13 Questions To Ask Your Boudoir Photographer
A boudoir photography session is heaps of fun, but it can be a little nerve-wracking too. Here you can find some answers to frequently asked questions about boudoir sessions with me.
Will my images be shared online?
My number one priority is making my clients comfortable! I understand that you might be a little nervous about everybody seeing you dressed in barely-there outfits. Sometimes you are just starting to love your body and who you are and are not ready to share your images. Or perhaps you would prefer them to be for your partner's eyes/your eyes only.
Sometimes I might want to share your images if I'm are really proud of them, but I will ALWAYS ask your permission first and will not share anything that you are not comfortable with. I will always consider your feelings before putting images of you anywhere or sharing them in any way.
Are there payment plans?
Yes, I offer a few payment options! I have a booking retainer when you book your shoot. And the balance of your session is due 2 weeks before your shoot date. If you would like more time to pay off the session, you can schedule the shoot a few months out, and pay the balance off in instalments. Let me know if this is something you'll love to set up and we can get ready to go!
Will I have to wear lingerie for the shoot?
Many people do their boudoir photoshoot in lingerie, but if you feel comfortable in something else, that is fine. Why not search my Pinterest for inspiration for other cute outfit ideas?
Where should I buy my outfits?
There are several shops to purchase outfits from, and it depends on what you are getting and the style of your photoshoot! Here is a long list to choose from with different style and sizing! Bras N Things, Honey Birdette, Big Girls Don't Cry Anymore. Have a look at this list of local and online lingerie shops. If you are looking for something in particular that you can't find, let me know, and I might know where to get it!
Will my hair and makeup be done for me?
I provide you with hair and makeup (including false lashes) for your shoot. For my team and
Do you Photoshop the images?
While we will touch up your images slightly just in order to make the lighting, colouring perfect - nothing will be edited out or into the photos to change the way you look. Boudoir photography is about making you feel confident in the skin you are in, not about changing the way you look. Don't worry, I'm very skilled in positioning, lighting, and everything else to make you look the best version of you possible.
Are digital images available?
No matter what package you choose, you will be able to save the memory of your boudoir photography session. Digital copies of images are available. These photos will be in an phone app gallery that is locked, and you can then download the photos and share and print them as you wish.
What are the types of printed products do you have?
I have a diversity of albums and luxury folio boxes with prints in them! The handmade boutique folio box with the 8×10 matted prints is my favourite. I absolutely love the feeling of a physical printed copy; it's so surreal to see yourself like that!
20 beautiful and glossy pages from the boudoir session that I flip through myself all the chances I get. I think I look at them more than he does. It's a daily reminder that my self-image has totally transformed after having my boudoir shoot." –Katie, on her experience at Belle-Vous Photography!
I'm freaking out! How can I calm my nerves?
It would be weird if you didn't feel nervous before your photoshoot, but we guarantee that once you ease into the session, you are going to relax and feel like a million dollars. I will do their best to make you feel at ease and that feeling when you first see your photos for the first time is going to make it all worth it.
How many outfits should I bring?
How many outfits you bring depends on the package that you have booked. For the blush package, you will need 1-2 outfits, for the glam package you will need 2-3 outfits and for the Platinum Package, you will need 3-4. You are more than welcome to bring more if you can't decide what to wear and we will help you out with the tough decision.
Why should I pick a male photographer? Aren't you only doing this so you can see naked women?
Haha, Let's be honest here if I was only a boudoir photographer because I wanted to see some boobs. There are much easier ways for a guy to do that. I wanted to shoot boudoir because I genuinely wanted to help people feel awesome about themselves.
Now why pick a male boudoir photographer over a female one? It really comes down to just two things. Do you love the style of photos a photographer takes and do you feel comfy stripping down in front of them? T first part is easy, simply check out their portfolio and see if you fall in love with their work. Feeling comfortable comes down to personal taste. Some women feel more comfortable with a male doctor than a female one, or maybe you have lot's of male friends, and you just feel more natural to you to be around males. I'm pretty much the same, I spent most of my life with close female friends, and I just find it easier to be myself around women than I do with men.
Should I get to my shoot early?
It is always best to arrive at your shoot at least ten minutes before the agreed time. This way, we can talk about outfits, any other questions you might have and come up with a plan for the hair and makeup.
Where is your studio located?
My studio in Bellbowrie. I love this place, It's so close to the city (20min drive), but it feels like we are out in the country.
Have a question not answered here? I'd love to hear from you!
Brisbane | Sunshine Coast | Gold Coast | Toowoomba | Ipswich | QLD Australia