What do I bring? What should I wear?
When you book your Boudoir session with The Magnolia House Studio I will walk you through every step of the process.

You have the option of a traditional session where you bring your own outfits and accessories. We will also happily supplement your wardrobe and session with items from our client closet.  We have items to fit almost every size. Our items range from size 0 to 3X and shoes from 5.5-9.5. We do ask that you bring at least two of your own outfits, a nude and/or black plain bra and thong to wear under any items from our wardrobe. Don't forget about your sexy shoes, jewelry & accessories.

Leave the bulky oversized or square items at home. Sports Jersey’s are awesome, why not buy one that was made for YOUR shape with his favorite team on it? Same goes for shirts and uniforms.

You can view a tiny sampling of our wardrobe by clicking  HERE.

Where will my session take place?
The Magnolia House Studio is a rustic secluded photography studio located in the Courthouse area of Virginia Beach. It is comfortably and tastefully decorated. If you choose your session may also be held outdoors (weather permitting) at one of our exclusive locations.

Do I really need my makeup professionally done?
When you book with Shawn Sawyer Photography at The Magnolia House Studio I offer an exceptionally unique experience for your session. I want you to walk away from our time together feeling freaking awesome about yourself. Having your makeup applied by a professional will set the tone for your session and give you time to sit and relax and decompress before our session. That being said, no you do not have to get it done however, it is included in your session fee and cannot be discounted.

Will my boudoir session be private?
Of course! I generally have a female assistant on site, but yes 100% private - unless you decide you want to venture out to one of our exclusive nearby locations.

I don’t want others to see my photos, will you share them online?
While I may want to shout from the rooftops that you rocked your session...you may want to keep our time together private. I understand and respect that. It's actually the hardest part of my job, not getting to share your images with others. While many of my clients don’t mind sharing their amazing images with the world (hell yeah!), some would rather remain anonymous (that’s cool too). We will discuss this before and after your session, if you agree to share some I will endeavor to respect your identity. Rest assured your privacy will come first.

Will you retouch my images?
Yes, sorta….retouching is included in every session. I use Photoshop and Lightroom programs to make corrections for lighting and colors. I very lightly smooth skin and rid it of tiny imperfections s like acne and bruises.

However, I don’t use photoshop to change you. In other words I don’t change your shape, your size or your age. I will work with you and coach you through each and every pose to find the most flattering poses for your body type to ensure that extensive editing is not required.

I don’t overly edit the photos. You won’t find the “flavor of the month look” or Instagram looking filters that seem to be popular right now on the photos you receive from me. I will take my time enhancing each photo I choose to deliver.  The end result will be a timeless look.

How long before I see my images?
Look – I am just as excited as you are, believe it or not. But what I do takes time. So here is a very loose guideline: Depending on the type of session/event I try to give you a “sneak” within 72 hours. Regular sessions are usually delivered within 10-15 business days. Holidays and busier season may take a tad longer.

If products are ordered they generally arrive within 7-14 business days of proof approval. Some products and gifts are handcrafted and can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

Do I get to see or receive every image you capture?
Hell to the no! And you don’t want to either so don’t ask. No really. The reason you are paying me is for my expertise. So, trust me when I say you don’t need to see all of the images. I carefully take the time to go through each image and only select the most flattering images from our time together. If I missed focus, you blink or sneeze, maybe you have a derp face…whatever…I‘m going to just go ahead and get rid of those.

In addition I am a professional. I photograph your session in what is called a RAW format- unless you have professional image editing software- which I assume you don’t because you wouldn’t need to hire me if you did- you won’t be able to open the photos...so there.

You’re so awesome! How do I book with you?
Simply contact me  HERE  and I will go over the options for your session or event. Once we decide which one is best for you I will gather a little more info and send you over a contract and invoice. To secure your session/event date the contract must be signed and a deposit of 40% is due with the balance due 7 days before your session. Sessions scheduled 10 days or less in advance require full payment. Honestly and truly pay as you go and as you can. I’ll send you reminders along the way.