Below are some of the most popular questions we get asked by our clients, we continue to update these frequently asked questions so if your question is not answered here, please be sure to contact us and let us know!
First and foremost thank you for your interest in booking a session!
- Get familiar with our boudoir packages, so you can pick the one that works best for you! Once you're sure about a specific package, click on the "Book Now" button.
- A booking calendar will load, and you can select your preferred date, time and session preferences. Complete your booking request by paying the standard deposit.
- We will contact you within 1-24 hours to verify your shoot date and time. It is also the perfect time to check out the necessary preparation checklist for information on what to wear, what to bring and how to prepare for your upcoming session.
- Once your shoot is confirmed be sure to settle your remaining invoice at least 48 hours before your session date. Arrive on time at our studio for your photo shoot!
- After your session is complete it will take 2 weeks to organize and professionally re-touch the images from your shoot.
- You will receive an email once your private proofing gallery is ready, and you can follow the link inside the email to log in and view a collection of re-touched digital images. Select the ones you would like to download and own.
Great question! New clients frequently ask me about what is considered when I price my services, so I'm very happy to explain! OK, so lets get started. I have broken down my answer into 3 distinct sections for easier reading and better organization, I hope it helps.
Cost of Doing Business:
Firstly, there are core business expenses like a physical studio location, maintenance fees and general upkeep, followed by additional overhead costs like business registration & licensing, harmonized sales tax (already included in all prices!), merchant banking, online credit card processing, office supplies as well as business insurance. Finally -- image editing software, online marketing and management costs like web development, website updates, hosting and technical support. These expenses can add up quickly and equal to roughly 30-35% of the total monthly net earnings.
Equipment & Studio Expenses:
As a professional photographer I need to stay up to date with my photography offerings and thus have additional expenses like acquiring and maintaining props and furniture for my studio. There are also costs associated with equipment maintenance as well as investment into new camera lenses, lighting and hardware that amount to a further 10%-15% of total net earnings. One example to help visualize how much these costs can effect my pricing is to take the Flirty package for example, it is currently priced at $395; it wouldn't be outlandish to consider that roughly 45-50% of the package price goes towards business overhead costs.
Considerable Time Investment:
With the overhead costs explained above, there is of course the question of time investment that also needs to be taken into account. On average, a 1 hour photography session will require an additional 15 minutes for equipment prep (before and after the shoot), followed by 20-30 minutes for the curation and organization of the resulting photography as well as an additional 3 to 4 hours (roughly 15-20 minutes per image) dedicated to the re-touching of 12 of the best curated images that will be delivered via a private proofing gallery, a process that additionally takes about 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the day, a 60 minute session very quickly becomes a 5-6+ hour time investment per booking.
After all is said and done, it isn't uncommon for a professional photographer like myself to earn on average $35/hour running a photography studio. It's also important to note that self employed photographers like myself pay out-of-pocket for basic Canadian employee benefits such as dental coverage, health insurance, disability insurance and RRSPs (Registered Retirement Savings Plans).
If you have any additional questions in regards to my photography pricing, please contact me using the contact form here.
Actually it's completely normal to feel a bit anxious right before your shoot! We are very easy going and will make you feel comfortable in no time, we do this a lot! So enjoy a glass of bubbly, slip into a robe and help us select your outfits for the shoot! We promise that by the end of your session you'll wanna do it all over again! It's important to remember that most of our clients experience some level of anxiety right before their shoot, but as soon as they jump right into the session all of that melts away.
Within 24 hours after your booking deposit is paid (generally much sooner), we will email you confirming your session date and time. Shortly after we will also send you a "shoot preparation" package as well as a short survey that will help us to get to know you a little better so we can best prepare for your shoot!
Within 24 to 48 hours after your session is complete I will carefully sort through all proofs and choose the best photos for professional re-touching. Depending on the amount of images (based on selected package), this process can take up to 2 weeks.
Once the editing process is completed the re-touched images will be made available for you inside a private proofing gallery that only you can access with your alomia.ca account. You will receive an email containing a unique proofing gallery link where you can access your re-touched photos and choose the ones you would like to download and own.
Your remaining invoice will be generated shortly after completing your booking deposit once your session date and time is confirmed. It can be settled at any time, but generally we would like have it settled at least 48 hours prior to your session date. You can always access all of your invoices by logging into your alomia.ca account. Simply log-in, and then click on "my account" on the top left to view your invoices.
A private proofs gallery is a collection of session specific, hand picked, professionally re-touched images made available online on alomia.ca within 2 weeks after the completion of your photo shoot. Private proofing galleries cannot be accessed by anyone else and will be assigned to a specific alomia.ca member account.
Note: Private proofing galleries expire after 14 days of being made available to our clients, so be sure to access your gallery and select your final photos as well as any additional services available.
I think it's important to explain what exactly a "RAW" image is before I go further into the reasoning of why I don't give them out, so here it goes!
A raw image is one out of thousands of other raw images from a session. These images compose of bad angles, unflattering poses, facial out-takes, funny expressions, out of focus captures followed by an insane amount of near duplicates -- out of those, there are amazing images with just the right attributes that need to be hand picked.
After a session is complete, I go over each and every one of these raw images until I find those images that have all the right attributes of a great photograph --- the right angle, the right light, the right expression and the right pose are key characteristics of a photo that will pass my meticulous curation process. This process is repeated a number of times as the pile of raw images shrinks until I have the very best images from the shoot that I can now work with as I start re-touching them into the final product.
So in other words, the majority of raw images are the unintended but absolutely necessary consequence of a photo shoot -- and just like with the thousands of screenplays penned every month, only a handful of those make it to production and become movies on the big screen. The rest never see the light of day, and for good reason! This same principle applies to raw and un-edited photos as giving out raw images would ultimately display my unfinished work, and like with any form of artistic expression I only want to make available my very best work.
To restore your proofing gallery we will need to locate your image backup, re-upload your images, and then go through the process of re-creating your proofing gallery and re-assigning you access. There is a $50 dollar fee for this which will need to be paid before we start the recovery process. Please note that for privacy reasons we store your images for a maximum of 1 year and then remove them permanently, you can also request to have your images deleted at any time by contacting us.
We do not provide any outfits or lingerie. We feel that you know your body best and thus can decide what works for you. We suggest to bring outfits that are flattering to your body type and that will suit the look you're aiming to achieve, be it sexy, flirtatious, or romantic. The more outfits you bring the better, I will assist in choosing the final outfits you'll wear for the shoot so don't worry about it being a tough decision! You can also check out our pinterest page for inspiration!
In order to create the best possible photography experience and resulting images we go through the process of carefully choosing only the best images from your shoot. We then go through the process of re-touching every single image included within the proofs gallery so that you may select and instantly download-to-own your favorite digital images.
Note: Depending on the photography time in your package, the amount of re-touched images will vary (more time = larger selection of re-touched images!). You will receive an email with access to your private proofing gallery 2 weeks after the completion of your shoot as professionally re-touching images is a delicate and time consuming process.
We can edit quite a bit actually, our process is quite extensive! Re-touching improves room lighting, skin tones, color balance as well as other aspects of the image that brings out the vibrance of a photograph. In addition we also focus on smoothing out scars, stretch marks, acne, cellulite as well as other imperfections should you choose to do so. The goal is to showcase the most unique characteristics of every photograph.
We professionally sort and re-touch the best raw images from your session. The final amount of available re-touched images varies based on the package you choose. Sessions with more photography time will have a larger selection of re-touched images to view and order from.
Yes of course! We totally understand that sometimes things just don't go as planned and for whatever reason rescheduling a session makes the most sense. To reschedule your session date simply get in touch with us, and let us know your situation and we will work with you to figure out and organize a new date for your shoot. We charge a modest rescheduling fee of $50 that goes towards covering the costs associated with rescheduling. If you have any further questions in regards to the rescheduling fee, please contact us.
We feel that all women should feel confident and love their bodies no matter what shape/size/age they are, but we understand you want to look your absolute best in these photos. We are experts in posing and directing our clients to show off their best features and capture their best angles. However, if you still decide you want a little help in that department we do offer professional re-touched image editing that will achieve that coveted magazine quality look in which we will enhance your figure further with our photoshop shaping and sculpting capabilities!
We understand that not all of our clients want us to do their hair and makeup, so we lowered the cost of our packages and made this optional along with an added fee. If you choose to have your hair and makeup done elsewhere, the price of your package will not go up. If you'd like to see examples of our work be sure to check out our boudoir gallery, all photos within this gallery have had their hair and makeup professionally done by our makeup artists. Note: As of April 2016 we also include false lashes and application to our hair and makeup option!
We take your privacy very seriously. We will never use any images of you on our website or other mediums without your signed consent to do so. All of the ladies featured on our website, ads and or social media platforms have signed a physical release form granting us permission to use their images. For those of you who are curious, we do indeed reward you for letting us display your images! You will receive early sneak peeks of professionally re-touched images as well as other fantastic perks like an additional re-touched image towards your image credit!
Below are the steps we take to protect your privacy:
- We store a backup of your images for 1 year on a physical drive that is not connected to the internet at any point. If for whatever reason you loose your images, we will be able to retrieve them during this time. After 1 year those images are removed permanently.
- We grant you private viewing access to your images during the proofing process via a private proofing gallery that is available only to you after the completion of your shoot.
- We automatically remove proofing galleries within 14 days from their creation date, at which point all images are removed from the website.
The nature of Boudoir is very private and intimate, although having a friend there for support might seem like a good idea, having an extra audience member might backfire and cause you to feel tense and uncomfortable (this will reflect in your photos). If you absolutely need a friend there, we limit it to one person.
You can cancel your upcoming appointment with Alomia.ca at any time if you should so choose by getting in touch with us via email, phone or text message. Once we confirm your cancellation, we will not send you additional invoices and will remove your session from our booking calendar as well as contact our makeup artist (if you specified hair, makeup & false lashes) to remove the slot from their calendar as well.
Your deposit for the session will not be refunded however, so it's important that you're absolutely sure you wish to cancel. Another option is to reschedule, if the reason for the cancellation is that you're unable to make it on the booking date. Rescheduling needs to be made at least 24 hours prior to the session, and you can find out more about this option here.
We do not offer refunds on photography sessions because of the personal nature of the service provided. Your photos are not a product we can resell to recoup the cost of the session.
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