To learn what to expect during your boudoir session, please visit our comprehensive Step-by-Step guide to the Boudoir Photoshoot.
For a detailed guide on what to bring to your session, read our post about 5 Must-Bring Items to Your Boudoir Session.
Who is the photo session for?
Kissed by Light specializes in photography for all women who would like to celebrate their body and personality, and create unique artwork capturing their femininity and sensuality. Every stage of womanhood is wonderful, while having its own dimension and allowing different sides of HER to shine, women constantly change and evolve, physically, emotionally and spiritually. From purity of a senior to a gentle young bud of a woman in her twenties, from the one who now knows her body in her thirties to the one who now knows her body and soul in her forties, to the beautiful liberated woman in her full bloom at fifty, to the woman in her sixties celebrating her soul, womanhood and character – we enjoy photographing the best side of you in this moment in time and creating beautiful artwork to be enjoyed forever.
Motherhood, sisterhood and friendships are amazing bonds shared by women throughout their lives and we enjoy creating portraiture series capturing these connections.
Where does the session take place?
Most of our photo sessions take place in our beautiful photo studio located at #214 – 5 Adrian Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6N 5G4
Located inside a renovated factory loft building, the studio has plenty of natural light and a boutique feel. However industrial the building might look, inside our studio is always comfortable, private and cozy.
On occasion, we can also photograph on location in select cases. $300 location fee will apply.
What KBL photography sessions are like?
First of all, they’re lots of fun!
It’s a unique, stress-free experience and we do our best to make you feel your very best and most comfortable when you come in for your photo session. During the session we will gently guide you through all poses and help you select the outfits, so you will never feel left on your own during the session. Normally, there are 2-3 people (all females) in the studio during the shoot – the photographer, the assistant and the make up artist.
We want you to share with us your ideas for the photoshoot and we’ll do our best to make them come true! We will consult you and guide you on what type of clothes and accessories you should wear or bring to the studio. We encourage you to let us know in advance of the look you would like to achieve in the studio and we will recommend appropriate props for your idea, as well as have enough time to prepare the studio for your session.
Please describe the whole process.
Our studio has two talented photographers. Essentially, their skill, style and approach are very similar and reflect our studio’s characteristic signature style. The studio offers a number of packages to fit various budgets. Each one of our packages includes professional make-up and a USB, and varies by the number of looks (outfit changes), number of images and products. To receive our up-do-to date price list, simply send us a request via [email protected] or fill out a contact form on our Contact Page.
When you arrive in the studio, you will be welcomed by our fantastic all female team, which will go over your ideas for the photoshoot with you and your preference for make-up and hair styling. Complimentary champagne and snacks are always available in the studio! Professional make-up and hair styling will take about 90 minutes and once you are beautified and look your best, we will begin the photo session. During the session we photograph the number of looks (or outfit changes) included in your package of choice. After the photo shoot we will schedule a viewing session where we will show you about 20-30 of your very best, fully edited photographs from the photo session. From those photographs you will be able to pick the ones you like most and will be able to decide in which form you would like to receive them – on a USB, in a Luxury Album and/or as an Art Print/s. The digital copies of the images you will select will be available for pick up on a USB right away at the Viewing Session. All additional products (if they are not included in your package) are available as add-ons and can be added to your package during the Viewing Session. Once we place the order with our printing lab, it takes about 10-14 days for the Luxury Album, 7-10 days for canvases and about 2-5 days for fine art prints to arrive in your hands.
The women you shoot, are they all models?
Almost all of our clients are regular people who have absolutely no experience in modelling and have never been photographed professionally. Some of our clients come in as timid and shy women and leave as energized and confident women who got a chance to express their inner sensuality in a new and exciting way.
All our photo shoots are for our clients and our goal as artists is to make each woman feel beautiful and appreciated, regardless of the body type, size, height or experience in the modelling field.
Who will be present at the studio?
During the photo session, there are 2-4 people present. The photographer, assistant, stylist and the make-up artist. Our stuff are females only.
How do your packages work?
All of our packages include the session time, professional make-up service and vary by the number of looks (outfit changes) and the number of images included in each package, as well as additional products. Each package can be customized with add-on services (print products, hair styling, additional looks, etc.) either at the session, or at the Viewing Session.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, you can bring a friend or a sibling. Usually we would ask the gentlemen to wait outside, unless it’s a couple’s boudoir shoot. However, from our experience the best results are achieved without the company of friends.
How should I prepare for the shoot?
A week before the shoot we will send you the preparation guide which will help you to prepare for the photo shoot.
We suggest to have your regular pampering routine at least a few days before the shoot, e.g. manicure/pedicure, getting your hair done (color), tanning (but please try to avoid tan lines and stay away from self-tanners, unless done professionally in a salon), etc.
Also avoid getting plastic surgery or any kind of facials right before the photo shoot since it might greatly affect the final result. Try to give it at least 4 weeks time for your face or body to heal before coming in for the photo shoot.
I’ve never had my make up and/or hair professionally done, and I’m worried I will not look like myself.
We highly recommend to get your hair/make up done by a professional in our studio. Our make-up and hair stylists are very experienced and talented artists that come from Wedding and fashion industries and who will gladly accommodate your make-up and hair styling requests, while also keeping you looking like yourself. At a first glance, the make-up you will get in the studio will appear brighter and heavier than usual, but this is due to the fact that camera will absorb much of it, so in photographs it won’t look as heavy as it does in reality.
How much will my photographs be retouched?
Our retouching philosophy is to enhance the female body and skin, and not change it. We believe that everyone is naturally beautiful and we would like to photograph you in your moment of beauty and celebrate who you truly are. Our retouching enhancements may include skin smoothing technique, enhancing posture, highlighting the sparkle in your eyes, fixing hair, etc.
Kissed by Light photographers and stylists prefer doing as much as possible before and during the shoot to highlight your true beauty, instead or relying on Photoshop techniques.
How soon after the photo shoot will I be able to see the images?
Within 10-12 business days after your shoot you will be invited to the Viewing Session to see your fully edited photographs. During the Viewing session you will be able to determine what would be the best medium and format for your photos – art print, luxury album or digital files. A Viewing Session usually takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
How soon after the Viewing Session will I receive my print products?
Once we place the order with our printing lab, it takes about 10-14 days for the luxury album, about 5-7 days for canvas and 2-5 days for fine art prints to arrive into your hands.
What should I bring to my shoot ?
A question we hear most often is “What should I wear for my boudoir photo shoot?”. Your photoshoot wardrobe can be composed of everyday things, such as sweaters and tank tops, and/or more glamorous lingerie and corsets. Items we always recommend to bring are high heels, stockings, thongs, body suites, bustiers and bras with good support. From classic black to soft pastels to bridal white, lace and silk look great on every body type. Prepare a wardrobe that suits and flatters your body type. Make sure all items fit you well. Visit our Shopping Guide page for lingerie boutiques recommendations. We encourage our clients to bring as many wardrobe items as they want, regardless of the number of looks in their package, so that we can experiment and mix and match items to put together the most suitable outfits. All of our team members have an exceptional styling and fashion sense, so you can fully rely on their advice! For additional information, read our article about 5 Must-Bring Items to Your Boudoir Session.
Do you supply wardrobe?
Throughout the many years of running the studio and with the help of our professional stylist, we’ve put together a beautiful wardrobe collection consisting of unique and gorgeous lingerie pieces. From basic lingerie to hand-made and designer items, our collection is complete with high heel shoes and glamorous accessories. Full access to all of our wardrobe items is available for a fee of $150*. Whether you bring your own wardrobe or combine it with ours, we will provide you with plenty of style guidance and help you select and put together the most beautiful outfits!
*Sizes may vary. Please let us know your basic measurements and shoe size prior to booking the service.