The best gift you are ever going to give someone is the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough.
- Hannah Brencher
INTO A WORK OF ART
Hi, I'm Meg!
the babe shimmying behind the lens.
I am a body empowerment photographer based out of Hayward, Wisconsin and this is me in the nuuude. Like the majority of women, I've had my share of body insecurities. My booty has always had cellulite & stretch marks, and no amount of exercise has ever changed that fact. For the longest time, I hated its dimples, its shape, and its jiggle, until one day I looked in the mirror and decided I'd had enough of my shitty attitude. So what if I have cellulite and stretch marks - who really cares? I also have a creative brain, an empathetic heart, and bold ambitions. I'm not on this Earth to be a flawless human, and neither are you, girlfriend. You are here to rise to your most empowered and authentic self. So go ahead and tell that inner hater to step outta your way because YOU have got some magic to make.
On the path to making peace with my body, I've chosen not to be defined by it and with that came a driving force to empower as many women as I can and give them an experience that will truly change the way they look at their own self-worth. You are capable of owning the goddess within yourself, and my mission is to bring that power to the surface. When I began photographing intimate portraits in 2012 I was immediately drawn to the vulnerable and fearless nature it brought out in the women I met. Over the years, I've come to learn that it's not always confidence that brings women in front of my camera, but bravery. From start to finish, my goal is to bring every ounce of self-loving-magic you hold within yourself out into the open. It's in there, I promise. Let me show you.
As an Advocate for Body Diversity, I promise to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for all body types and to challenge cultural and societal beauty ideals. I promise to celebrate a wide variety of body types, colors, ages, ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, religions, classes, and other human attributes on my website and within my social media in an attempt to improve the variation of body types that we standardly see in the photography industry/media.
A boudoir session can certainly be intimidating, which is why I offer free consultations so you can meet me beforehand, tour the studio, browse through products & wardrobe, and get all of your questions answered!
location: hayward, wisconsin
phone: (218) 341-2179
Let's start by acknowledging one solid truth: every single woman, no matter her age, weight, or body type deserves to have killer professional photos of herself. Despite what society or anyone may have taught you, you're allowed to accept yourself, and you're allowed to celebrate yourself. Here is where that self-love journey begins or possibly continues if you're already shimmying that way!
Booking your session:
Sessions are scheduled on Mondays & Fridays beginning at 12:00 pm. All sessions take place at my home studio, nestled in the woods overlooking a secluded river in Springbrook, Wisconsin. Your boudoir session is officially reserved on the studio calendar once your session retainer is on file, along with a signed boudoir agreement.
Setting up a consultation:
I highly recommend taking advantage of the free phone consultation option! This allows us the chance to chat about why you're interested in doing a session, discuss the investment and what you can expect, as well as answer any questions you may have going into this!
How to prepare:
Once you take the plunge and book your session, you'll likely feel a little bit of, "I am woman hear me roar!" mixed with nerves and adrenalin. If you're clueless about how to prepare for your session, that's okay! You'll receive a few digital guides that cover everything from wardrobe and style to makeup and skin prep. I will also send over a client questionnaire that helps me customize your session and make it authentically YOU.
Hair & Makeup
It's totally normal to feel intimidated by camera-ready hair and makeup. It's a bit more intense than your everyday look - especially if you usually rock a bare face or the absolute minimum! This is a complimentary service prior to your session and you certainly aren't required to go full-on glam. Just know that my goal in terms of editing is to make your skin looks its best, which is where professional makeup benefits the most! You can expect a pro application to last anywhere from 1 - 1.5 hours depending on how dramatic and daring you want to go!
The boudoir session:
First off, and I say this with so much grace, you are NOT expected to be a pro at this. Every single woman who walks through my studio door feels nervous and vulnerable - I call it the nakey jitters, and it's 1000% normal. I promise to make you feel right at home the second you arrive! Once you step in front of my camera, all my creative - and shamelessly awkward - energy is on you, darlin'. I take care of everything from adjusting and styling your wardrobe to posing you right down to your breath. You don't have to worry about being a 'natural' in front of the camera, and you definitely won't hear any, "Okay, now be sexy" bullshit from me! Nope, I know how important it is to have professional posing guidance. I demonstrate each pose for you, beforehand! We wrap up the day by scheduling your in-studio sales session roughly 2 weeks after your shoot.
The image reveal:
This is my favorite part! You'll return to the studio a couple of weeks later to see your complete boudoir gallery for the first time. It will be presented to you in a large slideshow set to some badass music, which alone, has made some women shed tears of elation! This will be your very last chance to purchase any luxury products. and it takes about 3 weeks to prepare and process orders after album design approval. You'll be notified by email when everything is ready for pick up! Shipping options are also available and can be selected upon order completion.
Your boudoir experience is an investment in yourself, and that is reflected in the gorgeous products that will hold your one-of-a-kind imagery! We'll make time to sit down and go through all of our studio products together so you can best determine how you would like to show off your new-found confidence!
A La Carte Wall Art starts at $300
A La Carte Albums start at $1200
Goddess Collections start at $1800
* Pre-purchase any collection to access FREE Boudie Perks that value up to $600!
PRICING & BOOKING
BOOK YOUR SESSION $300 +TAX
The session retainer covers complimentary camera-ready hair & makeup, access to the studio closet, wardrobe styling, 2 hours of shoot time, posing direction, the creation, and curation of your boudoir imagery, a private in-studio sales session, and a jaw-dropping gallery to order from! Your session fee does not include images, printed or digital unless bundled with the pre-purchase of any Goddess Collection. It's recommended to book your session at least 6-8 weeks in advance to ensure product delivery for specific deadlines.
CHOOSE YOUR DESIRED PRODUCT OR GODDESS COLLECTION:
Goddess Collections start at $1800 and are only offered with a pre-purchase payment. A la carte wall art starts at $300, a la carte albums start at $1200. You are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of pre-purchase options so that we can create your session with specific products in mind! More on pre-purchase payments and payment plans next!
SELECT HOW YOU WANT TO PAY:
1. You can pay your session fee only and then purchase from the a la carte menu at your reveal & ordering appointment.
2. You can pay your session fee and then choose your desired Goddess Collection to activate a pre-payment plan and make weekly, bi-weekly or monthly installments prior to your session. Goddess Collections are only available with pre-payments!
3. You can bundle your session fee with your desired Goddess Collection and PRE-PURCHASE IN FULL TO RECEIVE FREE BOUDIE PERKS THAT VALUE UP TO $600!
Payments accepted: Cash, credit card, PayPal Credit
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is boudoir?
The term 'boudoir' refers to a woman's private bedroom. As a photography genre, it's all about body acceptance, and fearless imagery that encourages female empowerment. By taking this classic term to a whole new level, it allows you to break through your insecurities, become more accepting of your body and reveal to you the magnificent woman that you are! Win win win
Privacy is one of the most important aspects of my business. Every woman you see on my website and socials have signed a model release granting me permission to showcase their images. I invite everyone to sign a model release, but of course, you have every right to decline. All images are kept on file until the end of your ordering session. Anything that goes unpurchased is purged from my system.
Do you only shoot in your studio?
The first session you have with me does take place in my studio. Simply put, it's a safe and private environment that introduces you to this experience without any distractions from outdoor elements. I love shooting out in nature, and we have 20-acres available on our studio property to explore! At the moment, though, this is only available to returning clients who have already had a studio session with me.
Do I have to bare it all?
Like the women I work with, each session is unique and designed around your comfort. When you receive your questionnaire upon booking, this is certainly outlined and discussed! Whether your version of empowerment is a fitted black dress or baring it all in a fine art form, we will make it happen. That being said, I do urge you to step outside your comfort zone at least a little bit!
What is your retouching policy?
My main goal is to present you with a collection of images that reflects what you really look like, so my editing is quite minimal. The extent of my retouching is making your skin look it's best, but not necessarily in an air-brushed effect. My rule is, if it's something permanent on your body, it stays. I do not take any weight off your body or make you look younger, because the goal with this experience is to accept yourself the way you are - I certainly pose to flatter your shape and curves.
How far out should I schedule my session?
This is a common question for ladies who are on a specific deadline, and I always suggest at least 6-8 weeks prior to when you'll need your products. It's best to plan ahead for this, especially if you intend to sign up for a pre-session payment plan!
What if I'm not a natural in front of the camera?
Without a doubt, this is the #1 concern women voice before booking, but I promise, you are not expected to know what you're doing. It's my job, as the professional, to take care of styling, posing, lighting, and making YOU feel like the goddess you are. I show you each and every pose before throwing you into it, and while that negative voice might pop up from time to time, I take it as a challenge to prove it wrong!
What do I bring for wardrobe?
This is the best part! However, it can be the most daunting for some. Figuring out what makes you feel confident can be hard to pinpoint, but I'm right here to help you! I provide you with a Session Prep Guide that has a heaping load of tips. You're encouraged to bring pieces of your own, but in addition, you get access to my client closet that includes a bunch of options to help create a variety of looks. This is where the vision of your shoot really takes shape, and I offer my guidance the entire way.
Do I need hair and makeup?
All of my boudoir sessions come with professional hair and makeup. This helps enhance your look and make it pop on camera. A pro application really brings your entire look together, but of course, you can keep it more natural if you'd like.
Are images included?
Images are not included unless you pre-purchase any of our Goddess Collections or A La Carte products. Your session fee covers your fully customized experience, and all products and digitals are purchased separately. You get to choose FREE Boudie Perks when you pre-purchase a Luxury Collection, though! This will be explained in more detail at your consultation. Book one now!
How do pre-payment plans work?
I offer 2 options for payment plans: PayPal Credit, and a pre-payment plan which allows a fixed monthly payment for up to 6 months prior to your session date. I do not offer payment plans after your session reveal. Monthly payments are determined by your desired product order. Set up a consult to learn more!
Do you offer mini sessions?
I do not offer mini sessions. Given the intimate nature of my work, it just doesn't allow for a quick 15-30 minute time-frame. Each and every client receives the full custom boudoir experience!
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