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Frequently Asked Questions about Boudoir Photography!

*Boudoir FAQs*

Check out my list of FAQ’s below for common questions and concerns regarding Boudoir Sessions! These are the most asked questions that I receive and I am constantly adding more to this list as I get more of them! These sessions are so much fun for both myself and YOU!

I’m really nervous. Is that normal?

It is definitely normal to be nervous for your boudoir session, so don’t worry. Most of my clients are nervous until the session has gone on for a few minutes. After it starts, you’ll begin to loosen up. By the end of the session you will feel like a ROCKSTAR!

How do I know how to pose?

Don’t worry about posing. I’ve totally got you covered in that department. I know all the tricks to create the most flattering angles for you, no matter what shape or size you are.

Always great to capture a few smiles during a boudoir session!

Do your packages include hair and makeup?

I do offer add-ons with hair and makeup by a professional MUA. See our full list of session packages here for pricing.

Am I allowed to bring alcohol to help loosen my nerves?

As long as you’re over 21, that’s totally fine with me. 

Do you provide the wardrobe?

I do not have hundreds of pieces for you to choose from, but I do have some bodysuits, accessories, as well as sheets! I will also purchase items that are to be used for your session as well! I strive to make sure this is an awesome experience for you and once that you will LOVE!  If you need help choosing an outfit, we can definitely give you some suggestions, though.

I want share these pictures with my partner, but I don’t want loose prints floating around. Any ideas for the best gift?

This is a very common concern and I totally understand. I recommend ordering an album or mobile App. These are much more discreet and will keep all of your images in one place and not floating around. I also offer folios and accordion albums as well. For more information on these products, let me know and I can set up an appointment with to show you my sample products!

What should I bring to my boudoir session?

This is honestly unique per session and package purchased. The minimum I will suggest regardless of package is 3. This is just so we can get a variety of images and poses! I have gals come to their session with a suitcase FULL, and that is awesome!  I will also ask that you bring COLORS! Do not limit your attire to just black or white. Everyone looks great in maroon as well as other colors as well! If you need help on picking colors for your skin tone, let me know and I will make some suggestions! Please also bring any props to your session! These can be hats, jerseys, button up shirts, uniforms, jewelry, books, etc. Anything you would like to make this more about you and more personal! 

Showcasing sometimes all you need if a tank top for your Boudoir session!

Can I bring a friend?

Of course! If you want to bring someone to touch up your hair/make-up or just to help you gain some confidence that is totally OK! I may ask them to do some behind the scenes photos while they are there!! 🙂 

Will my session be with a male or female photographer?

My team is composed of all women! 

Do you do touch-ups?

Yes, I will do some skin smoothing edits and basic editing on your photos! I never change who are you and you will still shine threw your photos. If you are wanting more intense edits that are done after the first round, there will be an additional charge as we will set up an appointment to go over these items. we will smooth skin and do some basic retouching on all of your portraits.

I’m not a model – are boudoir photos still flattering even if my body isn’t perfect?

Absolutely! Nobody is perfect and every woman is sexy. If you have any specific concerns, contact me and we can talk about it!

Do you do outdoor boudoir sessions?

Have you seen my portfolio? Of course! These are so different and so unique and offer a different background and emotion to photos! These do have to be planned at least 6 months in advance so I am able to lock down a venue and of course these are dependent on weather!

And of course, I do also offer In-Studio sessions! 😉

Do I have control over who sees my images?

Yes, most certainly. I have 4 different options when it comes to releases. I know this may seem like a lot but I really try to make sure everyone is comfortable and you get just want you want! We go over these options during your pre-consultation and there is never any pressure to share! I will only share photos if you have given me permission and have approved the images for sharing. I respect your wishes and won’t post or share any images if you’d prefer they stay private. This also applies to my make-up and hair team as well!

Have a question that’s not listed here? Contact us and we can answer it for you.

Boudoir Sessions, Family Sessions, Senior Sessions

New Studio!

I am so thrilled to announce I have a NEW STUDIO!

My studio is now located in Downtown Mansfield and is the perfect location for all your photography needs! This spot is PERFECT for boudoir photos as the lighting is AMAZING!!

I have access to multiple furniture if what you see here does not fit “your style” in lines of the couches and/or chairs! The bed is something that does stay as it is, again, perfect for the bed poses! We are able to capture so many different looks and poses all in this one location and the best part you ask?

No need to worry about WEATHER! I know Texas can be very unpredictable at times, and one day it may be beautiful but the next it could SNOW! So, with my new studio, we do not need to worry about that! I now have the space to shoot 365 days a year! The best time to shoot is now during the day, so if you were unable to schedule due to the lovely “golden hour” time-frame, worry no more! I do use all natural lighting, so we would want to start while the sun is UP! This is also perfect for cake smash sessions, family sessions, themed sessions (keep an eye out for those!), boudoir, milestones, and sitter sessions!

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, please give me a call or head over to my Contact Me page and I will respond as soon as possible!

I have a feeling with this new location my time will start filling up quickly, so if you would like more info or are ready to book, now is the time!

Thanks loves and I cannot wait to share more photos and sessions from this new location with you!

| DFW Photographer | Arlington, TX | Mansfield, TX | Boudoir |

| Milestones | Cake Smash | Family | Senior |

Senior Sessions

How To Be The BEST Senior Rep Ever!

How To Be The Best Senior Rep

We are so excited to begin our journey with you! We’ve put together a few tips on how to gain the most referrals through our program. If you have found that something else works too, let us know and we’ll add it in.

 

Have a good online social media presence. Actively post on your social media pages – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. When we do your session, post the photos to your pages, make them your cover photos and blog about your experience. Keep the hype up by talking about your photos on your social media. Talk about your session before and after it happens. We can even stop and post a selfie during if you’d like! Tag our page when you talk about us, so your followers will link to our page.

 

Pass out your rep cards. We will give you personalized rep cards with your photos. Pass them out to your friends, teammates, classmates, etc.

 

Mention us to juniors/seniors in other high schools. If you are in a lot of extracurricular activities that allow you to be around students from other schools, be sure to pass your rep cards along to them and let them know how much you love our company. We take on clients from within a 50-mile radius of our studio. If you need a list of approved schools, just ask and we’ll send it over. The more people you talk to about the session, the greater the chance of getting referrals.

 

Talk about your session and how much fun it was. Whenever you show people your photos, talk about how much fun the session was. Include details from your experience to make them want to do it as well. We’re selling more than just beautiful photos, but the experience as well.
Get your parents involved. Have your parents pass out rep cards to their friends at work who have teenagers that will soon need our services.

 

For more information on my Senior Model Program, please click here! This is a magazine that has all the details and ins/outs for my Model Program. And when you are ready to schedule, please fill this out and I will be in contact with you to schedule our first meeting!

Senior Sessions, Uncategorized

Now booking – Senior Mini Sessions!

It’s that time of year again! Mary Ashton Photography is now preparing for Senior mini sessions! We have a limited amount of time slots available, so you’ll need to move fast on this offer. These sessions last for 15 to 20 minutes (15 for one outfit, 20 to include cap/gown). Please make sure when you book, to let me know which option you would like for your session in regards to outfit choices. If you are needing more time and/or more outfits to showcase your style and individuality, please contact me here to schedule a full-length session!

Dates available:

  • May 18th | 6:00p // 6:30p // 7:00p // @ Mansfield Park
  • May 19th | 6:00p // 6:30p // 7:00p // 7:30p @ Mansfield Park

Senior Now Booking
For 15 Min session, mini session price is $50, and 20 min is $75. Prices posted are before taxes. If you are needing a Senior session at an alternate location, and for booking information, please contact us at maryaphotos@yahoo.com. Also, make sure you stay up to date on all of my specials and offers by following me on Facebook and Instagram!

Senior Sessions

Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Senior Portraits

You’ve got your outfit planned, know exactly what you’re doing with your hair, and have already spoken to the makeup artist about that wicked cat eye. Now it’s time to consider your accessories, which can make or break your outfit. Here are four things to keep in mind.  

  1. Don’t let the accessories wear you. Too big or too zany can overwhelm your face and body, taking away from the overall image. This is about you.
  2. Choose accessories that mean something to you. Maybe you want to wear a ring your mother gave you, or those earrings that always earn you compliments.
  3. Try not to choose anything that’s heavily ornamented. In a few years, ultra trendy items can look really, really dated. Funky and fun are A-OK, of course, but be thoughtful in your decisions.
  4. Make sure your accessories all work well with your outfit. For example, a thin belt may flatter your figure more than a thick belt. And those dangly earrings may look best with your hair up while the studs look good with your hair down.
  5. Get a second, and third, opinion. Wear everything you plan to put on for your session day and ask for someone else’s advice. Take some pictures, even, and ask your friends and family if they have any suggestions.

Now that you have all that in your bag, I have some exciting news for you! I have partnered with a local boutique and we will get your geared up for your session! If you attend any school here in the Arlington area, then you are set for spirit wear in your senior sessions! And yes, I do mean Martin High School, Kennedale High School and Summit High School, Arlington High School, Legacy High School as well as others that I may have missed! If you want to check them out here is their Facebook page, and make sure if you stop by, let them know I sent cha over there! 😉

Senior Book Now 2018

Also, stay tuned for some exciting things that I be posting about regarding a special I am having for all the local Seniors! Chat soon!

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Kelsey | Outdoor Boudoir

So! Last week I had the pleasure of working with a bomb a$$ girl who totally rocked her outdoor shoot! (Please see awesome images spread throughout this post!) And of course it really helps that we are having an awesome summer up here in Washington this year! It hasn’t rained in such a long time and let me tell you, I don’t miss it! Cuz of course that means I can be outside more doing what I love!

OK ya’ll. This was seriously one of my favorite sessions to date. And I have done quite different sessions. This one was so much fun and it was OUTSIDE and it was BOUDOIR!!!! OMG! It was so much fun! We got to use the natural setting of a local farm (which offered seclusion for all of our shots!) and of course the sun! And let me tell you what, that sun was the BOMB all of our session then BAM! Right at the end when we were packing up, Kelsey looked at me (my back was facing the sun at this point) and she said, “hey, you wanna catch that?” I turned around and was like, “Yes girl! Get back on that chair!!!” And it was pure magic!!!

But, I think the thing I loved the most about this was pure freedom! We had a whole farm at our finger tips! There wasn’t any limitations on rooms we could/couldn’t shoot in, or whether or not the room was going to be too dark, or the walls the wrong color. It was PURE! It was so raw and real and just perfection! And it was so nice just going from spot to spot and moving along with the outfits as we went! As you can see, she had a total of 3 outfits (4 if you count the lace blanket number!) and we did all of this in less than an hour! I can honestly say I am REALLY jealous of these photos and wish I could find someone to take some of myself here! LOL!!!! So, if you know anyone 😉 😉

So, all-in-all, I would have to say, if you are planning on doing a boudoir shoot or even contemplating doing one. I would definitely play around with the idea of doing it outside! You will not be disappointed if it’s done right and you have the weather on your side as well! And, of course one of the BIG things to think of is location. Are you ok with random people seeing you in your underpants? If not, then I would definitely find a location with some seclusion! That’s what we did and I really think it opened up the idea for alot of the photos that I know otherwise would have been hard to get into those poses with on-lookers! I would also make sure to go over what type of clothing choices you are going to bring with you! With all my sessions, you get a complimentary pre-consultation where we discuss these things. If you choose someone else, please try to talk to them first! Photographers should be able to help you decide what to wear and not to wear based on your body style and features you would like to hide/showcase!

So, if you would like to chat with me, feel free to do so via Facebook, or click here for my Contact me page, and just send me a quick message! If I am not with a client, I should respond back fairly quickly! And if you are ready to do this thing, clicking here will take you to my questionnaire! This is a couple of questions that I like to ask before your session that will help me guide you for your session! Thanks so much for checking these out! Take care loves!

Please do not alter my images, as they are my art! ©MaryAshtonPhotography

Shoot & Share Contest

Shoot & Share 2017!

So, this year I submitted about 12 photos to a contest for photographers. You don’t get a prize or anything like that for winning, it’s mostly just photogs critiquing each other. It was such a great experience voting and seeing what other’s see when they look threw their lenses! Here is the link for the contest site.logo_fpo3

But, that’s not the awesome news! As some of you may or may not know, I just opened up my business in Oct of last year. I’ve been taking photos before then, but officially started charging and paying taxes then :). Well, when I submitted these photos, which of course I think they are awesome but I also know I can still grow and learn, I never thought I would get anywhere. Especially being a small town gal living in a much bigger city and not having “that much” experience. When I was voting, all of that sunk in even-more. These artists are incredible!!! There were so many great photos in this contest that to me, they made my “starting out” pics look like my 5 year old took them. But, that is just me being my worst critic! 

Anywho, on to the news…….. I got 3 photos that made it into some pretty cool rounds! 2 of my photos, seen below, made it into the top 30%!!!! TOP FRIGGIN 30%! My maternity photo was submitted into the maternity category and there were over 12k submitted into that category! And my pic got in the top 30%! And, the other photo was submitted into the “family” category where there were over 22k submitted!!! And this photo is kinda special to me. If you don’t already know, the subjects of this photo are part of my family. My dear sweet husband and our daughter!!! And they made top 30%! Oh, and this photo. Well, it was one of the first pics I took with my new camera!!!! So, this just gives me all the good feels that maybe I finally dived head first into the career I am meant to be in!

Ashton Military
Family Shoot & Share 2017

Double Exposure
Maternity Shoot & Share 2017

And now, the other photo lol. Now, there’s nothing wrong with one, I love it just as much as the others. In fact, this photo was taken by my first PAID clients!!! That’s right! This is one of the first photos I got paid to do! And OMG!!! It made it into the top 20% of the same “family” category!!! So, it got top 20% out of over 22k photos!!! I mean OH MY FRIGGIN GOODNESS!!!!!! And of course, this photo is also military related. Most of the photos I submitted were. I am drawn to the military, being an Army brat and then marrying into it, I think it’s in my blood ;). 

Hong Military
Family Shoot & Share 2017

And to sum things up. I am OVER THE MOON thrilled to have done this! I was super nervous submitting photos to this contest just due to stress of knowing I would be critiqued by my fellow photographers. But, I got pretty darn far for a lil gal from a small town in Texas! 

Let me know below if you jumped the gun and did something that you were totally nervous about at first and then LOVED the end result! I would love to read what other’s have accomplished!

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Picking Out Your Boudoir Session Outfits!

Trying to figure out what to wear at your boudoir session? We’ve got a few tips to help you out:

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  1. Wear what makes you feel sexy. Boudoir sessions are all about bringing your sexy side, so if you put something on and you feel uncomfortable, move on to the next option. Consider it sort of like searching for the perfect wedding dress. When you put it on and can’t help but spin in front of the mirror or think, “Heck yes, I’m sexy!” then that is the piece you should wear on shoot day.

 

  1. Consider what your spouse likes, too. Maybe they love you in the color red, or still talks about that baby doll number you wore a couple years ago. If their into sports or a certain hobby, play into that, as well.

 

  1. Opt for lingerie that flatters your favorite parts. If you’ve got an impressive rack (yes, we’re going there), then choose something that really shows of that feature. Maybe you’re a fan of your own derriere and want to show him the goods, too. Choose a piece that accentuates whatever features you love most about yourself.

 

  1. Footwear matters, too. It’s so easy to go into a less-than-classy vibe depending on your footwear. Our suggestion: keep it simple. Patterns, baubles, bells, whistles, and more than three inches of heel can all lean “too much.” Instead, opt for shoes that scream “sexy sophistication.” And of course, always remember, shoes are optional! If you do not feel comfortable in heels, or want to bring sneakers, those are both (as well as other options!) perfectly FINE! These are about you as well! FYI: Heels can also do a lady good when it comes to posture and accentuating muscles in her legs.