1. What should I bring to the session?

I answered that one perfectly right here: http://marlenjames.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-to-wear-to-your-session-tips.html How many outfits you may ask? Minimum three but carry a variety – lingerie is not that heavy to lug around 😉

2. How long does the shoot last?

About two hours. The part that takes the longest is the makeup application for the session with Celeste. Those fake eyelashes sometimes require effort 🙂 It takes about 40 minutes to get ready – and the shooting part goes way faster.

3. Do you help with the posing? 

Why yes we do. We show you all you need to do. Check out my tips on how to pose standing up http://marlenjames.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-do-pose-sexy-standing-up.html I think it’s funny. And for the close ups and what to do with your hands: http://marlenjames.blogspot.com/2011/01/posing-tips-how-to-pose-for-your.html.

The best thing you can do is practice your facial expression in front of a mirror. It feels silly, but you will feel silly here anyways.

4. Can I bring a friend/sister/hubby?

Yes, you can! Whoever is going to help you out and watch is fine. If they make you laugh even better.  A couple of people have even decided to book their appointment the same day so when one person is getting ready, the other one is shooting, so as long as everybody is comfortable, I am ready!

5. How many files do I get?

Digital… I kind of miss the good old glamour shot days that you had 16 shots, and you had to choose your five best one from there. You blinked- you lost a frame. Nowadays for each session I have about 300 files. Dang it. A lot of the images are similar so that just helps me decide on which one has a better focus.  You have two options: I send you about 50 (depending on your package) so you can choose your top 20-30 for me to edit, or you let me choose the best ones for you and you only see the final selections. Up to you.

6. What do you do with the other files?

If they did not make the cut for the best, I delete them – I need hard drive space. If you want them all – the private affair package includes all digital files for you to do as you wish. Otherwise, they are just deleted or sold to playboy… I WISH! 🙂

7. How long till I see the proofs?

Low season – meaning not too close to Xmas or valentine’s day – you get a link of your proofs usually within 48 hrs. High season – when I have more than three bookings per day is about 3 business days. I will let you know an estimate at the end of the session.

8. I am getting married next week, how soon can I get the pictures and album?

Hmm, yes I had these before. I do my darnedest to get them done in a week. But an album takes about three weeks so only prints can be done within the week. I usually send files to print on Wednesday and pick up Thursday and meet up with you on Friday or mail them.

Wednesday is print day.

Normally it will be three weeks from your session to get prints and three weeks to get the album. So plan accordingly – I don’t need any more stress related grey hair!

9. I don’t know which package to get

I simplified things. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss what you’re looking for. Choose based on your budget 🙂

10. What is the extent of the retouching? 

Retouching includes:

  • background – any cable – carpet piece
  • skin smoothing- stretch marks, lumps, bumps, bruises, blemishes
  • face- under eye area- skin and teeth brightening
  • figure- tuck in the waist a bit and if you are sitting or bending funny, smoothing extra skin, aka the “roll.”
  • aaaannd my toes:


I tend to have a light touch. It is still you but a bit enhanced. You can request more retouching after you see them. Like that pimple near your vajayjay I missed (I am not looking that close! – lol – true story)

11. I am plus size, and most samples the women look to be on the thin side. Any tips for plus size posing?

I shoot any bra size and any shoe size, what you see are flattering images around my blog and sometimes at the request of the client I do not post any samples.  So I lack a bit in the plus – sized samples. But not to worry! You are in good hands. I look for your best angles; I want you to love your pictures.

A good tip is to make sure the lingerie you get fits you properly and skip the thigh highs if you can’t find the ones without the elastic. Some great choices are corsets, bra sets, camisoles and sexy lacy robes. Anything lacy and see trough.

An article I wrote about this http://marlenjames.blogspot.ca/2012/08/celebrating-boudoir-in-all-shapes-and.html

12. Where do we shoot?

I used to shoot at my place, but now I moved my gig to my neighbour’s place. She lives alone, and it’s a perfect arrangement. I don’t have kids to kick out, and it is down the hall from me. AND her window faces south, way nicer light.

Is it her bed? Yes is not a spare bedroom, it is her bed. I do have separate sets of white sheets I use per client and then wash, but it is her bed after all. Think of it as a hotel bed. You do not know who slept there before you.

13. Where do I print?

Well, I use pikto.com for all my prints and albums. I do outsource that. Their privacy policy is tight, so I feel 100% comfortable using them.

14. Where do you store your files?

For security reasons, I do not store my files on my computer longer than three months. If you haven’t ordered or there is any delay, I do store them in a backup drive. Online I use three different services that I rely on. My website is separate from my photo backup, and no personal information is stored there. The proofing site allows me another six months, but I keep deleting the proofs to save space. The FTP site is secure with only one user, and I change my passwords often.

And lastly our privacy policy… we will not post faces- lips yeah, some boobs, some butt, but any marks or tattoos are deleted to prevent recognition. I sometimes distort the faces a bit too. Only you know they are your boobs.