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The Studio

The Bella studio is located downtown Victoria BC, in the heart of the Design District, in Old Town.  Exposed brick, flattering natural light, plush decor with a rustic chic vibe, gives this studio an inviting and relaxing ambience.  This private boutique studio is ideal for making your session a fun and uplifting experience.

Our studio days are Thursdays – Mondays, and visiting our studio is by appointment only.  Should you wish to reach us, please send us an email to info@bellaboudoir.com for an appointment time.

Session frequently asked questions
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your session with us. Below find some of the most common as well as some useful information to plan for your session.
Services FAQ
What is discussed in the “portrait design consultation”?
We will discuss what you are looking for from the session and how you plan to display the photos, whether as a wall collage, a large print on canvas, or an album. This way we can tailor the shoot to meet your needs and offer suggestions about outfits, locations & anything else for your Bella shoot.
How long does the actual shoot last?
A typical session is 1- 1.5 hours. However with hair and makeup the process is up to 3.5 hours long.
How long until I can see my images?
Your ordering session will be scheduled within two weeks of your session.
What products are available?
• Gift Prints • Fine Art Prints • Portrait Folios • Canvas wrapped prints – either framed or unframed • Albums • Digital Files
How much are your products?
Prints, products and digital files are purchased a la carte at your ordering session. As an example prints start at $45 & albums start at $375, less your included product credit. Most clients invest between $700 - $1300 in their final product. * A web sized (low resolution) file copy of any ordered image is provided. ** Payment plans available for shoot booked with at least 6 weeks notice from time needed. Please inquire.
What is required to book?
A $200 retainer is required to reserve your session which will be applied towards your session balance. A contract will also need to be signed, as well as a date & time chosen for your session.
** What if I have to cancel or move my session date/time?
A $200 retainer is due at the time of booking. PLEASE NOTE: Once you are scheduled and booked into the session, the retainer is non refundable if you choose to move or rebook your session.
How long do you keep the files from my shoot for, if I wish to order more?
We keep the files for 12 months from the session date.
How far in advance should I book my session?
March thru November are the busiest months for our team. In order to accommodate your images and products are ready in time for when you need them, we suggest you book your photo session date with a minimum of 6 weeks between shoot and deadline date. Of course we can try to accommodate shorter notice, but it depends on the advance books we have for that month. To give you an idea, these are some time lines for booking for certain times of year; Valentine's Day - suggested booking for December or first week of January. Spring Weddings & Anniversary Gifts - suggested booking for January thru February June - July Weddings & Anniversary Gifts - suggested booking in March thru May August - September Weddings & Anniversary Gifts - suggested booking in June thru July Christmas Gifts - suggested booking in September thru second to last week of November. {please inquire for Christmas shoot cut off dates}
Boudoir FAQ
Do you supply any of the outfits?
No clothing is not supplied for your session. We want you to feel comfortable in wheat you are wearing and ensure a perfect fit.
I’m little nervous for my session…. What can I expect?
Nerves are normal. Our sessions are designed with your comfort in mind, so we create a relaxing, professional environment. We find that most of our clients lose those nerves following their make-over, and always tell us how much fun they had after their experience! We will guide you step by step through the process. When it comes time to the photo session portion, Karen will coach you 100%.
How should I prep for my session?
We recommend you come to the session wearing clothes that fit loosely to your body. Keep it casual and comfortable. This will ensure that you don’t have any red marks on the skin left by garments. Iron any items that tend to wrinkle easily, and bring them on hangers. Arrive with a clean fresh face (make-up free), and dry washed hair. Waxing is recommended at least one week before your session to avoid visible irritation. Avoid sun exposure that will leave tan lines, which is hard to edit out. We provide some retouching, however editing of tan lines is not included.
Should I tan before my session?
Light in the studio has a warming effect naturally, which can enrich the skin colour. We actually recommend any artificial colour, since it can actually highlight skin imperfections. However, it you must tan, plan on doing two sessions (base and touchup) starting 3-4 weeks before your session, ensuring you exfoliate your skin for an even tan. Please do not attempt to add colour artificially for the first time 2-3 days before your session. Results can be undesirable.
How many outfits should I bring?
We recommend 3-4 outfits. Your photographer will review items with you before the session, and assist in making selections. Items such as simple bras and underwear can be “dressed up” using various styles of stockings and high heels. Bring jewelry (chunky & large works best), heels (the highest you have), we also love rompers and body suits. The more items you bring, the more options! Bring more than you think you need and your photographer will go over them with you before your shoot.
Will others be able to see me in my underwear?
NO! Most photo sessions are held in a private studio with just you and your photographer present. If you choose to have your session in an outdoor location, there is a chance that someone will see you, but we always try to shoot in unpopulated areas.
Can I bring a friend?
We provide a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and ask that you do not bring friends with you to the session. However, friends are more than welcome to book a coinciding photo session with yours, so you can share the experience together.
Will you post any of my images on the Internet?
Your privacy is very important to us! From time to time we use client images for ads and on our website, with our clients’ approval of course! Your personal gallery is password protected and it is up to you if you would like to share photos from your experience.
Do you do nudes?
Nudity, is up to the client. Sessions do not typically include nudity or exposed topless unless requested by the client. However, if you would like these types of images, let us know during your consult.
Maternity FAQ
Can I do half boudoir in the studio & half with the father and be outdoors?
Yes, you can. The first half will be in studio, with 2 outfit look, second half can be outdoors (clothed) with your partner joining you. Limited locations, please inquire.
What do I wear?
Select clothes that hug the belly more, and avoid large printed patterns or all black. We have a few in studio materials that we use to wrap with, to provide simple, and a clean look. For this, we suggest clients bring a nude, strapless (seamless) undergarments. If the father is coming along to be a part of the outdoor images. Dress him in more neutral tones and textures, but in co-ordination with your clothing.
Pricing

Boudoir Portraits (in studio and outdoors) & Maternity sessions – $350
* pricing not including taxes, subject to change at any time.
* session fee does not include digital files

Professional Headshot Packages go here

All Session fee’s include:

  • A portrait design consultation before your session
  • Complimentary Hair & Makeup styling (including lashes)
  • A custom portrait session at the Bella Studio or outdoor location within the Greater Victoria Area
  • Touch ups and attention to each image
  • Posing and session coaching
  • Post Session image presentation, consultation and ordering session
  • A $100 product credit towards orders placed during your viewing session
Products

The Bella studio is located downtown Victoria BC, in the heart of the Design District, in old town.Soaring ceilings, exposed brick, flattering natural light, plush decor with a rustic chic vibe, gives this studio an inviting and relaxing ambience.

Headshots

Either business or personal, your introduction and networking starts online. A professional, sharp looking image is your best first introduction.

Whether you need a quick headshot for online presence (such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter) or a complete stylized session at a custom location, we offer it all.

Online Presence packages starting at $75 and include a retouched websize (low resolution) file, ready to upload. We also offer in-house hair and makeup styling for an additional cost.

Please inquire for a full list of our services and packages offered.

What to wear?

Professional Headshots; Bring a selection of your best! Avoid large prints & logos, and wear neutral bottoms, with quick changing shirts for variety. Some clients go for a more dressed up casual look, that can suit both business and online media. Women may wish to wear statement accessories, to add a more fashionable approach.