Boudoir

Boudoir Beauty: Masque Photography

26th June 2011 | Julia Braime

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Some sauce with your Sunday dinner, ladies?  Today I chat to Helen, the owner and photographer at Masque Photography and we hear from a real bride who has taken part in a confidence boosting boudoir shoot.

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Helen says: Masque Photography began as a concept three years ago. I always knew I wanted to set up my own studio at some point in my life and after having children I decided to take the plunge and follow my dream. I gave up full-time employment to pursue my ambition. I knew boudoir photography had taken off in the USA and thought there was definitely a gap in the market in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas for a really unique studio, exclusively tailored to all things boudoir. I’ve never looked back.

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My background is in photography and graphic design.  I have a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Design and Photography.  I worked as a studio designer for Maplin Electronics for 6 years, taking photographs of all their new products, store openings and promotional campaigns.

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A bride to be should chose a boudoir photo shoot as a wedding gift for her fiancé because he’ll absolutely love it! It is a really unique gift, which he’ll never expect. Plus its a fabulous excuse for you to enjoy a make-over and keep a memento of your bridal lingerie, whilst you’re feeling and looking at your best. The 20-page hard-back photo-book, the Grand Masquerade Package, can be personalised with your own messages too.

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The bride-to-be can expect a half-a-day experience beginning with refreshments and a brief consultation about what how we can tailor the shoot to fulfil her needs. Then she will be treated to a professional hair and make-up styling with the added option of a facial or manicure if required. The shoot itself lasts around 2 hours whereby we will work together with a mixture of direction and experimentation to create a variety of styles of photographs.

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The final outcome is the brides to be’s choice. She chooses what she would like from her own password-protected gallery online.

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More boudoir images and an interview with a Masque photography bride to be after the jump.

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Bring along any lingerie and clothing you love to wear.  Basques, corsets, matching sets of a variety of colours. Stockings are always great, plus a great pair of heels. If the shoot is a gift for your groom, and he has a favourite interest or hobby, personalise the shoot by bringing along something special to him, like a  football shirt. A recent trend I have found is for women to bring their pyjamas or chemise. If you see any nice images you’d like to emulate pop them in your bag too.

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Hair and make-up styling is your choice. The stylist will offer suggestions and guidance if required. My personal favourite is the bed-head look with smoky eyes.

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I always start the shoot with the outfit you feel most comfortable in and take it from there. I always have a giggle and allow the bride-to-be the freedom to incorporate their own ideas and have fun with it.

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The studio is on the outskirts on Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Within half an hour of Sheffield, Leeds, Doncaster, Rotherham, Wakefield and Pontefract.

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I have four package options ranging from £149 to £699 and the option to create a bespoke package if you wish. The most popular with brides-to-be is ‘The Grand Masquerade Package’ which offers a 20-page hard-back book which can incorporate any special messages, poems etc. you would like.  My rules on privacy are strictly no-one but myself will ever view your images without your permission.
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Brides to be will need to make an appointment at least 4 weeks before they require their photographs. There is a non-refundable £50 deposit on booking. Call 07957 337198 to make a reservation today.

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As a treat for Brides Up North customers I will offer two free digital images with full copyright or a £25 Boots voucher if you recommend a friend who books in.

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I love Brides Up North because of the insight you get into wedding suppliers products and services, especially the photographs that illustrate the blogs.

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Masque Photography client Claire tells Brides Up North about her boudoir experience…

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Why did you choose to do a boudoir shoot?

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A family friend recommended it to me after she had her wedding boudoir experience with Masque Photography.

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What accessories/ lingerie did you choose for your shoot?

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I brought along a variation of lingerie ranging from baby dolls to pyjamas.  The accessories I brought along included a feather bower, feathered fans and jewellery.

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What style of hair and makeup did you choose?

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My hair is short and blonde so kept it straight but added volume to it by blow-drying it upside down and using mousse and hairspray.

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Describe what happened at the shoot?

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Before the shoot started I was introduced in to the area that I was going to be shooting in, this was very comforting as it made me get used to the surroundings.  Helen and I spoke about what sort of captures I’d first like to start off with.  Once we got going Helen helped with me some ideas for positioning and how/where to look. This was extremely helpful as I didn’t know what I was doing!

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How did you feel during the shoot?

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At first I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as i was met Helen I was immediately relieved. Helen made me feel extremely relaxed and at ease. Before the shoot Helen showed me a preview of the photo book which included previous photos she had taken of other girls on their shoot. This made me feel very excited about the shoot as every single photo wowed me and gave me an idea of what photos/positions i would be doing myself.

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How did you feel after the shoot?

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Very pleased. I went home with a huge smile on my face and could not wait till I saw the results.

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What did you do with your album after the shoot?

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I had all my photos on cd so I printed a couple off for a photo frame and my beautiful canvas is up on our bedroom wall.

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Would you recommend a boudoir shoot to others?

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Definitely! It is a wonderful experience and I believe that no matter what shape or size you are, anyone can be made to look beautiful.

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