What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Portrait and boudoir sessions start at $149. Your session fee includes:
- Mini email course before your session on what to wear, expect, and bring
- 60- or 90-minute boudoir portrait session in a beautiful private home
- Up to two (60-minute) or three (90-minute) looks
- Snacks, bottled water, and access to my library of props and accessories
- Poses customized for your body and personal style
- Full professional photo retouching on all your photos
- A private, candlelight reveal session for you (and your sweetie too, if you like!)
I do recommend that you book hair and makeup services for your session through my professional makeup artist partner as well; the option will be available when you book your session.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
If you're interested in working with me, you'll want to check out my website at Sweet Amaranth. Click Get More Info and fill out the brief form there to get a set of emails all about what it's like to work with me.
Once you've booked a portrait or boudoir session (instructions for doing so are in the emails mentioned above), I'll contact you to schedule your session. Your session fee also includes a Reveal Session, in which you see your photos for the first time and see yourself in a whole new light.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 15 years of experience in portrait, commercial and landscape photography. My training in portraiture has included many hours of training specifically on posing and lighting larger and curvier bodies. I’m on the larger end of the plus-size spectrum myself, so I’m also familiar with how a plus-size body feels from the inside. I know how to make you look fabulous.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I began my professional boudoir and portraiture business, I knew as a body positivity and self image advocate exactly who I wanted to work with.
The average American woman wears a size 14, but when you look at magazines and websites and Instagram, how many larger women do you see? Women of every size are beautiful, and larger (or curvy, or zaftig, or plus-size, or big, or full figured, or fat) women deserve to be confident and celebrated for their inherent beauty just as much as thinner women.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I generally work with larger and curvier women, and my skills are best suited to people who enjoy showing off their femininity (of any gender).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently paired up with Seattle fitness leggings retailer Bombsheller and health at every size advocate and fitness instructor Kristy Fassio for an amazing photo shoot that shows how amazing tough, ambitious women can look at ANY size. You can take a look on my website by googling "sweet amaranth" and "bombsheller".
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Not only should you look at the body of work a photographer offers to make sure you like their style, but scrutinize what they say as well. Make sure the photog you're considering respects and enjoys working with people like you, and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Am I comfortable with how this photographer presents himself or herself?
Do I feel comfortable with getting semi-nekkid around this person? (Particularly for boudoir sessions!)
Does this person make details on their pricing and process easily available? Are they responsive to questions?