How do I pose to look sexy in the pictures?
You don’t need to be a model; in fact, I almost never have models coming to the studio. I have photographed over 800 women of all beauty types and have mastered the art of shaping a woman’s body to accentuate her assets and hide her flaws. Don’t worry about posing; I will guide you through different poses that might be tiring at times, but all you have to do is follow my instructions, and they will look terrific. I will also work with your facial expressions to create sensual, sexy, and playful expressions. It’s not your job to come up with poses, but it is my job to make you look sexy and the best you’ve ever seen!
What is the studio environment like? How do I know I’ll feel comfortable and safe?
Art of Seduction is made up of a 100% female team. It is comprised of me, Argentina (photographer and owner of Art of Seduction), Jennifer (our fabulous makeup artist), Pamela (production manager/album designer and copywriter), and Rose (Artistic Director in charge of all the Digital Magic — retouching). The studio is on the second floor and cannot be seen from the street, so all Divas can comfortably walk around in their lingerie.
We usually service several Divas on the same day. While we honor each Diva’s privacy, there may be times that you will run into other ladies. However, we have four areas that keep all ladies in different parts of the studio most of the time:
- The common area where everybody gets an assigned table to arrange their outfits and accessories on for the day
- The makeup room where you will spend one to one and a half hour for your makeover
- The set, separated by a curtain for privacy, where you will spend about one hour being photographed, and
- The viewing area where you will spend one hour to an hour and a half reviewing your images and making your purchasing decisions.
We might have up to four ladies in the studio at one point, but everyone will be in a different area doing their own thing, so there is minimal interaction with each other. In all the years we’ve been doing this, most ladies don’t mind at all and walk around in their lingerie between outfit changes or going to the bathroom. If you are shy, we will make every effort to provide additional privacy — just let us know!
You and I will be the only people in the shooting area unless you invite someone to come give you moral support. During your shoot, you will have total privacy.
We do allow male guests when requested by one of our Divas, but they are kept at all times in either the makeup room or the shooting area. Please notify me of this at the time of booking so I can put you in the last session of the day in order to not disturb the earlier sessions.
I’m very shy and self-conscious. I really want to do this, but I’m nervous that I will look silly or won’t know what to do — this is so out of my comfort zone!
Don’t worry, this is the first time for 99% of our clients and EVERYONE is nervous! I applaud you for getting out of your comfort zone and doing something so daring. Every woman should do it at least once in her lifetime! We ask you to bring a robe so you won’t be exposed if you are shy (or cold!). If you forget your robe, we have spares!
Many women feel self-conscious and silly in front of a camera, even me! Practically no one that comes to the studio is a model or knows what to do. It is not your job to know what to do or to strike poses; that is my job to teach you. I will direct your body to enhance your assets and hide difficult-to-love areas and will work A LOT with your facial expressions in order to create poses with multiple expressions so you will have a great variety to choose from: sexy, sensual smile, radiant smile, and even plain laughing! I will also work a lot with your eyes to look at different directions to tell a story with each image. If you have an area that you are extremely self-conscious about, I will make sure it is barely noticeable. My mission is to provide you with images of the best version of you, so trust in me. I have directed over 800 women who come in all different shapes, sizes, ethnicities, even handicaps, and they were all beautiful in their special way. There is nothing I can’t handle!
Do I need to go on a diet before my session?
You don’t need to go on a diet for your boudoir session unless you absolutely want to. I have poses and shooting techniques that will hide commonly problematic areas like the tummy and or a double chin, and will also make you look taller, longer, and leaner.
It is very important that you bring outfits that flatter your body type. The goal is to enhance your assets while downplaying other areas, so do not underestimate the importance of a shopping trip and do it last minute — please take your time. Buy as many outfits and you deem necessary if you are not sure, and we will help you choose the best options. You can always return the outfits you don’t wear after your shoot. 😉
When you book your session, I will send you a lot of information on how to prepare for it and how to shop for your outfits. I will include a list of recommended lingerie stores and ideas for hair and makeup.
Do I need to know what type of hair and makeup style I want to have before my session?
Unless you are adamant about what you want and have a clear vision for it, not really. I send you links to galleries where you can see examples of makeup style depending on your hair color/skin tone/ethnicity so you can pick something that you like. However, you can also leave that job to Jennifer, and just tell her you want something natural, vintage, dramatic, romantic, etc. The truth is, you will look fabulous in more than just one style of hair and makeup when applied correctly. If you are not sure, Jennifer will create a magnificent look for you. I suggest you create a Pinterest board with your favorite looks so Jennifer has an idea of what you like. If you don’t bring any ideas, don’t sweat it, she’s really good at her job!
Do you shoot plus-size girls? How do you make a large girl still look beautiful and sexy even if she’s uncomfortable with her size?
I have photographed many plus-size Divas and you have nothing to worry about. I will take my time to work with you to create flattering images that work for YOU. The key is to have amazing hair and makeup and appropriate outfits. If you don’t like your face, doesn’t matter what the rest of your body looks like, so go for the high definition makeup, fake eyelashes, and dramatic hair!
It is also very important that you get good outfits for your body type. Corsets are excellent for holding everything in place, and teddies are great for hiding the tummy area. Take the time to look over our Divalicious Gallery to see some examples of our plus-size clients. I promise you, you will look very sexy in the different poses.
When should I book my session and when do I need to book?
I get booked two months in advance, and album production is four to six weeks, so it’s never too early to book your appointment even if it’s not for another year. The earlier you book the better, because you might be able to book at a special price that will be good until your session date. You can reserve your session date with a booking fee or by paying in full for your desired package. The booking fee is currently $395 and it’s subject to change without notice. You don’t necessarily need to decide on a package until after your session is done. I want you to fall in love with your images first before you make a decision on your investment. You can pay with a credit card or via PayPal. To book your session, please call Argentina at 630-667-4633 or schedule a phone conversation with her by accessing her personal calendar here.
What days do you have sessions and where are you located?
I hold sessions Fridays and Saturdays and occasionally on Sundays. I only do four sessions on any given day starting bright and early. The last session of the day is no later than 2:30 p.m. due to the fact that I shoot with natural light. During winter months, the last session of the day is at 12:30 p.m.
The studio is located at 2250 W. Grand Avenue in the Ukranian village neighborhood. There is plenty of street parking around the building with some restrictions so pay close attention!
What style of photography do you do and what kind of packages do you offer?
My photography style is characterized by the use of natural light and plain sets. I use a white bed with white sheets as well as a white rug. The walls of the studio are a very light grey, and one of my favorite features of the studio is its vintage red wood floors that produce unique images you can’t find anywhere else in Chicago. I use very simple backgrounds and props in order to keep from distracting attention away from my subject (you). When you look at your album, I want your eyes to go to your face and body and not to a busy background. I play a lot with different angles and lighting techniques to create different moods for your images.
I have created a collection of “Signature Poses” unique to my style of photography that every Diva gets during her session. The images created at Art of Seduction are a combination of location, my photography skills, the light quality in the studio, my makeup artist’s talent, and the quality of outfits that you bring.
The packages that I offer vary and may include just your session with an image as a gift, a CD of your session, or the most popular packages that include a luxury album. Any session/package that you choose to book will have as a minimum:
- 45 to 75 minutes session
- professional hair and makeup
- one or two lingerie outfits that you provide
- private viewing of your images
You can add up to two more outfits the day of your session for an additional fee per outfit. This fee covers the fact that your time will be extended as much as necessary to photograph your extra outfits. If you decide to include your partner in the session to make it a Couple’s Boudoir Session, there is a $100 fee. If you already know prior to your session that you want to photograph a total of four outfits, please let me know in advance.
To get the most current packages, the fastest, easiest way is to schedule a phone conversation with Argentina.
Do you offer financing?
Yes! Most of our Divas take advantage of our interest-free financing. We require a $500 deposit in order to secure your appointment. This deposit will be applied towards your final investment. You will be able to pay your balance in full after your session or split it into three payments.
We’ve also partnered up with Bill Me Later as another financing option. This is subject to credit approval. If approved, you will be able to defer payments for six months, yet be paid in full with us.
How do I pick the best outfits for my body type?
As a rule of thumb, always go for “boob support” first, then look for outfits that will enhance or hide specific areas. Visit my Pinterest board to educate yourself about dos and don’ts when picking lingerie outfits for your body type. Add fun things like garter belts and stockings. If you are doing a corset, make sure it fits correctly at your chest and it doesn’t make you look flat and holds your boobs correctly; last thing you want is to be popping out of your corset in every pose or your boobs to look crooked. Pick fun colors , when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with black or red.
Remember, this session is about you, not your outfits. Pick outfits that make your body look shaped and enhanced rather than cute outfits that won’t do much for your body. Make sure to bring as many outfits as you can to your session, we will help you choose the best ones!
I don’t want my images to be seen by anyone, will you be publishing my images on line or other means?
We will never use ANY of your images without your consent. At the end of your session, you will sign a model release allowing us to use your images for marketing purposes or opt out from any use of your images. We value our client’s privacy and even if you allow us to use your images, we will never tag you on line or mention your name in our publications. We are also very reserved in using nude images of clients, most of our nudes or implied nudes that you might see in our website or social media are of paid professional models. If for any reason you forget to sign the model release, we will consider that as a NO and will not use your images.