the experience

For most clients who come to me, it’s their first time doing something like this. For some people, it’s their first time being photographed by a professional at all. They’re excited but also a little nervous. If this describes you at all, you’re probably wondering how your experience will unfold. Get to know me and find out how we’ll create your beautiful images.

hello! my name is…

Hi, I’m Cheshire Isaacs. What drives me most as a photographer is that I love to help people feel great about themselves and the things they’re passionate about. I’ve been shooting professionally for 10 years, and over that time I’ve done a ton of headshots and other portraits. In doing so I kept finding out how transformative it can be for someone to finally have great photos of themselves. And when I started shooting boudoir a few years ago, I saw that that transformation can be a revelation.

One of the things I hear most from my clients is that I have a unique ability to make people feel at ease in front of the camera. Even if you’re nervous when we begin, you’ll quickly find that you’re able to be comfortable and natural, and as a result your essence will shine through in your photos. People who swear they never get good photos of themselves are shocked at how amazing they really look when I show them shots throughout our session.

how we plan your session together

Once you’ve decided to have me do your photos, we’ll figure out what kind of session is best for you based on what you want to have as finished items. We have both shorter and longer sessions available based on how wide a variety of looks you want to have. More details are on the Sessions page.

After we’ve set a date for your session, you’ll pay a deposit to hold your appointment, and I’ll also send you a planning questionnaire in which I’ll ask what kind of tones you want for your images (playful, teasing, seductive, erotic, etc.), how physically revealing you want to be, even what kind of music you’d prefer — I’ll make a custom playlist just for you if you like!

It’s also helpful if you’ve collected some favorite inspiration images and share them. Pinterest is a great tool for that.

what happens in your session

I’ll have a variety of refreshments for you upon your arrival (and please don’t hesitate to ask if you want something specific!). If we’re shooting at the studio, I’ll show you around and get you comfortably set in our cozy dressing room. If you’re having makeup done at the studio, that’s next. We’ll find out exactly the kind of look you’re going for, from completely natural to going-out glamorous, and our makeup artist will take exquisite care of you.

Then, for the next 1-3 hours depending on the length of your session, we’ll have a blast capturing your beautiful images. I’m very gentle as I guide you to find the poses and expressions that work best for you, and soon you’ll get into the rhythm of the session, and time is going to race by like you wouldn’t believe.

after your session

Your gallery of proofs will be available generally about a week after your session unless you have a particular deadline that we’ve discussed beforehand. We’ll work out whether it makes more sense for us to meet again and view your proofs in person or have me set up a secure, private online gallery for you to view at home.

Now you’ll confirm what you’d like for your finished items, and I’ll get those done for you. We’ll discuss timing at that point, though we can also plan in advance if your timing is tight.

Then it’s just a short wait for your gorgeous finished items to arrive, and we’ll follow up to make sure they’re everything you hoped they would be.

other questions you might have

If you have other questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to ask!

”My session shooting with Cheshire was nothing short of amazing. He sure pulled out all the stops to ensure I brought out a sexy sensual dreamlike character. I loved how my favorite sexy songs were playing in the background of my shoot. All in all my session was classy, luxurious, artistic, and did wonders for my self esteem.” —Cami