I'm Niki, owner and photographer at Her Story Images. I believe every woman has a right to celebrate their beauty, exactly as it is. I'll guide you on a transformative and collaborative journey that will help you reconnect with your own power. That power comes from knowing and believing in your worth. That power comes from falling in love with every inch of your unique body. Art helps us see things in a new way. Together, we'll capture your true, authentic story and create art. You will leave empowered with stunning works of art that will serve as a reminder of the fierce, strong, joyful woman you are. Let's change the world together!
In our pre-session planning, we'll work together and create a plan for your day. We'll talk mood, style, lingerie, and get to know each other so that during our time together, you'll feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable. Each client is unique, and I want to tell your story and create photographs that reflect your vision of beauty and sensuality. You'll also receive our Welcome Packet and Lingerie Guide designed to give you inspiration and suggestions for wardrobe and a series of emails with all the details and planning tips.
DAY OF YOUR PHOTO SESSION
The day of your session, you'll be pampered by our talented hair and make-up artist, and then the fun begins. I suggest bringing 4-6 outfits, and we'll photograph four different looks. What you wear is entirely up to you, and boudoir is never limited to lingerie. Feel gorgeous in a sexy dress or pair of jeans, we can shoot that look! Prefer implied nudes in the sheets? We can do that too! There are no time restrictions, so we're free to take our time crafting images that capture your sexiest self. Our time together typically lasts around 4 hours with hair and make-up.
THE ORDERING APPOINTMENT
About a week after your Boudoir Session, you'll come back to the studio for your Ordering Appointment. I select the best images and edit 60+ for you to see. You'll view both the color and black and white version of your photos. This is an opportunity for you to see your images in print and select your favorites. You'll have a chance to touch and feel our luxurious products, and we'll discuss the best ways to enjoy your beautiful portraits.
FINE ART COLLECTIONS
As an artist, I want every client to leave the studio with photographic prints. My Fine Art Collections include your choice of an album or portfolio box with matted prints. I work with a premier vendor in the USA specializing in hand-made leather bound albums and boxes. Photographs are printed on archival paper in our studio, and your privacy is a top priority. Paintings are created in the studio and all artwork is framed in the studio. You walk out of our studio with confidence and artwork that will last a lifetime. In fact, you become art!
As an artist with a painting degree, I am in a unique position to create one-of-a kind artworks for my clients. I love to find inspiration in a photograph and enjoy the process of turning that vision into a painting. Together, we select the images that will translate best with paint, and I create a unique artwork. I work in both watercolor and acrylic paint. These paintings come in a variety of sizes and can also be added to any collection. I love it when a client walks away from my studio with artwork for her home!
Testimonials from real women like you & me!
"The session was absolutely perfect. From getting hair and makeup done, to the shoot itself I couldn't have asked for a better team. As a soon to be bride that has recently gained some weight, this experience has made me feel more empowered in my new body and more beautiful than ever. Forever grateful for this experience and the amazing shots that were captured." ~ Mrs. U
“If you are thinking of doing a boudoir session with Niki, just do it...it’s a lot of fun. You will love it afterwards, and you won’t regret it. Just doing this for yourself and seeing a different side of yourself is worth it. And you leave feeling so confident! The photo session was really comfortable, and I felt really sexy during the shoot. I love my images. It’s nice to see another side of yourself that is not always out there for everyone." ~ Ms. E
“When I was picking a boudoir photographer I didn’t like that most of the photographers were overtly sexualizing the women. When I found Niki’s photos, what I liked about them was that the women looked extremely empowered. That was how I wanted to look: strong and empowered. When I saw my photographs, I felt amazing and empowered and beautiful...I couldn’t believe that the pictures were of me. They are all so beautiful!” ~ Mrs. D
Boudoir sessions are scheduled Monday thru Thursday with a 9am start time & take place in our residential Oakland Hills studio.
Are hair and make-up included?
Yes. My talented make-up artist, Diana, has worked with all different skin types and hair textures. Your day begins with hair and make-up lasting about an hour.
I've never done this before and I'm really awkward in front of a camera.
Most of my clients have never done a boudoir session before. You don't need to have any experience or know how to pose. It's my job to guide you during your session and help you feel comfortable, and I have lots of experience doing just that! I'll show you exactly what to do: how to pose from your hands to your toes, where to look & even when to smile.
I don't own lingerie and I'm not sure what to wear. Do you provide lingerie?
Boudoir photography is not limited to lingerie. You can wear a sexy dress, cozy sweater, fur jacket or we can do implied nudes. Once you book, you'll receive a lingerie guide with suggestions on where to shop. I also have lingerie in the studio that you can borrow including: one piece bodysuits & teddies in many sizes (including x-small & plus-sizes), heels, lace robes and sheer scarves. We'll photograph 4-5 different looks.
Will my photos be shown on your website or social media?
No. Your privacy is very important and the women you see on my site have given me written permission to share their images. After you have seen your photos, you decide which ones (if any) you are comfortable sharing. We never use your first name and we do not tag you when we post on social media.
Do you retouch my photos?
Yes. Before you come in for your Ordering Appointment, I'll fully edit 60+ of your best photos. While I do basic skin softening, I do not remove or alter permanent parts of your body (scars, moles, freckles or your body shape). If there is something you'd like me to edit, please let me know during your photo session.
How far in advance do I need to book to get products back by a certain date?
We are typically booked out 6-8 weeks in advance, but I do my best to squeeze in last minute sessions. We recommend scheduling your session 6+ weeks before you need your finished products.
How much does this cost & what payment forms do you accept?
Our luxury boudoir session fee is $299. Products are purchased separately at your ordering appointment. Fine Art Collection pricing begins at $799. We accept credit cards and offer a 5% cash discount. We offer flexible, no-interest payment plans set up in-house.
"Niki is a dream to work with! From the moment we started planning the shoot the communication flowed. I never wondered about details because everything was clear and well-planned. The day of the shoot Niki was friendly, professional and helped me relax immediately. Her instructions during the shoot were clear and it made it a relaxed, fun experience. I LOVE the photos! They turned out so well. I love the angles and the way she captured the mood so well. I highly recommend working with Niki!" ~ Ms. D
"Niki is an amazing photographer who captures your beauty. She makes you feel so comfortable in your own skin because she is so understanding, professional, funny, and just so much fun to work with! She understands how to capture the most flattering pics with natural light and direct you in different poses with ease. Niki is creative, and her positive energy helps capture the best soulful pictures. She is truly the best! I highly recommend her!" ~ Ms. S
"I absolutely loved working with Niki! She's so comfortable to be around and you can trust her to comfortably pose you to really show off your authentic, feminine energy. You can definitely tell she's a natural with connection and getting you to look stunning!" ~ Miss T
Her Story Images is San Francisco Bay Area's premier Boudoir Photography Studio specializing in artistic, elegant, empowering portraits. We work with each woman to plan out her dream photo experience, and we believe every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident! We are an all female space and work out of our private, residential studio in the Oakland Hills. We cannot wait to meet you!