Soft Focus Boudoir was founded in 2017, with a mission to empower women through intimate portraiture. The boudoir genre has seen explosive popularity in recent years; but there is a difference between "taking sexy photos" and offering an atmosphere that allows women to feel safe and comfortable in such a vulnerable setting, while capturing their beauty in an elegant, classy way. We have spent over a decade mastering the art of lighting & posing to flatter all body types. We have refined our experience to make every woman, who walks into our studio, feel like a celebrity. Boudoir is for all women and we look forward to giving you a confidence boost like you've never experienced before!
Owner, Photographer & RetoucherSean Elliott
Originally from New York, Sean took up photography while serving in the Marine Corps as a way to document his overseas travels. Over time, his interest shifted to portraiture, where he eventually developed a passion for boudoir and helping women discover and embrace their beauty and femininity.
Aside from photography, Sean is an avid snowboarder, plays piano and acoustic guitar, and loves spontaneous dates with his wife, Lyndsey.
Photo: Harmony Photography
Hair and Makeup Artists
“Hey girl! I love 90's music, Netflix, and playing with makeup. As a woman, I know how amazing it feels to be pampered and have done several boudoir sessions of my own. Some good music...some good makeup, you're gonna crush it!
As the photographer’s wife, I can assure you, he is a complete gentleman and has a genuine desire to empower women and help us get over our critical nature toward our bodies.”
Where is your studio and do you travel?
Our studio is located at 116 North Jefferson Street in Saint James, Missouri. If you do not wish to be photographed at our studio, we have passports and will enthusiastically travel to the shooting location of your dreams. Take us to all the beautiful places! (All travel expenses must be paid in advance.)
How long does a boudoir session last?
Your boudoir session will last approximately 3 hours. Your makeover will begin once you arrive and takes about 1 hour depending on the look you desire. Your photo shoot can take up to 2 hours depending on the number of outfits we select.
How many pictures will I receive?
The short answer is, as many as you would like to purchase. Most clients fall between 10 - 30 images depending on the products they choose.
When will I get my photos?
Delivery times can vary based on the number images purchased, the type of art purchased, and time it takes for the photo lab to produce and ship your order. Generally, we are able deliver your order in less than 4 weeks. Please let us know of any time requirements at the time of booking.
Can I bring a friend to my session?
Of course! We allow 1 female friend to accompany you. We do ask that your guest does not interfere with the session and always keep all remarks positive. I do not allow any males to be present while we are shooting. This policy is to ensure that you are not distracted, embarrassed, or nervous. It will be better if they wait to see the final images anyway!
Do you provide lingerie? How many outfits should I bring?
To ensure the best fit, we recommend that you bring 2 - 4 well-fitting outfits for us to pick from. After booking, you will receive our lingerie guide with lots of suggestions to help you plan your outfits. With that said, we do have a client closet with an assortment of lingerie and accessories to use, if needed.
How much “skin” do I have to show?
Your comfort is our top priority and your outfits are entirely up to you. Our goal is to help you select outfits that make you feel beautiful, sexy, and feminine. This is different for each woman and whether it's a baggy sweatshirt and sweatpants or completely nude, we will never pressure you to show more than you are comfortable with.
If I am comfortable, how risqué can my session be?
We are happy to photograph tasteful nudity, however, for the consistency of our style and brand, we will not shoot anything that could be interpreted as erotic or pornographic.
Will my photos be retouched?
Yes, we retouch every image in your order. Our goal isn’t to change the way you look, but to highlight your beauty and remove any distractions that take away from it. Some women request that we remove features like scars, stretch marks, birthmarks, etc. Others want them to remain as reminders of the amazing things their bodies have accomplished and endured. The choice is entirely yours and the images will be stunning either way!
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! We offer payment plans up to 6 months prior to your session. You can learn more about payment options on our Investment page.
Are you going to post my photos online?
Your images will never be shared without your consent and a signed model release form. We would love to share a few images from your session to inspire other women to book their own, but given the intimate nature of these sessions, we take the privacy of our clients very serious. From start to finish, your images will remain password protected at all time and will only be seen by the photographer.