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My name is Alishba. I am a fierce feminist and a life long activist for equality. Which is why, my photography is so much more than an expensive camera and equipment. My studio is a safe space for you to share your most vulnerable and honest self.
I see women struggle with self image because we internalize the unrealistic expectations out on us by the society. A society that encourages us to downplay our femininity and hide our sexuality. This often leaves many women feeling dowdy, inferior, and unappealing. I’m here to tell you to block all that noise out of your mind.
You are beautiful. Are you still trying to fit into an impossible mold, thinking you could be perfect if you could just fix one little thing?
You won’t find perfection by losing a few more pounds or trying to hide each imperceptible blemish.
You are perfectly beautiful now.
At Dream Boudoir Toronto, we provide professional hair and makeup services not to make you look better, but to help you see that you are gorgeous. To celebrate your milestones. When you know how fabulous you are, that confidence exudes from your photos, that makes such a drastic change when you LOVE what you see in the mirror after your shoot.
It’s also not just about how you look but rather how you feel about the way you look. Confidence is truly a beautiful thing. Confidence, self acceptance and personality is what I bring out in the women I photograph. I need you to know you’re perfect at the moment. It is my job to coach and find the model within you that I know is there.
Some of us forget what it’s like to feel beautiful and strong along the way. We get too busy with our lives, our family & our job. This experience is for you to feel that again… because you truly are perfect right now.
Our beautiful purpose-built home-studio is located a short walk from Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga near Toronto, Ontario. Sessions take place Monday – Friday from 10am to 3pm by appointment only.
Once you arrive our professional hair/makeup artist will be ready to create the perfect look you’re going for! We include your pro hair/makeup services, we have sets/props that will create a variety of looks within your photoshoot, we’ll help you with your outfit selection once you book, we have outfits and accessories you can use for your shoot if you’d like, we use flattering lighting/retouching, and we will pose you down to your fingertips! As you can see there’s nothing to worry about, we’ve got you covered! With our all female staff you’re in good hands, and we can’t wait for your shoot!
Professional hair and makeup services are included with your photo shoot experience! Once you book your shoot, we’ll send you a fun questionnaire where you can tell us exactly the look you’re going for! The day of your shoot, your stylist will be prepared to create the perfect look for you! We will review this chart with you the day of your shoot. Your stylist will also discuss makeup colours and styles based on your final outfit selections. Professional hair and makeup is such an essential part of the boudoir photography experience; it can make or break your photo shoot and that’s why we only work with the best makeup and hair artists! I have two professional hair/makeup stylists that I’ve worked with for years. Not only do they know how to give you the perfect look you’re wanting, but most importantly they know how to do makeup for the particular lighting and retouching techniques I use.
Do you have a specific look in mind? In addition to your questionnaire, feel free to create a Pinterest board and send us the link!
Aside from our helpful guide to outfits, which you will receive with your booking, you can also email us anytime. We also have a limited number of outfits and accessories at the studio that you can borrow. If you’re curious to see what we have give us a call or an email and we’ll set you up with a free consult and tour of the studio! In addition to these helpful resources we also advise you to make a Pinterest board with outfit ideas that you love! From there we can always guide you towards the best websites, which outfits are flattering, etc. If you have lots of ideas and outfits and you’re having trouble narrowing them down then we always recommend you bring a suitcase full of stuff! ….what?! Yes, I’m not joking.
We recommend you bring lots of things when you arrive and we can help you narrow them down once you arrive for your shoot.
suggestions on where to shop
hips and curves | www.hipsandcurves.com
mayana geneviere | www.mayanageneviere.ca
ohhh lulu lingerie | www.ohhhlululingerie.com
urban planet | www.urban-planet.com
sinfully cinched | www.sinfullycinched.com
la vie en rose | www.lavieenrose.com
forever 21 | www.forever21.com
bhldn | www.bhldn.com
lane bryant | www.landbryant.com
agent provocateaur | www.agentprovocateur.com
Dream Boudoir Toronto also provides custom designed outfits for your boudoir or portrait needs. we only charge a small rental fee. which means, you can enjoy a dress especially made for you for as low as $200 instead of buying the same dress for over $600 retail. talk to us for more information. due to hygiene reasons, we do not offer underwear at the studio and recommend that you bring your own underwear in at least nude, black, red, and white colour. we require at least 3 weeks to fulfill custom design rental requests.
We have photographed hundreds of boudoir photography sessions with overjoyed customers and we know exactly how to pose you down to your fingertips! You don’t need to worry about a thing, you just need to simply show up for your session. We have years of training in posing to ensure that you are always posed in the most flattering ways and under the most flattering lighting.
Once it’s time for your shoot we will just ask you to do simple things such as: “bring that shoulder towards me, bring your chin forward a bit, now look up at me with your eyes, put your hand here, etc.” It’s super simple and again you don’t need to do anything to prepare for this.
simply show up for your shoot, let us pros take care of it, and you will love the results!
BEFORE / AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS
You can rest at ease knowing that we’ve been in business for over 8 years and our customers love how we do this! They love it because we’re not heavy handed, we’re not going for a plastic barbie doll skin look. We’re simply removing those unwanted blemishes, etc. and leaving your natural beauty intact.
Each photograph you order will come skin retouched (removal of any blemishes, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, though we leave freckles on as they exhibit natural beauty.)
the shoot timeline
ONCE YOU ARRIVE FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT YOU’LL WALK IN THE STUDIO WE WOULD LOVE TO PLAY THE MUSIC YOU LIKE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE 100% COMFORTABLE WHILE YOU’RE HERE AT THE STUDIO.
60 minutes hair/makeup
60 minutes shooting time
60 minutes break while we shortlist
30 minutes same day viewing/ordering
when will i receive my final portrait order?
You will receive your final order in 4 – 6 weeks. If you have a specific date that you need your photos by let us know ahead of time and we can make that happen for you.
Once you book your shoot you’ll receive our welcome email. In our welcome email we’ll share with you tips for preparing for your photo shoot. It’s all optional and super easy stuff like, “drink more water, arrive with a clean face for makeup application, etc.” This will help us to tailor your photoshoot to be the photoshoot of your dreams. We also LOVE when our clients share images that they love! If you have time, create a Pinterest board and pin some photos that you’re drawn to. Once you’re done you can send us the link to your board! If you don’t have time, no worries at all. I’m an expert and we will create a fun and memorable experience.
once you arrive for your photo shoot you’ll walk in the studio and notice you love the music playing. that’s because in the questionnaire we ask you who your favorite artists are and we use pandora to create a unique music station just for you during your shoot! we want to make sure you’re 100% comfortable while you’re here at the studio.
We’ll also go through the outfits you brought once you arrive and help you narrow them down if need be. In addition we’ll also help you with any wardrobe questions and let you add any accessories or outfits from our collection as well. Once you’re all settled in we’ll show you to hair/makeup. Our pro artist will chat with you about the exact look you’re wanting. If you you want to leave it 100% up to the artist too that’s fine by us, whatever you love best. If you’re worried about the potential for us to not get the look you’re going for right, let me just tell you there’s no need to worry.
During the hair/makeup process our pro artists will ask you how you’re liking things along the way. They’ll make sure it’s not too dramatic or not to natural depending on the look you’re going for. We can always change things along the way and we promise when we’re done you’ll love the look 100%. Once it’s time for the shoot we’ll ask you which outfit you’re the most comfortable in, that’s the outfit we’ll start with. We want to make sure you’re comfortable 100% of the time you’re at our studio. The most important thing to know is that you should not be worrying about posing or facial expressions at all! That’s our job and we know just how to coach you through it in a super easy way.
We’ll start off with the simplest pose and coach you on exactly where to look, how to smile, etc. You’ll never wonder, “where should my hand be, does my face look good, or am I doing this right?” We’re super clear on exactly what to do and we’ll even show you photos along the way so you can be confident in knowing how amazing you look! Once we’ve gone through all the outfits and different sets we want to shoot with it’s time for us to shortlist your gorgeous photos and for you to take a little relaxing break. During the 60 minute break following your shoot you are invited to hang at the studio, leave to run errands, grab a bite to eat, get coffee, anything at all.
After you arrive back after the 60 min break we’ll be ready to view your gorgeous photos! Being able to view them the same day is so amazing! You won’t need to wonder for a week if your photos were good or not, you’ll be confident in knowing right away how amazing you look!
Isn’t it awesome that you’ll get to view and order your favourite photos the same day as your shoot? Our clients love that they don’t have to wait to see their gorgeous photos! We’ll show you to our viewing room where you’ll have a cozy seat to sit in and we’ll have snacks on the table.
First we’ll start out with a slideshow of your portraits so you can just sit back and enjoy them. Once we’ve reviewed them all via the slideshow we’ll go through and narrow them down to your favourites. Our clients always joke that they don’t know how they’re going to choose because they love them all! We think that’s a good problem to have but we want to assure you that we’ll totally help you narrow them down to your favourites.
Once we’ve narrowed them down we’ll figure out if you’d rather order your photos in a premium reveal box or in a black album. Our albums are very popular for boudoir! We also have wall canvases that are perfect to hang in the bedroom, in the walk in closet, in your master bath, in his workshop, etc. Most of our clients get their photos in an album along with one or more wall canvases to display privately.
we’ll place your order the same day
and send you an email with all the details.
The details include where you can log in to make payments, if you’re set up on a payment plan. The email also includes when your photo order willbe ready. Did you know that you’ll get your order in only 4-8 weeks once it’s paid for in full? That’s super fast and our clients LOVE it! We can even try to speed up some orders if rush gifts are needed. Just let us know ahead of time.
Love your experience with Dream Boudoir Toronto? You can earn rewards, gift cards, gifts and more by spreading the love!
After your shoot you’ll receive a private mobile app of your pictures. You can share it with friends if you’d like. If those friends book a shoot with Dream Boudoir Toronto you will earn awesome gifts from us!
We appreciate you spread the love so SO much! As a small business, our happy clients are what keeps us going.
Spread the Word
We’ll also send you an email after your shoot with a super short and fun questionnaire to fill out asking about your experience with Dream Boudoir Toronto. By filling this out it helps us to keep growing as well as spread the love via testimonials from our amazing clients!
Want to spread the love more? Leave us a review on Google! Simply search Dream Boudoir Toronto and leave us a review there, we totally appreciate it!
Once you arrive for your photo shoot we’ll have you sign our short contract. We give you plenty of time to read this over and answer any questions you may have.
It’s all super straight forward and to sum it up we need it so that we can do your hair, your makeup, and take your pictures.
This does not mean that we will be sharing your photos. We want you to know that you have 100% control over whether or not you allow us to share your photos online.
If you choose to let us share your photos on facebook so other ladies can see how empowering and amazing this experience is, then thank you!
If you choose to keep your photos 100% private for yourself or your partner, that’s 100% ok too! Whatever it is, the choice is yours and we’ll always respect your wishes.
Price to Book Your Session
To book your boudoir photo shoot with Dream Boudoir Toronto we require up front a $475 non-refundable session fee. This fee will cover studio reservation and your pro hair/makeup artist plus time photographing. We only photograph one session at a time and do not double book to ensure you get the best service and quality.
Please note that your session fee does not include any photographs or print products. These must be purchased separately after the shoot during your Design Session.
The Shoot Timeline
60 Minutes hair/makeup
60 Minutes shooting time
30 Minutes break while we shortlist
60 Minutes same day Design & Ordering Session
Cinematic Artwork and Designer Albums
Products vary from custom wall art, luxury albums, bedside books, to customized prints.
To discuss options based on your vision, let’s schedule a complimentary phone or in person consultation!
Your favourite photos in an luxury designer album, produced and shipped from state-of-the-art photography lab in Italy. Complimentary with 30+ images.
Your favourite photos in a premium display box produced and shipped from state-of-the-art photography lab in Italy. Upgrades starting at $600.
Museum-quality, state-of-the-art wall displays with choices in framed canvas, framed glassless-metallic print, or framed archival print with glass-over. Use multiple frames to create stunning wall clusters for your space. Buy 3+ and get 20% off! Starting at $450.
Q: I’m not a lingerie type girl. Can I still do boudoir?
A: Absolutely! Lingerie is not the only way to look and feel sexy. You can do a boudoir shoot wearing a dress, robe, button-up, etc. Let us know if you are interested in a more in-depth wardrobe consult and refer to the style guide we will send you after your booking.
Q: I’m not sure I feel comfortable spending money on myself.
A: I totally understand. That’s why we offer payment plans to make a boudoir portrait experience manageable for any budget. This is an experience that you will cherish for your lifetime and you’ll be able to look back at your pictures and cherish the memories and experience for years to come.
Q: What if I don’t like my pictures?
A: After photographing women for over eight years, I’m confident that you will be thrilled with the finished product. However, if for any reason you’re unsatisfied you may opt out of purchasing your photos.
Q: Can I bring someone with me to the shoot?
A: You are welcome to bring a girl friend! We ask that you inform us of the guest before the shoot, and please limit to one person as we have limited shooting space. They may wait in the waiting room during your session.
Q: I don’t think I can afford this.
A: We offer payment plans with no interest that we tailor to your specific needs. Would you like me to explain how that would work for you? firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What products do you offer?
A: We specialize in luxury designer albums, matted and mounted photograph boxes, and custom wall art.
Q: What if I want a product you don’t offer?
A: We can also custom order products for you. Just let us know what you’re interested in.
Q: After my order is placed, will I be able to purchase more from that shoot in the future?
A: No. We do one Design and Ordering Session. We only keep the photographs you purchase for a limited time.
NasraSingle mom & IT Consultant | ★★★★★ / WATCH VIDEO
"Two years ago I decided to buy my own house and move out with my kids. And ever since I've done that, my life has improved by leaps and bounds. And right now I feel free, I feel empowered, I feel like I've never felt better. So this photoshoot was definitely a culmination of all those feelings. When I first saw the proofs right after our session I was very critical of myself. I wish I had lost a few more pounds before I had the shoot. But now looking at the photos, I'm like, 'I look pretty good!' After I became single again I was like I need to look really good if I wanna have a chance finding love again. I had this really high bar that I had set for myself. Looking at those photos I think I feel like I've met my bar. I've lost 50 pounds over the last 5 years. I've been really into health and exercise and that shows in those photos. I feel triumphant. For the last few months I have been telling myself that hey that I've met all my financial goals. And now, it's time for me. My 20s were about my career, my 30s were about my kids, and my 40s are going to be about me."
NeeloMiss World Canada Contestant | ★★★★★ / More Testimonials
“Alishba made me feel so amazing and comfortable in my own skin. She is so talented and knew exactly what she wanted from me when we were shooting. It was so easy working with her and every 10 minutes she made me laugh! Thank you so much for the wonderful experience, and thank you for letting me wear your very own design! Alishba is absolutely amazing. Thank you Alishba for the beautiful pictures, you are so extraordinarily talented. You are unique in your own way and you transfer that to every piece of work you touch.”
TracyWEDDING ANNIVERSARY BOUDOIR | ★★★★★ / More Testimonials
“Thank you for helping me feel confident about my body. I felt very comfortable throughout the shoot and my husband loved the images! We've put up the two framed images in our bathroom!”
NazikLAWYER & MOTHER | ★★★★★ / More Testimonials
"If you are looking to capture your inner and outer beauty at its best go to Alishba!! She makes you completely comfortable during the whole experience. She is an amazing photographer and her work is extravagant! Fall in love with her, her work and obviously yourself once you see you photos..."
Miranda★★★★★ / More Testimonials
“Thank you I really enjoyed it and thanks for being patient with giving me direction I was nervous. The pictures are gorgeous! Thank you so much! I love how they turned out.”
MayaValentine's Day Boudoir | ★★★★★ / More Testimonials
“I love the pictures Alishba! They look really nice! Thanks a lot! You are so talented! I will definitely refer you to my friends. My husband loved it and the packaging was great! I didn’t have to do anything else to gift the album to him!”