Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why choose Bad Kitty Photography?

A: We are the best! Simple as that. And we aren't afraid to toot our own horn *BEEP BEEP*!

We are fun, energetic and REAL. We only specialize in boudoir photography - it's what we live and breathe everyday since 1997! Keep it classy, make it sassy or get down and dirty - the choice is yours and we'll rock it for ya! 

You will LOVE our staff of incredible all female photographers. Not only will you have breathtaking photos (that you will want to show to EVERYONE) but an experience with us can be empowering and life changing! It's fun!!!! Come play with us :-)

 

Q: What's the difference between Main Studio and Kitty City locations?

A: The main studios are located in San Diego, Philadelphia and New York City. They have full wardrobe, shoes and jewelry. Each studio has the following sets: Bed, Shower, Spotlights, Black, Stained Glass, and Hall of Pearls. There are also additional sets that are different from each location.

The sister city condos/hotels are fully furnished, gorgeous suites. They have a bedroom, livingroom, natural light, bath and shower shooting spaces. Each are different. Las Vegas has a balcony that overlooks the strip, Phoenix has retractable walls and a chandelier. All are amazing!

Every location provides full service make-up and hair styling.

You will need to bring your own lingerie while shooting in our Kitty Cities. If you need lingerie, shoes or jewelry - YOU MUST FACE TIME OR FACE BOOK Video call the main studio so you can look through our selection so that we can bring it with us, when possible and available.

It is up to you to contact us at least 48 hours in advance.

Q: Will my photos ever be sold or used without my permission?

A: Absolutely not! Your privacy is very important to us and your photos will never be viewed by anyone else unless you want them to. All of our photos on this site are used with the documented permission of our clients. Your set will be held in the strictest of confidence and will NEVER be used inappropriately!

 

Q: How are the photos processed and is it safe to print them? How long do you keep them?

A: Your photos are completely safe with us. They are stored on encrypted hard drives, kept in a locked office. We do NOT store our files on a cloud or online. We keep them forever, so you can get them all, or get a few and come back later and get more!

Q: What is the Blacklight Session?

A: Blacklight sessions are shot entirely in the dark, completely nude with your entire body covered in neon, day glow body paint. Beyond cool. It takes about an hour to apply the body make-up. Before you leave, you'll want to take a quick bath/shower to get most of it off. Bring clothing with you that you don't mind paint getting on! Available in Main studios only.

Q: How long does it take to proof and receive my photos?

A: General turn around time to view your photos is 3 days. You have a few options:

  • In Main Studios, you can come back to the studio to view them in person and make your package selection.
  • In all Kitty cities, you will need to view online. The gallery is password protected with a light watermark.
  • Online Viewing - Your photos will be uploaded without a deposit for three days. After that, you will need to put down a $100 deposit to continue viewing up to 1 week. 

 

Q: Can I take a tour of the studio prior to booking?

A: Please call us to set an appointment where we will give you a full tour of our studio and speak to one of our awesome photographers. It is not recommended to simply "walk in" or stop by unannounced as it is a very busy, yet private, facility. You wouldn't want someone interrupting YOUR session, would ya? Nah, didn't think so. 

Alternatively, we have a video tours under "Kitty Videos"

 

Q: What's the best time of day to go to the beach? (San Diego only)

A: For the beach, we like to arrive no later than 12 noon. The sun and the tide seem to be perfect at this time. Weekdays are less busy than weekends.  

 

Q: Do you provide airbrushing and photo re-touching?

A: Damn skippy! We do like to keep the editing as light as possible so that it still looks like you and not some weird plastic mannequin. We take care of the basics like skin smoothing, pimple removal, cellulite removal, smooth out any spider veins or bruises, etc. From there, we ask you what YOU want.

We can get surgical with our photoshopping skill set, however, we much prefer to rely on our bomb ass photographer skills, good lighting, fun posing and proper fitting lingerie!

Tattoo removal - if you have a tat that you wish you never did (been there, done that) and it's relatively small - yes, we can remove it easily and at no cost. Now, if you have a full back piece and want us to remove it, that takes HOURS of editing time and you will be billed at $50 per hour. Or just use a corset.... :-)

 

Q: I'm visiting from out of town, how will I view and get my pictures?

A: We can set you up with online viewing, easy peasy.

 

Q: This is something I've never done before and I'm really nervous!

A: Everybody is nervous at first! You will find once you arrive, our environment is very relaxed and positive. By the time we select your lingerie and sets and get to know each other a little, you'll be energized and your nervousness will be transformed into excitement. Plus, the photographer will keep talking and dancing around to the house music until you are comfortable before shooting :-) It's less stressful than you might think and hella fun! 

 

Q: How sexy does the photo session get and do I have to pose nude?

A: Your session is always under your control - YOU decide what YOU want to do! You can shoot fully clothed, topless or fully nude. It's very difficult to shock any of us, so be honest about what you want to do. #NoJudgement - The level of freaky is your choice & we'll never tell :-)

 

Q: What about the Makeup?

A: Photographic make-up can look very drastic, but you have to remember that only HALF will actually show in the photos because of the lighting. We want the make-up to be fresh and sleek, not caked on, so please let us work our magic! 

 

If you love the look of thick lashes, (and who doesn't really?) We love the fake ones and are experts at putting them on!! They are including in the price of the make-up. 

 

Can't stand the idea of not doing your own? Please bring all the cosmetics you used with you & put it on heavier than usual. You MUST use foundation - powder or bare minerals will not be enough. AND, girls, please match your face to your body - a totally different color head on a body is just weird looking AND we can't fix it in Photoshop!

 

My beautiful women of color, this is for you: Yeah, we're a mostly white crew, but we know how to do your make-up - and don't worry, we have your foundation color! 


Q: How should I wear my hair?

A: Your hair should be styled in a way that would normally do it for an evening out. It is best to look like YOU! If you need some help making the best "You" come out, we provide hair styling services. We can do big fluffy hair, super sleek flat ironed styles, spiral curls, pin-up retro styles - we got mad skills.

 

Q: Do I bring my own lingerie and what kinds of item do you provide?

A: In Main Studios, we have a variety of women's lingerie in many sizes from 0 - 20. We mostly provide one pieces, teddy's, corsets and babydolls. We have a very limited selection of bras and panty sets, so please bring those with you.

If you have items to bring, we can mix and match your items with our items for the best result. We have lots of shoes and jewelry to help accessorize. It's always fun to bring props, military jackets, guitars, surf boards, cowboy boots, etc. If it's fun, it's in! If it's naughty even better!

In Kitty Cities, you can FaceTime or Skype the main studios and look through our closet. We can bring outfits with us to your shoot! You must video chat with us AT LEAST 48 hours before your shoot so we can either bring it with us.

Please bring your own nylon thigh highs please :-) We stock them, but they get ripped easily and we'd hate to not have good ones available on your day!  

For the germophobes: yes, we clean and sterilize everything that is used at our studio :-)

 

Q: How far in advance should I reserve my appointment?

A: Typically it takes about a week to get on the schedule, sometimes longer depending on the season. Christmas and Valentine's Day are VERY busy times, so plan to wait up to two weeks. Call us at the studio to check availability. Kitty Cities book up very quickly!

 

Q: Can I bring a friend or partner? What about kids?

A: We love friends, they can be fun, but they can be distracting too. Some friends are helpful and positive, others can be overbearing and anxiety inducing! Choose wisely who you bring!

Your FEMALE friend (just 1 max please) can stay with you during the make-up and outfit selection, but once the shoot begins, they will not be allowed to watch the photo shoot. 

However, please note that if your friend is distracting, bossy and/or irritating the crap out of your photographer, they will be asked to leave, and we aren't shy about asking.

When we are shooting our of hotels, friends can drop you off, but once the shoot begins, they will asked to leave or wait in the hotel bar or lobby, as the spaces aren't designed for lots of people.

 

Men are not allowed at the studio. 

Our studios are typically buzzing with lots of different women, and I'm sure they don't want to have a man they don't know there :-) The only time we make allowances for men is if he is joining for a maternity shoot. 

Do NOT bring children of any age to the studio.

It is NOT okay, no exceptions. Adults only, 18 and older. This includes your photo shoot or your proofing appointment.

 

Q: Do you photograph transgender women?

A: Why wouldn't we? FCK H8.

 

Q: Do I have to pay for everything up front, what are the fees if I reschedule?

A: Your session fee is prepaid in full up front in order to get on the calendar. You can do so over the phone with a credit or debit card and online via our Square account. We also take Venmo and Paypal!

Packages are purchased on your proof appointment day - after you see how hot you are!

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

There are no refunds on session fees even if you cancel your appointment. You may reschedule your appointment once with no penalty if you call us within 48 hours. To reschedule after that will cost an additional $40.00 each time you reschedule. Same day cancellations will forfeit your session fee and you will be required to pay for an entirely new session - Be sure of your dates ladies!

 

Q: Does the session fee apply toward the packages?

A: No. They are 2 separate charges. The session fee is for the actual photo shoot and editing of your masterpieces. The packages are the actual photographs or album you want. There is no minimum purchase on your prints, you just get the ones you can't live without :-)

 

Q: Do you give special discounts?

A: Active Military and spouses of active military receive 10% off all our packages, with valid ID. It does not apply to the session fees.

 

Q: Do I tip my photographer?

A: If you want to, we will not be mad at you! Hahaha! You are not expected to tip your photographer, however, if you feel they went over and above, and rocked your session, we love shout outs on our Facebook & Yelp Pages.

Thank You Cards - OMG! We love them and we collect them in the administrative studio office and have them thumb tacked all over the office walls! Or, you can add to the graffiti messages on the bathroom wall, you'll understand what we're saying when you see it!

 And I have to add, we have the most awesome bathroom in San Diego :-)

 

Q: What about alcohol? 

A: If you are over 21, feel free to bring wine or champagne to the studio to enjoy while you are getting ready. Keep consumption light, otherwise you will look drunk in your photos!

It is not recommended to bring hard liquor, it seems to go down too easy, and then you will be drunk for your session! If we feel you may have had too much, you will be cut off :-)

 

If you have any other questions that we didn't think of here, please give us a call at 619-589-6494 and ask away!  

You can also email us in our general mailbox at kittycrew@badkittyphotography.com