Frequently Asked Questions

SESSION INFO

What if I want to lose a few pounds or have some body issues?


Don't worry...WE GET IT! If you think the women on our site look like models (our clients will be so happy to hear that!)....that means we're great at what we do! Our clients are regular women...wives, mothers, new brides and business women - with the same issues we all deal with! We understand the desire to look absolutely SMOKIN' hot for your photographs, and we know all the tricks to hide the things you want hidden & to highlight your best features. We will pose, light, and style you to flatter YOUR figure and celebrate who YOU are so that retouching is minimal – not mold and change you into what our culture is teaching us ladies we need to be. So...trust us, you don't need to worry about looking perfect or losing those extra pounds. It's our job to make you look spectacular...and we know exactly how to do it. And...don't forget...body shaping, contouring & more is INCLUDED with our products. Read more about that in our FAQ section under Ordering & Retouching. Click the picture above to see body before & after retouching examples.




I'm a curvy girl...can you accommodate me?


We have had the privilege of shooting hundreds of curvy women sizes 18-26. We think this BLOG post from Colleen Lindstrom (radio personality from FM107.1) about her experience with Sugar & Spice Photography will inspire you! Get the tissues ready and read her story HERE. It was from our very first studio in 2006, but her words still make us cry! We PROMISE you will LOVE your photographs and your entire experience! We have thousands of raves from women that had the same concerns as you - many which are on our website for you to read, that walked away feeling and looking beautiful, empowered and sexy….and you will too! We have tons of outfit options that we know you'll love and will be flattering, so don't worry about that! But remember...you are always welcome to bring your own things that you love and that you know fit you well. You can also come visit us for a tour of the studio, so you can meet us and check out our sets, shoes and accessories and more (and see all the great lingerie we have available in your size)! Side note: in our galleries, it is so hard to really tell how "curvy" someone really is because of the outfits, posing & retouching tricks! We do a lot of body contouring, shaping and shading, and some wanted to be retouched quite a bit slimmer than others. Click the picture to see our gallery dedicated to our voluptuous, curvy clients.




Do you photograph women over 50?


YES! We have had the honor of photographing hundreds of women ages 50 & older, and absolutely would LOVE the chance to take beautiful, sexy and classy pictures of you! Be more natural, or go all out! Chose to have regular hair styling for a more natural look, or we can add extensions for more of a fantasy look. In post production, we can smooth your skin as much as little as you'd like! Click the picture to see our gallery dedicated to our clients who were age 50+ at the time of their shoot.




Will you photograph nude or topless?


We do, however, like to keep our photographs beautiful and classy, and prefer "implied nudity" or the illusion of nudity, so we won't ever expose any lower lady bits. Know that we respect your boundaries. Your time with us is not about what we want...it's all about you, and what you are comfortable with. We never want you to feel any pressure to reveal any more than you want to, but keep in mind that you might change your mind once you're feeling at ease in the studio. Depending on your situation and the team you are working with, we may be able to do some topless or nude shots at the end of your session, once you're comfortable. Keep in mind, any images with exposed nipples/areolas will only be sold as digital images (they will not be available in print format of any kind, including books and albums).




Will you photograph erotica style images?


We keep our photography very classic and artistic, so if you're looking for something more erotic, we suggest checking out studios that specialize in that style. If you have a special request, please contact us & we will let you know if we can accommodate you!




Will you use my pictures?


The vast majority of our clients are thrilled when we choose to use their photographs, but we definitely understand that there are some circumstances in which people do not want their images used, and we are always happy to honor those requests. Whatever you decide, we've found that having you fill out our Use of Photographs online form is the best way for us to manage your request. Please click HERE to complete our Use of Photographs form.




Can I drink alcohol?


Our quick answer is "yes", but our smart answer is "no". What the heck do we mean? "Yes": for sure - bring some wine and have a glass (key word "a"). Bring a drink or have a shot. (again, see key word). You absolutely can have a drink! We agree that a having a bit of alcohol can relax you a bit...but so can great company! Read our raves, and you'll find that our team does an amazing job of making you feel comfortable - so you're ready to strip down and get into that sexy lingerie with a smile! "No": Unfortunately, sometimes "a" drink leads to "two" or "many" drinks, and then the photo shoot is compromised. There can be lack of focus and concentration, consistent half-shut eyes, goofy faces, and worse (yes...we've seen some not-so-good things happen). We want to LOVE your photo shoot with us, but if you choose to drink, you forfeit your right to be disappointed in your experience or resulting photos, so it's your call!




Do you offer sessions for men?


Our studio and experience is tailored to women and the female form; however, everyone is welcome for a portrait style session.




Will you use my pictures?


The vast majority of our clients are thrilled when we choose to use their photographs, but we definitely understand that there are some circumstances in which people do not want their images used, and we are always happy to honor those requests. Whatever you decide, we've found that having you fill out our Use of Photographs online form is the best way for us to manage your request. Please click HERE to complete our Use of Photographs form.




I'm African American - do you have makeup for my skin color?


YES! We have had the privilege of photographing many African American women and have makeup to accommodate all skin colors and tones. Click the picture to see our gallery devoted to our African American clients.




Do you offer appointments on the weekends?


The studio is closed on Saturdays & Sundays, but based on our team's availability, we may be able to offer an occasional Saturday appointment as a convenience for those of you that can't make it during the week. Here are the conditions: Sessions are subject to a 15% up charge & session cost must be $425 or more to qualify. (For example, if your session cost is $425, there will be a $63.75 upcharge).Due to high demand for Saturday appointments and limited availability, we do not offer appointments for discounted sessions on those days. Any current discounts or promotions can not be used toward previously booked sessions.




This is for a special occasion - how far in advance should I book?


It takes about a week or two to get your proofs back from your session, and you'll probably want a week or so to choose your favorites and place your order. Since our products are custom tailored to be the perfect way to showcase your photographs, most orders are in your hands about 4-6 weeks from the day you place your order, so we recommend booking your session at least 8 weeks before your special event. (Whew! Did you get all that?) BUT DON'T WORRY - If you don’t have quite enough time before your special event, we offer rush services & can get pictures to you in just a couple days.





Curves, Nerves & Other Concerns

What if I want to lose a few pounds or have some body issues?


Don't worry...WE GET IT! If you think the women on our site look like models (our clients will be so happy to hear that!)....that means we're great at what we do! Our clients are regular women...wives, mothers, new brides and business women - with the same issues we all deal with! We understand the desire to look absolutely SMOKIN' hot for your photographs, and we know all the tricks to hide the things you want hidden & to highlight your best features. We will pose, light, and style you to flatter YOUR figure and celebrate who YOU are so that retouching is minimal – not mold and change you into what our culture is teaching us ladies we need to be. So...trust us, you don't need to worry about looking perfect or losing those extra pounds. It's our job to make you look spectacular...and we know exactly how to do it. And...don't forget...body shaping, contouring & more is INCLUDED with our products. Read more about that in our FAQ section under Ordering & Retouching. Click the picture above to see body before & after retouching examples.




I'm a curvy girl...can you accommodate me?


We have had the privilege of shooting hundreds of curvy women sizes 18-26. We think this BLOG post from Colleen Lindstrom (radio personality from FM107.1) about her experience with Sugar & Spice Photography will inspire you! Get the tissues ready and read her story HERE. It was from our very first studio in 2006, but her words still make us cry! We PROMISE you will LOVE your photographs and your entire experience! We have thousands of raves from women that had the same concerns as you - many which are on our website for you to read, that walked away feeling and looking beautiful, empowered and sexy….and you will too! We have tons of outfit options that we know you'll love and will be flattering, so don't worry about that! But remember...you are always welcome to bring your own things that you love and that you know fit you well. You can also come visit us for a tour of the studio, so you can meet us and check out our sets, shoes and accessories and more (and see all the great lingerie we have available in your size)! Side note: in our galleries, it is so hard to really tell how "curvy" someone really is because of the outfits, posing & retouching tricks! We do a lot of body contouring, shaping and shading, and some wanted to be retouched quite a bit slimmer than others. Click the picture to see our gallery dedicated to our voluptuous, curvy clients.




Do you photograph women over 50?


YES! We have had the honor of photographing hundreds of women ages 50 & older, and absolutely would LOVE the chance to take beautiful, sexy and classy pictures of you! Be more natural, or go all out! Chose to have regular hair styling for a more natural look, or we can add extensions for more of a fantasy look. In post production, we can smooth your skin as much as little as you'd like! Click the picture to see our gallery dedicated to our clients who were age 50+ at the time of their shoot.




Will you photograph nude or topless?


We do, however, like to keep our photographs beautiful and classy, and prefer "implied nudity" or the illusion of nudity, so we won't ever expose any lower lady bits. Know that we respect your boundaries. Your time with us is not about what we want...it's all about you, and what you are comfortable with. We never want you to feel any pressure to reveal any more than you want to, but keep in mind that you might change your mind once you're feeling at ease in the studio. Depending on your situation and the team you are working with, we may be able to do some topless or nude shots at the end of your session, once you're comfortable. Keep in mind, any images with exposed nipples/areolas will only be sold as digital images (they will not be available in print format of any kind, including books and albums).




Will you photograph erotica style images?


We keep our photography very classic and artistic, so if you're looking for something more erotic, we suggest checking out studios that specialize in that style. If you have a special request, please contact us & we will let you know if we can accommodate you!




Will you use my pictures?


The vast majority of our clients are thrilled when we choose to use their photographs, but we definitely understand that there are some circumstances in which people do not want their images used, and we are always happy to honor those requests. Whatever you decide, we've found that having you fill out our Use of Photographs online form is the best way for us to manage your request. Please click HERE to complete our Use of Photographs form.




Can I drink alcohol?


Our quick answer is "yes", but our smart answer is "no". What the heck do we mean? "Yes": for sure - bring some wine and have a glass (key word "a"). Bring a drink or have a shot. (again, see key word). You absolutely can have a drink! We agree that a having a bit of alcohol can relax you a bit...but so can great company! Read our raves, and you'll find that our team does an amazing job of making you feel comfortable - so you're ready to strip down and get into that sexy lingerie with a smile! "No": Unfortunately, sometimes "a" drink leads to "two" or "many" drinks, and then the photo shoot is compromised. There can be lack of focus and concentration, consistent half-shut eyes, goofy faces, and worse (yes...we've seen some not-so-good things happen). We want to LOVE your photo shoot with us, but if you choose to drink, you forfeit your right to be disappointed in your experience or resulting photos, so it's your call!




Do you offer sessions for men?


Our studio and experience is tailored to women and the female form; however, everyone is welcome for a portrait style session.




Will you use my pictures?


The vast majority of our clients are thrilled when we choose to use their photographs, but we definitely understand that there are some circumstances in which people do not want their images used, and we are always happy to honor those requests. Whatever you decide, we've found that having you fill out our Use of Photographs online form is the best way for us to manage your request. Please click HERE to complete our Use of Photographs form.




I'm African American - do you have makeup for my skin color?


YES! We have had the privilege of photographing many African American women and have makeup to accommodate all skin colors and tones. Click the picture to see our gallery devoted to our African American clients.




Do you offer appointments on the weekends?


The studio is closed on Saturdays & Sundays, but based on our team's availability, we may be able to offer an occasional Saturday appointment as a convenience for those of you that can't make it during the week. Here are the conditions: Sessions are subject to a 15% up charge & session cost must be $425 or more to qualify. (For example, if your session cost is $425, there will be a $63.75 upcharge).Due to high demand for Saturday appointments and limited availability, we do not offer appointments for discounted sessions on those days. Any current discounts or promotions can not be used toward previously booked sessions.




This is for a special occasion - how far in advance should I book?


It takes about a week or two to get your proofs back from your session, and you'll probably want a week or so to choose your favorites and place your order. Since our products are custom tailored to be the perfect way to showcase your photographs, most orders are in your hands about 4-6 weeks from the day you place your order, so we recommend booking your session at least 8 weeks before your special event. (Whew! Did you get all that?) BUT DON'T WORRY - If you don’t have quite enough time before your special event, we offer rush services & can get pictures to you in just a couple days.





Session Styles & Special Shoots

Can I do more than one style?


With Boudoir sessions, you can combine boudoir & other styles. With Pinup sessions, you can add boudoir looks to get the best of both worlds. After completing your pinup looks, we will take 1/2 hour in hair & makeup to transform you into a boudoir diva and then photograph your boudoir looks. (Add 1 boudoir look for $150 and 2 boudoir looks for $225). The option to add boudoir looks to your pinup session is available once you click to book now on the pinup shoot you are interested in. With Cherry on Top sessions, the time in the studio is your time, so we want to capture the looks and styles you want. Feel free to mix boudoir, pinup & other styles. For example, we had one client that did several different styles in her session: Business head shots (for her business cards and website), Portrait (for her family - she wore a beautiful dress), boudoir (she did 3 boudoir looks), AND pinup.




Do you offer bridal boudoir photo shoots?


YES! A gift for the groom on your wedding night that he’ll go CRAZY for (and never expect)! Capture your wedding night look with intimate, sexy shots of you in your lingerie and veil, and add some spice with some sizzling centerfold looks! Wear a corset, lingerie...or nothing at all! Bridesmaids....this is a GREAT idea for a personal gift for the bride-to-be! She will love every second of her shoot and will have photographs that will leave all of you jealous and will be the perfect gift for her new hubby! Perfect for the bride who has everything! Interested in having your bachelorette party with us? Check out our Friends & Guests FAQ. Click the picture to see our Bridal Boudoir gallery.




Do you offer boudoir maternity shoots?


YES! We are always honored when we get to to capture this beautiful time in a woman's life, and know how sexy woman can be with a little baby in their belly! We also offer regular maternity shoots, and love to include siblings or dads in those shots, too! See those shots HERE. Click the picture to see our maternity boudoir gallery.




Can I shoot with my motorcycle or car?


YES! We have access to a huge area behind our studio, so having photographs taken with a motorcycle or car is easy! Contact us with questions. We also offer location shoots where you can do a shoot with your favorite car, motorcycle, snowmobile or ATV. Click the picture to see our gallery of motorcycle shots from our studio.




Do you shoot on location?


YES! Get some sizzling shots by the barns, in the woods or cornfields, next to the vintage gas pumps & collectibles...even hotter? Get wet in the in-ground pool, icy in the snow or muddy in the river! Location shoots are perfect if you want to bring your car, truck, motorcycle, snowmobile, dirt bike or ATV. We shoot quite often at our 100 private wooded acres on the Crow River in Cokato (about 1 hour west of our studio), but we can also come to your home or other location, and are available for travel to other states or out of the country. Other location ideas or fun places we've done shoots: a junkyard, downtown for great skylines, a hotel, a park...the sky's the limit! Click the picture to see our Location Shoots Gallery.




What about group shots (photographs with more than one person)?


Photographs with more than one person, whether same sex or opposite sex, are limited to Portrait style photography only, and regular clothing must be worn.




Do you offer bachelorette parties or party shoots?


YES! Looking for something DIFFERENT and FUN to do for the ultimate girl's day? A photo shoot party at our studio is the perfect choice! Bring drinks & snacks to enjoy while you spend time together getting glammed up and choosing outfits. Everyone will have an amazing time taking their BEST photographs EVER - some group shots, some single shots...sky’s the limit! Then, if you want to “hit the town” afterwards, you’ll be all dolled up! For groups of 4 or more, we offer special discounts on regular sessions or can customize packages to work within any budget! Contact us for more information.





Payments & More

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?


We know life can get crazy! Please know that we will do our best to accommodate you and your schedule should you need to reschedule. However, as our hours are “by appointment only” and we have to schedule our own lives and families around each appointment, we must keep a very strict policy on cancellations and rescheduling. You can view our Terms & Conditions; section: Cancellations/Rescheduling/Late Policies HERE.




What about payment types & discounts?


We accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard & Discover), or cash. As we are a small business, we accept credit cards with a nominal 3.5% checkout fee. We do not accept checks at this time, but contact us if you need to send a deposit for a session or an order - as we can typically make an exception for this. Sorry, but we can not combine discounts, special promotions, online certificates, or any other deals or offers. Due to high demand for Saturday appointments and limited availability, we do not offer appointments for discounted sessions on those days. Any current discounts or promotions can not be used toward previously booked sessions.




How will the charge appear on my statement?


We know many of you want to keep this a surprise, so don't worry... Credit or debit card charges will appear on your statement as S&S, LLC.




Do you offer payment plans?


We don’t want you to pass up this experience of a lifetime because of limited finances, so if possible, we will work out a payment plan with you for your session and/or products. We would be HAPPY to reserve a date & time for you with a deposit as little as $50. If you are not ready to choose a date now, we will set up an account for you and you can make payments in any amount and you can schedule when you pay in full, if that's what you prefer. You can make payments in any amount before and after your shoot. Once the final payment is received, we will send you the link for your online portfolio.




Do you offer a military discount?


We are honored to offer a 10% discount on session fees for Military personnel and their spouses. (Military ID required to qualify.) Sorry, but we can not combine the military discount with other discounts, special promotions, online certificates, or any other deals or offers.




Do you offer gift certificates?


Gift Certificates are available in any amount or for any of our sessions - just click HERE.




Why do I need a password for the Backstage area?


The Backstage area is our exclusive client area - full of information about the session, tips for preparing for your session & much more! Book now & get access!




What about your Terms & Conditions?


​By booking shoot with us, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions, so we strongly encourage you to read and make sure you understand all of our Terms & Conditions. Please contact us if anything is not clear to you or if you have additional questions.