Featuring Nichole Troncoso

Featuring Nichole Troncoso

This week’s featured photographer is Nichole Troncoso of Eleventh Hour Boudoir in Morrison, Illinois and Davenport Iowa


Where do you operate your business?

In Morrison, Illinois and Davenport Iowa

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Technical Specs:

Camera used

Mark 5D II

Lens choices

50mm 1.8

Processing Software (just provide the names of the one’s you use)

Lightroom and Photoshop

Do you use any actions?

For color I use my own, for BW’s I use DMWL and tweak them to my liking.

Do you retouch and if so can you give me a quick rundown on if you use any plugins, etc?

YES! I don’t use any plugins, but I do use Frequency Separation on all my images. I also love the heal tool and dodge and burn have become my best friends!

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What most people want to know is how you market to your clients.  Have you qualified who your is your ideal client?  

 When I first started in 2016 my marketing was my private group, that’s where I started at it took our first year to a whole new level! Now though we have an amazing referral program, and a lot of babes LOVE it and use it! So I would have to say our marketing is based on word of mouth!

I’d love to add into the article any inspiring client stories you might have.  Also have you had any issues with clients that you would like to share how you resolved them.  That is always something that can hugely benefit the readers.

I do have one client who’s review left me bawling and has inspired so many others to reach out to us. This babe won a session for when we reached 500 back in October 2016, and she was completely nervous! She hated her body, and almost backed out of her FREE session! This lady was insanely beautiful, and I couldn’t believe how down on herself she was. After her session though, things changed. She was able to see herself differently, and learned to love herself. Here’s her words on her session “Thank you Nicole and Sarah for such an incredible experience. I, for months would stalk your page in awe of the talent the two of you have and even more so the way you are able to create such an incredibly beautiful confidence in your pictures. When I won the drawing for a free shoot, I can’t even begin to tell you the overwhelming mix of emotions that overcame me. I was so excited yet so incredibly nervous. I have always struggled with my weight, I have teeter tottered up and down, back and forth, and up and down again and again for years….. never really ever being happy or comfortable with myself in my own skin. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to live up to these other women…. how I was gonna allow myself to be comfortable enough with myself to give you guys what you wanted and needed of me. The moment you pulled in my driveway, everything changed…… my fears were gone, I suddenly was given the gift of confidence and was ready to do anything. I can’t thank you enough for how you made me feel about myself. I have never, even in my skinniest of days, felt the self confidence and beauty as I did that day of my shoot. It honestly has changed me and my relationship with my fiancé. It gave me the opportunity to truly understand the love he has for me and to what depth and degree. Furthermore, it allowed me to appreciate it. Before that day, I would catch myself not getting fully naked in front of my fiancé, or quickly grabbing something to cover up with if he turned on the lights before I was ready…. I was scared he would see all the flaws and imperfections I hated seeing myself. But now…. after seeing him look at my pictures with such pride and excitement I realized it’s not about the flaws and imperfections and what they look like to me because they are a part of me… I am what I am and he wants to see it! So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!” I’ve been in contact with her since, and I’m happy to say this amazing woman just got married, and continues to love herself and her life!

Do you have a physical or digital “welcome” product you give the clients and can you share that if you do. You can give me a link or email. Thanks. .

Yes I do! It’s a digital one, I can send the link here.

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This is probably one of the most important things that the readers want to know.  How do you sell to your clients?  Can you provide info on your sales process and your pricing.  I’d like to be able to provide numbers on what you charge for a session and what your range is for your products, like albums for instance, but if you don’t feel comfortable sharing to much, just give me what fits your comfort level.

I start our product sales at the start of their inquiry! That is very important. You want them to understand how much their investment is going to be right away, instead of shocking them at the time of ordering. A lot of our clients are loving our new way of ordering their products. We now offer a incentive if they order AT their consultation session! We offer them 20% off their collections when they order before their session and set it up for the final payment to be made AT their ordering session. Not only does this help out our clients, it allows them to receive their items


What products perform best in your studio? 

 Albums, we LOVE albums, and we push them. I hate digital images, I feel that each of us is a work of art, and to sit on a USB is a waste of that art.

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Best describe your workspace.  Do you have a studio or work from home?  How large is your space?  What are the challenges with it?  What works really well for you?  Can you please include a photo or two of it, if possible.

For the first year we did work out of a studio, but as of December 2016 we moved into our home studio. This allowed me to not only save money each month, but also create that intimate feeling that our studio was lacking.

Do you have any plans to change and/or grow from your space in the near future.

My dream is to have my own Loft Studio in Chicago! I live 2 hours from there, but I will so drive there for every session if it means living my dream!

Do you keep strict hours of operation with your clients?

 Yes and no. I refuse to work weekends, but I will answer emails until around 10pm throughout the week. When my hours end at 6pm lol

Natural Light, Studio Light, combination of styles? What’s your preference? What are your strengths and weaknesses with lighting, if any.

Natural light for almost all of it. Though I am just getting into lights and light gels! So hopefully this year I’ll be able to create more art!

Do you have makeup artists you work with in your studio?  If so, can you give me a run down of what the rate is you pay them and how you feel about the importance of that relationship.  If you don’t use them, is there a reason?

 Yes we work with Sara { } and have been for 2 years now. Sara and I have a close relationship, she’s even in my wedding this year! Having a stylist you can trust and someone who’s WHY is the same as yours, is the best relationship to have in Boudoir!

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How long have you been in business?  What were you doing before you started your photo business?

This will be my second year in business as a boudoir photographer. Before this I was a wedding photographer at a different business.

Did you go to school for photographer or are you self taught?

In high school I took a class for film photography. That was 10years before I started shooting with a digital and learning digital and photoshop/lightroom has been a real pain in the ass, but so worth it!

Did you always want to be a photographer or was it something that came later in life?

Yes and no. I wanted to be a nurse, but I have always loved photography. So I had to choose which one I loved more, and well photography won!

What is your biggest struggle in this business?

 I live in a small town of only 320 people, so I have to learn to market to bigger cities that are an hour to two hours from me.

Is there a reason you shoot boudoir and do you shoot any other genre?  If you’re excusive, and/or recently went exclusive can you give the readers some insight into why you did.  If you’ve only ever done boudoir, again we’d love to hear why.

I love boudoir. I love the way it makes each of my clients feel. I love the way they look at themselves in disbelief, and cry when they finally see how stunning they truly are.

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If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?

 My advice would be to do everything you can, and practice before you jump into “owning” a business.

Have you ever done a boudoir session yourself, if you are a female (sorry guys 🙂 ? Do you think it’s something that is important for female boudoir photographers to do?

Not yet, I am hoping to this year! I think every boudoir photographer NEEDS to have their own done!

How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?  

I guess I don’t have an opinion on it. I do find some guys to be creepy in those Facebook groups, and yet they call themselves boudoir photographers…yet I’ve seen some females comment some really creepy things on photos of men. So I guess if they’re professional and truly work at what they’re doing then YAY for men boudoir photographers

What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?

I don’t. I got burned out 3x last year. I took a week off to veg in front of the tv and binge on some Netflix Shows. That’s me handling the burn out.

What do you love about the business?

 I love working, I love shooting, and creating stunning images, and learning more, and most of all I love working with amazing women.

What do you hate about the business?

 I HATE the business side of it all, but I have OCD, and I could never trust anyone to do the business side the way I want it done so I’m stuck doing it lol. I also hate how competitive this industry can be and how spiteful some are, and so cliquey.

Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI?  What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?

Nope nothing like that!

Do you compete and do you have any opinions on it?  AIBP runs contests regularly.  Do you participate?  If not, is there a reason you don’t?

 Yes I do, just because otherwise I don’t share my images with groups. I have entered into a few of AIBP’s contest and won a few of them.

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Favorite food?   


One guilty pleasure in life?

 Binge watching Netflix when I should be working!

What is your favorite piece of clothing? 

 I have this sexy ass bralette and I love wearing it with shirts that show it off!

What’s one song on your playlist? 

Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez

What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?

 Horror. I LIVE horror. I’ve seen more horror movies than anyone else I know. My first one I was only 8 and it was Silent Night Deadly Night, and every since I have just been in love with horror movies! And NO my parents didn’t let me watch Santa butcher all those people, I sat behind the couch they were on and watched it!

Favorite shoes to wear?  

 I have these brown leather boots from Torrid, I just LOVE them!

What are you currently reading? 

 The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I love Star Wars and since her death I’ve been nothing but Carrie Fisher reading and watching.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?   

 I’d be in Scotland in a heartbeat.

If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?

I wouldn’t of dropped out of college for a boy.

If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?

 I would have to say it would be Stevie Nicks!

What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)

 I have PCOS so I struggle a lot with self confidence, but I can usually get myself back on track with loving myself!

Are you married, single, have kids, husband?  Is life a juggling act for you?

 Engaged with a soon to be step daughter who just hit her teen years! Not really a juggling act, since my fiancé’ works on the railroad and is hardly ever home and my daughter is only out once every two weeks. But we have 5 dogs who are my babies!
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?

In my life, my parents inspire me the most. Both my moms have gone through cancer and continues to fight it every day. They’ve inspired me in so many ways. In my work there’s two photographers I love but the one who’s work inspires me the most is Lindsay Rae D’Ottavio.

If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be

NEVER choose a path based off someone else. Create your own path and if they’re meant to be in your life, their path will cross yours.

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Cathy Nance
Cathy Nance

Photographer and Owner of Cathy Nance Studios - Intimate Editorial Art


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