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The Gothic Studio

The Gothic Boudoir Studio in Norfolk VA

Embrace the Dramatic

The Gothic Studio was opened in July 2020 to showcase the dramatic and theatrical side of boudoir portraiture, The studio lighting is lit with over 150 candles, allowing the candle light to reflect onto the client's skin to give the photographs a cinematic atmosphere. Sarah McDaniel was heavily inspired from the Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" series when she was planning the Gothic Studio. Each set in this studio is heavily designed to bring out a darker romantic feel, showcasing the beauty in drama. The Gothic Studio is the perfect studio for someone that is wanting a darker session with a Drama. This is our most popular studio of 2020 and 2021, and continues to be the most popular studio of 2022!

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The Best of Both Worlds.

The Gothic Studio allows you to have a large variety of images and themes to choose from. This studio is home to spicier sets, such as the Sex Swing, St. Andrews Cross, and the Cage. Each Client gets the choice to focus more on the Romantic and/or Spicy Sets. So, if you want some of both, this is the perfect studio for you. The Studio is famous for the beautiful arching photos in-front of the mirror, and the romantic blue couch by the candles. 

Choosing this Studio will give you literally the best of both worlds. 99% of our clients love to choose this studio because they want to step out of their comfort zone, and get their toes wet. So, even if you just want to adventure a little towards the Sex Swing, and focus on more romantic side that's okay! The Gothic Studio has plenty of options to design your perfect boudoir experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I am plus sized, and I am extremely nervous about how I will look in images. I have never tried on Lingerie before, and I am really nervous about what looks good on me. Do you provide lingerie? Will you help me?
A: Absolutely! We have a client closet with over 500 pieces of Lingerie in it! We actually walk you through your Desired Style and Size of Lingerie the Day of Your Session. So regardless if you want something Romantic or Spicy, we are here for you! We even have new lingerie that comes in monthly to up our Diversity! We sit down with you and customize your Clients Closet, and do a Fitting Session with you! Our team helps you pick out accessories, harnesses, lace, and even robes to wear during your session! 90% of our clients are XL-4XL, and our clients closet goes up to 7XL. So, just know you are in the best hands. We got you!

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The Gothic Studio's Couples Experience

Doing a Couples Boudoir in the Gothic Studio is a completely unique experience. The Gothic Studio is different from any other studio because it allows for the couples to showcase the more dramatic and darker side of boudoir.. Each couple gets a mixture of Romantic and Steamy options each designed around their desired vision.  Each client gets one on one boudoir posing and styling. We also go over boundaries and each pose with you to see what you are comfortable with. So do not stress, we are here for you! Want to get a little more steamy than normal? The Gothic Studio is perfect for a more Erotic Style session.


What is Erotic Boudoir? Well at Sarah McDaniel Studio we allow for the clients to feel absolutely comfortable in their nude and raw form. This is a new edition we are doing for 2022, and it is focusing on the intimate journey with couples. Being able to fall back in love with every inch of you, and your partners body. This would be steamier than more boudoir sessions, and allow for clients to experience themselves in a new light. Want to learn more? Just ask! We will walk you through the whole process during your phone consultation.


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The Luxury Add Ons in the Gothic Studio

Doing an Add On in the Gothic Studio really does add advance your boudoir session even further. Doing an add on in the gothic studio brings out even more drama, and can bring your vision to life. One of our most popular add ons is our Neon lights, and the Snake add on. Each of these Add Ons bring a different feeling in the gothic studio, than it would in the Rose Garden or Greenhouse. Want to see some examples? Just bring it up during your phone consultation, and we will go over all of it with you! Here is a list of some of the Add Ons we have!

Here are some examples of our Luxury Add Ons:

Snake Add On, Shower Set & Neon Add On, Neon Add On by itself, Special Effects Add On, Pool Add On (Pool is located in the Greenhouse Studio, and you would just travel down there at the end of your session) Angel Wings Add On, Pool Add On, Blacklight Add On, and more.