Choosing a boudoir photographer can be a daunting task. Especially now that boudoir photography is on the rise. And to be honest, it’s legit the best job in the world! Who wouldn’t enjoy making women feel like Super Models every day. But not only that, I also get to play an important role in my client’s journey to self discovery. How dope is that?!
As the genre becomes more and more popular, more photographers are choosing to add Boudoir to their menu of services. However, Boudoir is a very personal and intimate type of photography and choosing the right photographer is imperative to insuring that you have the best boudoir experience possible.
Let’s start with the meaning of the word “Boudoir”. The definition of the word is defined as “a woman’s dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room.” This is why it is most common boudoir sessions to consist of a woman in some form of undress or dressed in lingerie. But Boudoir Photography is so much more than just a photoshoot in sexy underwear. It’s an amazing way to boost your self-confidence and for some, it’s a way to express yourself as a sexual, sensual being in a safe space, free from judgement. This is why choosing a photographer that you vibe with is so important.
– Does the photographer specialize in boudoir photography? Or do they shoot weddings, families, pets and events as well? Choosing a photographer who specializes in boudoir is probably going to be your best best bet because they have invested in educating themselves on what boudoir is really about. They are not doing it just to “take sexy photos of women”. They have invested time and money in training courses and various education materials to better understand what it means to help a woman love herself and her body again (or for the first time ever!). Not to mention hours of training on the best types of posing and lighting to flatter all body types. A photographer that shoots many other types of photography is typically not an expert on these very important things.
– Has the photographer actually shot a boudoir session before? Can they show you any examples of their boudoir work in their portfolio. You will want to make sure that the photographer’s website/portfolio shows that they are able to photograph and pose different body-types.
– This is important because you have to like the photographer’s editing style. The photos on their website should give you a pretty good idea of how your photos will turn out if you were to book them. You should also have an idea on the type of style you are looking for. You can’t expect a dark and moody photographer to produce light and airy photos. Or a natural light photographer to produce work using flash, and so on and so on. Choose the photographer who’s style suites your taste.
– Does the photographer make you feel comfortable? A boudoir photographer should offer the option to receive a consultation, either in-person or via phone. This will help to make sure that you are investing in someone who is going to give you the experience you desire.
– Do they openly list their studio location on their website and social media? Do they allow studio tours ahead of time? Is the studio private or shared with other photographers? Although lots of photographers have home studios, most people feel more comfortable choosing a photographer with a private store-front studio location. This doesn’t mean that a photographer with a home-studio is not a good choice. Just make sure that you know where your session will take place and that you are comfortable with that location.
– Boudoir is an investment and not one to be taken lightly. You do not want to price shop on something as important as a boudoir experience. Cheap boudoir is not good and good boudoir will not be cheap. But more expensive doesn’t always mean better either. Make sure that you know what is included in your session and/or packages. Boudoir photographers will usually charge a session fee to cover the actual photo shoot. But your photos collection will usually be an additional fee. However, there shouldn’t be any hidden fees and the photographer’s pricing structure should be clearly shown somewhere on their site.
– What’s going to happen to your photos after your session is over? Does the photographer require that you allow them to share your photos publicly or will they give you the option to keep your photos private. Make sure that you are aware of their policies on sharing client photos.
– Make sure that the photographer offers the works. Like I said, boudoir is so much more than just sexy photos. A professional boudoir photographer should offer a full experience including things like hair & makeup, refreshments, hand editing, pose guidance, wardrobe and other perks. Your photographer should also offer print products such as albums or wall art. A full boudoir experience should leave you feeling pampered and glamourous by the end of the day.