It’s possible that I might be a little biased when I say this, but I think one of the best things that has come with the recent rise of feminism and the body positivity movement is the growing acceptance and popularity of boudoir photography. (See, just a smidge biased) Once really only considered to be a hyper-sexualized gift for someone else, now boudoir is more greatly associated with empowerment and self-appreciation. Now...I am downnnnn to create some 🔥🔥🔥 images that'll make anyone feel flushed, ☝🏻however, I am not creating them thinking “Oh, her person is gonna love these!” Yes, they’re going to love the shhhhhiiiii out of your images (because seriously, how could they not?!), but what I’m actually thinking is “Oh my god, I cannot wait for her to be blown away by her own gorgeousness!”
A boudoir session has the power to change who you see in the mirror because it’s going to give you the knowledge and assurance to see past the sweatpants and Mom-bun and see the true beauty you REALLY are, the one who can conquer the world, sweatpants be damned. So, as the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That responsibility for boudoir photographers being this: the women (and men) who come to us trust us with their insecurities and their vulnerabilities and it is our responsibility to make sure they leave our studio feeling built up with confidence versus torn down. Unfortunately, choosing a photographer that will do this for you can be a bit of a gamble. So, to ensure that you have all the right tools to make sure you choose the boudoir photographer that’s right for you, I’ve put together this handy dandy list of Do’s and Dont’s.
1. DON'T simply pick the first photographer you come across on Google
I’m sure this goes without saying, but this can’t NOT be on the list. In any given area, there are tons of photographers to choose from! Open a few tabs and compare their quality of work. Does their portfolio showcase women of various ages, skin tones, and figures? Does their work jump all over the place stylistically or remain consistent? Don't roll the dice on a photographer who you aren't sure will be able to flatter you or you won't know what kind of style or look you're going to get! Which, speaking of style...
2. DO choose a photographer with a style you’re drawn to
You wouldn’t commission Picasso to carve a statue like Michaelangelo. Not because Picasso isn’t an amazing artist, just the wrong artist. You want a "Michaelangelo", hire Michaelangelo or perhaps someone apparently inspired by his work. Each photographer (boudoir or otherwise) spends years refining their work into a style all their own, and to hire them is to say that you’ve viewed their portfolio and accept their artistic style. So if you are looking for a dark and sultry look to your images when the body of their work is light, airy, and soft, you’re likely not going to be happy with the ultimate outcome. Find an artist whose work speaks to you and captures the side of you you're seeking to preserve.
3. DON'T skip the consultation
Whether it be over the phone, in-person, or simply chatting via Facebook, make sure you connect with your photographer in some way prior to your session. Following their pages on FB or Instagram, or like for our studio, joining our Facebook group The Queendom, is a great way to not only get a taste of their work and style, but also who your photographer is! Boudoir is a very intimate genre of photography, and you'll likely be working with them one on one the day of your session, so you want to be as sure as possible that you'll be comfortable with them! If you don't feel comfortable, it WILL show in your expressions and in the tension of your body and you'll want your most confident self to be the one showing back at you in your images! A consultation is also a great opportunity to view the space you’ll be shooting in!
4. DO consider your session an investment for your future self
We know investment is a top priority for most women regarding most things. The key to choosing a boudoir photographer is considering value. Are you getting the best quality experience and products for your investment? Remember, you’re not investing only money, you’re investing time and trust. It’s important that your trust and vulnerability is valued so that your future self will thank you. Our goal is for you to look back at your images 30 years from now and not only reminisce over your outer beauty but also feel a sense of pride for allowing yourself to be vulnerable and learn to love yourself. A quality boudoir experience has the power to kickstart a journey of self-love and acceptance that you will value for years to come. Part of that journey starts with making sure you feel like a QUEEN for a day! Our studio provides hair & make-up via a professional hair & make-up artist complimentary with our session experience. We chose to provide this service so we could ease you into feeling comfortable to get in front of the camera and because having a partnership with a reliable and talented HMUA turns into a consistently beautiful outcome for the images of all of our clients. Unfortunately, too many women forget how important it is to take time for themselves. A “quickie” session or an assembly line boudoir marathon isn’t going to have nearly the personal type of experience and a lot of instances not offer you the time to feel comfortable before jumping into the vulnerable stuff. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn‘t feel totally warmed up to posing in my underwear with a stranger in 30 minutes 😅 These are important things to keep in mind when deciding which experience you want to invest in. We also know money doesn‘t grow on trees, so our studio offers a whole list of payment options from financing to payment plans, so you don’t have to compromise on the quality or value of any part of your boudoir experience.
I hope you found this list of Do's and Don'ts for Choosing Your Perfect Boudoir Photographer to be helpful! My biggest dream is for EVERY woman to have an experience that leaves them feeling EMPOWERED and choosing the right photographer for YOU is the first start! If you find that we sound like your perfect match, CONTACT US to get our info sent right to your inbox.