7 Questions To Help You Choose The Right Boudoir Photographer For Your Boudoir Session
You have a lot of options out there when trying to choose the right photographer for your boudoir photos. Here is a list of the Top 7 questions to help you determine if you and the photographer are a good fit.
1. How Do You Help Me Prepare For A Boudoir Session?
It’s very important that your photographer guide you each step of the way. Boudoir sessions aren’t like portrait sessions where you just show up in your favorite dress and create amazing images. It’s important to know the right outfits to wear and how to prepare for being photographed with little to no clothing on at all! Feeling prepared before your boudoir session will help you feel excited and ready instead of nervous and scared.
2. How Much Will My Boudoir Session Cost?
Boudoir photography is an investment but there are a range of pricing options and business models out there. Like any large purchase you make you should have an idea of what you will be spending. Cost is usually what most clients ask about first. I think this is because as consumers we have been conditioned to want to know “How Much Is It?” when we are unsure what else to inquire about. There is nothing wrong with wanting to know how much something is but it’s important to keep in mind there’s so much more that goes into buying a product than just cost. If you went to a car dealership and saw a car you wanted you would want to know more than just what the car cost. It’s the same with boudoir. What will the experience be like? What kind of products will the studio offer? How experienced is the photographer?
3. How Long Do I Have To Wait To See My Boudoir Photos?
Photographers offer a range of options for clients. I schedule your photo viewing 1-2 days after your session. This is a scheduled Zoom meeting so you don’t have to return to the studio. You will see 100-150 fully retouched images in color and black and white. I will help you purchase only the photos you love in the format that works best for you.
4. Will My Boudoir Photos Be Edited Or Retouched?
Again, there are many options out there and clients should definitely find a photographer that fits what they are looking for in regards to finished images. We will talk beforehand about the level of retouching you are looking for. I believe in body positivity so I want you to look like the most amazing version of yourself, not a completely different person. I remove remove scars, cellulite, stretch marks, etc if you have requested that. Good photos start in the camera, editing is only used to put the final touch on your beautiful photos.
5. Who Will Be Present During The Boudoir Session?
Some photographers have a team of assistants or stylists that might be present during your shoot. If you are concerned about privacy you might want to clarify who will be there during your session. I personally like to be one on one with the client because this intimate setting helps to create great images.
6. How Many Outfits Should I Bring To My Boudoir Session?
Photographers generally have pretty clear guidelines for how many outfits they allow during a session. I advise 4 outfits. This number provides a great variety of looks for your album and doesn’t require you to spend hundreds of dollars on lingerie. Wardrobe consultation is a big part of your pre session planning. We will talk about what you have, what you love, and what you would be most comfortable being photographed in. Keep in mind we aren’t creating a lingerie catalogue! The focus is on you and your body and less about your outfit.
7. Will My Boudoir Photos Be Kept Private?
I know that privacy is of utmost concern for many people considering boudoir photography. While I hope you’ll feel empowered to show off your images, I understand if they do not want to. Your photos are kept strictly private unless you allow me to share them.
One Question You Shouldn't Ask Your Boudoir Photographer
“Can I just get the digitals?”
In this digital age I know my clients place a great value on owning digital files of their beautiful photos. I completely understand and offer the option to purchase high and low resolution files of your favorite images. However, I’m old fashioned and believe very strongly that your photos should be printed. How many people do you know that have a USB stick or CD of their wedding photos that have never seen the light of day? Because I feel very strongly about the importance of printing your beautiful photos, my packages start with printed images like custom designed leather albums and prints.
Obviously there are many other questions you should ask your potential photographer but this is a good start. I hope this has helped you!
If you are considering a boudoir session but don’t feel ready yet to commit I encourage you to join my Private VIP FB Group Beauty & Boudoir. It is a small but growing group of body positive women interested in boudoir. It features testimonials from past clients and motivation to be the #boudoirbeauty I know you are!