So, you have been thinking about doing a Boudoir session for some time now, but you want to make sure you make the best choice possible for your photographer. I know how important this experience is for you, and it's my aim to make the process as simple and stress free as possible from start to finish. I also tell clients that I'd love to be there photographer. However, I understand my style is not for everyone. So in this post I want to be able to give you some guidance so you have the best experience in finding a boudoir photographer.
Make sure the Photographer is a full service!
Boudoir is an intimate experience that many women only do once in a lifetime. So you want to select a photographer who will treat you like your session is the special occasion it is. This means your experience should include everything from hair and makeup to pose coaching and ordering products for you. You shouldn't be left to figure out posing on your own or where you can safely get your images printed. When you have a photographer who handles all these things for you, you know you're getting the best the industry has to offer.
Consider their work closely.
Compare, compare, compare. You want t be sure to check out their website. Yes, a website! In the world of Facebook and Instagram being easier, I personally would be weary of any "boudoir photographer" who doesn't have an actual website for their business. A website shows they have a working business and typically gives you alot of good information about the Studio/photographer and how it/they work. Checking out their work also allows you to be able to access their style and skill level. Do they have a diverse clientele that demonstrates they can provide hair and makeup for all skin tones and hair? Do they know how to properly light both fair skin and deep tones? Do they know how to pose all different shapes and sizes beautifully and naturally? Paying attention to these close details will help you to make the best decision when choosing.
Does this photographer specialize in boudoir or do they shoot everything as well as boudoir? I mean lets face it. If you had a heart condition you wouldn't go to a foot doctor would you? With boudoir photography, it is best to select a photographer who is passionate about giving you the best they can offer.
Know who will be present
Ask if the photographer will be working with an assistant. Know who will be present at your shoot to determine what your comfortable with on the day of your session.
Read reviews or ask for references!
Nothing tells the truth like others' personal experiences. Check their website, or even join their VIP group on FB if they have one and ask questions to past clients. Like I said above, make sure they have a web presence on Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. A fully functioning business is going to be on more than one platform to advertise their business. This allows you to check them all out and get a better feel for them.
Choose someone who makes you feel comfortable
Meet and speak with the photographer. Most professional boudoir photographers will have no problem getting on the phone with you and answering any questions or concerns you may have. Personally I do a phone consult with each client. This allows me to get a feel for my client and for my client to get a feel for me before committing to anything. Remember, you want to feel confident and comfortable going into your shoot. This is an amazing investment and you want to be sure to get the best experience you can!