Let’s face it, boudoir photoshoots mean stepping out of your comfort zone for most women. The thought of being in front of a camera in lingerie or less would scare anyone. (Although you don’t have to wear lingerie or pose naked to have a boudoir shoot.) One of the keys to putting yourself at ease is knowing how to choose a boudoir photographer you can trust.
There are a lot of boudoir photographers around, but that doesn’t mean they will be the right one for you. Let’s face it, anyone can take a photo, you could take your own boudoir selfies for that matter. So why pay a boudoir photographer?
You pay for the experience, the guidance, the quality, product and professionalism. If your budget is low, know that a cheap boudoir photographer has to cut corners somewhere. When looking for a quality experience and product, you need to choose a boudoir photographer with a reputation for providing those.
Some tips on finding a good boudoir photographer:
1. Their style
Take a good look at the boudoir portfolio of the photographers you are considering. Do you like their style? Is it bright & airy or dark and moody? Perhaps they can shoot both styles, if so, can you select which you prefer? Is their work artistic and tasteful, or simple and raw?
Could you see your photos in that style? After all, these samples of their work represent what they bring to the table. The boudoir photographer you choose will deliver images similar to what you are looking at on their website & social media.
2. Their reputation
Does the photographer have a legitimate business with a website? Do they have a history of consistent social media and blog posts? Do they have credible references on Google Business or other review websites? Do they have video testimonials?
Another thing to consider is do they specialize in boudoir? Or is it just one line of their photography offerings. Someone who specialize in a field is going to have a better understanding of what a client needs. It is more than taking pictures, it is helping a client overcome their inner dialogues and succeeding with her photoshoot.
3. Do they offer a free consultation?Once you’ve determined a photographer may be right for you, reach out to schedule a consultation call. Most pros will offer this for free. If not, it is a warning sign to head in another direction. The free consultation isn’t a sales pitch. It allows the photographer to learn about what you want and answer questions you may have. No professional boudoir photographer wants to photograph a client that isn’t a good match. Their reputation depends on delivering a luxury experience and product. I would rather recommend another boudoir photographer than deliver a less than perfect experience for a client.
4. Good vibesAfter talking with the photographer, did you feel positive or have concerns? Was the conversation comfortable? Trust your gut at this point. If there are any red flags, move on to a different photographer. You will need to feel comfortable with the boudoir photographer you choose. Otherwise your photos will express you weren’t relaxed and enjoying the experience. These steps seem simple, but it is important to do your homework before hiring a photographer. Boudoir photography is:
- A vulnerable time, you want a photographer who will make sure you have a supportive and safe boudoir experience.
- A luxury, you want a photographer who will deliver a quality photoshoot and product.
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