Hi, I’m Thomas Crowl, I’m a boudoir photographer with a studio in Westminster, Maryland. Today I would like to talk to you about three things you should ask your photographer before you schedule. 

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First, you should definitely do your homework. Check out their website, look at their portfolio. Are they shooting the types of photographs that you’re looking for? I’ll give you a good example of this. I had a prospect reach out to me and she wanted silhouettes – just silhouettes. I can shoot a silhouette. It’s not my forte. My style is more of a fashion boudoir. 

My style is a very romantic, soft, sensual kind of boudoir. And what she was looking for was more of an artistic form of silhouette, which I don’t do. Could I have done it? Yeah, probably. 

Would I have been happy with it? Would she have been happy with it? I’m not 100 percent sure.  I sent her in another direction because I wanted to make sure that she found the photographer who was perfect for what she was looking for. 

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So definitely check out the portfolio in advance. That’s important. And if you have to ask, where is the portfolio? On my website, here’s a link straight to it – https://thomasboudoir.com/boudoir-portfolio/

Definitely take a look at their work. 

The second question you definitely want to ask is about their accreditations and references. I’m a member of the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. 

I’m also a member of the Professional Photographers of America. 

I also have been published in numerous magazines.I have references from my clients on the website and on Google. It’s very easy to verify those. 

So before you hire your photographer, make sure that they’ve got some good feedback because you don’t want to hire someone who’s going to later surprise you with something that you’re not expecting or it may not be the experience that you deserve. 

And the third thing that you definitely want to check on is pricing. 

I’ve taken multiple courses on boudoir photography because I’m constantly looking to increase the value of my experience and the level of my experience for my clients. 

One of the courses that I took, advised not giving out product pricing until after the shoot. They send it to them when they get home. And the course instructor said, “I don’t want them to have a meltdown on my couch,” implying that when they see their prices, they’re going to have a heart attack and they’re not going to be sure how they’re going to pay for it. “They have two weeks to figure it out.” 

As soon as I heard that, I thought that’s not the way to go for me. 

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I want you to have an idea going in to my service what to expect to spend, because if it’s not within your budget, I’m wasting your time.  You’re wasting my time. So I always provide my prices up front. 

Now, like a restaurant, you don’t walk in and say, how much is my meal going to cost me? They don’t know because they don’t know what you’re going to order. But when they show you the menu, you can take a look at it. You go, well, I can afford this. I can afford that. You know, maybe it’s too expensive overall or, yeah, let’s eat here.  And then depending on what you want, that’s what your final bill is going to be. 

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It’s the same way with my studio. We have different prices for different products. Not every client is going to want a secret phone app which put your pictures on your phone without them being in your phone library so that somebody can’t come across them, that they’re just flipping through your pictures. 

Not everybody is going to want an album. Not everybody is going to want the digitals. There’s a wide array of different products that you may choose and that all has a bottom line what your final outcome will be. But I don’t hide any of the prices. 

And when you’re going into a photo experience, you certainly want to ask the photographer, how much is this going to cost you? Because, again, you don’t want to waste their time and they certainly shouldn’t waste yours. 

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So those are three things that you should definitely check out and ask your photographer before you hire them. 

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I’ll be happy to answer your questions and if I can be of any service, I’m happy to help.