Choosing a Boudoir Photographer isn’t easy! You’re making a significant investment in your visual memories, about to record one of the beautiful, fleeting moments of your life –you want it done the right way, don’t you?
Of course you do!
As someone who’s been in the photography business for more than a decade, I’ve learned a thing or two about what separates quality photographers from those who are not so quality. One of the most important things to know is that when you make this investment in photos is that Boudoir Photography isn’t just about photography, it’s about the total Boudoir Experience.
Don’t know what that looks like? Here’s a simple checklist to point you in the right direction.
Every worthy photographer has a defined style that’s uniquely their own. A photographer whose work is clearly all over the place isn’t really worth your time, because you won’t be able to depend on them to produce the kind of photos you really want.
When you’re browsing through the websites of potential photographer candidates, and it should go without saying that having a solid website is the mark of a professional, look closely on the kind of work they consistently create. You’ll find some are classic, edgy, versatile, black and white, glamorous, bright and fun, etc. Now imagine yourself as the subject of these photos, because that’s a pretty good indicator of how your final photos are going to look.
If you love a Photographer’s style, that’s step one for making the decision to work with them.
This is often a difficult matter to discuss because most people don’t fully understand the amount of time, talent, and expertise that goes into creating professional grade photos. Ultimately, booking a session is going to be an investment, but determining the amount of that investment is entirely up to you.
You’ll need to ask yourself how much you would like to get out of the experience, do you want someone who’ll provide an empowering experience with all the trimmings, a luxury-style intimates photographer who will transform you into a queen for a day, or do you just want some photos taken, or maybe something between these two extremes?
As I’ve said before, Boudoir is ultimately about the complete experience. Personally I think you owe it to yourself to have a bigger budget, and to enjoy the luxe intimate boudoir experience of a lifetime.
If you’re sick and go to the hospital, would you want to be treated a part-time doctor who is also going to school to be a lawyer and has only been practicing for a year, or would you want someone with a solid reputation in the area who has been doing it for more than a decade? The answer to this is obvious. And even though photography isn’t a matter of life or death, most people don’t take into consideration just how much a photographer’s experience in the art affects the quality of their work.
Also, a point to think about when you’re choosing a photographer, does the person you have in mind do this full time or part time? A photographer who does this full time is fully committed to consistently producing top of the line, quality work because he or she has to in order to support themselves. Someone who only does this part time has less at stake, and won’t be as dedicated to making sure you have a worthwhile experience. Someone who does this day in and day out, and has done so for some time, knows how to create a quality experience again and again, and they’ll be able to do the same for you.
Do you just want some photos or are you interested in the full presentation? Photographers offer a wide range of products, both digital and print, to display your photos. Look for someone who offers a large variety of professional options, someone who ideally does the printing in-house and who can customized the finished product to meet your unique needs. Photographers who have a hands-on relationship with your printed images are more invested in the quality of these images, and you’ll get exactly what you need.
You want to look and feel your best on the day of your session. The best photographers know this and will usually have a hair stylist, makeup artist, and wardrobe specialist they work with to ensure that you are the star of your big day. They should be able to help you decide on outfits, know how to prepare yourself before the shoot, and throw in some champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to sweeten the deal.
Boudoir photography isn’t just a trip down to the local portrait studio (yuck!), it’s the complete experience, designed to make you feel incredible. Don’t settle for less than you deserve, use this checklist to choose the photographer who is perfect for you.
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