So you’ve decided you’re ready to book your first (or 10th) boudoir session! Congrats! This is so exciting for you, and you’re probably a little nervous. There should be a few things you consider when looking for the photographer that’s right for you. Boudoir is a very personal experience, and scheduling your session with a photographer that you will connect with is really important. Here are some things you should think about before you schedule.
Should your photographer be male or female? In my experience, women are usually more comfortable being vulnerable in front of another woman. It’s easier to talk about being bloated, finding the right bra, what areas you shave, and all of those other things that only another woman will truly understand. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of really great male boudoir photographers out there. And I also believe a male photographer will lend a totally different perspective to your session. There are also a lot of women who feel more comfortable around men, and would rather have that male perspective in their photos.
Get references. Talk to other people who have had a session done and ask about their experience. Take a look at the photographer’s website – do they have testimonials on there? See if you connect with the things other people have said about their session with this person.
Schedule a consult. Most photographers are happy to schedule time with you either in person or over the phone. We want to make sure you’re someone we want to work with as well. A 15 minute phone conversation will tell you a lot about that photographer and if you would connect with them for your session. Have a couple of questions ready before you meet so you can put your mind at ease while talking.
Location. Make sure you know where the photographer does their sessions. If you have a specific place you'd like to have your session done, ask if it's possible. Most Boudoir Photographers have a studio or a favorite hotel they shoot out of, or maybe they're willing to come to your home. Bottom line is, make sure you're comfortable with the setting of your session. If the photographer has a studio you may be able to schedule a tour before you book so you know what to expect on the day of your session.
Style. This is a very important part of the process. Make sure you look at samples of their past work. Does their style of photography fit with what you want in your photos? Every photographer has their own approach to taking your picture, and if their style doesn’t fit with what you’re looking for, you probably won’t get the photos you’re hoping for either.
Finding the right photographer for you should be about getting what you want out of your session. Keep an open mind and be ready to do just a little bit of research, and you will easily find someone you will be excited to work with.