There are a lot of decisions to make in life - choosing your boudoir photographer can be nerve wracking! With so many different styles and looks, I've put together some of the top things to consider when you're choosing who it is that will be photographing your beauty!
To get us started...
This is something to give some serious thought to for sure! Ask yourself - "How do I want my images to look and feel?" Pinterest is a great place to start once you've decided if you're looking for something more romantic, glamorous, boho? You will notice that you are drawn to a certain style of image! Are your favourite images more free looking or are they posed? Do you love close up details of lace or do you prefer beautiful portraits? Once you know what you love, it will make it that much easier to find the perfect photographer! Whoever you find - make sure you LOVE exactly what you see on their website, as it is what you'll be getting from your session!
Consistency is Queen.
Does their work have a consistent feel throughout...or is it all over the map! If its all over, this may be a red flag that the photographer doesn't have a clearly defined style or experience, and in a boudoir session - those two things are a MUST. You'll want your images to be sharp & in focus, and exposed for properly.
Keep it classic with your images and make sure you love what you see. When you look at their style, do you like how the images are finished? Would you like the way you looked in one of their finished images, or do they feel overdone? Ask yourself if the images will stand the test of time and will you look back on them in 10, 20 years and love them just the same?
This is a sensitive topic for some! An over retouched image can lead to some ridiculous beauty standards - you've seen it on magazine covers before! Good retouching should be simple - removing skin blemishes (bruises, pimples etc.) that aren't permanent and skin softening. I won't "take 10 pounds" off the images that get delivered to you in post work - I will pose you properly in a session to accentuate your curves and enhance your natural beauty!
When you're selecting your photographer - as yourself "Do I love how their finished images look?".
The Photographers Personality.
In life, as in photography, you meet people that you don't necessarily gel with - and thats okay! However, when it comes to boudoir, it is such an intimate experience - and you don't want to be photographed by someone if you don't feel like you could maybe grab a latte afterwards!
When you're perusing a potential photographers website, alongside making sure you love their work, its a great time to check out their "About" page - you may be able to learn a lot about them there and whether or not you'll make a great fit!
When you look at their work - and you think "WOW she is so gorgeous! Sexy!", do you feel "OMG that could be me!" If you can envision any of those things - then its likely they can help you to be the most dynamite version of yourself, and it will probably be an amazing fit!
It can be daunting to look through a portfolio and not feel as thought you can relate to the images you see, and wonder if they have ever photographed someone like you. If you find yourself wondering whether or not you're looking at models, or everyday women like you and me, then you can either ask to see some more images, or move along to another photographer.
Just make sure you love what you're seeing in a portfolio, and feel as though you can relate & envision yourself behind the lens of the photographer!
Now...I will say this - not all of my clients are comfortable with their images being shared, and so, if you're wondering about a shoot and would like to know more about my clients - just ask!
Lastly - you want someone who you've heard rave reviews about, not sour ones! I don't know about you, but I always check Google or Facebook for reviews, good & bad - both are important to read.