The Boudoir Sessions - FAQ - TRD Photography
Lets face it, choosing a boudoir photographer can be quite a challenge. First, just deciding to do a boudoir session can be a little nerve wracking. For a lot of ladies, maybe you've never done one before and just the idea of getting more intimate photos taken, either for yourself or your significant other, makes you step outside of your comfort zone a little bit. I've worked with a lot of women that have expressed just that to me over the years, so I definitely can understand where you're coming from.
Second, there's the idea of finding a boudoir photographer, someone that you can be comfortable with, that you can trust, and that is going to deliver some beautiful photos. To help you both get to know me and my work a little better, as well as just hopefully give you some advice to help make an informed decision I've put together a little FAQ for you that explains some of my practices, as well as answers some generic questions about boudoir work.
1. What is boudoir photography?
Some people have different takes on boudoir work. Yes, boudoir photography is meant to be more intimate type work, however different people have different views on what is intimate. For some, intimate may mean lingerie and a bedroom setting, but for others it may be a long shirt and an open field. There's no wrong answer for what makes you comfortable and what you feel is intimate.
2. Will my photos be posted?
A lot of people are super nervous because they want their images strictly for their significant other. My policy is I won't post anyone's photos that don't want them to be. My ultimate goal at any of my shoots is I want my client to be comfortable, and if your images are just for you, or for your significant other, then they WILL stay that way.
3. Choosing a boudoir photographer - male or female?
This is a big question out there and ultimately it does come down to what will make you comfortable. Lets face it, there are a lot of creeps out there and you can't be too careful. I am a male photographer and I've been shooting since 2009. I have many, many repeat clients and clients that state they will only shoot with me because of the way I work a shoot. But I do understand that some women just feel more comfortable with another female shooting them. Honestly, it's all about preference and the type of images/style that you'd like.
4. I want to book a shoot, now what?
So you've been looking over my portfolio's and you'd like more information about booking a session. First, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please let us know what type of session you are interested in. We will get back to you and tell you how you can make a deposit on your session. I personally do not discuss details on shoots until a deposit has been made. The reason being we get a lot of inquiries and some people will try to plan shoots out time and again but have no intention of ever following through. Our time is valuable so we only plan things out when a deposit is made. After the deposit is made, we will get with you on a date, discuss the style of your session, and then book your hair/makeup artist.
5. Can I do my own hair/makeup?
All of my boudoir session packages now have hair and makeup built into the rates. The reason for this is a boudoir session is more than just getting amazing pics. It's about relaxing, and enjoying the experience. I have several top notch hair/makeup artists that I work with on a regular basis that I will book for your session and that will make you feel like royalty. Hair and Makeup is such a vital part of professional photographs. If you have experience doing hair/makeup for photo sessions we can discuss it, otherwise I do use the people I know are going to deliver top notch results.
6. Wardrobe Assistance - what is it?
We get asked a lot of times whether or not we provide wardrobe for our shoots. We do not. Occasionally we might have something available to wear, but really for your session you provide your outfit. We are available for wardrobe assistance if you need it in regards to planning what kind of outfits would work best for the style/mood of boudoir session you would like to do. This is part of the planning stage and is provided, if needed, after the deposit is put down.
7. Something Came Up - what do I do?
Occasionally things do some up and you need to reschedule. We do require a 24 hour notice to reschedule your session. If something has come up and you rescheduled, you have 60 days to reschedule your shoot. If you no show a session, your deposit is no longer valid toward rescheduling. If you wish to book another session, a new deposit would be required.
8. Lifestyle Boudoir vs Glamour Boudoir
We will be making a more detailed blog about this in the future but a quick explanation. Lifestyle boudoir is a style that entails more minimally edited work. Blemishes, colors, some softened elements but it's not the typical model looking work that I've been known for. Glamour boudoir is more of boudoir sessions done and edited with more of the modeling type look that I've done over the years - airbrushed, eye popping, etc.
If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email us at email@example.com and we'll be glad to get back to you. We hope to work with you soon.