When people hear that I am a boudoir photographer the first question they always ask is, “Wow, how many shoots do you do a week?”.
People are always curious how much time I spend behind the camera shooting.
Truth be told, the time I spend shooting is probably the least time consuming part of my job. After all, I am not just a photographer, I am a business owner too…and just as much love and time goes into branding, and marketing, and running my business as shooting and editing the images.
Part of the time I spend on marketing and branding is spent working social media. I spend quite a bit of time on Facebook, and Twitter, and of course working on my Blog. This week, there seemed to be a recurring theme on Facebook that I noticed, that I would love to talk a little bit about.
“Cheap Boudoir Photos”.
Ouch. Even the sound of that hurts my ears. It’s like nails on a chalkboard. First of all, in my humble opinion – the words “Cheap” and “Boudoir Photos” should NEVER be used in the same sentence.
I mean, isn’t part of the reason you book a boudoir shoot to see yourself in a CLASSY, sexy, gorgeous way? It just cracks me up to think of one girl saying to another, “Girl, I found the cheapest boudoir photographer, she seriously is SO cheap”. Wouldn’t you rather your friend say to you “Girl, I found the BEST boudoir photographer, she is seriously amazing”.
After reading all the Facebook status updates offering super cheap photos, (*gasp*) FREE photos, and the “I will give you my first born child if you book a boudoir shoot with me” specials….this little story came to mind:
A new hair salon opened up for business right across the street from the old established hair cutter’s place.They put up a big bold sign which read:
“WE GIVE SEVEN DOLLAR HAIRCUTS!”
Not to be outdone, the old Master Barber put up his own sign:
“WE FIX SEVEN DOLLAR HAIRCUTS”
Now, don’t get me wrong. I DO realize everyone starts somewhere. I also had tactics when I first started to get customers in the door, and start some buzz. I am not knocking that AT ALL. I just thought this was a great opportunity to give some guidance to everyone out there that is looking for a boudoir photographer.
The message is to PLEASE be careful. It is important to go to someone you can trust. Someone who can provide you with an amazing experience, confidentiality, and safety. Someone who has the proper paperwork to protect you (ie model releases). A photographer who doesn’t pressure you to do things you are uncomfortable with. One who respects your privacy, and your boundaries.
How do you know if the photographer you found can provide you with all of the above. Here are some other things to consider (in addition to price!):
- How many clients has the photographer worked with?
- What does she do with the photos when he/she is done with your job?
- Who is editing the photos?
- Where are they doing the shoots?
- If you sign a model release and later change your mind, will they take the photos down?
- Are they geared for boudoir or do they mostly shoot something else?
- Have you googled them – read reviews about them – talked to anyone that has worked with them? Have you even MET them?
My husband always says, if it seems too good to be true – it usually is. I hate to admit it, but he is always right. We have already fixed our fair share of $7 haircuts, and we will continue to do so….but my hopes are that we were able to educate you to make a smarter, more education decision when booking a photographer, and in the end you will be happier with your experience.
Have a Sexy Day,