Boudoir photography can be very lucrative, and there is a lot of money to be made offering boudoir photography services, however it is not a photography service that all photographers can provide. When I say, not all photographers can provide boudoir photography services I don’t mean they don’t have the skill or know how to take boudoir shots, after all it is nothing more than a specific form of portrait photography, what I mean is they don’t have the personal attributes to be successful in boudoir photography.
If you want to make money with boudoir photography you have to be a certain type of person and have specific attributes. What are these attributes I hear you cry? What do you need to make it in boudoir photography?
In order to be a good boudoir photography you need:-
To be discreet
If there is one type of photography where you need total discretion at all times it is with boudoir photography. You need to remember that you will be taking intimate shots of models (both female and male) in various states of undress, acting out fetishes and fantasies, wearing erotic clothing and possibly in naughty fancy dress. You will be seeing things that no one else is going to see – other than the model’s other half of course, and you need to make sure you keep this ‘under your hat’. You also need to make sure that you never discuss any of your models or what happened during the boudoir shoot with any person. Discretion is key and if you cannot be discreet you will not make any money with boudoir photographer.
To be trustworthy
Trust is key in boudoir photography and if you are to win any boudoir shoots and make money it is essential you are trustworthy, and also seen to be trustworthy. If you do not win the trust of your potential models you will never get any work taking boudoir shots. Trust is key, and if you are not trustworthy you will not make any money with boudoir photography.
To be open minded
When taking boudoir shots the model is always right and you should do what they ask of you, and I mean only what you are asked to do. Boudoir photography can be a little racy and you may be asked to take some (what you consider) weird photos therefore you need to be open minded and non-judgemental. If you are easily offended or have strong morals you should not be offering boudoir photography services.
To have the ability to make people feel at ease
Taking your clothes off or dressing in something a little risqué to have your photo taken is a nerve wrecking experience for the model. In order to get the best photos the model will need to relax and behave as naturally as possible, and in order to do this you have to do whatever you can to make the model feel at ease. If you cannot make the models feel at ease you should not be offering boudoir photography services.
In order to be a boudoir photographer you need to be a people person able to get on with everyone. This is a skill you either have or you don’t, and this is not something you can learn. If you are not a people person boudoir photography is not for you and you will not make any serious money offering boudoir photography services. If you are a people person, you are more than halfway to being a successful boudoir photographer, and all you need to do is make sure you have are the other necessary skills and attributes.
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