The boudoir photography market is growing, and with more and more people wanting to have boudoir shots of themselves for a variety of reasons there is the real potential to exploit the market and make some good money here.
Boudoir photography is strange in that there is a fine line between classy, sensual and erotic and trashy, sleazy and dirty and as a commercial boudoir photographer it is crucial you don’t cross the line in to the latter, otherwise your boudoir photography career is going to be short lived and over before it even starts.
When offering boudoir shoots and selling the types of boudoir images you are going to offer it is important you show the classy and sensual side of boudoir photography, and not the trashy and sleazy side. This is all well and good, but the problem is there are different opinions and tastes out there. What one person finds classy and sensual another person will find sleazy and trashy and it is important to recognise this and manage this to win the boudoir shoots.
When I talk to people about boudoir shoots I keep the sample photos very low key, you know the type you’d find in lingerie catalogues but with a few more (tasteful) props thrown in (such as feather boas, shoes/boots/footwear etc.) to make it look like a boudoir photo. When selling boudoir shoots it is important not to offend anyone and use ‘safe’ sample photos. Using these low key photos also demonstrates you are an artist and not some creepy guy eager to look at naked women. Some people want the, let’s say, more risqué boudoir photos so when I am talking to potential clients I mention that whilst my sample portfolio is on the safe side I will do whatever the client wants.
In my experience people see black and white boudoir photos as more classy and sensual than colour photos, and I actually tested this out when I first started out in boudoir photography. In my test I took a photo of two different ladies, each wearing the same lingerie and each posing in the same way. I converted one image to black and white, and left the other in colour. When I presented the images to various people and asked their opinion almost everyone said the black and white image was classy, but no one found it offensive or too much. The colour photo got different reactions in that some people said it looked classy (although not many), most were indifferent to it, and a small number found it creepy and too much, a reaction I was not expecting and one I definitely don’t want from potential clients. Consequently I don’t use colour boudoir shots in my photography portfolio however I do mention to potential clients that I do work in colour too.
I am sure you’ve had enough of the keeping boudoir photography classy stuff and want to get in to knowing how to take commercial boudoir shots with some tips and tricks right? Well here are some links to a few tutorials and articles you may find useful:-
“Can you capitalize on boudoir photography?” Boudoir is a growing market and there is a lot of work about, if you are willing to get out there and get it. This article looks at boudoir in general and poses the question “can you capitalize on it and make some money?”
“So you want to be a boudoir photographer” is an article that looks more closely in how to become a boudoir photographer and how to make money taking more boudoir shots.
“Boudoir photography lighting” is an article that focuses on lighting for boudoir photography. We all know that light is important in all types of photography, including boudoir, and it is essential you master it to get the best boudoir shots.
“Black and white boudoir shots” is an article focusing on black and white boudoir shots and how to get the best shots possible.
“How to capture awesome colour boudoir shots” is an article focusing on capturing full colour boudoir shots. I have to admit that I prefer black and white boudoir style shots, however there are times when you will be required to capture colour shots so it is crucial you know how to deal with this.
“Props for boudoir photography” is an article focusing on props for boudoir shots. Using the right prop can significantly improve a photo, whereas using the wrong prop can make a shot look tacky and naff. This article explores only the best photography props.
“Boudoir photography poses” One element you have to master to capture awesome boudoir shots is how to pose the model, and this article will help.
“Mobile boudoir photography services” is an article exploring mobile boudoir photography services, and goes to show you don’t need your own studio to take boudoir shots. In fact, many people prefer to have boudoir shots taken in the privacy of their own home, and you can use this to your advantage.
“Bridal boudoir photography” is an article focusing on boudoir photos of brides. This is a service all wedding photographers should offer.
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