So you want to be a boudoir photographer? Boudoir photography can be lucrative and there is a demand for boudoir photographers however breaking into the market and actually earning a living from boudoir photography is tough.
This may sound like a sexist comment, and many people may think this is not true (in the days of equality and all that) but it is more difficult for a male to become a boudoir photographer than it is for a female. Many people aren’t going to like the sound of this fact but in the real world it is true, and it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.
Whilst you may have all the equipment you need for boudoir photography, you have a suitable studio for boudoir photography, and you have the technical knowhow and expertise for boudoir photography it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get clients.
Taking your clothes off in front of a stranger and posing semi naked for a photo requires a lot of trust, and you have to prove you are totally trustworthy if you want to be a boudoir photographer.
You have to be discreet, you have to maintain confidentiality and you have to prove to all models (and potential models) that the photos you take will remain private and have restricted access. You have to prove to all the models that you won’t retain copies of any of the photos (unless they give you express permission for your portfolio), submit them to any stock sites or post them online for the world to see.
Gaining trust and getting a reputation for being honest, reliable and discreet will take a long time, however if you persevere and do the right marketing you will get there. The key is to rush it and let it happen on its own.
his is frustrating, and whilst you will want to speed things up you are best to leave it alone as a simple slip can send you right back to square one again – and all that hard work will be lost.
I don’t care what anyone says, first impressions are important and they are exceptionally important for a boudoir photographer. When you meet a potential client/model for the first time you have to come across as just a normal type of guy. Remember, this person is going to be posing semi-nude and wearing some pretty intimate under wear in front of you so if you come across as creep, desperate, weird etc. you have no chance of winning the work. If you don’t set the right first impression you may as well give up on becoming a boudoir photographer because it isn’t going to happen.
So how do you win work as a boudoir photographer?
In order to earn a living as a boudoir photographer you need to demonstrate that you have done boudoir assignments before and show examples of your work. If a client/model thinks they are not the first and you have taken boudoir photos before you are likely to be safe to use. If you want to become a boudoir photographer you need to build up a portfolio.
To build up a boudoir photography portfolio you need to find some willing models. You may have some family members willing to help (although you may feel uncomfortable photographing family members in various states of undress and the may feel uncomfortable posing for you), or you may have some friends willing to pose for you.
Alternatively, you may know of some models looking to build up their own portfolio who may pose for you for free photos of them. If you don’t know of anyone who will pose for you the only way to build up a boudoir photography portfolio is to enrol on a boudoir photography course. Boudoir photography courses aren’t cheap, in fact they are very expensive for what they are but if it allows you to build up a boudoir photography portfolio of willing models that’s all that matters right?
If you want to be a boudoir photographer there is one thing you should never ever do and that is take photos of people without them knowing and without their express permission. For example the beach is full of ladies in skimpy outfits however this is not the place to build up your portfolio so don’t be tempted to go down the “free” route to building up a boudoir portfolio. Go on an organised boudoir photography course and do it the right way.
Other Boudoir photography links
If you found this article useful and are thirsty for even more boudoir photography tips and tricks the following links (all open in a new window) may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look and check them out.
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“Mobile boudoir photography services” The good thing about boudoir photography is you don’t need your own studio. In fact, there are times when being mobile has advantages in winning work, as explained in this article.
“Equipment for mobile boudoir photography” To be a successful mobile boudoir photographer you need the right tools of the trade, and all the essential bits and pieces are explored in this article.
“Props for boudoir photography” If you want to make a boudoir shot totally unique and personal using a prop or two is a great way to achieve this. Use the right prop and you will get awesome boudoir shots. This article is dedicated to boudoir photography props and provides some tips on what to use for boudoir shoots.
“Bridal boudoir photography” Boudoir photography services is something all wedding photographers and bridal photographers should offer. A shot or two of the bride in her bridal lingerie is a photo many happy couples want just as much as the more traditional wedding shots. If you don’t offer bridal boudoir photography services “why not?” Take a look at this for more details.
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