I hear time and time again that photographers feel like they have to have a huge studio space to be able to offer boudoir sessions. It’s something that I have been able to prove to myself over and over again, and it’s just not true! I’ve had the opportunity of shooting in a studio and even shooting in hotel rooms and sometimes, you just don’t have a lot of room to work with. Don’t be discouraged. If you have a small space to work with, that is okay! Your client’s session will come out just as beautiful if it was in a big glamorous studio.
Don’t Get Discouraged
Don’t let this myth discourage you. You don’t need to have a big studio space with all the backdrops and props. Not only do you not want to invest in something that may be over your budget if you are just starting out but I find that as a photographer, being able to shoot a beautiful session in difficult spaces is great for challenging your creativity. Sometimes, small spaces will change you a bit and I believe that makes you a better photographer. It’s important to be able to work with what you have, and sometimes you just have a small space.
Whether you have your own studio or you are booking sessions in local hotels, don’t let the space overwhelm you. If you are working with hotels, arrive to the room a bit early so you can plan out a few of the poses. If you have your own studio, it’s a good idea to keep in mind what poses you think will work best with your client’s interests in mind.
Less Is More
Sometimes, overcomplicating things can get you in trouble. It will overwhelm you and cause you to stress. I like to keep in mind that less is more. You can turn a simple hotel room into a dreamy session. From using the white sheet to different props in the room, like the window or a chair to make the session into more than you can imagine.
The key to the success is not having the studio, it’s you! You are a skilled photographer and you don’t need a huge space to show that off. If you are new to boudoir, just keep practicing. Whether you want to do a few model sessions first or have sessions for your friends, practice different poses in different areas of your studio. It will give you an idea of what looks the best in photos.
Remember, boudoir is not all about having a huge studio. It’s about capturing your client’s beauty, just the way they are. If you have a small space to work with, use that to your advantage and see how you can get creative to make that session perfect for your client. If you are looking for more help with your boudoir offerings, feel free to check out my Boudie Akademie.