You may be an established wedding photographer thinking about dabbling in boudoir or an aspiring boudoir photographer, I have been there! I knew boudoir was for me since my early photography days and I knew that creating a boudoir business was for me. When you are just starting out, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many things to think about and not even knowing where to start can be stressful. Boudoir is rewarding not only for you the photographer but for the client as well. Being able to change their life with a session is my favorite part of being a boudoir photographer, I love being able to see my client's confidence shine through. If you are starting your business anytime soon - here are a few of my favorite tips.
Building A Portfolio
One of the most essential things when it comes to getting clients is having a portfolio. It's the way that your potential clients will be able to see your photography and editing style. It also will help them see themselves in those images and entice them to book that session with you. If you don't have a portfolio yet, that's okay! Enlist some friends and models to do some model sessions for you. Not only will this help you build a portfolio full of different poses and themes, but it will help you work out any issues with your sessions with them. It will also help you feel more comfortable the more sessions that you do.
Finding Your Style
The more you shoot, the more you will be able to work on your style. You may find that as the years go on, your style changes a little bit. That's okay! The more experience that you get under your belt and the more you learn, your style is bound to change. Your editing style may change. Embrace the changes and know that it is okay to evolve and change over time.
Set Yourself Apart
As you get more experience, you want to understand what sets you apart from other photographers. Whether that is you editing style, your photography style, your customer service, etc. You want to make sure you are capitalizing on what sets yourself apart. Treat your clients as well as you can and be sure to give the best customer service that you can, to each and every client.
Starting a boudoir business is hard work but absolutely worth it in the end. You will learn so much the more clients you take on and the more experience you get under your belt. Don't be afraid to get started!