When you are starting out as a boudoir photographer, those first couple of sessions are nerve racking! It's completely normal to be nervous. Don't let your nerves make you doubt yourself. You have the talent and soon enough, you will have the experience too. As you do more sessions, it will get easier and you will feel more comfortable. You will learn what works for you, what doesn't, and even come up with new ideas along the way. Here are a few easy tips to help you master your shoots!
When you are nervous, it can be easy to forget that you are in charge of the session. You are the expert here and providing a service. Plan out your poses before your client gets there so you know exactly what you want to do. Of course, if the client has any specific poses or outfits she wants to include that is totally fine. Having a plan will help keep you focused and will help you take charge of the session instead of the client taking charge.
Chances are, your client is going to be pretty nervous for her session too. Being nervous is completely normal. When my clients show up for their hair and makeup, I like to chat with them and get them talking. This will help her get more comfortable with you (and of course, champagne helps!) and by the time the hair and makeup is done, most of her nerves will be gone.
Relaxed to Risque
Look at your clients outfits before starting. Are some more cozy and casual? Are some pieces strappy and risque? Think about going from the more casual pieces to the more sexy ones. This will help your client get comfortable in front of the camera and they can lead up to the more sexy outfits and poses.
Most of my clients are nervous about the posing when they get to their session. They might think that because they are not a professional model they won't look sexy in front of the camera. I walk through every pose with my clients and model it for them so that there is nothing to worry about. It makes it easier for the client to see you do it and then do it for herself and it definitely puts their mind at ease!