Denver Boudoir – Cheap Boudoir Photography
OoooooOoOoo I’m sure I’m going to ruffle some feathers with that title. CHEAP!? WHAT?!
Hear me out.
Every time someone emails me with questions about a Denver boudoir session, they get a personal email back, as well as an informational email that outlines a TON of information, and answers most questions. This email also has pricing information. And I would say about half the time, I never hear back. I asked someone recently if they had any luck finding what they needed, and the response was “you’re too expensive.” I didn’t know whether to be flattered, or offended. So I asked her, what information did you find elsewhere that you decided to choose instead? She said that she was going to get the 2 hour session with unlimited outfits, and CD of unedited images for $50.
Nails on a chalkboard.
That’s what that was to me. At that point, I congratulated her on her upcoming wedding and wished her the best of luck, and we hung up. She wanted CHEAP BOUDOIR. There are so many things that I could say about this. There are so many posts about why photography costs what it does, so I will leave that to the financial experts. What I really want to focus on is the bottom line:
When you’re taking your clothes off in front of someone you don’t know, and putting yourself in a vulnerable position, is CHEAP really a word that you want to use to describe the experience?
There is so much that goes into this experience, believe me when I tell you that it’s not just about getting your picture taken. There is an enormous amount of preparation beforehand, on your part, and on my part. Will your cheap photographer be there to help you pick out lingerie that will flatter your figure, and talk you down when you’re nervous the night before?
I have “fixed” several boudoir sessions in the past few years. By fixed, I mean that my clients had a boudoir session done elsewhere, a “cheap” session, and hated it so much that they came to me to have some quality photos, and an amazing experience.
I believe that there are certain genres of photography that carry a higher responsibility than others. Yes, all photographers should be accountable for their quality of work, and their business ethics, but there are some photos that you will never, EVER get back. My top three: wedding, newborn and boudoir. For wedding and newborn – you never, ever get those days back. Newborn sessions usually take place when that new little life is less than 10 days old. Two weeks later, you’ve lost that newborn look, the snuggly cuddly smushy face. It’s gone, and you never get it back. Weddings are highly stressful and require a cool head, organization, and problem solving – and again, you never get that day back. When your dad hugs you a little longer as he’s giving you away to your groom, if your photographer misses that, it’s gone. Yes, you can stage it again – but it’s never really the same.
And finally, boudoir.
I could go on and on for hours about this, because it frustrates me SO much – but when you have a woman undress in front of you, she is vulnerable, and if you do a poor job or make her feel bad,
you are not only taking bad photos, but you are messing with her spirit and potentially her self worth.
You are reaffirming the thoughts that she probably already has in her head, negativity that she doesn’t need because she’s already telling herself mean things.
I refuse to lower my standards to the point where any woman walks out of my studio feeling bad about herself. Some photographers are okay with that, and some women are okay with that – and that’s okay, they aren’t my clients. I will stick to my standards and the WHY behind what I do.
One of the clients that came to me after a horrible experience elsewhere recently told me:
For some things, that might be okay. Cheap toilet paper might be uncomfortable, but it won’t hurt you. Generic cereal might soak up that milk a little faster, but you’re not going to lose your job over it.
Cheap boudoir can not only hurt your feelings or your privacy, but could leave you feeling bad about yourself from an experience that should make you feel amazing.
I’m not a great fit for everyone – I totally understand that. I absolutely love my clients, we usually become friends, and some people want the assembly line, in and out type of experience. Cool, that is absolutely your choice.
My clients come into their sessions nervous, and need someone to help them walk through this. My clients are looking for an experience, a reminder that they look amazing, even on those days when they’re not feeling so hot. My clients want more than just a few sexy or questionable photos – they want an overall experience that they can remember for years, and art that they are PROUD to share with their friends, or hang on their walls.
Don’t settle for cheap when it comes to something this personal and intimate.
I have written several articles on things to consider when looking at how to hire a boudoir photographer. You can read all of them by clicking here, to get an idea of how to make sure this person that you’d like to hire is legit, and will be an awesome fit for you!
And because every post is better with a photo, here’s a sneak peek from a recent session outdoors!
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