Denver Boudoir – Cheap Boudoir Photography – 3 Things to Think About
Brooke’s note: Updated August 15, 2018
OoooooOoOoo I’m sure I’m going to ruffle some feathers with that title. CHEAP boudoir photography!? A Denver boudoir Groupon?! 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 was curious what exactly she was looking for 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.
This, my friends, is basically the sound of nails on a chalkboard 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 photography. She told me she had been looking for a Denver boudoir groupon, and had searched for cheap boudoir photography near me. 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?
Let’s get into the top 3 things to consider when thinking about Cheap Boudoir!
First of all, 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? This is not an experience to take lightly, not something to send to the lowest bidder. Someone asked me once “would you really want to go to a gynecologist that was the cheapest?” It made me laugh, but is so true. There are some experiences that require a higher touch, and a little more expertise, and boudoir is definitely one of them!
I recently wrote another article about this, after several boudoir photographers were experiencing security breaches and their clients’ photos were being shared online. This is a very real concern! While most of my clients are comfortable sharing their photos, some are not, even when they love them. Some of my clients are teachers, or law enforcement professionals. I have even worked with judges. Security is a huge concern, and is something you should always look at when choosing your boudoir photographer. Click here to read more about some details and things to ask!
Third, and something that a lot of people don’t think about – specialization. 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 image.
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. No woman needs that. Ever.
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. Some women want a quick session, only a few photos, in and out and done. That’s totally fine – there are plenty of options available to them. I choose to focus on clients that want an amazing experience, and want to walk away feeling confident and powerful. 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:
“When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” (Click here to tweet!)
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 I love being involved in their lives. The emails that I get months later when someone shares a piece of news with me make my day. We connect at a session, it is so much more than an assembly line.
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!
Ready to book your session!? I’m excited! Click here to contact me and get more information about booking your session with me!
If you’d like to have more information about what the heck is going on with sessions, parties and more, click here to grab my Denver boudoir photography guide – How to Look Amazing in Photos. AKA how NOT to have a Cheap Boudoir Photography session. It has tips and tricks to help you look amazing in photos – whether your clothes are on or off – and avoid having to untag yourself in a social media photo again. Or, just laugh with me at various shenanigans and get early access to events, model calls, and awesome goings-on. Either way, come join the list. We have cocktails.
I am so privileged to be a top Denver boudoir photography specialist! My clients’ privacy is a top priority for these intimate portraits. Any and all boudoir images that are posted have been shared by the subject with written permission. I am honored that my clients choose to share their images with the world, and talk about their experiences with those images.
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Well said :)
Nicole took the words right out of my mouth!
I think some women need this explained to them. Those women are me. (ha ha) When I was looking and you sent me your prices, I said “really?” But we emailed each other and you explained all the whys and the whats and I was able to understand that indeed, I did not want to go to WallyWorld and print out half naked photos of myself. I invested a lot into those photos, and I have the proof that they’re worth it. I look at those probably once a week and think, “holy damn, these are amazing.”
You get what you pay for. You should never be afraid to buy the best, you won’t be disappointed.
Awesome post, Brooke.
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You truly do get what you pay for, especially with a personal service!
“When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” The reality of cheap #boudoir photography from @brookesphoto http://t.co/tXLm9ChdC6 Is cheap best?
You get what you pay for. I don’t think your prices are prohibitively expensive AND you made my experience one of the biggest positives of my life. I would question why someone would want Boudoir photos taken if they weren’t willing to invest in the experience and themselves.
damn straight! #thankyou “When you pay cheap, you look cheap” The reality of cheap #boudoir photography @brookesphoto http://t.co/Ff1vkB3IGG
@emotionportrait @brookesphoto what a GREAT GREAT blog post! #applause
and there is a reason why I went with you!!!
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This is fantastic and I am totally going to link to this article!!
Fabulous post. You summed up what I have tried telling potential clients in such a forthright way.
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“When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” The reality of cheap #boudoir photography from @brookesphoto http://t.co/RAXXQr8NoX Is cheap best?
Well said and OH so true! I honestly couldn’t have said it better myself (I know because I’ve tried). I’m just gonna refer people to this post from now on… :)
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I am not a boudoir photographer but I completely agree with you 100% about not cheaping out on boudoir because your photos will look cheap and trashy. I have seen some amazing boudoir photography and sadly I have also seen some horrible boudoir photos. And I completely agree that one should never cheap out on newborn or wedding photography either. Don’t sell yourself short, especially when they are photos of you, ya know?
Well said! I get this all of the time with potential newborn clients. I need to put something together like you have here. It is beautifully said!
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Couldn’t agree with you more! If only all women realised this!
Preach it Brooke! I LOVE your article!
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I wanted to bump this up and clarify… I do not do CHEAP boudoir. It seems that several people are seeing the title without actually reading the post. :)
Wise words – “When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” The reality of cheap #boudoir #photography @brookesphoto http://t.co/nd0GvafPYH
May I please link to this on my blog, you really hit the nail on the head and I don’t think I could say it any better.
Really love this Brooke! It’s awesome. Shareshareshare!
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[…] Several weeks ago, I did a podcast about hiring a photographer. From that podcast I received several people saying that they agree with me or disagree with my point of view! Which is fine, I take the good with the bad and don’t have a problem with it whatsoever. I know I can’t please all of the people all of the time. I recently read a blog post by Brooke Summer, a fellow Boudoir Photographer based out of Denver Colorado. You can read the entire blog post here. […]
Very well said!
“When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” The reality of cheap #boudoir photography from @brookesphoto http://t.co/M2gSPIULbu Is cheap best?
“When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” The reality of cheap #boudoir photography from @brookesphoto http://t.co/PJFDLM64sf Is cheap best?
Love this Brooke! Thanks for posting. This is true with so many things. Do your research and get the absolute best your money can buy.
Wow, thank you for writing this so beautifully. Its so true, I always feel its more about the experience and making the ladies feel beautiful and sexy than anything else!
[…] Brooke Summer recently wrote a post about “Cheap Boudoir” and what it really means. “When you’re taking your clothes off in front of someone you don’t know, is CHEAP really a word that you want to use to describe the experience?” Kind of a scary thought, no? This post has been shared all over the world, and struck a chord with photographers and clients alike! […]
So as some of you may know I do shoot boudior (in fact is is on my top favorites sessions to shoot), although I… http://t.co/CFXVOYtilq
“When you pay cheap, you look cheap.” The reality of cheap #boudoir photography from @brookesphoto http://t.co/Zomn956fKS Is cheap best?
This post is from August, but photogs are still giving their opinions. What do you think? http://t.co/rU8NuvKnIy
You absolutely get what you pay for! I learned that with my first boudoir session! Cheap looks cheap
There are a lot of things you can go cheap on… anything that requires that level of intimacy won’t go to the lowest bidder for me. ;)
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I could not agree more.
A quality product for this level of intimacy is vital!