Choosing a photographer to photograph your boudoir session can be a really big deal. There are a lot of factors that come into play that I'll mention below like pricing, but the biggest one I think is how comfortable and safe they make you feel. Your photographer, whether it's for boudoir or family or your wedding, should ALWAYS make you feel comfortable and make it known that you and what you want matter. Photography is an investment in your memories; it gives you something tangible to look back on. It's important you hire a boudoir photographer who will capture the photos you want and help you feel amazing!
1. Determine your budget. Before you book a session, determine how much you're wanting to spend on it. This is important as your first step because you might find a photographer you adore, but are out of your price range. If you're wanting to have your hair and makeup professionally done, I would factor that into your budget as well. Some photographers will have a discount if you use a certain hair and makeup artist.
2. Know the vibe and style of session you want. Every photographer has a different style and brings something different to the table. Are you looking for more candid photos? Do you want more spicy photos? Do you want the session to be in home or at a studio? Determining the style you want will help you find a photographer that can easily give that to you. This would also be a good time to look up any poses you may like to try.
3. Ask to see a full gallery. Photographers only share their best work on social media. Ask your potential photographer if you can view a full gallery. This will give you an idea of what type of poses they normally do, how many outfit changes they allow, and what their photos look like in different lighting.
4. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You’re investing in a professional photographer to do a service for you, so don’t hesitate to ask questions about collections, products, and anything else that comes to mind. A pro will be used to these questions and will have answers ready for you.
5. Be clear on your rights. Understanding the rights around your photos is important, especially if you’re planning to print the images yourself or designing an album. Talk to your potential photographer about whether you will have printing rights or be able to post photos online. Most photographers offer a release that allows you to use the photos in any way for your own personal use. Also, ask them if they will be posting the photos online or using them for any marketing needs - make sure this is also included in your contract if you don't want them posting or using your photos.
6. Make sure they're a good fit. If possible, meet with your potential photographer before your session or at least do a phone call to make sure your personalities mesh! You don't want to choose someone who you won't work great with and then have an awkward or uncomfortable session. Your photographer should always be respectful of your body and choices. They should not try to pressure you into poses and they should always ask before touching or adjusting you.
When it comes to choosing a boudoir photographer, it’s important to get all your questions answered beforehand and to find someone whose style matches the vision for your session. The better the connection you have with your photographer, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the better your photos will turn out!
To view boudoir photos I've photographed, you can follow my Instagram page @chloehorvathphotogboudoir.
If you've booked a boudoir session and want to see tips for preparing for one, click here.