So I guess you have decided to do a boudoir session. Yay!! This decision should be a fascinating journey for you. I have to admit that researching about choosing the best photographer can be daunting and scary, so I am here to help you. I want to look out for every woman who plans on doing a boudoir photography session because this is a huge investment that you do not want to regret.
Do you want a male or female photographer? Picture this. You will be alone with a stranger in your most vulnerable state. How comfortable will you be in front of that person? Now, not all male photographers are creeps! There are some in Singapore who are respectable and are great boudoir photographers. Meet them in person. Talk to them. Ask them what their approach to boudoir photography is. Why do they like boudoir photography. Find out if they will have a female assistant on the set during the session or if you are allowed to bring a friend along to your session. Trust your gut.
Personality: Can you connect with this photographer? Check out their social media pages, what kind of vibe do they give? Are they boring? Fun? What about the language and tone used in their blogs? This photographer has to be able to build a trusting relationship with you, so talk to them in person. It's the photographer's effort of reaching out to you and being easily reachable that tells you whether you will get a valuable experience out of your session. A session at The Pin-up Rebels is like going to a pyjama party where we open up ourselves, talk about anything and everything. We celebrate you for BEING YOU during your entire session in our safe, respectful and non-judgemental environment.
Contracts. Contracts. Contracts! I cannot emphasize how IMPORTANT this is. AVOID any photographer who does not have contracts. Contracts are for your safety and privacy. It reflects their level of professionalism. I am sure that you do not want images of you lurking in the dark interweb. It saddens me that there are many women out there who have done a boudoir photography session with other photographers (some are established photographers!) without signing any contracts.
Are you comfortable shooting in a studio? Shooting in a studio allows more flexibility with the studio's look and access to the studio's wardrobe. Some clients prefer to do the shoot in their own homes for they are more comfortable and familiar with their environment. The Pin-up Rebels are flexible with locations for we have experience doing boudoir sessions in the studio, in a hotel room setting, at a clients place and even outdoors.
Check out their portfolio on their website and their social media. Do you LOVE their work? Are you into the gritty, raunchy look? Or more romantic? Bright and airy? Dark and moody? If they can do a range of looks, be specific with the style you are looking for by sharing images that inspire you.
I firmly believe that you get what you pay for. I'll be honest; boudoir photography is a luxury experience. Some photographers charge cheap or free because they are building up their portfolio. So please pay what you are worth. Here are some questions to ask a photographer on their pricing:
What will you get out of the price? Will there be hair and makeup? How many images will you get? What about products like albums and wall art?
What is the price range that most clients spend?
How long is each session? At The Pin-up Rebels, each session lasts an average of five hours. I know it sounds long but let me explain. Boudoir photography is a pampering experience. We spend the entire day making you feel valuable like a Goddess, serving you and making you feel important.
We. hate. rushing. our. clients. The world is always in a rush and we seem to be drowning in our anxieties. Time to relax and breathe. And we mean it.
How many outfit changes will there be? Will you have access to the studio wardrobe?
In my own experience, if I want the best chocolate, I would go to a chocolatier. Do you want a photographer who specialises in Boudoir photography or you are ok with a photographer who offers other genres? In my experience, most photographers who offer different genres rarely find the time to master boudoir photography. A lot of time has been invested by a specialist photographer to master different poses and lighting to flatter a variety of body types and facial expressions. It is completely different to achieve results, just like in a newborn or wedding photography. Please don't get me wrong, some respectable photographers are great with a mixture of genres and boudoir photography too. This is just something for you to consider.
How versatile are they? Do they advocate body positivity? Do they know and understand how to pose women of ALL shapes, size and ability? Check out their website and social media handles. The more versatile they are working with different body type, skin colour, personality, the more confident DO they shoot a variety of women. Choose a photographer who will make you feel valued, empowered and beautiful.
Check out how The Pin-up Rebels celebrate diversity and inclusion here!
Are there any testimonials in the photographer/studio's website? Or even any Google review ratings?
I am usually doubtful when it comes to reading testimonials without an image of the person who wrote it. Hence I am eternally grateful to the many women who took their time to write meaningful testimonials and have permitted us to use their image. Some have consented me to share their story because their experience is so empowering and personal that they want to inspire EVERY woman.
We are more than happy to let you talk to some of our ex-clients to understand and learn more about the experience that we offer. Or you may join our exclusive VIP Facebook group here to find out more! Otherwise, head over to our testimonial page!
7) Do they walk the walk?
Has the photographer done a boudoir photography session for herself/himself? (Yes there is such as thing as a boudoir session for men called Dudoir photography!)
A photographer who has been in your shoes shows that the photographer is genuine about understanding the emotion that goes through every client.
The first time I did a boudoir photography session for myself was with a photographer friend in her HDB room. I was unfortunate to have my period on that day! It was super awkward and nerve-wracking for it was her first time photographing someone who has no experience modelling AND I was feeling vulnerable in a corset. So I fully understand the emotions going through a person during the entire session.
Been there, done that. I got your back!
I hope that the above pointers have given you a better idea of how to choose a boudoir photographer. You will be investing most of your time in getting the best out of your experience, and you want to be happy with the outcome. Remember, it doesn't hurt to ask questions!
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