new to Boudoir photography, but have had some clients already requesting it?
Here are some general guidelines that we have learned along the way, some are
just decent etiquette.
Prior to the shoot, let your client decide: how far they want to go, what they want to wear, what makes them feel more comfortable, and collaborate with them on the type of shoot that they want.
Look for creativity, in yourself and in your clients. Maybe one of their hobbies could carry over into their shoot in addition to basic lingerie. Maybe they love to travel and you could use a travel book or spyglass in the shoot (not that a spyglass is easy to come by).
Prior to the shoot, you will want to remind the client to bring any props that would make the shoot stand out and the client more comfortable, but, it’s best if you can have it handy because forgetting these items might cause undue stress.
Be sure to bring out their positive assets during the shoot. Yes, pun intended. Poses absolutely matter here because, if you’re working with bodies that are not thin, model bodies, it’s your job to make your client look good in these pictures so you want to find some stellar poses after meeting with the client. No pressure though, right? 😉
Once you’ve completed the shoot and you begin editing in Photoshop, remove ONLY what the client has asked you to (stretch marks, cellulite, etc.) because they might want to keep the little constellation of moles on their back since that’s part of what makes them unique (I have the little dipper on my arm and I kinda like it).
The other piece of editing is Lightroom where you can feel free to turn all of those pictures into black and white, which might be what the client is looking for, however, when you present these photos to the client for selection of downloads, include some with a color pop or with very bright colors to bring out their eyes, for instance. You might be able to show them something that they didn’t have in mind previously and, at the very least, something for your website collection.