It’s so important that if you’re getting into boudoir photography you develop the skillset to help women feel confident and relaxed in front of your camera when they do boudoir photography. Booking a session is only one small step, but actually being confident enough to photography classy boudoir images in front of the camera is another story.
1. Give them lots of tips, ideas, suggestions, and links to stores where they can get ideas of what to wear and how to dress for their boudoir session. How much they want to ‘show’ is up to them, but classy boudoir can be done without showing much at all! All this help and guidance prior to their session will help them feel confident in their outfit choices.
2. Encourage them during their photoshoot and compliment them. It doesn’t matter what size any woman is, every woman has a feature that’s gorgeous. Some women have gorgeous facial structure, legs, eyes, or great pouty lips. Find what that feature is and compliment them on it throughout the session. Those compliments will lighten the mood, help them feel more confident and trust that you’ll be able to capture them in a beautiful classy way.
3. Have fun! Boudoir doesn’t have to be serious and your clients will trust your ability to pose them and work with them if you’re having fun too. Laugh, tell stories, and get to know them and your clients will feel like you are truly there for them.
4. Bring some wine! I always bring wine, champagne or (the non-alcoholic sparkling cider) to make the day more fun. I bring chocolates to break that fast they’ve been having the last couple weeks to look good for their photos. These feel good foods, and fun glasses for the drinks add to the atmosphere and help your client relax (literally and figuratively).
5. Understand why your clients want to do these photos in the first place. Are they creating an album for the groom on their wedding day, celebrating a weight loss goal, rewarding themselves for some other achievement? Most women have motivation behind wanting to do a boudoir shoot. If you understand and ask them about it you’ll be able to help them create better, more personal photos that they’ll cherish!
If you’d like help with boudoir photography there is a >Boudoir Posing Guide< in the shop!