So, boudoir photography is your niche, and your clients are happy with the photos you produce. Awesome! However lets take a few steps back from the end product and start closer at the beginning. Congratulations, you have booked your client! Whether it's their first or fifth boudoir shoot, your goal is to ensure they have a fabulous experience during their session, which will then lead to stunning photos and a pleased client from start to finish!
1.) First things first, create an email template you can use to send your clients once they have booked. It should include a short paragraph thanking them for booking, a little blurb about you, and how excited you are for their session. It should also include a rundown about what to expect (tips 2-5 are all great ideas to include)! This will ease their mind, because let's be real, as empowering and beautiful as boudoir photos are, women can feel a little anxious before hand.
2.) In the template you create, include questions to spark ideas on what to bring, also include a list of items you would suggest. Questions could include:
- Do you have any interests or hobbies?
- Do you have a favorite sports team?
- What is your favorite color?
- How do you envision being photographed? (ex. sexy, mysterious, natural)
A pre made list could include:
- Two to three changes of clothes
- Shoes (Heels)
- Bring something significant to you (maybe something your significant other has given you, or an award you have earned.)
- Clear deodorant
3.) Location, location, location! This is super important for both you and your client. Just like any other type of photo shoot, you want to be professional and have a safe and reputable environment. It's not ideal to go to your clients house or for them to come to yours. Think outside of the box! Renting a nice hotel room is an option, however it can be expensive as well as a little awkward (checking into a room for a few hours, people in one way, and out all dressed up)! Having a studio is brilliant, but again expensive. Luckily, there are studios that actually rent out space to other photographers. Studio Adorn is a perfect example. It is a boutique studio that is totally stocked with furniture, backdrops, lots of big gorgeous windows (natural light), and beautiful wood floors. It rents hourly (2 hour min) and also offers memberships! Location problem solved!
4.) Suggest that your client brings a friend or two! We all know girls love their friends, and a boudoir session is meant to be fun and exciting. What better way to achieve this than your client having their best girlfriend(s) by her side! It's the perfect excuse for some girl time!
5.) Girls love to be pampered and celebrated! Give them an experience, the whole shebang! When they walk through the door great them with something to sip on and celebrate their confidence and beauty. Have a makeup artist and hair stylist as a part of your team to get them all done up and ready to go. Take time to talk chat a bit, and show them a portfolio before you get going.
Boudoir can be an empowering experience for women. It has the power to restore or bring out a woman's confidence in themselves.
I hope this helps in all your sessions to come, best of luck!