Boudoir has certainly been on the up the past few years. You may even be wondering how it became so popular, so suddenly. Well, I’m here to help break down what boudoir is, where it came from, and why you should consider booking a session. But most importantly I’ll be exploring how to choose the best boudoir photographer for you!
“Boudoir,” is actually a French term to describe a lady’s private room. In France, it was normal for most aristocratic women in the 1800-1900s to have a room to spend time and entertain intimate guests. Photographers started photographing women in their boudoir and voila, Boudoir Photography was born. This kind of photography gradually gained popularity around the same time photography started to become more accessible around the 1920s. Surprisingly, most of the early professional photographers never shot nude portraits. The first nude portraiture was a groundbreaking movement in the eyes of classical photography. Although nudity and intimate portraiture were first seen as risqué, boudoir photography was some of the first fine art photography of its time. Boudoir photography soon became an empowering way for women of all shapes, sizes and races to embrace their sensuality.
In short, boudoir is a beautiful way for women (and men!) to embrace their sensuality, empower their feminine (or masculine!) side and create lasting fine art in the process. But it begs the question, how do you find the best boudoir photographer for you?
You have to know who you’re going to be spending such a vulnerable and intimate experience with. So do some digging. If you think you’ve found the perfect match, ask around and see what people have to say. There might be testimonials out here, too!
Sometimes it’s worth travelling a bit for the perfect photographer. If you’re willing to pay extra, they might even come to you. But if you’re tight on cash, you might want to consider someone local. If they’re not too far away, ask them if they’re willing to travel or if they’ll be in your town anytime soon; they might be willing to cut you a deal if they’re already in the area.
Know Your Budget
Quality isn’t cheap. If you’re tight on cash, you might want to start saving your cash for the best person out there. Or, ask if your dream photographer is willing to do a mini shoot! Mini shoots are shorter but easier on your wallet. Alternatively, research photographers closer to your price range.
Really Find Your Style
Before you hire someone, be sure you’ve looked at their body of work. Different strokes for different strokes, right? Even some of the most expensive photographers may not suit you. So explore their work thoroughly. Be sure to know their style and decide whether it suits you.
Make Sure You’re Comfortable With Them
You’re not going to jive with everyone and that’s okay! Be sure to establish a rapport with your potential photographer. You will both be thankful for it. The more comfortable you are, the better the pictures will be!
So, consider doing research, location, style and comfort. And you’re golden! Give me a shout if you have any questions.