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Jamie - you might be thinking of Kristie that did Morgan's wedding and Saraha's BD. She's in AZ but we know she travels!

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Hey Ashli! I would probably be interested in sharing a session with you :) Keep me updated with your plans, OK? It would be awesome to do this with someone I "kind of 'know'" from here wink.gif. I'm not on here as much as I used to be so please feel free to PM/Email me! I really want to do this for M. :)


Ack! Just saw you're doing this with Jeremy (a male photog.) - NO OFFENSE to his work (actually haven't seen ANY samples!!!) but I've discussed this with FI and I just don't think he would be comfortable with me using a male photographer... and honestly I'm not sure I would either. However if you decide to go with a female definitely keep me in the loop! I have an awesome pad that we could possibly use - and of course there are some amazingly swanky hotels around D-Town wink.gif hehe

Also, I can't remember her name but there was a photog. on these boards located in Arizona or NM I think (??...??) who I was really interested in! I was thinking of maybe taking a "girls weekend roadtrip" out there because I think it would be less suspicious. However, if I could find a good one in Dallas I'd totally be open!!!

I just bought a Playboy bunny outfit for Halloween that is ROCKIN'!!! Fi is totally flippin over it, and I got some ideas on the types of stuff he may be in to so I'm really excited to do this for him! :)
Yes - I will definitely keep everyone posted about a Dallas BD session! There are several ladies that would be interested!

That "bunny" outfit sounds awesome! I've been discretely asking FI about what kind of lingerie he thinks is sexy because he has specific taste and we dont shop for lingerie all that often :)

On a side note - I saw the DFW Meet-Up like the day after it happened sad.gif I was bummed because I would have totally joined for some margaritas! We have lots of new DFW brides so we should plan to get together sometime!

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Jamie - you might be thinking of Kristie that did Morgan's wedding and Saraha's BD. She's in AZ but we know she travels!
Yes! Thanks Erin - that is who I was thinking of. I just loved Sarah's BD pics!!

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Yes - I will definitely keep everyone posted about a Dallas BD session! There are several ladies that would be interested!

That "bunny" outfit sounds awesome! I've been discretely asking FI about what kind of lingerie he thinks is sexy because he has specific taste and we dont shop for lingerie all that often :)

On a side note - I saw the DFW Meet-Up like the day after it happened sad.gif I was bummed because I would have totally joined for some margaritas! We have lots of new DFW brides so we should plan to get together sometime!
Yeah, I found out Martin is pretty ga-ga over boy shorts wink.gif Plus there were a ton of costumes that he liked - that might be kinda fun wink.gif

I'm sorry you missed the meetup! Lisa, Rachelle & I had a great time together!

It would be fun to do another one - would love to meet ya :)

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I used Jeremy! He was great. Let me know if you want to see a few of my pictures.
I would love to see them! Did you post them on another thread?

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I would love to see them! Did you post them on another thread?
Yeah but I deleted the thread I think... send me a PM with your email and I will email you

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Boudoir Photographer

The most important thing when choosing a boudoir photographer is to make sure you use a female photographer for your boudoir bridal session if you think your fiance's reaction might be less than enthusiastic if he finds out another man saw you in your undies or less. The last thing you want to happen is to have your grand surprise backfire. Some men can get territorial about this. If you think he'd be OK with you sunbathing in the nude without him, then he might not really mind.

The next most important thing is to find someone who you really, really like their boudoir work.
  1. Ask to see examples if there are none on their wedding website. Not all wedding photographers will feel comfortable or know how to pose a woman to show off her curves in a soft and feminine way while keeping it classy and elegant. Some of my male wedding photographer friends say they don't do this kind of work because their wives would not like it. So, please don't automatically assume your wedding photographer can do your BD pics.
  2. Also, the post-processing of boudoir portraits is (or should be) quite different than an ordinary photo. Not all photographers are equal in their retouching and airbrushing skills.
The last thing to consider before you schedule that session is do they make you feel comfortable and do they give you good vibes. If something doesn't feel right when you talk to them, move on. They may be a total professional but they may not be right for you. Ask them if you can bring a friend along to your session. Your friend may not be allowed in the camera room with you but at least they will be in the studio when you're there.

I hope this helps. I do this kind of work and these are some of the things I tell my prospective clients when they call wanting more information. I don't care if you book with me or someone else, I just want you to please do your homework before you book with someone.

Norma
(trying to raise the boudoir photography bar)

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Edward Verosky wrote a great blog post about Photographer gender and Boudoir photography. I thought I would share the post here:

 

A new boudoir blog started by Will Tompkins is addressing many interesting and important issues about this popular form of photography. Recently, he posted about photographer gender and how it is often one of the first questions he faces from a new client. Once a client gets to know a little about him and how he works, any apprehension she may have had is greatly minimized or gone entirely. Of course, beautiful images are created and sheâ€s delighted! Iâ€m happy to say, I have the same experience with my clients.

 

Most of the best boudoir work Iâ€ve seen, by the way, has been done by male photographers. There are a few exceptions to my personal observations, of course. Jules Bianchi does some boudoir photography that I like very much. And there are certainly other female photographers in various parts of the country that do this type of photography well. But, on the whole, I tend to prefer what a skilled male photographer can accomplish with a boudoir session. Just being honest, here. It should go without saying, unfortunately, that being male, in no way guarantees anything. Regardless of gender, most boudoir work Iâ€ve seen is disappointingly boring, of poor quality, or just plain bad.

 

What is unfortunate, as I commented on Tompkins†blog, is that some female photographers will play on that initial apprehension about the photographerâ€s gender in their marketing. I wrote:

 

“Many female photographers play up the idea that their clients will be more comfortable with a woman as their boudoir photographer.â€

 

In a subsequent post, Tompkins responded:

 

“Iâ€ve seen those ads, too, and like a lot of ads, they say one thing and mean another. In this context, “more comfortable†is a marketing euphemism for “safer†that exploits fear—the fear that a male photographer is somehow, I donâ€t know, genetically incapable of treating a woman with dignity and respect while creating great boudoir images of her? Nonsense!â€

 

The good news is that these tactics donâ€t work on everyone. Most women (and their husbands/boyfriends) can identify professionalism and integrity when they see it — and they know mediocre boudoir shots from really good boudoir pictures. It takes a great deal of trust to work with a photographer of ANY gender, for ANY photography that can be thought of as meaningful. Boudoir, is one of those genres that require several skill sets:

 

RAPPORT. A photographer must be able to connect with and find common ground with his subject. A comfort level must exist.

SENSITIVITY: This goes along with rapport, but is essential in boudoir photography. A photographer must be aware of his subjectâ€s feelings, moods, and concerns.

PHOTO LIGHTING: So important! Lighting, natural or studio, is everything when it comes to boudoir. Itâ€s the way a photographer initially sculpts, enhances, and provides the image viewerâ€s eyes with those visual messages of “touch†and texture. There are no shortcuts to this. A photographer either knows how to use photographic lighting correctly and consistently, or heâ€s just hoping it works out.

POST PROCESSING: Yup. Photoshop. Iâ€ve seen really, really bad Photoshopping on boudoir images. Iâ€ve seen no Photoshopping on boudoir images. Both do a disservice to the client. But quality Photoshop work is a MUST for quality boudoir. Boudoir isnâ€t about recording the up-close reality of lines, blemishes, and less than smooth skin. Boudoir is about finished photographs that reflect how the client feels about herself, when sheâ€s feeling incredible. Itâ€s about how her guy sees her through HIS eyes when sheâ€s looking hot! Post processing the images is the other half of photography in boudoir. The pictureâ€s only half done when itâ€s initially taken.

PERSPECTIVE: When a photographer has an understanding about how women want to be photographed, itâ€s a great thing. This comes with years of experience and an ability to communicate on several levels with women. If the photographer has a male perspective to add to that, it can be an even greater thing. Many women want their pictures to reflect how they feel about themselves on a sexy and sensual level, but they also want to know their pictures will be the hottest thing their guys have ever seen. As a male photographer, I feel I can bring that extra perspective into the mix — I know exactly what a guy means when he says his girl looks hot.

 

So, donâ€t misunderstand. Iâ€m in no way arguing that a male photographer automatically makes a better boudoir photographer. But, I am responding to the occasional marketing ploy put forth by some female photographers that THEY are better for their clients because of their gender. I think a photographerâ€s gender is not nearly as important as how that photographer relates to women — and how skilled that photographer is at delivering excellent boudoir photography.

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