The job description of a boudoir photographer is extensive:
Involves trust, expertise, precision, knowledge of posing, an appreciation for beauty, prop control, and knowing how to showcase the true essence of every woman who walks into their studio. Phew!
In a nutshell: Professional boudoir photographers are boudoir specialists. Connoisseurs in all things intimate photography, essentially live, breathe, and eat their craft. This searing passion and ultimately – respect – for the art form translates into the finished photographs with a certain “je ne sais quoi” flair.
But really, we do ‘sais quoi.’ In fact, we know why well enough to list our every reason for hiring a professional boudoir photographer below!
The case for hiring a professional boudoir photographer
We can’t stress enough how important feeling at ease, safe, and respected is when it comes to boudoir. The likelihood is that you’ll be showing more skin than usual, stepping outside your comfort zone – and that calls for boundaries. Professional boudoir photographers are experts in boundaries. They’re also complete naturals at curating inviting and secure atmospheres where you feel listened to and are free to be your fabulous self.
A photographer specializing in boudoir has likely photographed hundreds, if not thousands, of women. They’re ready for anything, and really – nothing surprises them. They’ll be familiar with all body types, outfits, preferences, and anything else you can fit into a boudoir session. In other words, they take care of everything, so you don’t have to. Better still, since they do this daily, they’ll be cool as a cucumber.
Hire a first-timer, and they might just be as nervous as you are! Not exactly a recipe for success.
An astute director
Excuse us if we say that family or wedding photography posing doesn’t precisely align with the silhouettes seen in boudoir. This, we’d argue, is where translation between the pro and novice most visibly breaks down. While all falling under the same umbrella semantically, sultry, sexy, and seductive are a world apart when it comes to throwing shapes – any boudoir photographer worth their weight could tell you that. And, they’d also be adept at recognizing the subtle, nuanced differences between each, gently guiding you into each new pose with ease and accuracy.
As well, if you’ve ever taken a selfie or timed photo of yourself, you’ll know that 3 inches of movement can either deduct or add 10lbs while also completely changing how you look.
Location, props, etc.
When you step into a dedicated boudoir space whether a studio or a boutique hotel room, you step into the boudoir universe. Here, a photographer by craft has a perfectly curated location for boudoir alone. Therewithin is everything you need for a luxury photoshoot. An immersive and stimulating atmosphere permeates these safe havens, ensuring you’re in the mood to be boldly you!
You get the most out of your boudoir session when you go professional. Boudoir is a creative craft that’s mastered over years of hard work, learning, and real-world experience. And that’s why boudoir professionals know best!
About Couture Boudoir
Critsey Rowe, Couture Boudoir’s photographer, is an experienced, internationally published, and respected boudoir photographer who has dedicated her career to helping women feel comfortable and beautiful. With the help of female-only assistants and stylists, Critsey celebrates the uniqueness and intimate beauty of every client and takes truly flattering, tasteful, and gorgeous boudoir photographs.