Is Boudoir Photography Safe? 5 Tips You Need To Know!
Boudoir photography is gaining in popularity each year. It's a great way to capture your beauty and sensuality before your wedding or anniversary.
But a question that often comes up is -- is boudoir photography safe? Is it right for me?
In this blog post I'm going to share with you five tips to make sure you're safe and comfortable before, during, and after your boudoir shoot. In addition, I will also address special considerations when working with a male photographer, such as myself (Tips #4 & #5).
So, without further adieu, here are my five best tips to keep you safe and make the most of your boudoir photo shoot!
1. Research The Photographer
Always go to a reputable photographer. Do your research and make sure they have a good reputation. Sure, it is easy to find a person with a "nice camera," but boudoir photography is different in that the photographer will be asking you to pose in various states of undress. Make sure you are comfortable with their work and the style they plan to capture.
It is also a good idea to check their website and Google reviews. A professional website shows they take their work seriously and have invested in their business. Great Google reviews show that other clients have been happy with the results of their shoots and also that the photographer is professional in their approach to the boudoir genre.
2. Make Sure You Feel Comfortable With The Photographer Before Your Shoot Date
Sessions usually occur in a studio, hotel room, or other secluded areas away from the general public. You are (generally) posing in minimal clothing, changing between outfits, and generally in a pretty vulnerable state. So, yes developing a sense of comfort with your photographer before your shoot date is important!
I'm a big proponent of doing pre-shoot consultations. In fact, I require it - preferably by Zoom or FaceTime. A pre-shoot consultation is a great way to get to know your photographer, discuss their process, and ask any questions you may have.
It's also an opportunity for the photographer to get to know you. They will be able to see what makes you feel comfortable (or uncomfortable) and they can help put you at ease. Additionally, If there are any red flags during the consultation, it will be the sign you need to find a photographer you are more comfortable with.
3. Expect Great Pre-Shoot Communication With The Photographer
How well a photographer preps you for your shoot date also shows a lot about their customer service and professionalism. A seasoned boudoir photographer will know how to communicate with their clients - even the nervous ones!
Good communication before the shoot date will help put your mind at ease. You'll know what to expect, what to bring, and how long the session will last. For example, my pre-shoot communication includes an extensive boudoir prep guide, an outfit guide, a questionnaire, and reminder emails. You also have your own personal web page that outlines everything related to your shoot including time, date, location, and related documents. From start to finish, I do my best to keep you informed and ready for a first-class photography experience.
4. Special Considerations When Working With a Male Photographer
No commentary on the safety of a boudoir photo shoot would be complete without addressing the elephant in the room - working with a male photographer.
Some women feel more comfortable with a female photographer, and that is totally understandable. If you do not feel safe or comfortable working with a male photographer, there are plenty of great photographers out there that will fit your needs.
That said, many women have worked successfully with male photographers. Just be sure to communicate any concerns or boundaries upfront in all pre-shoot communications. Speaking as a male photographer, there are a number of things I personally do to help a client feel comfortable and safe:
I. Foster a Non-Judgement Environment
It's important to me that clients feel safe and comfortable with their bodies. As a result, I strive to foster an environment of non-judgment amongst my clients.
I have worked with many women who have had all manner of body image issues in the past - from stretch marks and cellulite to rolls and scars. These are facts of life that we should all be comfortable with. I will never ask you to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable and always have a number of outfits and props to help you feel beautiful and sexy.
II. No Creepy Behavior
What's creepy behavior? Well, without going into too much detail, I will say this --you know it when you see it. I do my best to be respectful and professional at all times. To be clear, this means: no inappropriate touching, no unsolicited physical contact (e.g., hugs), and respecting personal boundaries when it comes to all aspects of your shoot.
III. Have a Designated Change Room
Another question you might have is whether or not you will have a designated change room. The answer is yes, you will. I provide a comfortable, private changing area for all my clients. This is also where you will store your belongings while we are shooting.
IV. Privacy and Confidentiality
Lastly, privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to me. The images from your shoot will never be shared without your explicit permission. Your privacy is respected.
5. Working With A Female Assistant Is An Option
If some of my clients are still wary about working with me as a male photographer, I'll suggest we use a female assistant at the shoot. A female assistant can help to put clients at ease and provide an extra level of comfort.
Another option is to bring a friend. While some boudoir photographers (both male and female) frown on this for fear of distraction, I've found good pre-shoot communication (there's that word again!) is the key to making things go smoothly.
Plus, bringing someone you know and trust can help you feel more comfortable as well!
Conclusion: Is Boudoir Photography Safe?
When considering a boudoir photographer, be sure to do your research. Look for photographers with positive reviews and who have extensive experience in the genre.
- Be comfortable with the photographer. Discuss any boundaries or concerns upfront in pre-shoot communications.
- Expect great pre-shoot communication. The more you communicate, the smoother the shoot will go!
- Special considerations should be taken when working with a male photographer.
With the right preparation, boudoir photography is a safe experience that women have been enjoying for years.
If you are still unsure about whether or not boudoir photography is for you, I encourage you to check out the following articles: What Boudoir Photography Really Is: A Guide for the Hesitant Bride, and 4 Tips For Hiring A Boudoir Photographer + What To Avoid!
I'm a photographer based in Orlando, Florida that focuses on elegant and tasteful boudoir photography. My goal is for every client to walk away from our session feeling more confident than when she arrived. What's it like to work with me? Click here to find out!
- Patrick Michael