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How To Prep Your Client for A Boudoir Shoot

By Hanssie on October 4th 2015

phelanBoudoir photography is a genre that involves a lot of attention to detail and a knowledge of body types, shapes, and movement. Obviously, when you have a semi-clad client in front of you, as a photographer, your confidence in lighting, posing, and angles have to be on point to make your client look their best. Add to that, most of us do not have clients that are naturally comfortable in front of a camera. There will be times that you do, and man, does that make our jobs easier, but a majority of the time, you’re going to need to know exactly what you’re doing and be able to direct a client confidently.

Before any type of shoot, it’s always a great idea to prep your clients. Remember, most of them are not used to being in front of a camera! For boudoir photographers (or someone looking to break into that genre), this is a very, very important step. In the following video from Photo Week 2015, Ewan Phelan who runs a very successful boudoir studio with his wife Brianna called Last Forty Percent, shares some of the tips he tells a client before a boudoir shoot. From sharing with them (and showing them) how to pose so he can create pronounced curves to what lingerie to wear, Ewan describes a multitude of instructions, very simply stated, that he shares with his clients.This 5-minute video is packed full of useful posing info – even if you are not a boudoir photographer.

If you want to add boudoir into your business, another clip from their Boudoir on the Edge with Brianna and Ewan Phelan course on CreativeLive tells you how to do just that. Perhaps you’re a wedding photographer or portrait photographer wanting to offer Boudoir for your clients. Brianna Phelan starts by saying that you have to treat it like a new business and start from the beginning. You cannot just throw it into the mix. This involves having a separate blog, website, and social media links as to not confuse your clients who might want to hire you for another genre of photography. The 4 minute clip below gives some good tips on how to seamlessly integrate your business

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Good Info!

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