5 Tips For Hiring a Denver Boudoir Photographer

January 05, 2015

Denver boudoir photography seems to be a dime-a-dozen commodity this time of year since Valentine’s Day is coming up.  There are so many “deals” out there and photographers offering this service, how do you know who to choose?!

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Here are 5 tips to help you decide:

1.  YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

This is no joke!  If you buy a photo shoot coupon off of something like Groupon, it may seem like an amazing deal, but buyer beware.  Groupon only gives 50% of that price to the seller, that means they’re working for even LESS than the grossly discounted price.  Why would they give you the same experience as a full paying client?  Think about it…

2.  KNOW AND LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER!

You should be able to meet with your photographer in person prior to the shoot.  Boudoir/Glamour photography is extremely personal, so make sure you’re completely comfortable around this person. Any photo shoot should be an awesome experience!!

Also, make sure you love their photography!  A good photographer will know how to direct you and shoot you in the most flattering ways possible to accent your assets and minimize your “issues” (let’s be honest, we all have them).  Make sure to go through their portfolio and ask questions.

3.  SAFETY FIRST!

As I said, Boudoir/Glamour photography is extremely personal, so know exactly ALL of the details prior to booking.  Where is the location?   Is it reputable?  Is it in a safe area?  Who else will be there?  Are you allowed to bring a friend?  Is the photographer well established?  Make sure you are comfortable with all aspects of the shoot before you commit!

4.  KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING – READ THE CONTRACT!

Some questions to ask yourself or your photographer before you sign the contract:

  •   Is the retainer refundable should I change my mind or have to cancel?
  •   What is included with the price?
  •   What products/packages are available post shoot?
  •   What is your turn-around time?
  •   Is retouching included in the price?
  •   Will you be publishing or using my photos for advertisements?
  •   Will it be YOU shooting me, or someone else (such as an associate photographer)?
  •   Is hair & makeup services available and if so, for how much?

5.  BE PREPARED!

Most photographers do not provide wardrobe or hair & makeup.  Bring a suitcase with you to the shoot complete with several matching sets, or some that can be mixed and matched, shoes, accessories, and props.  Raid your friend’s closets and hit up the discount racks.  The photographer should be able to help you finalize based on what will look best on you and on camera.  Also, hire a hair & makeup artist – they will be able to get you camera ready, knowing what will photograph best.

Make sure you’re polished!  Make sure your nails are manicured and polished – if you color your hair, cover those roots – shave or get freshly waxed – slather yourself in lotion, head to toe!  Polished – head.to.toe.

I hope this has helped you prepare for shopping around for your Denver Boudoir Photographer, and I’m available to answer any questions via email or phone/text.  I love shooting women of all shapes and sizes and making them look and feel sexy in front of my camera.  Glamour sessions are one of my favorites and I’m thrilled to be able to offer this to my clients.

We offering GLAMOUR MINI SESSIONS on Saturday, January 31st – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Details are as follows:

  • $99  ($249 value) for 1 up to one hour – $149 ($349 value) for up to 2 hours
  • Professional posing and coaching
  • Turn-around time 3 days for proofs
  • Hair & makeup available for $100
  • Photo shoot on location (TBD – typically at a high-end or boutique hotel in the Downtown Denver area)
  • Password protected online viewing gallery for 14 days

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for Denver Boudoir Photographers

WHY ARE THE SESSIONS DISCOUNTED?

The sessions are discounted from the A La Carte price because we are able to block the entire day out and dedicate the location to this one type of shoot, thereby saving you a location fee, etc.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND?

Absolutely!  We just ask that you do not bring a boyfriend or significant other because they tend to get in the way.

IS THE RETAINER REFUNDABLE?

Unfortunately no – these sessions are extremely limited on space, so we have to make sure you’re as serious and committed as we are.  It takes a lot of logistical planning to perfect a shoot day like this.

DO YOU SHOW MY PHOTOS TO THE PUBLIC?

ONLY with your written permission (and only after your honey has seen them first (if it’s a gift))!

WILL YOU RETOUCH THE PHOTOS?

Absolutely.  We want you to look like you feel in the photos, and better…

IF I DON’T LIKE THE LOCATION, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

You can hire us for a private shoot in the privacy of your own home, a friend’s house, or location of your choosing, but it will be at the regular price of $249/$349.

DO I HAVE TO GET NUDE?

No way – we never pressure anyone into doing anything they’re not completely comfortable with!

WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE?

We offer prints in a wide range of sizes of course, along with wall portrait sizes, canvas, metal, acrylic prints, albums, and the digital negative files.  Our most popular product is the Little Black Book which is 10 5x7s in a sexy little black book for $199.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR BOOKING?

I have a standard contract and will need the shoot paid for in full at the time of booking.  This will guarantee your spot!  I accept cash, check, or credit cards.  I will then send you some tips for preparing for the shoot, and posing suggestions to help you practice.  On the day of the shoot, I ask that you arrive at least 15 min prior to your shoot time to finalize paperwork and get into your first look.  After that, we’ll have a reveal session at the studio and then it will just depend on what types of products you want.

Ready to book?  Call or email us today to reserve your spot!  jewels@jewelsgray.com  720.771.2200

For more examples of our Glamour/Boudoir photography, CLICK HERE

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