Post # 1
A friend/acquaintance of mine is a photographer who mainly shoots family photos. She has done some weddings, but is trying to build her business. Her photos are nice from what I have seen.
Recently we got on the topic of photography and how she is trying to build her business. I mentioned to her that she should do a mini-boudoir photo session for Valentine’s Day to build her business. She liked the idea and then asked me if I would be her “model” to advertise this?
I have always wanted to do a glamour/beauty boudoir session but never had the nerve. I wouldn’t say I am in my best shape ever, and I recently donated most of my hair, so if I was paying for this I would wait until I was more confident (but I have been saying that for years).
She said we could do the photos in my bedroom on white sheets. I could wear whatever I want and am responsible for doing my own hair/makeup.
My concern is how these photos will be taken/portrayed since she has never done this before. I plan to ask for final image approval before anything is used on her website. I guess the price of her doing it for free is using my face (and hopefully not much more!) She wants to do these photos ASAP so she can advertise for Christmas gifts as well.
Would you do it? Any advice from others who have done photos like these or allowed their image to be used by a photographer?
Post # 3
@chirod: I did boudoir photos a few years (and plan to do another) and allowed the photographer to use my images to show potential clients. However, these photos were in a password protected gallery. I’d maybe discuss that with her, so your image is out there where everyone can see.
I do recommend getting the photos done though. Mine turned out amazing and I was really happy with them.
Post # 4
@chirod: I did this, almost EXACTLY, last year. My name is not associated with any of them that are “public”, and the public ones do not show anything. I have given her permission to use a few others when people inquire directly, but none of them are ones I would be embarrassed about. We had it very clearly laid out which ones were acceptable and which weren’t. It was fun, I’d totally do it again!
Post # 5
This one’s really your call. If I got boudoir photos done, I personally wouldn’t be comfortable with them being used in marketing/advertising, but that’s me. Are you okay with it, especially if you get final approval re: which photos she shares? If she’s you’re friend, I’m sure she’ll try to help make you comfortable with everything!
Post # 6
I did a boudoir shoot for my husband for a wedding present, but I would NEVER allow the photographer to use my photos that show my face.