Post # 1
So I had a session over the weekend. I scheduled it based on a portfolio which was ‘shot in studio’ and nearby. Well the entire thing was on a white background. More of a modeling shoot that the ‘sexy, sultry, soft’ boudoir you normally think of. Not saying they didn’t get some great shots- just not what I was looking for I guess. (no bed, no ‘looking out the window’, etc)
I’m tempted to schedule at a different place and do a book with pictures from both. What do you ladies think? It looks like it’d be an extra $200-300 and I have a voucher from printer ink for a free photobook from one of the 15 websites that prints them. The only thing that makes me not want to is that it’d be like $600 total for pictures in my underwear
Post # 3
If you’re not completely happy with it, I would book another so you can at least get what you want.
Post # 4
If you’re absolutely not happy at all with your boudoir shots, then yeah, if you can afford it, book another session with someone else.
Just be very very VERY clear with the photographer on what you want from your boudoir session. If you want photos of you looking out the window or in a bathtub or sprawled across the bed, please let him know. A good photographer will ask you and discuss it with you.
Post # 5
@SockJunkie: I can swing the extra money. I guess I was just disappointed when I walk in and see no bed at all. Just a plain white backdrop and they’d slide in a chair for some of it or lay down a down comforter on top of a small trampoline. The photographer and makeup artist were great but just not what I was hoping for in terms of ‘boudoir’ I think I will closer to the wedding when my veil comes in maybe- that’d be a fun prop right?!
Post # 6
Definitely make sure you talk to the photographer beforehand the next time around to be sure you’re getting what you envision – I’m guessing for this one you just kinda went for it? Definitely worth it to discuss before (: And yeah, if you aren’t satisfied I agree with doing another shoot if you can afford to.
Post # 7
I’m actually paying $600 for one session with one photographer. . . I get two outfits, two makeup/hair applications, and my choice of a photo book or 10 loose prints with the option to purchase more a la carte. And to be honest, this is one of the cheapest I’ve found. Granted, the studio has a bed, couches, different back drops, etc. If you’re not happy with what you’ve gotten, I say go with another and use photos from both shoots.
Post # 8
@jpalm13: Have you seen the photos yet?
You’d be surprised what a few simple props can do for a photo session. We’ve made the studio look like a beach, a castle and a bedroom with some bungee cords and a few props.
It’s true. A picture is worth a thousand words….not all of those words are totally honest though. lol
If you have seen the pictures and aren’t happy with them, I wonder if your photographer would do a reshoot for free or a discounted price?
Just explain to him/her that while you love the photos, you would like more of “this” look on location. Most studio set ups can be done in a hotel room or a living room.
This is especially important if you really did like the team but just weren’t happy/satisfied with the results. Posing around in your underwear takes a lot of bravery and it’s important to have someone with whom you feel comfortable.
If s/he’s not willing, then by all means, move on but…if it were me, I’d have no problem doing a reshoot…especially if it wasn’t the photos that you hated but just the style of the shoot.
Post # 9
@MissCalifornia: Pretty much haha
@madteaparty: I found another place nearby that starts at $150 which I can definitely swing no problem. I emailed them for their pricing so hopefully they fit!
@SockJunkie: We went through some of them after the session. Its basically the difference between these two pics. First- what I expected. Second- more of what they’re like. Like I said, some of them are great and I’m excited for the gallery they’ll put up. They were just more like ‘fashion’ photos than the ‘boudoir’ I think of. If that makes sense?
Post # 10
Ah ha! Gotcha!
Yeah, book another session then. Those two are very different styles and if you don’t like them, you don’t like them.
I really hope it works out for you. I still stand by clearly stating to the new photographer what exactly it is you want and even particular shots that you really like (IE: he loves cowboy hats and I really want to incorporate that into the shots, I really want it to have an “in the bedroom” feel) so that it doesn’t happen again.
By no means, am I saying that it was your fault. But a lot of different people have different ideas of what boudoir shoots include, for some it’s the hotel room sort of shot like the first one and for some it’s more pin up (like this: http://www.allureboudoir.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/vanity-fair-pin-up.jpg).
When someone says boudoir, it could mean anything between a living room or a studio (or yes, even in a derelict warehouse in the middle of nowhere). I feel like the guy should have communicated what sort of style he was going for…but whatever, what’s done is done.
I hope you find the photos you’re looking for! Major kudos to you for having the ovarian fortitude to go through with a boudoir shoot! Twice!