(Closed) Boudoir- Worth the cost or no?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@Snowy414:  There is a way you can get quality Boudoir pictures for free or much less than that depending on your comfort factor.  And no I am not a vendor and personally have nothing to do with how you can get a session for low or no cost. 

PM me for details.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I did a boudoir shoot for free because the photographer was just breaking into that portion of her portfolio, and I would highly recommend it.  I didn’t feel as self conscious as I thought I would, and I cannot wait to give it to Mr. Library for our one-year anniversary (since I’m making them into a book to be a paper gift!). 

With your pricing, I feel like $450 for all of that would be steep.  Could you find some place that would be cheaper?  Do you have any friends who are good at hair and makeup?  I looked at YouTube videos for my makeup and hair and did them myself!  You can definitely get a book made on Shutterfly for super cheap!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

the gal doing mine is charging 250 for at least an hour and a 5×7 book. 450 is pretty steep, to me. i’d shop around.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think the price you indicated sounds fairly reasonable, especially if hair and makeup is included. I assume you really liked the photographer’s portfolio? I don’t know how many pages are included in your 3×5 book, but maybe ask for a free upgrade on the size/pages… see if they would give you a 5×7 instead? That might make you feel better about the pricing. Also, depending on the area you live in, prices can sometimes be a but more inflated.

If it helps, I live in South Florida and I’m going to pay $750 for mine. It gives me hair, makeup and styling, 5-6 outfits, 90-120 minutes of shooting, they come to my home and build sets, a 40-page 8×10 album, all the rights to pictures, and a CD of everything.

The package originally came with a 20-page album, but I asked for more and they upgraded to 40 pages at no additional cost. You never know what they’re willing to throw in until you ask. 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

[EDIT]: SORRY I DOUBLE POSTED. I JUST ADDED THE LAST PARAGRAPH.

I think the price you indicated sounds fairly reasonable, especially if hair and makeup is included. I assume you really liked the photographer’s portfolio? I don’t know how many pages are included in your 3×5 book, but maybe ask for a free upgrade on the size/pages… see if they would give you a 5×7 instead? That might make you feel better about the pricing. Also, depending on the area you live in, prices can sometimes be a but more inflated.

If it helps, I live in South Florida and I’m going to pay $750 for mine. It gives me hair, makeup and styling, 5-6 outfits, 90-120 minutes of shooting, they come to my home and build sets, a 40-page 8×10 album, all the rights to pictures, and a CD of everything.

The package originally came with a 20-page album, but I asked for more and they upgraded to 40 pages at no additional cost. You never know what they’re willing to throw in until you ask. 🙂

I can give you some advice… I’ve just come from a meeting with the photographer and sylist about what to bring/wear. Just PM me.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Snowy414: That’s about how much I paid for mine and I am located in Maine. I looooved doing it and the pictures are great, but I do wish I had looked around some more to see if I could find a better deal. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think that sounds like a pretty average price, and you’re getting a lot included.  I know in my area, I’ve had a really hard time getting all that included in the price.  Most of the (good) photographers would charge at least $450 for the 1 hr session, but it would only include a couple of prints – if you wanted more, or the CD of the shoot, it would cost you at least $200 more.  I think it just depends on the area. 

I’m pretty picky about the style I wanted, so that may be part of it.  If you get a less experienced photographer, you can probably get more for your money. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Snowy414: I think it really depends on the area you live in. My area is probably that price you were quoted and higher.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think $450 is WAY reasonable actually.

 

I paid $300 for the photographers time (2 hours+). Plus $75 for hair/makeup.

I get a cd and I’m going to buy an album for $500. I know it sounds like a rip, but I really wanted a quality photographer and album. I really researched hard to make sure that I was getting my money’s worth. I’m not going to just get the cheapest deal but end up with just average looking pictures with less than fabulous album displaying it.

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