Post # 1
Package 1 – $150
In regular studio – no props or bed – Two hours of shooting with unlimited outfit changes, 10 web ready retouched images, and all the images on a CD at the end of the shoot. I would need to print my own album (not sure where yet!)
Package 2 – $299
In photographers special boudoir studio set up complete with bed, chairs, black painted framed mirrors – 45 min shoot – 1 outfit – 4×6 or 5×5 album with 10 retouched pictures. No cd.
Package 3 – $499
Same photographer as package 2. Same studio. 60 min shoot – 1 or 2 outfits – 4×6 or 5×5 album with 20 retouched pictures. Cd with 20-30 retouched low resolution images to print 4×6 pictures.
*** for all three I would be providing my own wardrobe/hair/make up ***
I didn’t really set a budget for this. And I’m debating whether or not it’s worth it to have the extra pictures on a cd. Or whether I should get all the photos and make my own album like package 1?
Would I really print any of these out after the fact? What have you ladies done with your picture cd? Have you gone and printed extras afterwords? Or was the black book enough for your now husband?
– thoughts ? –
Post # 3
i’d go for the first one because you want 2 outfits to have some variety in the pics and can get a book done through adorama or mixbook or something!
mine was $250 and i get high res pictures, an edited little black book and was able to do 3 outfits in about a 2 hour timeframe.
Post # 4
I didn’t get the cd. Out of the 170+ pictures I ended up only wanting about 45. From there I narrowed it down to 25. I’ll have 23 of them in a 6×6 album and 2 as 5×7’s. I really took time to think about it and I’m comfortable with that. These were the pictures that I absolutely had to have, the others would have been nice to have but I am ok with not having them.
I had a 1.5 hour photo shoot in the studio with their props & 2 outfit changes. All together it’s $400-500. That’s a whole lot of money for me to spend but this is something I’ve wanted to do for myself for a long time and it’s something I know FH will love.
ETA: I chose to get their album because of the type of pages they used. It’s the really thick, almost cardboard pages and I simply prefered that look.
Post # 5
Save the money for something more awesome! Either for your honeymoon or something you might want to buy after your wedding that maybe you didn’t get from your registry. Do the boudoir as a one year anni gift!
Post # 6
I would agree with elliestan to keep looking. My shoot was 1.5 hours, 6 outfits, CD with rights and a 25-page professional photo book … for $225. I did my photo shoot in my home but the photog brought along backdrops, props, blankets/throws, etc. I was able to use my own bed and window, but also the items she brought.
Post # 7
You definitely want more than one outfit and you want a bed. One hour is plenty of time. If you make a 10 page album, you need around 20 photos, so I think the 20-30 is best. If you’re going to do it, do it! $499 seems reasonable since it includes an album. I paid just about exactly the same in San Diego although I upgraded to an 8×8 album. 5×5 is really small. Maybe you can negotiate that in for the same price?
I did 1 hour, 4 outfits, got about 60 pics, chose 20 for editing for the album. At least half the shots I ended up using were on the bed in some pose or another.
Post # 8
I think you’ll definately want more than 1 outfit, but option #1 isn’t great without props. For CA, the $400 option is probably a good deal!
Post # 9
I’d keep looking, you will want at least 2-3 outfits. Also, the first option sounds like a plain studio which sounds boring for this type of shoot. And last, the images seem to be WEB READY which are not high enough resolution to print.
Post # 10
#1 hands down. Two hours and unlimited outfits?! Do it! Are you able to bring your own props? I disagree that you need a bed, you can just use a blanket or something. I did my shoot outdoors, no bed, no blanket, and they were awesome 😉 I did bring my own props though (a veil, apron, cupcakes), and a suitcase of clothes and shoes. I think I ended up with 6 or 7 outfits.
Post # 11
@bakerella: If you are looking to do glamour or pinup shots fine, but this defeats the purpose of boudoir, which means “in the bedroom”
Post # 12
@USER876: Regardless of where they’re shot, I think the point is that they’re sexy no? I wouldn’t call my boudoir shots glamour or pin up really. I’m pretty sure the OP isn’t going to get hung up on a technicality about the true meaning of the name.
Post # 13
If you can bring your own props – do Option #1….
I just made an album (family photos – not boudoir) with Blurb and it came out amazingly – I used photos from the early 1900’s and they turned out SO WELL. One hint with Blurb – make sure the album is listed as private or else complete strangers will be able to view and purchase it!
Post # 14
use this money for something more awesome. sooo not worth it and not all guys like this sort of thing… if you know he does, do it for an anniversary 🙂
Post # 15
Choice 1 and create your own album on mixbook, picaboo, or another online site. I did this and it worked out great! P.S. I did this for our 1st Anniversary gift and he LOVED it!
Post # 16
IMO, none of these packages are good. I would look for a different photog.