Post # 1
Ok, I’ve wanted to do this for my fiance but I’m having a hard time actually making the desicion. My photographer quoted me $480 for a Boudoir book package which includes two hours for the session plus a 8×8 coffee table book with up to 30 images. I will say, I have the $480 but I hesitate spending that much right now when we still have the wedding itself to pay for. I just need opinions from Bee’s who have done a Boudoir shoot.
Was it worth it? I’m sure the images are great, but does he actually ever look at it? It’s not a book that can just sit out on the coffee table during the day, lol.
I just don’t want my FI to get it the night before the wedding and love it, then have to hide it for the rest of his life–haha.
I also have to factor in the cost of buying new lingerie…uhghg.
They did give me another option to just pay for a session (2 hours=$175) but then I would have to buy the pics and then make my own book.
What is your opinion?
Post # 3
I did a boudoir shoot and I absolutely loved my pictures, however I had a friend who is a photographer do it. I would have a hard time spending that much money on it. Have you thought about shopping other photographers for their pricing?
Post # 4
My friend is a photographer (she did our engagement pics, too) and she did my siren session (boudoir pics in the water). I was SO happy with how they turned out and we’re going to go and do at least 3 more sessions! They make me feel confident and beautiful, and I know FI will love them.
That sounds about right for pricing though. I would look around to make sure that you get the most for your money, but boudoir shoots do require a bit more from the photographer. Does the package include hair and makeup? That’s one huge thing and you’ll want to get everything professionally done so they can REALLY make you look perfect for your shoot. 🙂
As for the lingerie, try and hit up some sales! Since I was in the water I just wore some bikini bottoms that were hidden, but I’ll probably just get some lacy boy shorts for the shoot and then maybe a cute bra. Lingerie is only expensive as you make it, you just need to look for the sales! And with Black Friday right around the corner, the sales are popping up.
Post # 5
I did a boudoir session and LOVED it, I’m so glad I did it… Seeing the photos of myself made me a lot more confident. I haven’t given it to my FI yet since we aren’t quite married yet, so I can’t speak to whether he’ll look at it a lot, but I truly think he will. He’s the kind of guy to look at old pictures fairly often, and he definitely was supportive of me doing it. (I suck at surprises and told him all about my idea before I booked it!)
I think $480 is a lot… I paid $300 for 2 hours, and the photographers mailed me a CD with 100 edited images that I can do whatever I want with. So you should be able to find another photographer who will do the pics for cheaper. I bought a Groupon from Shutterfly so I’m making my own photo book for ~$20. You’re right, you do have to factor in the cost of lingerie – and my photographers highly recommended booking a hotel room to do the shoot, so that was another $100. But I am so happy I did it… I think it’s a super special, personal gift for your FI, and for me, it’s totally unlike any other gift I’ve given him. And the cost of the lingerie I considered an investment – I hid it in my closet and I’m going to pack it for the honeymoon 😉
Post # 6
Yah, I have. I’m pretty biased with my photographer though–lol. I’ve worked with them ALOT and almost feel like I’d be cheating on them! haha. sad. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for different options though I guess.
Post # 7
I was hesitant about doing one but I thought it would be the perfect present for my husband and also a great gift for myself. I don’t think I am the prettiest gal around but that album makes me look great! I have to admit, the lingerie added a lot to the price of the whole experience but it is an investment because I will definitely be wearing it all in the future. I say absolutely go for it- the price of mine was about what you said yours would cost but it really is a great thing to have (even if you have to hide it in a closet). I really loved getting the album from my photographer too. She knew how to arrange the pictures and it was nice having the final product be a surprise vs me spending time to try and make a pretty album.
Post # 8
I’m planning on doing one, but only because it’s included in our photography package (either boudoir or bridal). My FI is all about the boudoir, so I’m doing it as a present for him. I’m not spending any extra money on lingerie, just using some of the stuff I already have and maybe one of his dress shirts.
Post # 9
Thanks guys for the input! I really think I’ll probably end up doing it, I just hate the feeling of regret and don’t want to get down to the wire with the wedding and wish I would have put that $500 elsewhere!
Post # 10
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Post # 11
I dont think you’ll regret it at all as long as you have a quality photographer. Thats a good price point for what you get.
If it makes you feel better I charge $700 for a session like that. 😉 It does come with makeup and styling though.
Post # 12
I just contacted a photographer for a session It’s going to be an aniversary gift. I’m nervous, but excited for it! She quoted $150 for the session with hair and make up, but didn’t tell me about how much getting the photos afterwards is. I just contacted her about an hour ago, so i dont know lol. I hope he likes them, I’m super nervous!
Post # 13
Yah, the original price is $600 but through my work I get a discout which is the $450. So, I’m already getting a nice discount. It does not include hair/makeup (which I’ll prob just do myself) I’ll probably end up doing it, I just wanted to hear from other bee’s if it was something you wished you wouldn’t have spent the money on right away or if it was worth every penny! Thanks so much. It looks like you all really enjoyed it, if you did it. (and so did your man) 😉