(Closed) To Boudoir or Not To Boudoir???

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
Hostess
3376 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 # 7
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 10
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3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

I think any guy would love it 🙂

Post # 11
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
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2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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!

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