Post # 1
So, I decided to research boudoir photographers in my area today. I found one who REALLY impressed me- he has a makeup artist that spends about an hour on your hair and makeup, you get FULL RIGHTS to your pictures, and you get the full size image file so you can get really nice prints done on your own.
All these things are really appealing, and his portfolio is beautiful.
But he is SO. EXPENSIVE.
His normal rate for the Indianapolis area is $800 for a 6 hour session. 6 HOURS! I don’t know if I could handle 6 hours of being in my skivvies!
He is also currently running a special for $400 for a 3 hour session if you’re in the Indianapolis area.
Am I insane for feeling like it might be worth it?!?!
Here is his website, for those wanting to check it out before giving feedback: http://www.darioinfini.com/
Post # 3
That’s actually not a lot of money for that many hours of photography. If you really are getting hair/makeup and post processing, that’s a good deal. The average price for a good photographer’s 2 hour engagement session in my area, for example, is about $350. And that’s without hair and makeup!
Post # 4
Considering we had to pay $425 to get our engagement photo pictures on a disk, I think this might be worth it. Also, you would probably pay over $100 to get your hair and make-up done.
Post # 5
Insane? Nah. Pricey? Yes. But your hubby will cherish it. You could make it your gift to the groom. Go for the 4 hour one!
Post # 6
I’m not sure what the going rate is, since mine were free. But, six hours of boudoir is kind of insane. I think my session was about two hours. And I don’t think I’d pay more than $150-200 for a boudoir session. I recommend finding someone cheaper.
Post # 7
it seems like a lot to me and i certainly wouldn’t want it to last 6 hours!!
Post # 8
Yeah, six hours prancing around in frillies in front of a strange man might be a bit much lol !! but if you’re comfortable with him, and confident you’ll get great pics, go for the shorter package.
Post # 9
@tinylittlebird: sounds like a bit much… i dont know though… hey let me know if you find something more reasonable… i am also wanting to get them done… (im in ft wayne but i travel to indy quite often). i was thinking more in the 100-200 dollar range haha. i dont think i need 3 hours either… it seems like alot!
Post # 10
Honestly, that sounds like a decent price. And his pictures look really good! Go for it if you wanna do it.
Post # 11
$800 if a lot of money to spend on anything that could be expendable, but considering how much your getting for it – that actually seems incredible cheap. (I also live in NYC, though). But for 6 hours of ANY 1-on-1 any once-in-a-lifetime service that also includes hair and make-up? steal!
Post # 12
hmmm it sounds a little on the expensive side. my photographer is giving me a boudoir session for $225 but that’s without and hair or makeup, i have to do that on my own and it’s only for like an hour or 2. the package for 3 hours sounds worth it since makeup and hair are included.
Post # 13
I just did a google search for Boudoir Photography Indianapolis and I found a pretty good amount of photographers listed. It pulled up a map that listed the locations for all the places listed, and I just checked the websites for all of them.
I was also particularly impressed with Peacock Boudoir, but her sessions run $175 for 45 minutes through the week, $225 for 1.5 hours, or $350 for 3 hours.
She also has hair/makeup on request, but it costs extra. So, the prices are pretty comparable, really, she just has more options for shorter sessions.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for your input! I went ahead and messaged the photographer to ask about their current special (3 hours), because it says it’s good until October 31st. I want to know if that means your session has to be before Oct. 31st, or if you just have to book your session before Oct. 31st (I still want to lose 5 more lbs before I subject myself to the scrutiny of a lens!)
If I can take advantage of the 3 hour special, I think it would be worth it… hair and makeup included is hard to pass up.
Also, he explains in his blog (or somewhere, I can’t find where he wrote this now) why he does such long sessions. More or less, he said that by the end of 6 hours the woman is starting to get weary, and you often get the best images at that point. Because these are supposed to look real and intimate, the longer he has you there the more he can get you out of your shell and the poses will look more natural.
While I can see this, I still think that 6 hours in front of a camera in my skivvies is a bit much. I’m not a professional model, after all, and 6 hours is like a day at work!
Post # 15
It’s not a bad price – I’m paying 400 for hair and makeup plus two hours of photography, but I don’t get the rights to my photos or a DVD I think, just a print book, though he does do retouching (http://www.boudoirlouisville.com) . I say look into the 3 hour special – it seems like a great deal particularly if you get the rights to your photos!
Post # 16
I’m in NYC and $400/3 hrs. is competitive over here.
(Personally, I don’t really want to spend 6 hours being photographed either. It’s not a bad price, but 6 hours? I think you can get plenty of good shots in 3.)
I think that what’s of greater importance, so long as you’re looking within the same price range, is that you like the person’s style AND that you get along with them and feel comfortable around them. NOT saying that this has to be an issue for you, but would you care that the photographer is a guy? I was photographed by a man and it was fine, but there are a lot of women who would feel more comfortable with a woman. Although I don’t think most women would feel *comfortable* parading around in their skivvies with strangers, you do want to minimize the self-consciousness.