After four years photographing women and men, I've decided to share everything I've learnt. I think it's so important to build an encouraging environment where we can all learn from each other. Passing on our mistakes, our triumphs and little tips to make things easier.
I believe boudoir is way more than just a portrait. I gather a lot of inspiration from American and German boudoir photographers with their moody and emotional imagery. Boudoir is about the body and the minds connection.
Boudoir is much more than a sexy image - it's about re/learning to love ourselves and the skin we are in. It should have focus on the body... our favourite and least favourite parts of ourselves. You can't show a client or model that they are beautiful in every way without taking images that show that every inch is worth loving.
What will the workshop will cover and include, you may ask?
Before we start anything else, I want to cover the basics of using you camera and using the light available to you.
Often as a boudoir photographer, you will be put into environments that are out of your comfort zone... I aim to help you have the tools to use these spaces to your advantage while sticking true to your style. Harsh light can be embraced!
Working with People
Something I do with all my workshops is discuss working with models and clients. There's a lot of etiquette involved which goes both ways that needs to be at the forefront of your mind when working with people.
Pricing and Products
A simple pricing structure is an important part of starting out your business or finding a way to actually make money from your clients and models. I will talk about the structure I use, extras on the "menu", products and finding a price for your services that reflects not only your skill level, but attract your ideal client.
These are extremely handy to know. If a client or models makeup isn't quite up to par, then you have the knowledge to fix it. I offer makeup services to all my clients, and I do the makeup myself. I do this because I believe it helps people feel more comfortable with you and the environment... as well as providing a chance to chat and get to know each other!
Forms and Contracts
Questionnaires can be a valuable part of your business... I'll show you ways of making the most of this tool, as well as discuss the ways I present my forms and contracts to clients. We will also discuss other options and platforms to do so.
A model will be arranged for a photoshoot at the end of the workshop... I will do a run through of how I use my space and work with a model... then you will have an opportunity to work with the models in turn. The model won't be left alone with anyone, and you will have me close by in case any questions require answering :)