Location is everything. Of course, your skill set is very important, and a good photographer can make virtually anything work, but let's be honest, having a good location REALLY helps to get those creative juices flowing. Sometimes, your client will have a beautiful historic mansion with huge bay windows and acres of land to work with, but most of the time you won't be that lucky. So today we are going to offer you photographers out there without your own studio some advice on finding the perfect place for your client's boudoir session.
DON'T IMMEDIATELY WRITE OFF THE CLIENT'S HOME
We know that most of your clients won't have the property we described above, but that doesn't mean that what they do have to work with wouldn't be a pretty great solution. Check to see if there is an abundance of light during the part of day you plan to do the shoot, and if you think there is enough room to get the creative shots you need, then it actually might work well for you! Staying at home will allow your client to feel comfortable, and it will likely help her loosen up in front of the camera more quickly. It's a vulnerable time for most women, so if she is in the comfort of her own bed, the session is likely to be even more amazing! Plus, you will have some variety in your portfolio that adds character and charm to her photos.
DECIDE ON THE FEEL/THEME OF THE SHOOT
Find out what your client is trying to portray in these photos, and try to get a read on her personality. If she is an ethereal, whimsical free spirit, an outdoor boudoir shoot would likely be the most ideal for you! On the other hand, if she makes you feel as though she is normally very shy and reserved and is wanting a more intimate, modest session, it is best to go with an indoor location. Work off of what would make sense with HER vision, and use your professional opinion to help her come to realize what will best tell her story.
CONSIDER A PRIVATE ESTATE WITH PROPERTY, OR RENTING A STUDIO
If you decide an outdoor session would be best for your client, now it's time for scouting locations! Most of the time, if you go with a public area, you will want to do your session at sunrise. This will ensure the least amount of foot traffic, and allow more privacy. We still recommend you look for a spot off the beaten path though, because there is always somebody getting their morning stroll in, and your client's privacy should be your top priority. You might also ask your client if she knows somebody with property or a large house with large windows you could borrow for the day. Make sure that if you do end up using private property, that you have express permission from the owner.
If you are looking for an indoor location and don't know of anywhere at the top of your head, ask some local photographers if they have a studio they could rent out. Boudoir is a pretty big thing in most communities, and you can bet there are at least a few boudoir-centered studios in your area. This way, you can scope out the location before-hand, and you can even rearrange it to be to your liking, just make sure you put everything back to how you found it before you leave!
STAY TRUE TO THE CLIENT AND WHERE SHE IS MOST COMFORTABLE
Overall, your client has to feel comfortable. If she is constantly worrying if there is someone coming down the path you're shooting at, or just feels any sort of unease, it will be evident in the photos, and you don't want that! Make sure that you keep open communication with her throughout the whole process, and be delicate in the way you offer suggestions. Allow her to say "no," and not feel bad about it.
Hopefully this will help you on your next boudoir adventure to find a place you haven't been, and to make your session as great as it can be! Let us know if you have any other tips to share with our readers!
All photography by Peaches & Twine Fine Art Photography