I don’t know about you but the thought of shooting boudoir sessions can be scary. Many times, we have preconceived notions on what boudoir sessions look like. Since I am no expert on all things boudoir, I reached out to an amazing boudoir photographer for her tips and tricks.
Erika Pearce with Wild Clementine shared her tips on empowering her clients through boudoir sessions.
1). Why boudoir?
2). How do you use your boudoir to empower women? How are you sessions different than a typical boudoir shoot?
I truly believe I empower women by giving them a safe space to be whomever they are. No judgment. No expectations. I save a space for her to laugh when she wants and be goofy if she wants and show her sensual side if she wants and show her little glimpses of the magic we are creating along the way. Giving people permission to let their guard down is my super power, I think! My particular work is a little different than traditional boudoir, and I designed it that way intentionally. I wanted women to have a different experience than lingerie start to finish. Let me be clear that I do not believe there is anything wrong with traditional boudoir. However, I wanted to bring something more approachable to the table where a woman can feel comfortable keeping her body private if she chooses. I am actually incredibly modest by nature. I didn’t want to push or make someone feel threatened. People that are like me may want something different. I know I would. That’s why I shifted the narrative from traditional boudoir to a place where fashion meets boudoir to create something different a little more off the beaten path from the traditional expectation. So while someone else may have lingerie from start to finish, my clients may start with a fluffy couture gown and end completely nude depending on their needs. The entire experience is catered and tailored to their comfort and their needs for the session.
3). What can photographers do to help make their clients more comfortable in front of the camera?
LAUGH. Never underestimate a good opportunity to make them laugh. I snort a lot and it always gets them giggling. Once they realize that I’m not there to make them look like a sex goddess, their guards come down and you can truly see the woman shine! That’s my ultimate goal. If your client is scared, it’s going to show on camera. So from start to finish I treat them like a queen from the initial contact form to make sure they know they are in capable and safe hands. They should feel like this is something catered and designed for them. They aren’t just a number with me. They are my priority every single time. That mixed with a lot of laughing and my own self deprecating humor go a long way. Life is too short to make a shoot serious. It should be FUN!
4). Any tip or tricks on how to a boudoir photography business?
Want to know more about what questions to ask before a boudoir shoot? Check out our blog – 11 questions to ask before a boudoir shoot.
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