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Interested in a Boudoir session? Curious about how they work?
We recently went “Behind the Lens” with Lisa from LE Boudoir and asked some of your burning questions!
How did you know you wanted to be a photographer? How did you go about starting out?
I realized I wanted to be a photographer when my kids were growing up. I would always be the mom that took prom photos, engagement photos, and wedding photos. When I realized I wanted to pursue a career in photography, I checked out the different programs that were available to me. I enrolled in Madison Colleges program of Photography because they were well known for their vast knowledge in all areas like commercial, wedding, and portrait. In two years I graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science of Photography .
I started out taking pictures for friends and family when I was approached by someone asking me if I would take Wedding Boudoir photos so she could give them to her husband on the day of their wedding as a gift to him. I fell in love with it! That’s when l.e. Boudoir photography started.
How long have you been in the business?
I’ve been in business for about two years but only started Boudoir in the last year.
What are the qualities that make a successful boudoir photographer?
I feel the qualities I bring to being a successful Boudoir photographer is having the knowledge with lighting , posing, angles, and the vision that will bring out the best in you.
How has your photography (style) changed since you started?
In my Boudoir photography I use a lot of high lighting in my wedding boudoirs but when it comes to other like pregnancy, turning 40 photos, and accomplishment photos I will change it up. Depending on the look or feel that that person is going for I make changes. Because of this, no pictures will be exactly the same.
When choosing their boudoir photographer, what should you look for?
I think the most important thing someone should look for in a Boudoir photographer is that they feel comfortable with the photographer. If you don’t feel comfortable it will be hard to relax and get the photos that you’re looking for. Also they should be able to understand what your comfort level is. Not everybody wants to have pictures in lingerie, sometimes having pictures in an oversized sweater can be just as sensual.
Can you explain how a typical Boudoir session works?
A typical Boudoir session would start when the client reaches out to me via firstname.lastname@example.org . I will then contact the person and ask questions to get a feel of what they are looking to experience, find out what times or days work best for them and book the appointment. I will then have Angie, my makeup and hair specialist call to find out specific things related to what look you are going for.
Come the day of the session you will be made up by Angie which will take about an hour. Depending on how many outfit changes you want, will determine the length of the session. Usually it is about an hour or two. Bring any props you wish, whether it be a favorite hat , special jewelry, lingerie, bring it with you. When it comes to deciding what you want to wear, pick an outfit in the color you would normally wear. Sometimes we pick a color that may not go with our skin tone or hair color. If you have any questions about this, I can always help.
Is there anything else you think would be helpful to share with someone who is looking to have a boudoir session?
The biggest thing I want to say is to have fun and enjoy being pampered, it’s your special time. As women we don’t take enough time for ourselves.