Here are 9 things you should consider when choosing a boudoir photographer.
How do I choose a boudoir photographer? Likely this is your first time experiencing a boudoir photo shoot and have no idea on how to select the best boudoir photographer near you. To help you make the best choice we complied a list of the top 9 things you should look for when selecting a boudoir photographer.
First off, let me explain to you why we complied this list. About a year ago we were contacted by a company that said they were big fans of ours and wanted to feature Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir on their 10 Best Boudoir Photographers in Las Vegas article. Naturally, we were honored by the selection, but then became puzzled and questioned, “Wow, there are more than ten boudoir photographers in Las Vegas?”, as you can see in our response to them.
Out of curiosity we did a Google search for boudoir photography in Las Vegas and were overwhelmed by the extremely large amount of boudoir photographers in the Las Vegas area. Some that we found at are good, but unfortunately, many are bad.
Here is our top 10 list of things to look for when selecting a boudoir photographer, or any type of photographer for that matter.
1- Website. This is paramount. Every boudoir photographer should have a website to display their work and allow you to decide if their style matches what you are looking for. It doesn’t cost a lot to own a website, so be cautious if the boudoir photographer only has a Facebook or a free website that has the hosting company name included with their websites name.
Ask yourself, “should I invest hundreds or thousands of dollars on a photographer who won’t invests little to no money on their business?”
Other questions to consider, is the website functional? When you click on page links do the pages actually take you to photos or content? Are there multiple photos of the same one or two women on their website? If so the photographer is likely new and photographed a couple of friends because they do not have client photos.
You can check how long a website has been active by entering it at, https://www.whois.com/whois/
If the boudoir photographer claims to be in business since 2015 but their whois shows the website was created in 2022 be extremely cautious.
2- Quality of Work. While checking out some of the other best boudoir photographers on the list we were named to, we found some photographers sites where the photos were of poor quality.
Photography is all about lighting. If the photos your are viewing on a boudoir photographers website are dark or look flat it’s likely because the photographer is not experienced in lighting, does not know how to work their camera, or know how to edit their photos. Proper editing software like Photoshop can turn a poorly exposed photo into one that looks great, so ask yourself, “if this boudoir photographer can correct these photos, why don’t they?” The answer is, they probably don’t know how. Is this who you want to invest in?
3- Location. Where is your boudoir photo shoot taking place? Is it taking place in a hotel, outdoors, in the mountains, dry lake bed, garage, or a home studio? Just like not having a website, not having a proper studio could be a red flag that the photographer may not be the best choice for you.
Here are some cute things boudoir photographers say to hide the fact that they do not have a studio. Don’t worry, we decoded what they really mean.
“I am a natural light only photographer because I do not believe in studio lighting."
-That is code for, I do not know how to work studio lighting because it’s too complicated or can not afford studio lighting.
“I prefer the intimate setting of photographing boudoir photoshoots in the comfort of your home.”
-That is code for, I do not have any place to do you photo shoot and definitely not spending money for a hotel room.
“I am an outdoors photographer who is one with nature and loves the intimacy it brings.”
-That is code for, I do not have a studio and hotel rooms in Vegas are expensive! Hopefully it’s not cloudy, raining, or over 100 degrees.
“Everyone loves coming to my home studio because it's so cute.”
-That is code for, trying to make an awkward situation sound appealing, but but don’t worry because my kids screaming and dogs barking won’t be that much of a distraction. Everyone loves dogs and kids, right?
4- Reviews. One of the best way to judge a boudoir photographer is through reviews. Google and Yelp are great places to read reviews from previous customers who share their experiences. Obviously, the greater number of positive reviews the better chance you will have a great experience. Just be aware that because of the intimate nature of boudoir photography, not all customers leave reviews.
Also, having an extremely large amount of “likes” and followers from social media sites is also something you may want to look out for. There are sites where you can purchase followers by the 100s and 1000s for only a few dollars. If your city has a population of 20,000 and the local boudoir photographers social media page has more “likes” than a Kardashian, something is definitely not right.
5- Retouching. What is retouching? Does the boudoir photographer offer photo packages like, “50 retouched photos for only $500”? Sounds like a great deal, but what exactly does the photographers retouching process includes? Is it simply running each photo through a high blur filter like the ones you see on popular social media apps. Ask them what program they use and how they retouch a photo. If it process sounds extremely simple or they can’t explain in some detail what they do, then you may be wasting $500 on a blurry mess.
Our retouching process takes 40 MINUTES on average to retouch ONE PORTRAIT. It’s not that we are slow, as we have been doing this since 2010, but because we are thorough. It’s a long process we use to make your portraits look amazing, not a quick pass though a blur filter. The difference is night and day.
6- Experience. How long has the photographer been in business?Does the photographer say that they photograph weddings, birthday parties, family photos, pets, newborns, engagements, maternity, fashion, cars, and boudoir?
Ever hear the figure of speech, “Jack of all trades, master of none”? A foot doctor is a doctor, however not the best choice of doctors to see if you are having pain in your chest.
If you want boudoir photography, get a boudoir photographer.
7- Pricing. Does the boudoir photographer have their pricing listed on their website, or are you forced to call them for a high pressure sales call?
After looking at many boudoir photographers websites, rarely could we find their pricing listed. Most say to call or email them for pricing. Could you imagine contacting Amazon every time you wanted to buy something just to find out how much it costs? You can find the pricing to our boudoir collections here. We list our pricing because we have integrity and value your time. Sure, other boudoir photographers in Las Vegas will try to undercut our pricing, but they could never beat the quality of service, product, and experience you receive with us.
8- Products. What products does the boudoir photographer offer? Looking at other boudoir websites the products they offer vary quite a bit. Most we found only offer 8x10 prints, large mounted wall art, and or a CD full of your photos. Unfortunately, these are inexpensive products that can easily be made at a big box pharmacy or retail stores photo department.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. We find that our boudoir clients want a product that is sleek and sexy. That is why we feature high end luxurious products that can not be made at a local retailer.
9- Awards. The last thing you should watch for when selecting a boudoir photographer are awards. Some photographers love to boast that they have been awarded, “Best Boudoir Photographer” or “Top Rated Boudoir Photographer” by some website or organization. Take these so called awards with a grain of salt. Most are from random websites like the one at the top that said we were on their 10 Best Boudoir Photographers in Las Vegas list.
Also, being a member of an International Boudoir Association of Photographers, or anything similar to that just means the photographer paid to be a member of that organization to look important and to inflate their ego.
The most entertaining ones to look out for are “published” photographers. These photographers want to give the impression that they are the best because their work has been published in a magazine. Ask one to name the magazine their photos were published in, and 99% of the time it will be an “online only magazine” that you never heard of, that no one looks at, and that the photographer had to paid the “magazine” have their work “published”. Being photographed by a published photographer sounds you are getting the best in the business, but are you really?
To us, the only award that truly matters is being thanked by our clients for delivering an excellent and unforgettable boudoir experience and hearing them say how much they love their portraits!
Hopefully you found our list of 9 things to look for when choosing a boudoir photographer both educational and entertaining. Just remember that a boudoir photo shoot is an experience that you will treasure forever. Choose your photographer wisely. If you feel that we are the perfect fit for you, click the button below to schedule your boudoir photo shoot today!