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5 Tips To Help New Jersey Women Shop Smarter For A Boudoir Photographer

Have you been searching for a boudoir photographer? It not as easy as it may appear at first... I know! In New Jersey there are many photographers that offer "boudoir photography" services, so how do you make the right choice? Let's find out...

boudoir photo of woman in fishnet stocking and high heels laying in a bed

Boudoir is a great time... no doubt. Whether is for an event such a wedding, a Christmas gift, or even just for yourself, the afterglow of a boudoir session can last for years.

Who am I? Hi. My name is Michael and I am an elite fancy-schmancy boudoir photographer from New Jersey who has photographed countless women throughout my career... I may know a thing or two about the subject! 😀 I've built my business around creating the best-- in terms of results, client experience, name it. You may say, I was never one willing to compromise. Long ago I had an idea of how a boudoir photography business should be run, and I followed through.

I work a bit differently than most... I work with a limited number of clients each month who want the best of boudoir...and are willing to pay for it. Back when I started, I wasn't sure if women would-- or could-- see the difference, but I was wrong. Before long, I was working with women from not just all around New Jersey, but New York City, Pennsylvania, and beyond! Eventually, I found myself with a wait-list of clients, and had (and still have) brides securing their spots up to year ahead for their bridal boudoir sessions.

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I love what I do, and you may say I'm a bit of an expert. The unfortunate thing that I witness sometimes is woman not shopping smartly for their boudoir photographer and winding up with...well... not quite what they expected. Today I'm going to outline 5 tips to help you shop smarter for your boudoir photographer. Let's get started...

Stunning woman posing in black lingerie on a bed


This may sound painfully obvious, but for a lot of brides doing a bridal boudoir session seems to be a last minute choice. You see boudoir photography is not a great last minute decision. During certain times of the year, namely wedding season in spring or Christmastime, photographers can be busy.

What does that mean for you? Well, I see this one all the time, and it's a situation where you may be forced into settling for your second or maybe even third choice for a photographer. Booked! I turn away brides every spring who wind up contacting me two or three weeks before a wedding date.

Another thing many women do not account for is that a boudoir session takes time. Not just the time for your photos... but it may takes weeks after your session for editing, selections, and printing and binding of your album.

What's early, then? 2-3 months. Perhaps even earlier if you are planning during a busy time of the year. HEY! How far ahead did you book your wedding venue??? Yeah, start thinking of it along those lines.... and you'll wind up with a lot smoother sailing.

boudoir shot of a woman in black stockings and garters


This may be the HUGEST miscue by brides...and women in general shopping for a boudoir photographer. I mean HUGE. You are a bad shopper, face it. It's not necessarily your fault, though. You've been programmed your entire life to shop poorly. You've been programmed to shop by the lowest price...and lead to believe that by following that formula you'll always come out "a winner!" BZZZZZZ... Wrong.

If you plan to attack your boudoir shopping like a trip to the discount grocery store-- "Oooh... what ice cream is on sale this week," you're surely wind up maybe not quite getting what you expected. Walking down the ice cream aisle going "$5.79....$6.29....$4.39....$2.49 WINNER!" is a poor shopping strategy in general-- but that's a topic for another discussion. That $2.49 ice cream is not the winner. It may be the "cheapest" but what are you really getting?? The package is smaller. The ingredients are a bunch of words you really can't even pronounce-- hydrogenated oils & emulsifiers-- in ice cream? Sadly, yes...

Somehow, if my grandmother were making ice cream, I don't think she'd be adding soy lecithin emulsifiers to it... Technically, I don't even think that $2.49 carton can even legally call itself "ice cream." I think they need to use a word like "frozen dessert" or something. So, have you really "won" by grabbing this "deal?" Probably not. It may be the cheapest... but you certainly haven't won the ice cream aisle.

Price is just one small part of overall cost... and if you want to come out on top with your session YOU'VE GOT TO STOP THINKING LIKE THAT NOW. Phew, I'm bossy. 😂

So, what do you do? Well, you start shopping for your boudoir photography