Updated: May 17
It can be tough finding the best boudoir photographer in the Central New Jersey area, but take a look at these beautiful boudoir photos...
You've found your new photographer!
Beautiful, right! I simply love what I do, and it my goal to make all women look beautiful and feel great through my photography.
Hi. My name is Michael, and thanks for taking a few moments to view my work. I answer lots of questions every year about photography so I thought I'd take a few moments to talk about what I do, and give you a few answers to some frequent questions I receive.
A bit about me: Well, I'm a little bit of a geek, and I've been involved in photography for quite a long time. I know what you're thinking... You're a man...and a boudoir photographer? Yeah, I get that a lot. Believe it or not, we're out there!
Becoming a boudoir photographer really happened quite by accident. It started by a request from a friend to take a few photos. She loved the results, and referred me to their friends... and so it went. Before long I had people schedule out months in advance waiting for boudoir photos. It was quite a surprise. I decided that if this was going to be a "thing," I was going to make sure I accomplished two points: 1) I was going to be the best boudoir photographer out there. 2) My clients were going to have a great time during their sessions.
...And so it went. Boudoir photography is hard... real hard. I would sit up late at night after a boudoir shoot and tirelessly examine my work from the day. What did I do right...and what could I do better? The more I worked in this field, the more I realized that it was something I was just meant to do.
My goal has always been to make boudoir sessions fun. (Let's face it, there's nothing super serious about rolling around in your underwear, is there?) Boudoir is about dressing up an having a great time. When my clients are walking out the door at the end of the session they are smiling from ear to ear-- and feeling great about themselves. It's a terrific part of the job. Every women need to try this experience...at least once.
Fast forward, and now I find myself working with women from all across New Jersey, as well as New York City and shockingly large part of PA. It still is amazing to me when I hear how far some people travel to come see me...
I recently had my photoshoot with mike and it was AMAZING! I was so nervous before getting started but the second I met mike he calmed all of my nerves and answered any questions or concerns I had. Mike truly captures the beauty in his clients. I honestly felt like I was hanging out with a friend just taking some photos and laughing with each other. Without a doubt I will be back to see him in the future! I wish all women could work with Mike, I left feeling so confident and beautiful and for that I cannot thank him enough.
How about a few quick pointers for getting started?
Do You Have Any Tips On Shopping For A Boudoir Photographer?
This is hard, and can take a bit of work. Why? Because most people don't know how to shop for a photographer. To make it even harder, photography is not a price comparative industry. Comparing prices between two photographers can be meaningless. How? Well, let's imagine I told you there were two homes for sale: One is $345,000, and the other home is $478,000. Which is the better deal? Knowing only those two details (the prices) its impossible to answer that question. All you know is one is a bit less than the other. How many bedrooms? Where are they located? What kind of shape are they in? Is there a pool? --There is a lot of detail missing to help you make an informed choice. --Well, comparing prices between two photographers not knowing all the details is just as useless. Don't shop for photographers based solely on price. That is the A-1 mistake people make.
Think of finding a photographer a bit like this... When you make plans for going out on your anniversary you pick a really great restaurant. It's a bit of a celebration! You've been waiting all year to go to The Frog and The Peach. It's a special occasion and bit of a splurge. You get dressed up and enjoy the night. It's all about the experience and having a wonderful evening. You absolutely don't sit there on your anniversary night thinking, Why am I paying $47 for a dinner when I can get a Chalupa for $2 down the street at Taco Bell?
Think of shopping for your photographer a bit like going out for your anniversary. You're paying for an experience and a special occasion. It's a bit of an indulgence, like your anniversary dinner. Find the best photographer, and avoid "Taco Bell"-- even though it's cheaper.
This topic get's a bit involved. Need help here? Send me a note! Or hit me up on the chat box at the bottom on the page.
How Far Ahead Do I Need To Schedule?
Another super popular question. The simple answer is the earlier the better. Boudoir is not a great last minute gift idea. It may possibly take a few weeks after your session for your photos to be completed... and a bit longer after that for your album to be printed, bound and shipped.
A good rule of thumb is to get in about 2 months before your event date. It is possible to go quicker (and I have!) ...but why risk it.
Additionally, there may be times of the year where it can be busier than others-- especially Christmastime and Spring. If you're planning a session during those times, you may want to book even earlier.
Should I Get Hair & Makeup Done?
YESSSSSS! Remember, this is a special occasion. Most boudoir photographers will includes this as part of their sessions, if not an available option. Getting professional hair and impact has a big impact on the look of your images.
Finally, Make Sure What You're Getting Is Actually Boudoir!!
Just because you've been shopping for a New Jersey boudoir photographer doesn't necessarily mean that's what you're going to get. There are photographers that sell "boudoir photography" that isn't actually boudoir. How? It's simple, and it happens all the time because client's don't really know boudoir photography and they get misled.
Boudoir photography takes place in only one setting-- a bedroom-- hence the name "boudoir." Boudoir photography never takes place in a dark photo studio, or a shopping mall. That's not boudoir photography. Don't be fooled. Additionally, boudoir doesn't have fake backdrops and lots of studio lights flashing in your face.
The defining element of boudoir photography isn't lingerie. Take a look at it this way... if I took a photo of you in a bikini in your backyard, is that a beach photo? Nope. Just because you're wearing a swimsuit doesn't make it a beach photo. Same thing with boudoir. Lingerie is only one part of what makes up boudoir photography.
Be sure to take time to educate yourself about what boudoir photography is-- so you can shop smart and avoid being misled.
I've made is my goal to make sure everyone-- whether they turn out to me one of my clients or not-- is educated about boudoir photography so they can make a smart choice. My website has tons of information about shopping smart-- swing on over and browse around. Additionally, there are several galleries of beautiful boudoir photos to browse.
Boudoir is a great gift for any occasion-- or even just to do for yourself. It may take a bit of work to find the right boudoir photographer in New Jersey for you, but it's worth the extra work.
If you'd like to take a look at some more great boudoir photography, click over to my boudoir galleries.
Need more information, or feel like setting up a time to chat? I'd be happy to talk. You can click over to my Contact page for further details.