Updated: Aug 13
Don't tell anyone, but we have fun and laugh... a lot. OK, well the secret it now out. If you've been poking around trying to find a New Jersey boudoir photographer for your bridal session, you may be in the right place!
Hi, I'm Michael, and I specialize in creating amazing boudoir gifts for brides. It's what I do! Boudoir has grown in popularity as a wedding gift over the years, and why not!! --It's an intimate gift for your wedding that really is fun to create. Want to learn more? Read on...
In a world flooded with "photographers," I knew I needed to make a difference. I operate with a simple philosophy. Boudoir photography is a special occasion-- treat it like one. When people ask me for tips on shopping for a boudoir photographer I always tell them to think of it a bit like your wedding. A wedding isn't something that happens every day, right? You spend lots of time researching and finding the right venue, the perfect dress... the list goes on and on. You may not go out and spend $125 per person on a meal every day, but for a wedding its all about the experience-- you're celebrating an special day-- you want everything to be perfect!!
Likewise, a boudoir photography session is a bit of a special occasion, as well. Treating it otherwise tends to really get women sometimes in a situation where things don't always end up like they planned. As it turns out, people aren't the best of shoppers in all cases. You may not realize it, but you have programmed from a young age with the mindset that when shopping-- the lowest price wins. This is a bad way to shop for boudoir. I hear the sad stories from time to time, unfortunately.
When you're strolling down the ice cream aisle in the grocery store...odds are what are you doing? Scanning for the box with the lowest price tag. Winner! you think to yourself. What most people don't realize is that price is just one part of overall cost. Yes, you saved a dollar twenty-nine, but what did you really get? Odds are, it isn't even real ice cream. ...Let alone real food. Lets see: Erythritol, Milk Protein Concentrate, Vegetable Glycerin, Guar Gum. ...Something tells me when grandma was making her home made ice cream back in the day, Vegetable Glycerin wasn't in the recipe.
As I noted, what you're getting isn't even real food. How can processed food companies get away with this? The truth is most people don't even stop to think about what is in the carton, or what they are actually eating... just the price tag on the carton. Likewise, you could have just gotten chicken nuggets for everyone at your wedding-- and fed everyone for $2.29 per person! What a savings! That statement may be true... but probably not what most people would do in a wedding situation.
Why? Why does the grocery store follow one set of shopping rules, and a wedding another? Well, the science of how people shop goes a bit beyond the scope of this post, but it's super important when shopping for a boudoir photographer to follow the latter.
The simple answer is your wedding is an experience. It's a day you'll remember for the rest of your life. My wonderful clients are also those who value experiences, as well as having fun.
Why is this important to understand? Even if I'm not your choice as photographer, it's important for me to help everyone learn to make the smart choice when choosing a photographer.
Why are women choosing me? Well, to put it simply, because they belong to the group that doesn't want to settle. They don't want the fake ice cream. No chicken nugget weddings. And no sub-standard photography. 😀 What's it like working with me? Well, let's take a look.
Not only do my clients receive a great experience-- I also learned long ago the real service I provide is the overwhelming joy and a heart filling experience each and every time you view your images-- I'm talking about five years, ten years into the future. It's a feeling that transcends words. My mission is a bit bigger than just photography.
The term "luxury" photographer is a bit of a nebulous and overused term in the business, but if I had to pick a term to describe what I do, I reluctantly use it. I work with a limited number of brides every year, and I can have clients booking with me up to a year in advance to hold their spots. I want to keep it special. There is a large amount of work that goes into every photo shoot, and I want be sure I dedicate the time needed to each and every client.
How to get started? Well, often brides are often searching online and come across one of my posts, like this one-- or I also have a very large referral business, and they are coming to me as friends of previous clients. I literally work with women from all around New Jersey, as well as New York, Pennsylvania...and beyond. The first step to getting started is reaching out to me on my Contact Page or via my Instagram.
When should you be scheduling your session? Good question. I'd say at least two to three months before your wedding-- at a minimum. What many client don't realize is the time involved from start to final delivery... it can takes a few weeks after the session is completed before your products are ready and delivered. The earlier, the better. Certain time of the year, namely for spring and fall weddings I can be booked... probably over capacity...but I do what I can to accommodate as many as possible.
From the first consultation, through the session, to the photo review afterward, I'm there to guide each client along the way. It's all about service.
Let's face it, though... boudoir photography is a great time. Any activity that involves shopping as a part of getting ready must be fun.
Session day always starts with a makeover, which includes hair and makeup- it's your time for a bit of pampering. Our session is completely relaxed and about having a good time. It's a break from your every day routine. We're not here to rush. There are no time limits.
And guess what? We're photographing real boudoir. Whaa?? you may think. Here's one thing you may not realize-- there are photographers out there selling boudoir photography, that, well, isn't. As it's name implies, boudoir is shot in a bedroom setting. It's about beauty, and maybe a bit of voyeurism. It's about catching a woman in her private moments... We're working in building full of beautiful brightly lit bedrooms- as it should be. Despite what you may have been told, anything else is not boudoir photography. Boudoir photography does NOT take place in a dark photo studio... or anywhere else. That's NOT boudoir. Don't be fooled!
When we're finished my clients leave literally feeling like they are walking on air.
Of course, ultimately, people come in because of the amazing results. Your session is about creating artwork-- where you are the centerpiece. Traditionally, bridal boudoir sessions are for creating a wedding day gift for your partner. My specialty is creating amazing one of a kind photo albums that are truly life long keepsakes, and I love doing it. After the session, we'll pick out your favorites photos and create that perfect gift.
I'm enthusiastic about my work, and it's important that my clients feel the same. I'm not for everyone-- nor do I try to be. Take a few moment and browse my galleries and take a look around my website-- there is tons of good information here regarding boudoir photography.
Want to know more, or ready to get started!? Great. I love hearing from you. Simply send me a note.. even if it's just to say hi! 😀 Not quite ready yet, that's fine. Stay in touch. Subscribe (down below in the page footer) and get info on specials and the latest news.