Updated: Aug 13
Finding a boudoir photographer can be a bit of work! In the end, though, putting in the effort pays off with a spectacular experience that will be treasured for years. As you know, boudoir photography is about a lot more than just a bunch of cute photos-- it's an experience. The right way to approach it is to think of your boudoir session as an event-- like your wedding day, or an anniversary-- it's a special occasion, an needs to be treated as such. You want everything to be perfect.
There are a few considerations when choosing your photographer: Style, budget, and, of course, reviews of previous clients are all considerations in making a final decision.
Everyone has an idea of what type of style they want their photos... bright and airy, dark and moody-- or a mix of both. Take a peek through the galleries and social media profiles of your photographer and ask yourself -- Is this my type of boudoir? Is this how I see myself? Boudoir styles will vary from person to person. So, find the style that most appeals to you. This is a matter of personal preference.
Budget is always a consideration when shopping, and photographers come in a variety of price points based on experience, level of service, and type of products delivered. As an experienced pro, I highly suggest you to resist your baked-in behavior to seek out the lowest price. Your wedding gift should not be left up to the lowest bidder. Talk to your photographers and see what type of products they offer, and dig into the details of what is included with your purchase.
Seeing only a session price on a PDF without any context doesn't mean much. If your real estate agent calls and says, "Hey, Ashley, I have a home for $375,000 do you want to buy it?" --That's isn't quite enough information to make an informed decision, right? What style of house? How many bedrooms? What town? --So don't do that with photographers.
Here's another dirty little secret-- there are photographers out there selling boudoir...that isn't even boudoir. Boudoir photography does not take place in a dark photo studio. Despite what your told (sold?) that's not boudoir photography.
Reviews are an important barometer of previous client experiences. If your candidate has a good number of reviews it should answer a few questions you may have from those who have already been through the boudoir process. This is a good insight into what to expect, and may answer some questions you may have about the photographer.
In my New Jersey boudoir photography business, client experience is always a priority. Boudoir photography is about having fun, and offering a high level of service from the first contact through the follow up after the final products have been delivered. As a high end business-- I'm the expert, and I'm here to guide you through your experience.
Below of some of my New Jersey boudoir photography reviews-- take a moment to read through them! As for me-- my specialty is working with brides who truly value experiences and enjoy fun. That's my ideal client. I learned long ago that the service I provide is larger than just photography. What I really provide is overwhelming joy and a heart filling experience each and every time you view your images-- five years-- ten years into the future. It's a feeling that transcends words.
If you have questions about shopping for a New Jersey boudoir photographer-- don't hesitate to send me your questions by visiting my Contact Page.
Mike was great to work with and I was blown away by my pictures. From the very beginning he was always available to discuss looks I was interested in. On the day of the session I had a great experience with hair and make up. Mike was super professional and had tons of ideas for great pictures. It was a perfect combo of listening to what I was looking for and adding suggestions to make the pictures even better! His communication continued to be impressive while I was picking out pictures for my album. I made some changes to the album and he was quick and responsive throughout the entire process. I can't wait to give this to my fiance!! Would recommend Mike to anyone looking for professional pictures! -- Jennifer B.
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. --Katie B.
I cannot say enough good things about Mike! I was very hesitant to actually take the step and do a boudoir shoot. I looked around and kept coming across his page. His work was beautiful and i saw nothing but positive reviews. I had emailed him at the beginning of December with wishful thinking id be able to do a shoot and get an album in time as a gift for my husband for Christmas. Mike had emailed me back right away and even called me that night to explain everything in detail. I did not feel rushed or that i was being a bother asking so last minute. I knew right away this was who i wanted to work with. The day of the shoot i was a little a nervous but once i met Mike i was at ease. He was very laid back and had a great sense of humor. He took his time and talked me through everything. I was even able to see my images the next day and i was blown away at how beautiful they were. I couldn't believe it was me! My husband received them for xmas (well two days early because i couldn't wait to show him. lol) he absolutely loves them! I recommend Mike 100% i promise you, you will not be disappointed. --Stephanie W.
Never in my life did I ever think I would have the courage to do a boudoir session! However, the idea became more and more enticing as it got closer to my wedding date and I was thinking of ideas of what to get my husband to be for his wedding gift from me. I turned 30 this year, and I am already acutely aware of how much harder it is to loose weight and keep it off as I get older. So, with that being said, and knowing that at this point in my life while I am no model, I am in decent shape, and after the wedding we are hoping for babies which leads to tons of changes with my body - so I knew then that THIS is what I had to do not only for my husband, but for myself as well. While I was naturally nervous to go to this shoot, my nerves were immediately alleviated with Mike's silly and friendly way about it. He is incredibly encouraging, positive, ambitious, and original when he is at work. I had SO much fun with Mike and he walked me through the entire process, from answering all of my initial questions, to helping me choose the cover color to MY BOUDOIR ALBUM!!! I have absolutely NO regrets, and I highly encourage all females of any age at any size to consider doing a Boudoir session. It is incredibly liberating, freeing, sensual, and hands down fun. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! --Amanda A.
there are very few photographers who manage to make me feel 100% comfortable because i always feel like im forcing myself to smile, pose, etc... so when i decided to do a boudoir shoot as part of my husband's christmas present, i had no idea what to expect. excited and mentally prepared to finally go through with the idea, i started researching different photographers in the area and stumbled upon mike cassidy through a mutual friend. i sent mike an email and heard back from him that same day. after our initial email correspondence, i had an actual phone conversation with mike and was even more sure about working with him as he answered each and every question i had with patience, understanding and total professionalism. mike made me feel comfortable before we even met and that was a huge help with regard to preparing for the shoot. unfortunately, i was very ill the morning of our scheduled shoot (which was already pretty close to the holiday season) and i worried that mike would not be able to reschedule me with enough time to edit and print the album for christmas... mike made sure to fit me in another day and began editing my photos right away to meet the holiday deadline. fast forward to present-day, my album is beautiful and my husband loves it! i am so happy i found mike and could not be happier with his work. i had a great time shooting these pictures and can't wait to find another excuse to schedule another session. i would absolutely recommend mike cassidy to anyone looking to do a boudoir shoot! he's simply the best! --Robyn D.
Mike made me extremely comfortable from his response to my inquiry to his professionalism during the photo shoot. This experience is a must do for women, I left feeling confident and sexy both inside and out. My pictures are stunning, and I just can't say enough great things about Mike! --Chrissy F.