Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Monmouth County women are a demanding bunch-- and they should be! I've worked with many women from Red Bank and surrounding areas to help them create incredible wedding boudoir photography gifts. It's a thing. Want to know more? Read on...
I have an incredible job. It sounds a bit strange to say, but there are only a handful of people in the world shooting boudoir photography at this level-- and I take that responsibility seriously. Like the chef of a five star restaurant, I'm a bit fanatical about about how my business runs... and I'm driven to operate at the highest levels.
Hi. I'm Michael. I'm a NJ boudoir photographer that has been working with women for years who are, well, looking for something a bit better than your traditional boudoir session.
If you've just started the search for your photographer, you may be asking yourself-- Is there really a difference? As you'll discover in your research the answer is, yes. Whether a client books with me, or not, it's always been my goal to educate women about boudoir photography to help them make a smart choice for them. (There are dozens of posts in my blog about shopping for photographers... and what to look out for.) I've heard too many stories about disappointment in my career, and I want everyone to have a positive experience and receive beautiful photography.
Boudoir photography is a great time. Whether clients come in because of the empowering nature of a session, or simply for a fabulous gift, they walk out the door after their session is completed with that "walking on air" feeling.
Somehow, along the path of my career my specialty became the bridal boudoir sessions. I have clients that come in for anniversaries, "just because," or other special occasions, but brides are the focus of my business. I love it. I have women that literally come in from across the country to work with me. My brain still has a tough time understanding that, but I'm always honored to be chosen, and to be a (small) part of a couples wedding.
When I'm asked about tips for shopping for a boudoir photographer, I always tell people, you need to treat shopping for a boudoir photographer with the same mindset you used to pick out your wedding venue. Your wedding is a special occasion. It's a celebration. Your wedding day has a much higher value than just sum of all the parts. It's not so easy to put a price tag on the value of time spent with family and friends celebrating and being together-- and it certainly isn't an occasion that is doled out to the lowest bidder.
Women need to view boudoir photography as an experience-- and that's the way I operate my sessions. It's a luxury, not a commodity. It's a bit of a break from your every day life. It's about a bit of pampering. Getting hair and makeup done. Taking some beautiful photos. It's simply fun.
I work a bit differently, than most. I only take a limited number of clients each month, and during certain times of the year I can be booked several months out. I could do more... but I choose not to. I want my clients to receive the best. I understand the amount of time needed for each project to keep the standards I want... and I'm not really willing to compromise.
Another top question I receive is about how far ahead of the wedding should you schedule your bridal boudoir? The answer is at least 2-3 months before your gift is needed in-hand. It's a bit of a process. It can take a few weeks after your session till your photos are ready, and still even a bit more time for your album to be printed, bound, and shipped. It's not unusual for me to be booking brides up to a year in advance of their weddings to hold dates-- especially in busy times like the spring.