Updated: Apr 18
As a pro boudoir photographer it’s only inevitable that sooner or later someone asks “Have you ever photographed any celebrities?” or “Have you photographed any famous people?” These are questions that just seem to come with the job! In my case, the short answer is “Yes,” but more commonly I tell people “No--” and here’s why…
Even though it’s true, answering “Yes” to that question will cause the conversation to continue— and what do you think the next thing the person asking will say? --Right! “Who? Give me more details!” —Which is only extending a line of questioning which I prefer not to continue. So, why not talk about it?
Even though coming in for a boudoir photo session is hardly scandalous, it is still something that most people prefer to be private, or perhaps only shared with a partner. By default my sessions are private for all clients-- even if they have a more "public" persona. --And in an instance or two there have even been clients I am restricted from discussing. (I'm not even sure if I'm allowed to write that I'm not allowed to write about it. 😂.)
That being said, I can understand the interest people have in celebrities and why they would want details about someone they may know from television, movies, sports or commercials. It can sound exciting. Here's one detail I will share that goes to show how out of the celebrity loop I personally am! 🤓 I have booked a celebrity client for boudoir photos and not even realized it! --True! 😂
Here's the thing:
It really doesn't matter to me! I don't do anything differently whether my client is a celebrity, a physical therapist, a business owner, or student! Truth be told, I don't follow celebrities, and embarrassingly, most often don't even know their work.
Another fun fact:
Even if I have an idea of who the client is, usually I don't even mention it to the makeup artist on-site that day. 😂 😂
Why? Because everyone that passes through my door received the same amazing service.
Another question that often comes out of this line of questioning is, "Do you charge people more because they are famous?" The answer is a resounding "No." Not that it has happened tons of times, but as I stated earlier but odds are I will not even recognize the person by name! Or, in some cases there will be someone, like a business manager or assistant, making arrangements.
Not only that, typically when I'm speaking to clients before a session, the topic of their occupation isn't something that would normally be part of a typical consultation. Sometimes, a minor tipoff would be if the inquiry requested keeping everything super quiet.
Personally, though, even if I did know, I treat each client the same, and as such there would be no difference in fees.
So, what would be the most popular category that would fall under celebrity boudoir photography?
Well, I do not keep stats, but if I had to guess I would say wives/fiancés/girlfriends of pro athletes is probably in the top spot. I'm located near the NYC/Philly metro areas and there are lots of pro sports teams in my vicinity. Which is why there have been a few pro sports jerseys that have made their way into my boudoir albums.
As I noted earlier, I may not even realize this before-the-fact, and until the client takes out her partners sports jersey and makes conversation about it-- otherwise I would have never known. 😊
Has there been one particular sports team with the most clients?
Well, I really don't keep track, but if I had to guess, over the years there is a certain "red" sports team in the area that may possibly be the leader. In particular, maybe pitchers? ⚾
What's it like working with a celebrity client?
Working with a celebrity client is undoubtedly an exciting experience, but at the core of it all, my approach remains the same as with any other client. The focus is always on creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, ensuring that each individual feels at ease and able to express themselves authentically.
When a celebrity walks into my studio for a boudoir session, it's essential to remember that despite their fame and public persona, they are still a person with their own unique set of emotions and vulnerabilities. Just like any other client, I prioritize building trust and establishing open lines of communication. This rapport allows for a deeper understanding of their personal style and preferences, which is invaluable when crafting the perfect boudoir shoot.
The creative process with a celebrity client follows the same collaborative approach that I use with all clients. They share their ideas and visions, and I work meticulously to bring those concepts to life through stunning visuals. Striking the right balance between their expectations and my artistic perspective ensures that the end result is a breathtaking boudoir experience.
During the shoot, the atmosphere is relaxed, allowing for genuine expressions and moments of vulnerability to shine through. Laughter and lighthearted conversation help to create a sense of ease, breaking down any barriers that may exist. This comfortable environment is crucial in capturing the essence of the person, regardless of their celebrity status.
The final product is a beautiful representation of the collaboration between photographer and subject, a visual story that captures the individual's unique spirit and essence. Whether they are a celebrity or not, the goal is always to create a collection of images that celebrate the person's individuality, showcasing their humanity and vulnerability.
In the end, while working with celebrity clients is exciting, my approach to boudoir photography remains consistent across the board. Treating each client with the same level of care, attention, and professionalism ensures that everyone who steps into my studio leaves with a memorable and empowering experience, celebrity or not.
The bottom line is women, despite their level of fame, all love looking beautiful. I have been lucky in that people have seen and enjoyed my work, and are willing to come in to have a fun boudoir shoot looking to have results they can feel good about and enjoy for years.
I've had an interesting journey. When I started my career as a womens photographer, I knew I wanted to do it better and not cut corners in the process. What I could have never imaged was that people would be traveling from around the US to work with me! It's been quite an adventure!
Do I see myself as a "Celebrity Photographer" or a "Celebrity Boudoir Photographer?" Not at all. For those who have met me, I'm about as un-celebrity as you can be. 😂 I do, however, want every client to feel and look like a movie star, so in some small way every client that visits me is a celebrity... if only for just a few hours.