Updated: Nov 6, 2020
You've been thinking about booking a boudoir session. Great! Not only is it a fun experience, it's something that you'll continue to enjoy for years after-- each and every time you view the session images. Once the decision is made to have a shoot, whether the session is for a wedding, a Christmas gift, or just for personal reasons, what comes next? The one thing you may have not considered... all NJ boudoir photographers are not the same. Curious? Read on...
Shopping for a photographer isn't something that you do every day, so where, and how, do you begin? Well, here's a little secret-- most people do this completely wrong. Why? Because most shoppers turn to their innate faulty shopping algorithm, which is exactly what you DON'T want to do.
So, what is this broken shopping system you've been doing your entire life? We'll get to that in a moment. There's one thing that boudoir shoppers need to come to terms with from the start. All boudoir photographers are not the same. Sounds simplistic, but this is a another huge mental faux-paux so many women just don't realize...until it's too late.
What does that mean? Well, let's look at it this way. Is a new Maserati the same as a used Hyundai? Is a stay at a Ritz-Carlton the same as a Holiday Inn Express? Is a steak dinner at a Ponderosa the same as a Ruth's Chris? I think we can all agree that there can be vast difference between these things comparatively... even though they may operate in similar spaces of business.
These differences also exist in photography, but this is often lost in the eyes of the shopper. The sad reality is that people don't see, or don't want to see that photographers can be just as different as Maserati is from a hoop-tee Hyundai.
Following through on that ideal, if you walked into that Maserati dealership, it wouldn't be much of a shock to see that a Maserati Quattroporte would run you a cool, $117,000 decked out with the options you wanted. You understand Maserati is a luxury brand, your paying for a premium luxury product and you're willing to spend for that level of craftsmanship, engineering, and speed. No worries.
You would never go to the Maserati dealer, do some shopping, then head down the road to that Hyundai dealer and think, Wow, I can get a Hyundai for literally $93,000 LESS than a Maserati, and believe you are getting the same exact thing and saving $93,000 and getting a huge bargain or deal. You have a complete understanding that although these two items are both cars... they are quite different and not really comparable in any terms, and no one would really approach shopping for cars with this type of though process.
Likewise, you probably wouldn't also walk in to the Maserati dealer and say, "Well, I like your car, but you have problem, you're charging $93,000 more than Hyundai down the street. If you want me to deal with you guys you'll have to sell me one of your cars for $24,000." Or perhaps talking to a friend, "I was car shopping and went in to this Maserati dealer and they were charging $93,000 more than Hyundai. They're crazy and never will stay in business doing that. Why would anyone spend $117,000 for a car??"
Interestingly, this is exactly what people do and think when they are shopping for photography services.
It may seem a bit odd at first, but just as these differences and qualities exist in most consumer good and products they so exist in photography, as well. Shocking! In the world of photography there are "Used Hyundai" photographers and "Maserati" photographers and they all service different clients and markets.
Let's take a look at this from another perspective. Say it's your anniversary. It's a special occasion. You and your partner and planning a big night out to celebrate your wonderful marriage. You buy a new dress, get your makeup done, and you are super excited to head out and have a great evening. Everyone hops in the car... and it's off to Taco Bell! --Wait, what? Something doesn't exactly seem right there...
What's the problem? Taco Bell is like 20 times cheaper than getting a dinner at a