It just really comes down to being made aware that there is another choice. There is something better. Like the first time you stumbled upon a Rooks, and wondered how you didn't know about this before! There is, likewise, a better choice in boudoir photographers. Curious? Read on...
For over ten years I've been working with women from Rumson, Colts Neck, and all over the Monmouth County area looking to create incredible wedding gifts...and who were looking for something better than the typical run-of-the-mill boudoir session.
Hi, I'm Michael. I specialize in creating unparalleled bridal boudoir photography. It's my thing. How did you just find out about this now? Well, odds are you may have just started looking. No worries... you're here!
I've been at this quite a while. I run a specialty boudoir business, and I'm so lucky to get the opportunity to work with women from not only all around New Jersey... but from New York City, Pennsylvania...and beyond! Over my career I've had the opportunity to photograph hundreds of women. I love it. It's a unique honor that I take fairly seriously.
I work a bit differently than most. What I do is definitely a bit of an extravagance, as well as an experience.
When I get asked questions about shopping for a boudoir photographer I always explain that you have to think about it like a special occasion-- like a wedding, or an anniversary. Does your wedding happen every day? Nope. You take a year of your life planning and making choices so everything will be perfect. Your taking time to select the best venue, the finest meals, the most beautiful dress-- it's an event! Did you set out to explicitly search and buy the cheapest wedding dress you could find? ...Probably not. Why not?
Let's say you were going out for an anniversary dinner. It's a special occasion. You worked on your hair and makeup. Bought a new amazing outfit to wear. You are ready to celebrate another great year with your partner. You hop in the car and head out and your partner says, "We're off to Taco Bell..." "Wait, what?" you say.
For a special celebration, Taco Bell probably isn't on the top of your list. You were expecting an amazing steak dinner. You love Ruth's Chris. You certainly don't go spending $70 on a steak every day, but on your anniversary, it's not just about the bottom line. Your having a wonderful evening with your partner, and sometimes in life the experience is the choice that makes sense.
This mindset has to follow through when shopping for your boudoir photographer, as well.
What's it like to work with me? Well, I guess since we're being honest here, I'm that Ruth's Chris steak. I'm that Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography. I'm that Gucci Kingsnake belt...
I never planned on any of this happening...LOL. I never even planned on being a boudoir photographer. You could say it was an accident. It all started as a favor to a friend, and literally blossomed from there as word spread from friend to friend. Being the type of person I am, I said to myself Well, if this is going to become a thing, we're doing to do it a bit differently.
I'm a bit obsessive. Not only did I throw myself in learning how to photography women. It needed to be better than anyone else. Countless hours of practice and late nights studying we the norm. While other photographers were in bed, I was sitting up at a computer at 1AM trying to figure out how I could have done a certain photo better.
Over time this lead to a distinct style. To this day I am still super-critical of myself. I knew what I wanted a boudoir session to be, and so I created a system that let me produce the type of results I knew I wanted. It meant not cutting corners. It meant dedicating a lot of time (perhaps too much time) to each project to get it right. I wasn't willing to compromise. I wasn't willing to cut corners. It was what it was.
It turns out there was a demand for this type of boudoir photography, and my audience grew.
So, here I am today operating a specialty bridal boudoir photography business for women who want the best of boudoir photography.
So, who are my clients? Great question. My clients are women who value experiences, enjoy having a great time-- and as I mentioned earlier, are looking for a "better" alternative.
As I mentioned, I work a bit differently. I usually like to jump on a quick Zoom or Google Meet to learn a bit more about you and what you are expecting from your session. It's important to make sure we're a good fit. I'm enthusiastic about what I do, and I really only want to work with clients who feel the same.
Due to the nature of my work, I only make a limited number of slots available each month, and once they're filled... they're filled. As I mentioned before, I invest a lot of time with each bride, and I'm not fond of cutting corners. Every client gets the attention they deserve.
How far you ahead should you book your bridal session? I'd say at least 2-3 months before your wedding is a safe bet. Boudoir photography takes time. After a session is completed, it can take me a few weeks to get through the photos, prepare a gallery, assist you with selections, etc. It's a process! Not only that, for some of the specialty albums I'm producing can, alone, take two weeks or so for printing and binding. So get in early!
There are times, notably, spring, where I am typically wait-listed. I can often have brides booking with me up to a year in advance to hold their spots.
My one requirement... You're coming in with the understand that we're going to be having fun creating your gift. Boudoir is fun. It's definitely a welcome break from the every day routine. Sessions all start with a makeover, which takes about an hour. Hey, it's all about having a bit of pampering.
Once all the prep is completed we're typically taking photos for perhaps two hours or so. I don't operate with times limits. It's a leisurely afternoon, and we're there to have a good time. Boudoir photography isn't about time limits.
When we're finished, my client leave literally feeling like they are walking on air.
It really is my pleasure to contribute, even if in only my small way, to so many weddings. Boudoir photography is a such a great wedding gift-- and if were up to me-- should be a part of every Monmouth County wedding.
So, what does this all cost? Without a doubt it's more on the "Ruth's Chris" side than the "Taco Bell" side. My clients come to me for specialty photography, and that's what I do. I discovered long ago that what I do goes beyond photography. It's really about that overwhelming joy and heart-filling experience that comes each and every time you view your album-- and I'm talking about five years...ten years into the future. It's a feeling that transcends words. If you're wondering why you should choose me as your boudoir photographer, spend a few minutes on my website.
Ready to learn more, or to start a conversation about your upcoming wedding? I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about boudoir photography, or working with me. Send me a note on my Contact Page (or IG.) I'm always excited to hear from you.