You’ve probably heard it said that the success of the end result depends on one of two things: blind luck or excellent preparation. But when it comes to business, it’s never a good idea to leave anything to chance. Besides, “luck” is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
So, instead of winging it, begin to prepare for the upcoming from the first phone call from your client. How? By asking the right questions, like the three listed below. And keep in mind that the wording is general because the concepts are more important, leaving you room to adjust the phrasing to suit your personal style. A call sheet with all your questions next to you will help keep you on track.
What do you love most about your body?
All of us ladies just love to be the center of attention sometimes. Some of us may be bashful or seem uncertain, but secretly, whenever someone transfers the focus to us, even for a moment, it makes us feel so special. As a Boudoir Photographer, your job is to make your clients feel special, and this will certainly do just that. And don’t let them stop at just one thing, ask them “what else?” and gain more insight into her personality, and possibly what to focus on during the session.
Why did you decide to book a Boudoir session?
Finding out your client’s motivation for booking a Boudoir session is essential because it will help you structure the shoot in a way that meets her needs. If it’s for someone else, you’ll have to find out who and help her tailor the shoot for this personal gift. But although this is the most common reason for Boudoir shoots, it’s certainly not the only one. You won’t know unless you ask.
Do you want your images to remain private?
This is serious business. Although some women won’t mind you sharing images from the shoot in your professional portfolio, some definitely will mind. Find this out well beforehand, and let your clients know that it will cost more to keep the images a secret, because your photos are your art, and it’s difficult finding more clients if you can’t show them photographs.
Who do you find sexy?
I love this one! It says a lot about a woman by she reveres. You get a feeling for what they find beautiful and some insight to how to photograph them. I usually build a mood and vision board around who they say. This also really inspires me to create something unique for each of my clients. There are many more questions that you can ask your clients to help you prepare for the upcoming session, but these are sure to help you get started.