How To Get Started As A Boudoir Photographer

I want to talk to you today about how to get started in boudoir photography. Here's the thing. I really thought about what I was going to share for this, and really it comes down to how did I get started in boudoir? You can get started by just simply saying, “Hey. I'm going to become a boudoir photographer.” For me, though, my story looks a little bit different. I was already a portrait and wedding photographer. I kind of stumbled upon boudoir, and I loved it. After one session, I was in love and hooked.  

My boudoir journey began when one of my clients had asked me to do a shoot for them and I thought, “Hey, what the heck. I'll give it a shot.”  Turns out that I really, really enjoyed it. From there, I was like, “Man, I really want to transition to this full-time.”  I practiced on friends and family, grew an awesome portfolio and then started marketing on social media and to my email list.

If you're starting out from nothing, then what you should do is obviously get the necessary equipment that you need. Maybe that's a D800 and a 50 millimeter lens.  If you're shooting Canon, it's going to be different, obviously.

After you get the necessary gear, find friends and family, or do a model call (if you don't know what that is, you can check it out at boudieshorts.com) and build your portfolio. Get confident in your skill set, and then announce to everyone that this is what you're doing. You can announce it on social media and to your email list.  Try out different marketing strategies like starting a Facebook group. That's really how you get started in it.

I hope you guys found this helpful. Comment below this the word “boudoir” to commit to getting started in boudoir photography!

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Molly Keyser

Boudoir photographer and business coach, I am dedicated to changing the world with the power of a camera. Originally from Wisconsin, I'm now in Texas, but I help photographers around the world learn how to go full-time with boudoir photography.