Is Boudoir Photography Porn?

 

 

“Is boudoir photography porn?”

If you're a boudoir photographer and you're reading this I bet your first reaction is, “no!”

…but let's be fair and really look into why we feel this way.

According to dictionary.com porn is defined as: “television shows, articles, photographs, etc., thought to create or satisfy an excessive desire for something, especially something luxurious.”

After doing some digging on the subject I found an article that supports this link between boudoir and porn, from www.feministcurrent.com. Their article on this subject sums up that boudoir photography is porn because of the way it's being delivered to the person receiving the photographs. Their argument is that women do boudoir shoots to keep their husbands from viewing porn by giving them photographs of themselves in lingerie.

I have to admit I have never thought of it from that perspective, and here's why…

In the seven years I've owned my business I've never once had a client even hint to that being the reason she came into my studio for a boudoir session.

If that was the case with my clients I could see how others in my community would view boudoir photography as porn.

However, that is certainly not the case.

Here are the top 3 reasons women have expressed coming to my studio for a boudoir photography session:

1. They want to celebrate a milestone

2. They're looking for a confidence boosting experience

3. They want to reclaim their sexy feeling with a liberating experience

Now, have I had clients inquire about wanting photos for their significant other? Yes. The thing is though that's just the excuse to why they're wanting to book a boudoir session. When you dig deeper at their reason it's usually always one of the top 3. …and it has certainly never been at my studio an effort to “train” him into only looking at photos of her only.

Do I think it's a coincidence that the top 3 ways we market to our audience about WHY to get a boudoir shoot with us are also the top 3 reasons women express they're getting a shoot with us…nope.

You see, it's all about marketing.

Now, I want YOU to define in your words what “porn” is.

When I think of porn I think of full nude, sexual acts, video, etc.

I personally have never had anyone (that I know of) in my community think that what I do is porn.

…and I think I know why…

I have always been extremely tasteful in how I market and explain to others what it is I do as a boudoir photographer.

Your reputation as a boudoir photographer so SO important.

…because of this we have rules at our studio on what we post, where we post, and how we post so that we can keep our classy reputation.

For example, we will never post anything very revealing to our facebook page. If we have a boudoir session we will post the least revealing photo on facebook with a link to the blog post to the rest of the images. This ensures that people can still stay up to date with our page without seeing NSFW (not safe for work images), etc.

In addition when people ask me what I do I do NOT just simply state, “boudoir photography.”

I define exactly what I do by mentioning how we offer makeovers and a confidence boosting experience. That way I'm not leaving it up for them to define what boudoir photography is in their head. I'm telling them what the definition of what I do is. I'm defining it and creating that reputation in my community.

We also will never post any full nudity anywhere.

Not to our website, our facebook page, blog, etc. nowhere. This doesn't mean that we won't offer illusion of nude, but we just don't post these for the world to see as we want to keep our classy reputation.

Now, I'm not saying you need to go the same route as me. I'm just saying you need to figure out what you want to be known for, and how you want to be viewed in your community. From there, you need to uphold that reputation so you're not getting others thinking what you do is pornography.

This leaves me to the conclusion that it's about how YOU view what boudoir photography is. It's about how YOU portray what you do within your community, and it's about how YOU market why others should get a boudoir shoot done with your studio.

In my Boudoir Marketing Camp online course we cover how to set your reputation.

We also cover step for step extremely tasteful marketing strategies that will bring you loads of your ideal boudoir clients!

Just look at what a past attendee wrote: “I booked 12 boudoir shoots on the spot at a trade show using your booking special!” -Chauntelle Janzer, Utah

and… “Hi Molly! I wanted to give you a HUGE thank you for your advice. This last month I have made as much as I did All last year… I am able to give them quality, a fun experience , and have everything flow easily for them. Thank you so much!”

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-Amber Kuester, North Dakota

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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.