Red Flags: What To Watch Out For When Booking Your Boudoir Photoshoot


November 1, 2023

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Booking a boudoir photographer is a significant decision that requires trust, professionalism, and a strong artistic connection between you and the photographer. It’s an intimate and often vulnerable experience, so it’s essential to choose a photographer who will make you feel comfortable and confident. However, not all boudoir photographers or experiences are created equal. 

Here are some red flags to watch out for to make sure to be aware of to ensure you have a positive and empowering experience!

🚩Lack of Portfolio or Limited Experience

One of the first red flags is a photographer who either doesn’t have a portfolio of boudoir work or has a very limited one. Boudoir is a very specialized niche, and you want to make sure your photographer has experience in knowing how to pose, light, and guide you throughout your photoshoot. An experienced photographer will have a diverse portfolio. Always ask to see examples of their previous work to ensure they can meet your expectations. 

When reviewing a photographer’s boudoir portfolio, keep these things in mind: Do they feature clients who look like me and not just professional models? Is the quality of their work consistent? More importantly, how would you like your images to look?

🚩Pushy or Inappropriate Behavior

Please please please trust your instincts when meeting with a photographer. If you feel pressured or uncomfortable during your initial consultation (which should always be free and intended to get to know the photographer and what to expect), it’s a major red flag. A professional boudoir photographer should respect your boundaries, make you feel at ease, and guide you through the process without any inappropriate behavior or advances. Ever. 

🚩Unclear Pricing and Hidden Costs

Transparent pricing is crucial when booking a photographer, especially in the boudoir industry where pricing is often a small session fee without images, then a separate larger cost for your finished images and prints. 

At our studio, pricing is all-inclusive, meaning your images and prints are included in your package selection and there are absolutely no additional charges or fees. Full pricing is sent up-front and you are always provided with the best quality prints and albums

However, every studio is different. Beware of photographers who provide vague or incomplete pricing information, or those who add hidden costs later in the process without telling you detailed pricing upfront. A reputable photographer should have a clear pricing structure and be upfront about any additional charges or options so you know exactly what to expect from the get-go.

🚩Poor Communication

Effective communication is crucial when booking a boudoir photographer. A photographer who doesn’t respond promptly or is vague in their responses can be a sign of unprofessionalism. A reputable photographer should be clear and responsive in their communication, addressing your concerns and questions to ensure you feel at ease throughout the entire process. You should know exactly what to expect and feel free to ask questions.


Booking a boudoir photographer is a personal and intimate experience that should leave you feeling empowered, beautiful, and confident. To make sure you have a positive and rewarding experience, it’s important to be aware of red flags and choose a photographer who demonstrates professionalism, clear communication, and respect for your boundaries. Trust your instincts, do your research, and select a boudoir photographer who will photograph you with care and expertise. You deserve the best experience!

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