Boudoir Photography Prices Explained
Wow, it costs how much? I have a friend that can do it way cheaper!
Why do boudoir photographer pricing varies so much?
Why do boudoir photographers charge so much?
Does paying more guarantee good quality?
How do I know I'm not getting ripped off?
Can I just buy digitals?
These are just a few very sensible questions anyone looking for a boudoir photographer is asking themselves when they are looking at a photographers price list
How much should I expect to pay for my boudoir photos?
There are many factors that boudoir photographers use to work out their price lists. The biggest factor is the amount of time the photographer has invested into your shoot. Some photographers charge by the hour and others for the whole day. But no matter how much time your boudoir shoot takes you can expect that cost to be reflected in the price of the final photos. It may only be a few digital photos but your photographer most likely invested a lot of time to create those photos. How would feel if worked your ass off for multiple hours to only, in the end, be paid pocket change? I regularly spend over 20 hours with each of my clients.
Another factor for the going rate is how many boudoir photographers are in your area. The more saturated the market is, the more the price will be driven down for all but the very best photographers.
How do I settle on my boudoir photography budget?
You might in for a shock when you first start looking for a photographer. Some of the prices can bring a tear to your eyes. Like most things whatever budget you had set, chances you are going to end up spending more than what you had in mind when you first started looking.
Where to start when budgeting for a boudoir photographer?
Google is your best friend when checking out boudoir pricing. I did a little Google research, and I found the average amount you would expect to pay for the photo shoot and a small luxury leather album in Australia is somewhere between $1000 to $1500 in total. Think of this as the price of entry and any extras or bigger album will cost more. Now you have a starting point you can start looking around and seeing what you can get for your money.
Does paying more mean better quality photos?
Unfortunately this, not an easy question to answer, maybe is the best answer I can give you. A good rule of thumb is the more popular a photographer, the heftier the price will be. But also keep in mind most boudoir photographers are self-employed, and they decide how they will set their prices. A photographer fresh out of photography school could start asking top dollar for their services. A very common saying my photography teachers would say to the class is “fake it till you make” and “don’t undervalue your work”. Pretty much telling the class charge as much as you think you can get away with. So keep that in mind. A photographer might be charging full price, but they don’t have much real-world experience photographing real women. Luckily this is usually fairly easy to spot. Any experienced boudoir photographer should have reviews on Google and Facebook and have extensive portfolios going back years. In extreme cases will see how their style has evolved over time. On the flip-side, if you find a great photographer who charges lower than the average thank your lucky stars and takes the deal. Just keep in mind the old saying “if it looks to good to be true then it probably is”.
Here are a rough pricing guide and expectations.
Budget or inexperienced boudoir photographer - Total cost sub $1000 for shoot and products.
At this price, there is a degree of risk. I’m not saying you will be disappointed with the photos just take extra care when picking a boudoir photographer in this price range.
Mid-market the average price for an experienced boudoir photographer - Total cost $1500 to $2500 for shoot and products.
You are very unlikely to be disappointed with the photos you receive from a photographer in this price range. In this price range, you will start finding photographers that specialise in the different niches of boudoir photography. You will more easily find someone that can take the exact style you are looking for.
High end very experienced and award-winning - Total cost over $5000 for shoot and products.
When only the very best will do no matter the cost, at this price can expect a photographer who is at the top of their game and can guarantee consistent high quality.
How to find the best boudoir photographer?
1. Go through their portfolio
Have a deep dive through there body of work. Not just a few highlights on their websites home page. Dig deep because anyone can take a few great looking photos. Look at their galleries and blog posts. If you don't find a large body of work ask if you can see a few client galleries.
One of your biggest concerns is most likely will your photos be kept private and what kind of security do they have in place, digital and physical. If you have any concerns, ask the question.
3. Meet in person before booking
Schedule a time to meet and chat in person. Remember you will be stripping off in front of this person. Get to know them and make sure you are happy with them personally
There’s new boudoir photographers appearing every day so the price can fluctuate throughout a year. The general rule is lower the price the more likely the photographer is less experienced. The more you pay, the more likely you are to receive higher quality photos.
While is article has only focus (pun intended) on the price. Photography is an art form, and maybe the high-end boudoir photographer doesn't take the style you want. Find the photographer whose work speaks to you. Just find someone who you are happy with.
Till next time 🙂
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