My Journey in Boudoir, Part 7

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Instead of doing the marathons in different posts, I thought I’d put them all into one. The last 3 boudoir marathons I did taught more than any of the sessions combined. I figured out that I was not only undercutting the industry, but I was pretty much setting myself up to go out of business. Yes, $200 for hair, make-up, session and book is a good deal, but I highly recommend to any photographer to never charge that if you plan on doing this for the long haul. I ended up loosing more than I brought in during the marathons and I was just asking to go out of business.

It was kind of a hard decision for me to make because I really liked having so many women to photograph all in one day and I didn’t have a place I could photograph in at the time. It wasn’t until July of 2011 that Chris and I were back out on our own again (in our own place – long story – not important here). I had to make the decision that if someone wanted me to photograph them, I would have to go to them. It certainly stunted my boudoir business for a few months until I could figure out what I could do to maintain a healthy boudoir business.

Ultimately, that’s what I wanted. A business! Not because it gave me something more to photograph, but because I enjoy helping women find their sexy side and gain the courage to do a session. The process of doing a session is really gutsy for most and I think the strength it takes women is amazing!