Choosing a photographer for such intimate portraits can certainly be a hard task.


There's certainly an abundance of people around now (especially so after lockdown it seems!), all with completely different tastes and styles. So you really do need to ask yourself, what do you want and who can you trust?


While it's not completely as sordid as that, I will start this post off by saying that there are people out there that don't have the best intentions. Because I know how I could seem and I realize the situation that clients put themselves into. I do offer to meet potential clients in public places for coffee or a drink prior to even booking a session. This is my way of building a trusting relationship. As well as getting to know people beforehand and find out ways to customize the session to them!

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First thing you need to ask yourself... Do you like their art?


Do you see yourself in the images? Is it something you feel connected with? Are they images that empower and make you feel strong but sensual? Are their images artistically what you'd want for yourself?

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Do you resonate with their energy?


There's something that really separates photographers and that is their marketing strategies. The choice we appear to be given as photographers is "building community" or "making more leads". I personally chose to nurture community and provide a safe space. I am who I am. I want to be honest, myself and create a supportive and empowering environment for clients, models and photographers alike. Because of this I can be a bit more forthright with my text and what I write about, but I'd rather do that and attract clients that like me AND my art, than pretend to be all-knowing and only about empowering women. There's so much more to this earth and the lives we live and I want to discuss it all!

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Thirdly.... and this is more a statement...

Trust your gut.


9/10 if something's too good to be true, it is. As with anything in life. I often see horror stories where a client goes to a "home studio" to find it's a really messy and disgusting garage space with a creepy man. Situations that sound okay to begin with, but when the client gets there, it's completely different and unsafe. If you get any kind of vibe that things "aren't okay", or aren't feeling right just walk away. You deserve to feel like you are in safe hands. It's a fairly vulnerable situation you are putting yourself into after all. You deserve to feel safe. Respected. While having an incredible experience.

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Lastly, I guess pricing is something I should touch on.


To be completely honest, I didn't feel this should be in here but everyone has different budgets and needs, so thought I'd better include. Ideally, if you are perfectly happy with their art, their energy and your gut says everything's good; then their price should be accepted. Everyone charges differently because of their own business costs. Business costs go up in order to continue to provide such an experience.


Often, a lower charging photographer is someone new, or someone that doesn't value themselves. I for one, know how the latter feels. I spent many years undercharging because I simply didn't feel good enough. Now, it's gotten to the point I need to charge more in order to support the business.


Some higher charging photographers are a bit "luxurious" with their pricing - make sure you read the fine print! There are a good few out there that don't actually include any products or images with their session fee!


Just be aware that many higher priced photographers do support payment plans. You don't have to pay it all at once. This should be down to communication between you and the photographer you wish to hire. Make sure you ask questions and try to get ALL the information!


If you don't know what to ask, here's a few suggestions...


  • Where are the photoshoots conducted/held? Can we do them on location (outdoors/at my own residence kind of thing)?
  • Is the location private?
  • What do you offer and what does it include?
  • How do your photoshoots work? What does the day look like?
  • Is hair and makeup included?
  • If you have allergies, be sure to ask if there's anything on the property that could upset your body. I have a long haired cat so make sure to ask potential clients beforehand in case I need to find another location for a shoot.
  • How much could I be looking at? Yes, the session fee is outlined, but what are the hidden costs? E.g. extra images or album add on's, or prints.


These are just what I can think of right here in this moment of writing. I can't always think of everything! hahaha However I'm always here if there are any other questions. I do not mind if you flick me a message even to discuss other potential candidates. It's a community after all, and I do understand everyone has different needs or wants.


Each to their own :)


If you do have questions - chuck them here below