For those of you who have our book you already know that it is more than just a book about boudoir photography. It is very different than the kind of photography book you buy at Barnes and Nobel. Our book is our complete business model, everything that took us 5+ years to figure out about boudoir photography and how to operate a successful boudoir studio at a very small scale, and now at a much larger scale. This book will show you how to return you investment ten-fold in one shoot, pricing upwards of $1500 per boudoir package. Also how to effectively add boudoir to your current services and easily generate more income.
Initially, we knew that when we priced our book we were totally underselling ourselves. Kimberlee and I are always so eager to help people that at times we cut ourselves short. What I mean by that is we are essentially selling out blood, sweat, tears, and costly mistakes for $175. On the same day that we were talking about raising our prices we received a phone call from the sweetest photographer who told us she would have paid $1000 for our book, it was that valuable to her. Photographer friends, who know both us and our business well, have called our Bad-Ass Training Guide a workshop in a book and think we should charge at least $700 for it. While we definitely won’t be going that high with the price we can say that we will be upping it soon. There is even serious talk about discontinuing the Bundle! With that said we are strongly hinting here that if you are considering buying the book or bundle you should do it now! – M
We LOVE hearing what people think about our book! Here’s an email we just got from someone…
“I can’t even begin to explain how useful and fantastic it is so far. I have a two year old at home, so not much spare time, but I am just about all the way through. What a no-nonsense, fantastic guide with so much practical, useful information. I am so glad that I bought it and hopefully plan to buy the upgrade in the new year.”
Thanks again for taking some fun shots of us, Weston! The purpose of this shoot was just to get some new shots for our site, speaking bios, and… also just for the heck of it. We wanted to do something a little different, so this is just a glimpse of our silliness. :) We’ll be sharing a few more shots in early ’09 when we launch our BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!!
We love hearing from all of our workshop gals! Thanks, Janet, for sending a little update on how things are going for you. We’re so glad that you’re loving your boudoir shoots! :) Check outJanet’s site!!
Narrowing down your images quickly is something that will come with time. Your time is so valuable, you don’t want to waste any unneeded time in front of your computer screen. We limit our images down quite a bit, and we do it VERY quickly! Our best advice: go with your instinct and only KEEP the best images. Label those ones… get rid of the rest.
Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. For the past two weeks we’ve been planning a SUPERfun photo shoot with models and crazy styling. We were planning on going to some unique outdoor locations, but when we woke up this morning we were more than just a little bit disappointed to find rain pouring outside! So we moved on to Plan B – which consisted of one hour running around, throwing together brand new outfits and working in the studio instead of on-location. It was still a rockin’ shoot, though, and we even got to spend the last 20 minutes outside when the rain cleared for a moment. We can’t wait to share some of the shots! Marissa and I just love our model shoots. It gives us a chance to play around with new lighting set-ups, and to just try out all kinds of different styling and posing. (We try and do one of these shoots every couple of months). Here’s what the lobby looked like when we brought in all of our different outfit ideas and accessories:
We also decided to take advantage of our ‘fun photo day’ by having Weston do a photo shoot for the two of us. SO much fun. Seriously, for two gals who usually hate being in front of the camera… we really had a good time. Thanks, Weston! And we also have to say a huge thank you to our fabulous makeup artist. Catherine is absolutely amazing. She did makeup for myself, Marissa, and both of our models. We couldn’t have been happier with the way it all turned out. :) Check out her site! [Makeup by Catherine]. Here she is working on Marissa:
Photos from both shoots – coming soon! :)
*Edit to add: If you wanna see a preview shot of our “diva” photo shoot – go check out our Twitter page!
Deena is a fantabulous photographer for Woman Captured by Bouchér. She has been shooting with us for quite a while and she and Crystal, our other photographer and studio manager here, always manage to knock our socks off with the cute stuff that they come up with. She took the shots above and we have coined them as the “Deena” shot as it is always at the top of the request list from our clients!
When Marissa woke up this morning, she had no idea what the day would hold. Thankfully she’s a very good sport, and so she agreed whole-heartedly to my scheme when I told her about it. So here it is. The premier of Episode #1 of “Marissa Explains It All.” Leave your questions in the comment box and we’ll try to get to as many questions as possible in the next few months!
Episode 1: Marissa Explains It All from Boudoir Divas on Vimeo.
So after the KISSmas party on Friday night, Westissa & I were driving back to San Diego (we got home at about 4am, after a stop at Denny’s & getting lost – ahem – I mean, taking a little ‘detour’ on the 91/605/405 freeways through LA). Anyway, on our drive home, in order to stay awake, we were playing those silly roadtrip games. My game invention was undoubtedly the nerdiest game ever invented. It was a version of the abc game – you know the one where you name something starting with each letter of the alphabet – only for this version you had to name fonts. Yes, fonts. (ie, Weston starts with a: ‘arial’ – Marissa, b: ‘bickham script’ – Me, c: ‘century gothic’) That only lasted a few rounds, until we laughed at the hilarity (aka supreme photog dorkiness) of what we were actually doing. On to the next game: seeing how well we know each other by trying to guess our favorites. My favorite food. Weston’s favorite guitar. Marissa’s favorite TV show while growing up. All I can say is… you certainly do learn a lot about each other while on roadtrips, even short 3-hour trips. I learned something new! Marissa’s fave TV show? Clarissa Explains it all. This is one thing we don’t have in common, as I never watched this show (I was a hard-core Punky fan). But this insight into Marissa gave me a fun little idea. What if we do a series called “Marissa Explains it All”?! I haven’t told her about this, so I guess I still need approval – but what do you think? We’ll ask her questions about anything and everything (boudoir-related or not). I think my first question for her will be about her favorite places to shop for all her cute clothes.
So, if you have a question for Marissa (about anything at all), leave it here in the comment section! :) On another note – coming this week: a new boudoir tip, photos from the KISSmas party, and our December newsletter (coming tomorrow!)