Providing an Amazing Experience
We're about to start a shoot so I'm going to breeze through this got about five minutes to gol darn gis models here she's actually a photographer who submitted a video for this um and I loved her so much and she wanted to do is shoot so she's not she submit to be a model are you come on over actually I for julie ringing you on sit have a seat I don't know if you could sit next to me we're gonna tell your photographer and you totally love boudoir from relate to you um um we are going to have one of the seats yeah, we'll get to you in a hot second. Are you able teo are you hearing anything? Are you picking up anything while you're hanging out? Yeah, great. Thank you for doing this. So marnie you know have you don't have anything like this before? You have done three shoots in last two weeks and they have been my first shoot no inspired you no, no yeah, this is totally out of my car. Fritz zone you are courageous because you're doing this in front of like everybody with the thousands thou...
sands just a few people all right, so we're gonna we're gonna finish up here we'll get to you in a few minutes so providing an amazing experience um I like to create several points of contact to build report and trust this is how you know it might seem time intensive, but it's really not a lot of time it's just a lot of points of contact I want them tio trust me, it's so important by the time runs that she totally trusts me. So all of this is so vital. Um, so again, first phone call validating her fears and concerns talking about what she loves don't discourage nerves and I like to create anticipation like it. I like to be a tease. I like to tease stuff I like to create excitement. I like to talk with them as they're looking for their inspiration shots as they're picking their wardrobe. I love it when they're texting me my I don't think you did this, but a couple of the girls this week did you did you know I love getting text from the dressing room going do you like this? Purple brought this black brantley. What? Do you know anything about these shoes? It's like we're friends or girlfriends texting like half naked pictures of each other already. You almost did that see that's awesome. Uh, you should have. But anyhow, um and definitely if there's some kind of secret aspect all the better, like if she's doing it for someone as a surprise that's, so awesome and I definitely encourage that are keeping it a secret as much as possible even from her girlfriends just tell like one friend and have them come because they're your next client's, by the way but I like it to be a little bit of a secret everything is just so much more fun and delicious when it's a secret um then keep it fun making a celebration as much as you possibly can know that this is celebrating her so as much as you can infuse this experience from a dizzy with a celebratory feel the better making a journey of self discovery that's what? All those questions air about it's not a photo shoot your you know she is I do believe photography defiance if our capturing something so let's actually have her dig deep and figure out what that is maximize the feminine pampering angle okay howmany spot is kind of girl have you know I mean, this is like a such a unique and rare opportunity teo get girl andy something super fun and pampering of yourself so that's why? If some people ask me do you include hair makeup it's like hell on the freak? Yeah, I am making this an amazing experience how much doesn't love getting your hair and makeup done? When do you get your hair done like ever right when you get cut maybe so um I really maximise this, uh, part of being a girl we like to feel pretty she pampered and um it along gates experience include surprises along the way so I'm not going to cover everything ideo that's a surprise declines, but just know that there should be some unexpected positive surprises throughout the process. Like one thing I dio john, can you grab my bag on the thing? It's not the black bag, but the red ish bag. I have this little booty kit. Yeah, thanks that I like to send. So I don't know if you guys saw the greys workshop will last week in two weekends ago, but they do surprises too, and I just think being unexpected and awesome eyes definitely way the wind clients hearts on dh I just have this little booty kit and it comes in a box and just have it in this bag to travel, but I love to sends little gifts, and again, this creates some anticipation. So depending on who the client is and what her story is and why we're doing this, give like a little bit of undies. So some cute andy's, a mask and definitely some stockings or, you know, three items usually it's of the andes mask and fish net variety and that's their little booty kit and everyone loves them and, uh I don't know, it's. Just totally unexpected what's that way. Keep this one. So, listen, I could fight over. I that's, right? I s o again, there's a lot of opportunities to really surprise your clients and add a little bit do little gesture goes a long way. Um, yeah, I won't go there's so many ways. And I would love for you to personalize this. This is again something that will set you apart. Um, give her a project and get her invested. So at the end of that phone call where you talked about our favorite things and all that jazz and her fantasy shoot, I give them homework, and I say, send me at least, like, ten images of what you think is sexy and beautiful, or even if you love the lighting, the wardrobe or a setting or just what you would love to kind of emulate. Um, I want to see that because every woman's different, I'm not gonna force my idea of sexy, and I want her like, maybe subtlety is sexy for her, so we're going to go there. Or maybe she wants to be all bold and edgy. Okay, we'll do that, but this again is extending the experience for her. This is milk in it you're not just giving her a date in a time and say we're three different outfits and I'll see you then okay? This is the work that I feel like a lot of photographers leave out and this is why they're not creating raving fans and not getting re booked and not having people tell their friends about him okay that's for when we get back from lunch so we're done we're ready to move on for a shoot krista we just wanted to ask you if you wanted to take a couple minutes break before going teo and change shoes are already want to do that we can ask you some questions. Well, what you do uh do you um I can take questions why change my shoes? I could do that. All right. Okay, so yeah, I would kill myself if I actually tried to shoot in heels. I really would already I fall all over the place full service here morning. How about a woman who is pregnant for boudoir? Oh, yeah that's something totally different. I've shot one woman who came to my workshop who was pregnant we did kind of like, you know, maternity, I wouldn't I don't sorry this is just me and I know a lot of women do it maternity boudoir just does not resonate with me at all at all I'm not saying pregnant women aren't sexy believe me pregnant women are sexy as hell there's nothing I find more like I am in awe but it's I don't know I don't know how to I'll wrap my head around it I'll just say it doesn't resonate with me uh putting garters on a pregnant woman I don't understand that it doesn't appeal to me so I honestly have never been contacted by a pregnant woman to do a shoot and I believe so much and I know my ideal client is I know what resonates with me all I have to do is have that in my mind and that awareness and has anyone ever called me for a maternity boudoir new so um that's my answer to that her family with what's up who else? Uh question that's just a little quick detail for the beauty kit. Yeah do just have one size that you send out or do you find out what a woman sizes that's such a great question hanky panky makes one size fits all that really is one size fits all on my five fighters most women but if she is a plus sized gal or something maybe I'll give her something else instead of bundy's it all depends on her you are you asking ahead of time what their size is never okay, yeah
Join Christa Meola for a hot workshop on the art and business of boudoir photography. Learn what you need to know about lighting and equipment, shooting on location and in the studio, building amazing client relationships, posing, post-production, pricing and much more.
The agenda will include hotly debated topics, business strategy, Q&A’s, portfolio critiques, and a series of live shoots. Take a front-row seat with Christa as she demonstrates how to work with women, from figure models to soccer moms, curvy gals and nervous clients. Watch as she relaxes stiff subjects, coaches natural movement, and captures gorgeous moments that allows each woman’s unique personality and beauty to shine.
This workshop is perfect for you if you want to learn all of the exciting aspects of the boudoir market, whether you’re just getting started or you’re already a seasoned pro and ready to take your business to the next level. Be a part of this exciting and intimate event with fellow photographers around the world focused on how to create a successful boudoir photography business.