With a quick search you can find roughly 70 photographers in Hampton Roads that offer boudoir. Some I’ve heard of; some I know of and some I actually have experience with. Many are vastly talented and well worth checking out…some not so much (I’m being honest). So why should you choose Shawn Sawyer Photography and The Magnolia House Studio for your boudoir photos? Here are 8 Reasons why Shawn Sawyer Photography is your BEST choice for BOUDOIR photography:
Boudoir is a specialty. Why would you go to a lawyer if you needed a tooth pulled? You’d go to someone that specializes in your needs, right? Someone continually educating themselves by attending workshops, keeping up with the latest trends. I am continually studying posing, learning lighting techniques. I regularly hire boudoir photographers to photograph me. I know one million percent what you are going through, what you are thinking and feeling before, during and after your session.
Who you choose for your boudoir session can mean the difference between a confidence booster and being disappointed in photos that you don’t love.
I’ve photographed 90+ women and men over the years. I’ve worked with women EXACTLY like you. Someone who has had the same struggles and understands WHY this is so important to you.
I specialize in photographing women. It’s ALL I want to do and I’m fucking good at it!
I photograph EVERYbody; every size, age, shape and color. Every woman I photograph is real- not a paid model. I can almost guarantee she was just as nervous with just as many reservations and questions as you.
I photograph all types of women. I photograph women that are happy with their bodies and want to show it off, women who struggle with their self-image and confidence, women wanting to celebrate an achievement, goal or life event and women just wanting to do something nice for themselves (my favorite reason).
I photograph women under 30, over 30, in their 40s and over 50! In fact, 65 is a rather popular sweet spot for my clients! They are grandmothers, moms (of the human and the furry persuasions), wives, sisters, divorced and single. They represent EVERYbody.
3. You’ll Recognize Yourself.
It seems like that would be a thing- like, it’s you so it should look like YOU…right? Nope. So many photographers take “artistic license” with editing images. Did you know there are programs that, with the click of a button, can narrow your face structure, plump your cheeks, brighten your eyes and add ultra-smooth looking airbrush elements to your skin. Sounds amazing right? No- no it’s not amazing. It’s not YOU.
Photographers over edit images because, well for a few reasons.
They might not know what they are doing. They aren’t experienced enough to pose you in the most flattering of ways and light or all the ways to accentuate your very best attributes. Other times they claim to be a supporter of the Positive Body Image movement in order to get your business. Then they either hand off your images to an editor that doesn’t subscribe to that way of thinking or they themselves feel that being beautiful is defined by specific standards. Either way your images come back and you think “I can’t believe that’s me!” in a “who the fuck is that?” way, not a “Oh my God I can’t believe how beautiful I look!” way.
That’s not to say I won’t retouch your images! After your session I will go through all of your images. I will pick only the best of the best. I will delete any duplicates, blinks blurs or generally unflattering images. I will tweak the colors and lighting of each image. I do not change the shape or curves of your body. I will, however, remove blemishes and bruises. My philosophy on retouching an image is if it won’t be there in a week or 2 it won’t be there when you view the photo! Lastly, I will lightly retouch each image by applying a slight smoothing and brightening element. You will receive each image to view in both color and black & white- and you will LOVE THEM!
4. I’m Affordable.
I know- it’s subjective. I constantly see potential clients asking for an “affordable photographer” or photographers that won’t “cost an arm and a leg”. I’m not sure about you but I imagine very few of us could afford a new arm or leg! That being said, a boudoir experience with Shawn Sawyer Photography at The Magnolia House Studio is a luxury. It’s something that 75 percent of my clients save up for.
What you see is what you get with me. When you inquire I will send you my full pricing and package guide. Sessions include access to my lingerie wardrobe, professional makeup application and digital images. Some packages even come with albums. You will know exactly what you are getting and spending BEFORE you book. In addition you won’t have to apply for credit to do it! My average client spends between $700 and $1200 when booking a session. They do it by paying a nonrefundable session retainer then making installments as they like with no interest or fees accrued. I offer no fee payment plans that allow you to affordably schedule your dream session- without going into debt. It’s the last thing I want you to do! I will NEVER suggest you apply for credit or take out a loan in order to be photographed by me.
5. My Studio!
Y’all my studio is my baby. It’s not perfect, but I love it. It’s still growing and changing, just like us. I once said that my studio is my happy place…my white bright full of light place…my anything can happen today place. It still is, it just has some rich dark velvety places added on to it now! I love that my studio offers areas of brightness and light with an airy side when you walk in with a skylight, fluffy cream rug and soft velvet blush sectional. Then as you move through there is a rich jewel toned wall that wraps around the back stopping at my one of a kind faux boxwood wall.
My studio may be small, but it is mighty. I love when a client enters and says “wait a minute- all of the photos I’ve seen were taken here? But it looks so BIG in pictures!” I just reply “It’s all part of the magic you will experience today” and “I’m just THAT good”. Remember this…I AM.
6. My Team is the BEST.
I really and truly mean that. I only work with the very best of the best. These likeminded and talented women are a portion of the reason for my success. I wouldn’t be known for the quality and caliber of work that I am without these 4 women. They will have you looking and feeling your very best. They will ease your nerves and help calm your fears all while getting you ready for one of the best experiences of your life.
My business is dependent on clients like you. Being able to use some images from your sessions helps my business grow. Women want to see real examples of real women. I generally use anonymous photos whenever possible, going so far as to remove tattoos and identifying characteristics to preserve your privacy. I NEVER tag clients on social media! I understand that boudoir photography is very personal, and I respect your privacy. I may want to scream from the rooftops and gather the masses to show them exactly what a bad ass babe you are…BUT… I will not share images online or in print without your permission. Your decision to be photographed by Shawn Sawyer Photography is yours alone.
Ok, so this is sort of a gimme (and VERY biased opinion) but, yeah- ME! I’ve been there, I’ve done it. I know how you feel and what’s going through your mind. But we’ve already talked about that. Why choose me over the rest?
Use on trend words like empower (just to get your business) and body positivity, queen this, goddess that and I don’t quote inspiring things from Marilyn Monroe or Coco Chanel (anymore). I don’t have tribes, gangs and cliques While there’s nothing wrong with any of it and most if it IS empowering, positive and inspirational-
none of it is me.
Tell it like it is.
I’m a hugger- get ready for it.
My personality is freaking outrageous and hilarious.
I’m very dorky.
I get down and roll around on the floor showing you every single solitary thing I am going to ask you to do. From where to look to how to breathe, what to do with your hands and feet…ALL THE THINGS.
I’m so dedicated, I have been in sessions doing things I REALLY shouldn’t be just days or weeks after having back and foot surgeries!
I want you to love every moment of your session and I will do almost anything to make sure you do!