We are featuring Cate Scaglione, Cate Scaglione Photography this week. We love her because she is breaking ground into the genre for her business, & we can’t wait to watch her discover her favorite places, accessories, etc. My interview with Cate is below, & she will soon be one of our Charter Members… for now, take a peek at her gorgeous images here, & on facebook!
1. So… you have been “dabbling” in boudoir. Are you finding it more your niche than children, or do you love it just the same? I began photographing nudes in the 1990s when I studied fine art in college. I didn’t ever imagine it would become a genre of photography! When I started my photography business a few years ago, I was all about the newborn babies. I didn’t even want any other work. I just loved how perfect their skin was, their fragility, and the softness of the images I’d create. What I soon realized, thanks to all those newborn shoots, is that I was developing an individual style. It was something I began to carry across my galleries …from babies to children to commercial work. As this style evolved, I began to feel like I could really carry these elements to boudoir with refinement. I want to show sensuality in a dreamy, feminine and elegant way. I did a few sessions now I’m hooked!
2. How have you started to let people know you’re offering boudoir sessions? Living in a seasonal climate, the child photography business will go on a bit of a hiatus in the upcoming months. As my holiday sessions end, I am going to launch my boudoir sessions as my big “news” this winter.
I plan to target both younger and more mature audiences, because I truly believe boudoir is for everyone. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, I will be offering something posh and exclusive to the first five sessions that book with me. I plan to promote through Facebook, high-end beauty salons and spas as well as local yoga studios. I also want to target therapists and life coaches, since there will be an element of self-exploration to my sessions.
3. What would be your ideal client? I believe there is beauty and sensuality in everyone woman. My clients will be young single women, Moms, and even more mature women.
I want to make these sessions a personal journey, a celebration of one’s femininity. I think that beauty will manifest itself differently for every client. I’ve also been toying with the idea of targeting men so they may buy their wife or girlfriend a session as a romantic, indulgent gift. My boudoir sessions don’t have to be about nudity, sexy lingerie or even with erotic poses, because that doesn’t work for everyone. Instead, I’d like these sessions to be an artful representation of what defines that individual’s sensuality. I want to discover it together and make them feel really good about themselves. I want clients who really appreciate fine art artwork and who want to see themselves as a work of art.
4. Do you prefer indoor or outdoor for your sessions? I love doing my sessions outdoors. There’s something so organic about the outdoor images that I just love. The way the body dances with the sunlight and is at one with nature… it’s very sexy. But sexy is also about being comfortable, and I’ll be photographing in the space that makes the individual feel most at ease. For some, this will be the freedom of being outdoors and others it will be a more private setting like a studio or their own home. 5. Where would you like to see your boudoir business next year? What percentage of your overall business? I just love boudoir. By next year, I’d really like to put myself on the map in my region. Clients tell me that boudoir photographers are hard to find in my state and they’re willing to travel to get to them. I want to become “the” go-to photographer for boudoir, with about 50% of my business revenue. In addition, I plan to begin offering fine art prints and other fine art products — taking my work to a whole new level. I’m pretty excited about it!