I have been shooting boudoir photography for over seven years. Prior to working solely in photography, I have also spent years working at a sheriff’s department, and spent time with a manufacturing company building battleships. My wife, Whitney, has professionally styled hair and makeup for over thirteen years. Her schooling and training has taken her around the globe to work under some of the industry’s most talented professionals.
While there has not been any formal schooling, I continue my education through different courses and classes online.
Photography has always been a passion of mine, even from a young age. While it didn’t become a career choice until later in life, I have personally developed the necessary skill set to start a photography business in boudoir.
It has been far more rewarding to shoot boudoir than any other genre. The higher reward comes in seeing the lives that you are able to touch and empowering nature that boudoir ultimately provides to women. We love to see the change that happens in a woman’s life and value their stories that they recount to us. Our exclusivity to boudoir allows us to focus our resources, attentions, and training on how to better provide an unforgettable photography experience.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
The most important piece of advice would be to not undervalue yourself as a photographer. Try to establish early on what you want your value to be and actively work to provide that high level of value to your clientele.
Have you ever done a boudoir session yourself, if you are a female (sorry guys 🙂 ? Do you think it’s something that is important for female boudoir photographers to do?
Well, as a male, I have not. My wife, who also is the makeup artist, has a session with me and allows me to better understand the session. Her having had the experience in front of the lens helps you to better understand physically and emotionally what is required to do a shoot.
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I think you can point out potentially both benefits and drawbacks to each gender. While women can feel intimidated being photographed by men, women can also feel belittled or judged when photographed by females. Our ultimate goal is to create a fun, elegant, and comfortable setting. There are plenty of talented male and female photographers. So rather than judge quality or artistic ability based on gender, it should more importantly be based on the work of the photographer.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
To avoid burnout, we try to come up with creative, individual shoots. Our shoots are generally planned out months in advance which helps better coordinate and plan for customized sessions. Making each session unique helps to give variety to the work and keeps us on our toes.
What do you love about the business?
The best part of the business is hearing the stories and seeing the changes that you are able to provide to each and every women that we are given the opportunity to work with. Nothing brings us more joy in this work than to hear clients share their positive session experiences with loved ones and close friends.
What do you hate about the business?
What is not to love about working in the boudoir photography business?
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
We participate in both PPA and AIBP. These organizations have been instrumental in providing great resources of information about boudoir, as well as networking mentors who have helped us continue to hone in our skills as photographers. Participating in such organizations also gives clients the peace of mind knowing that we are committed to the success of our business and we invest ultimately to benefit our clients.
Do you compete and do you have any opinions on it? AIBP runs contests regularly. Do you participate? If not, is there a reason you don’t?
We love to enter our photography work into contests. It is great to see other’s great artistic style and it is an honor to compete against many talented photographers from around the world. We have been lucky enough to have seen a few of our photos be selected by our peers.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Whitney’s homemade bread Yummy!!
One guilty pleasure in life?
Fly fishing out on the river in the middle of nowhere.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
My old dojo shirt from Taekwondo
What’s one song on your playlist?
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Action, The Bourne series
Favorite shoes to wear?
My Boat shoes that Whitney hates lol
What are you currently reading?
The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Ireland, Scotland, Italy…. We would love to travel and do destination boudoir sessions in a castle or a Villa 🙂
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Try to meet Whitney sooner. She is just a amazing woman who i love spending the rest of my life with.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
There are so many amazing women we would love to photograph that it is to hard to think of just one.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Finding a good balance between work and family life.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
Married to a wonderful, amazing woman. Together we have three children combined.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
All of our wonderful clients actually inspire us the most. Both in life and in work.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Invest in yourself. You will love yourself for it.