Body and Soul presents a unique and emotionally intelligent approach to building a sustainable boudoir photography business. The higher-level strategies within these pages will enable photographers to move beyond the task of simply making pretty pictures to greater goals, such as understanding the emotional journey of the boudoir process, building meaningful, long-term relationships with clients, and creating a referral engine to sustain your business. Susan Eckert combines her professional experience as an internationally published photographer with her advanced degree in Psychology to deconstruct the boudoir experience. Each chapter is complemented by interviews with her clients, and illustrates how photographers can partner with their clients throughout the boudoir process in the development of meaningful work.
Highlights of this book include:
Self-assessment questionnaires to help you develop your brand and identify your market
Best practices for developing positive client relationships before, during, and after the photoshoot
Helpful advice for how to work with the sensitive aspects of boudoir photography, such as body image
Succinct and thorough guidance for behind-the-camera techniques that will bring your client's emotional story to life
Personal interviews with clients who openly discuss their photoshoot goals, comfort levels, and boudoir photography journeys
An interview with a clinical psychologist on the role and value of the emotionally-intelligent boudoir photographer
Susan Eckert is an internationally published photographer, a career-long member of PPA, and a member of WPPI and AIBP. Prior to becoming a boudoir photographer, Susan earned a master's degree in Psychology from Columbia University.
Introduction Part I: Working from the Inside Out: Your Transformation into a Professional Boudoir Photographer Chapter One: Looking Within: The Importance of Self-Assessment Chapter Two: Values, Ideas, Morals Chapter Three: Taking Inventory Chapter Four: Looking Outward Chapter Five: Putting It All Together Part II: Engaging Your Client Body & Soul Throughout the Boudoir Process Chapter Six: Grabbing the Reins from First Contact Chapter Seven: Now That You've Earned Her Business Chapter Eight: The Sensitive Stuff Chapter Nine: The Shoot: The Beginning of Her Transformation Chapter Ten: The Shoot: Preparing to Address Your Client's Emotional Needs During the Shoot Chapter Eleven: Evolution of a Shoot Chapter Twelve: The Shoot: The Final Phase Chapter Thirteen: The Wrap: Celebrate Her Accomplishment Chapter Fourteen: Marrying the Emotional with the Technical Part III: After the Shoot: Opening the Door to a Long-Term Relationship Chapter Fifteen: Preparing for the Review and Selection Session Chapter Sixteen: Showtime! Chapter Seventeen: Keep Her in the Loop Chapter Eighteen: The Importance of Maintaining the Connection Even After All is Said and Done Chapter Nineteen: Concluding Thoughts Part IV: Resources for the Boudoir Photographer Chapter Twenty: Interview with a Clinical Psychologist and Specialist on Body Image Chapter Twenty-One: Additional Client Interviews Appendices