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Boudoir Posing Guides by Honeybourne Intimates

Boudoir Posing GuidesI just discovered the best boudoir posing guide I’ve EVER seen. I’m visiting a photographer friend of mine, Tracy Somerville, while in Canada on my Avenger of Sexiness World Tour. As we were setting up my guest bed spot in the basement of her house, I looked over and saw on a chair the Boudoir Posing Guide by Honeybourne Intimates that Tracy had printed out.

Delivered as a digital download, which is perfect for loading up on an iPad, this thing is beautiful! I was mesmerized as I was looking through it. Not just photos of poses, but tips for positioning and making the shot work as well. Easy to follow instructions, there were a few poses in there that I’ve tried to do a few times and never quite got the shot I wanted; as I read the tips on the page, I knew exactly how to do it next time!

I’ve seen a lot of posing guides for boudoir photographers over the years. I’m so surprised that I’ve never heard of it before. It would be great for those moments when you’re stuck thinking of a pose to try, feeling like you’re out of ideas. Or when you just need a photo to show a client so that they understand what you want them to do, which I’ve found really helpful at times to get the right position for the photograph.

Can you tell I’m just a little bit excited?!? Matter of fact, I stopped flipping through it long enough to write this blog post. I am definitely ordering a copy of Volume I and Volume II for myself!

Have you tried these posing guides? Or is there another posing guide out there that you LOVE that you think everyone should know about? Share your feedback in the comments – I would love to hear about them!

Disclaimer: The links above are affiliate links. If you buy a copy, I’ll add to my fund to keep the Avenger of Sexiness Tour on the road longer. Yay!

The Avenger of Sexiness North America Tour – Summer 2013

I am on the road for most of the month of July — the Avenger of Sexiness North America Tour has started! I traveled in my Mini Cooper from Houston, Texas to Portland, Oregon over the past week, with very quick stops in Oklahoma City, Denver, Grand Junction (which is where the above photo is from – Colorado National Monument’s Rim Rock Drive), through Salt Lake City, and on to my first destination of Portland, Oregon!

Tonight kicks off the World Domination Summit here in Portland, and I can’t WAIT!

Next up is Seattle, Washington for some vacation time with family (in addition to the family we are visiting in Portland right now). Later in July, I’ll be speaking at Viewfinder Day at BlogHer in Chicago, and teaching at Team-X Fight Club in Denver.

I will be updating the “Tour” page on the site with cities that I am available for sessions in — if you want to set up a session with me, just let me know! Some of the dates are already taken by people who have contacted me over the past year asking that I let them know if I’m ever “in their area”.

Want to just meet up and have coffee? I’d love that too!

Where next?

  • You can follow along with my adventure on the road over at Avenger of Sexiness, my personal blog.
  • If you want to set up a session in Houston once I’ve returned, contact me and we will get your session all set up! (Please be patient if it takes me a day or two to respond – being on the road sometimes limits my internet access as I learned in the middle of nowhere, Kansas.)
  • If you want to set up a session on the road – GREAT! Contact me and we will make arrangements for that as well!
  • If you’re going to be at the World Domination Summit or BlogHer, please SAY HELLO!

The Myth of “My Photography Pricing Has to Be Low…”

The Myth of Your Prices Have to Be Low“Everyone else in my area is priced so low, so I have to be priced low too.”

I see this time and time again, people lamenting about the other photographers in their town who offer $50 portrait sessions with all of the digital files included, and how on EARTH are they ever going to compete with that if they set their photography pricing any higher?!?

Easily.

You are not those photographers. Their business is not your business. You don’t know what else they have going on that allows them to charge such a low rate. They may not be making a profit at all. But you? You get to design the business YOU want to create! (Remember?)

Just because everyone in your area has low rates, doesn’t mean you have to. That is probably just the perception you have after seeing several people with low rates. Those photographers normally either end up building volume studio businesses or not surviving in business long at all. Some of them are hobbyists making a bit on the side with a full time job.

Personally? I don’t want to take any of those routes. I’ve never wanted a volume studio. It makes me exhausted thinking of doing 100 sessions a month. Someone told me at Imaging this year that they do 25 sessions a week and I wanted to cry. Not my thing at all. I also don’t want to have to take up a full time job so that I can afford to keep doing photography. Perfectly valid choice if you want to do it. I’d rather make a profit doing what I love, and only that.

There are likely other people in your area who are charging a lot more. Or the people in your area could be driving to other cities to hire more expensive photographers.

If everyone in your area is charging $50 for a session, you’ve got a great advantage if you charge more, because PRICE is perceived as being of higher value!

Target carries some nice, large purses. I’ve owned several of them over the years. Normally priced at $30 – $40, they do the job. They are large and roomy, tote my things around, and fall apart by the end of the season. I don’t expect much out of them because they were inexpensive. If they last two months? Well, I probably abused the heck out of them and got my money’s worth.

Kate Spade carries lovely, large purses. Leather, durable, handles that are comfortable for me to carry. Easily in the $300 – $400 range, they not only do a job, but they say something about me when I carry them. As a brand, they make a statement. I probably like things that are a little quirky, bright, colorful. I like classic pieces that are timeless and versatile and I can use year after year. Since they are leather, I can easily clean them. As long as I condition them, they will last.

There is room for both of these purses in my closet.

What if Kate Spade told herself, “I can never possibly charge $400 for a purse! I mean, Target sells perfectly good bags for $40?!”

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

You get to set the prices for your brand. You should know exactly what you need to make to turn a profit and to not burn yourself out. To build a business that allows you to be happy in what you are doing. This isn’t just a job, this is your LIFE. Make it what you want it to be.

Because I promise you, there are people in your area who are spending money on luxury items. Look at the large TV on their wall, the numerous game systems that they have bought for their kids (or themselves), the iPhone they have in their pocket, possibly with an iPad or other tablet device in their bag not 3 feet away, the designer clothes they are wearing, the brand of purse on their arm, and the luxury vehicle that they drive.

They will be glad that someone is out there that is more expensive, because they want nice things, and if it cost more, that is yet another differentiator that tells them that YOU are valuable to them.

What you don’t get to do is tell me how you simply can’t charge rates that allow you to be profitable because no one in your area will pay them. I don’t believe you.

* Of course, all of this requires you to take some decent photographs, and to do the leg work to build a brand. It isn’t impossible. It isn’t rocket science even. But it does take a bit of determination. I believe in you. You can do it! I’ll be talking more about resources that can help over the coming weeks — including Fight Club — the July 2013 Fight Club in Denver has ONE SPOT left, and I’ll be there as one of the coaches, helping the Fighters along their journey! Sign up for that last spot!

There is Nothing Like Crisp, Cool, White Sheets in the Summertime

As much as I love Houston, I’m still not a fan of the heat. The long summer days can just be so hot and sticky. Muggy. Any thoughts of working outside make me simply start to melt.

It is these days that I long for the crisp, cool, white sheets on my bed. Gone are the heavy sheets of winter, the blankets meant to keep me warm in our 1920 Bungalow. The windows are a bit drafty in our house. This time of year, I put the thin white sheets on my bed. Cool and inviting at the end of a long day.

The white sheets for me mean that summer is here, and it is time to embrace all the beauty that summer brings!

The white sheet. So pure and simple, it makes you look incredible. This is why so many of my clients choose to include it as an outfit in their Hot Mama session. It got me thinking — it is time to once again do a White Sheet Session special. You, me, the camera, and the white sheet. Who is in? I’ve got 10 spots available for the month of June, and another 10 spots for the month of August. (Weekdays only.) What a perfect gift for your wedding anniversary or an upcoming birthday!

Not in Houston? I’ll be in Austin, Portland, Seattle, Chicago (speaking at BlogHer on photography!), New Orleans and Denver this summer. Contact me, let me know what city you are interested in, and we can get it all set up!

The White Sheet Session Details

- These sessions feature the White Sheet. No other outfit changes are included. (I’d suggest nude underwear for under the white sheet if you would like.)
- It is a 45 minute session at my studio in the Heights. Weekdays only. Sessions are available as early as 8am or as late as 6pm.
- Makeup is not included, but can be added for $100 if you would like. (Makeup is included in all of my regular sessions.)
- Albums, gift prints, wall art are all available a la carte and selected at your ordering session.
- Very Special White Sheet Session price: $150

One of the best things about these sessions is that you don’t have to go spend any money on lingerie to wear; I provide it all with the white sheet! That makes it a really outstanding deal!

Contact me and we will get your session all set up! I simply can’t wait to work with you!

Details on longer sessions with more outfit changes and makeup included is available on my pricing page.

Preveal Sale & Giveaway!

Preveal App for Photographers

Now that we have talked about how I handle In-Person Sales Sessions, the timing could not be better to share with you that the Preveal app is on sale! Purchase it between now & May 24, 2013 and receive $25 off of the normal price.

Preveal brings the power of showing your clients their images on their walls to your iPad. With easy step-by-step instructions, your clients gather photographs of the places in their home that they would like wall art (or you go to their home and take the photos for them), and you can then show your clients exactly how the photographs will look in their home. You can show them a variety of wall gallery collections as well as showing them how single large outwork pieces will look. Ever had that client that wondered if an 8×10 print would look great over their fireplace? Now you can show them that it is too small, and what size will be more appropriate.

To go along with Preveal, make sure you get a copy of DesignAglow’s free guide for clients to photograph their home for the wall displays. The educational guide “teaches your clients how to take a well composed, properly scaled image of their home’s future wall gallery location.”

Not only is the app on sale, but Preveal is hosting a giveaway as well! You can enter to win a chance at over $1000 in prizes, including a chance to win a mentoring session with me! To enter, visit the Preveal blog and follow the instructions for the contest.

The goodies that are up in the contest that you could win?

Visit the Preveal blog to enter and win! But hurry, before the contest ends on May 24th! And don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Preveal App while it is on sale!

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