If you’ve taken beautiful boudoir photos of your girlfriend, wife or of your friends and you’re thinking you might want to start a business as a glamour photographer, there are three things you should keep in mind as you consider opening one or even a string of boudoir photography studios.
1) Many amateur photographers have great luck and end up with some wonderful photographs because fortune, timing, the light and the photography gods smiled on them as they took the shot. A few — or several — dozen great photos do not make a professional photographer.
A professional glamour photographer knows his or her equipment intimately. A professional photographer knows how to get the perfect shot no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the challenges. The photographer also knows there always will be challenges. Only experience and time can provide the skill and flexibility to overcome those inevitable challenges so that the photo shoot yields great images regardless of the circumstances.
2) Going back for a moment to the fact that those who operate boudoir photography studios know their equipment exceptionally well is the fact that you’re going to need to purchase a lot more photography equipment than you currently own. Yet many aspiring glamour photographers make the mistake of buying too much equipment. You need enough equipment to use as backup when your main units don’t work or are potentially unavailable. Purchase more than that and you’re wasting valuable monetary resources that you could use for other important business expenses, such as advertising and promotion.
3) Finally, many amateur glamour photographers make the mistake of not treating their photography business like a business. That is, they don’t research their target market, they don’t charge competitive prices, they don’t set their business up as a legal entity, and they don’t separate their business finances from their personal finances.
Instead, you should visit with an accountant and an attorney to set up business accounts and to register your company as a legitimate business. Speak with an accountant or CPA well-versed in business taxation issues. You also should visit with your insurance agent about liability insurance for your business as a glamour photographer. Your insurance costs will vary depending on whether you set up your studio in your home or in a storefront/office building.
Many amateur photographers think about starting a photography business because they love taking photos. But you must remember that taking photos for fun is very different from taking them as an owner of boudoir photography studios. Take care of priorities before you hang out your shingle; you’ll be glad you did.