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Dec 27, 2010 20:28 |  #1

My main emphasis is engagements, brides, and weddings. I do some family shoots and babies. I've come to realize that I don't really prefer families and kids. (I had a 4 year old throw a toy at me and scream no, the mother giggled at her child as if it was cute. I nearly left the shoot at that point.) My patience is on thin ice with kids. The main problem is me not having kids yet. Anyways, back to the point. I don't want to focus on family and kids. I want to focus on weddings (engagements & Bridals included there) and boudoir. However I plan on leaving just a few portrait images up for my current clients who are return clients that I love to deal with.

Would you find it offensive to come across boudoir images on a regular site when searching out for a wedding or portrait photographer?

I don't want to offend people but I'm not quite sure I can fund another site & pay for the advertising to get that site out when my current site gets a decent amount of traffic. As of right now I have one non-showy sample on my site and state that I can show you samples in person. So should I stick with that or maybe have a password protected proof gallery and make it known they need to call for the password (but I would change it periodically). I don't want kids or guys going to my site just to see half naked women. Or should I not worry and have a boudoir gallery?


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Dec 27, 2010 21:26 |  #2

Why not just have a single image as a link to a password protected gallery and ask prospective clients to email you requesting access. I can understand not wanting to do families & kids, but if they are part of your market, then I wouldn't put a fully accessible boudoir gallery. Same goes if you start doing Senior Portraits, i.e. people under 18. You can probably kiss off those church events....


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Dec 27, 2010 21:58 |  #3

Good point! Then I think I will do a password protected gallery. I'll have them call most likely because I don't want a 16 year old kid to pose as a woman interested and get to look at the images. I may in the long run, open a second site under a different name, create a new business name for it most likely. Most boudoir photographers emphasis in it and only do that. I love weddings most! I'm changing my focus to that for 2011. Boudoir is second.

Thanks for the advice! It's nice to get another perspective!


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Dec 27, 2010 22:28 |  #4

shotsbysheryl wrote in post #11525035 (external link)
My main emphasis is engagements, brides, and weddings. I do some family shoots and babies. I've come to realize that I don't really prefer families and kids. (I had a 4 year old throw a toy at me and scream no, the mother giggled at her child as if it was cute. I nearly left the shoot at that point.) My patience is on thin ice with kids. The main problem is me not having kids yet. Anyways, back to the point. I don't want to focus on family and kids. I want to focus on weddings (engagements & Bridals included there) and boudoir. However I plan on leaving just a few portrait images up for my current clients who are return clients that I love to deal with.

Would you find it offensive to come across boudoir images on a regular site when searching out for a wedding or portrait photographer?

I don't want to offend people but I'm not quite sure I can fund another site & pay for the advertising to get that site out when my current site gets a decent amount of traffic. As of right now I have one non-showy sample on my site and state that I can show you samples in person. So should I stick with that or maybe have a password protected proof gallery and make it known they need to call for the password (but I would change it periodically). I don't want kids or guys going to my site just to see half naked women. Or should I not worry and have a boudoir gallery?

That's not your main problem. Even if you had your own kids you wouldn't tolerate that bull**** from other people's kids, nor should you.

I don't think anyone's going to target your site specifically for JO material. There's tons of free hardcore porn all over the net.


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Dec 27, 2010 23:25 |  #5

LOL thanks. And I do refuse to put up with that. Next time I will know how to better handle it. And go figure, the mom has yet to order and the shoot was back in November after she rescheduled 4 times!

Well, I'm going to do a private gallery that's password protected and see how that goes for a while.


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Dec 29, 2010 08:28 as a reply to  @ shotsbysheryl's post |  #6

Just because it's boudoir doesn't mean it can't be tasteful and partially displayed on your main site, I would pick a couple images that are great and mention that you offer the service.. or if you want to venture further into it I would make a separate website for it entirely, that way there's no question what it is.


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Dec 29, 2010 11:36 |  #7

I think I'm going to make a separate website. I live in the south aka the bible belt! I don't want to offend anyone and already had issues with some people having problems with me offering the service. so I've taken down the info and going to create a different site.


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Dec 29, 2010 12:10 as a reply to  @ shotsbysheryl's post |  #8

Last year I did some personal boudoir shots of my wife and I searched for boudoir photography websites for posing inspiration. Through a simple Google search, I found tons of very tasteful websites.


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Dec 29, 2010 12:51 |  #9

Awesome. I'm going to do some more research. I just shot some boudoir of my sister and she allows me to use her as samples. So I've got some recent work with my new light and backgrounds. They're on my flickr in my signature if you want to check them out.


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Dec 29, 2010 12:56 |  #10

Making it a passworded gallery implies that you think it is just what you are hoping other people will not think it is.
Either fly the gallery proudly or make another website.
You can open a Pro website at Smugmug for $120. a year.

I have two websites, with an open gallery on my wedding site with just favorites and then a link to my other site which is a boudoir and swimsuit site with full galleries.

My link is below if you want to see how I did it. Not implying this is the best way, just how I did it.


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Dec 29, 2010 13:01 |  #11

Cool! I will check it out for sure. I'm definitely going to.eeparste them but maybe link them somewhere. Maybe a small button on the top right corner or something.


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Dec 29, 2010 13:01 |  #12

Check with your ISP or webmaster. You should be able to register a subdomain off your main site at little cost. It would have a different URL, entirely different content, and no connection with your main site (except through the folder structure on the server, which is not exposed to the public). For example, a url for a subdomain might be www.boudoir.sbsphotogr​aphy.net (external link). You can register a new domain name that is even farther removed from that of your main site.

As another example, I have a web site on a server (joedlh.net) that is shared with restaurants-in-the-cloud.com, theuniversalvolunteer.​net, and chapterbychapter.net, all of which are subdomains on the main site.


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Dec 29, 2010 13:27 |  #13

Oh cool! I think I understand. I'll contact them and see if I can do that and get it set up. THANKS!


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