Privacy is a top priority when it comes to sensual sessions.
Tis the busy season for boudoir photographers across the globe. Between now and Valentines Day people are looking for unique, personal gifts for their significant others, for a friend, or as a gift for themselves. Boudoir sessions check off all the boxes on that list and more.
That being said, it’s also the time for privacy concerns. A lot people don’t want their images on display for the world to see. The photos generated by a session are generally for a certain person’s eyes only. This is totally understandable. I honestly would say a good 50-60% of the sessions I do are never meant to be uploaded here.
That’s why there’s gaps between entries here, by the way.
This is a topic of discussion I have with every client before the session. I want to be clear with them that they are in control of everything. They control what we shoot, where we shoot, how long we shoot, and – most importantly – what happens to the images after the session is done.
I want to make sure there are no “grey” areas left unanswered. No doubts.
If they don’t want the images published then that is the end of the conversation. I don’t push, I don’t pester. We do our session, they go over the images with me, we make choices, and I edit them. The finished product is sent to them with a smile on my face and an appreciative hug.
That being said, there are ways to protect people that would like to have their images published as encouragement to others to do their own session, to show off images they are proud of, et cetera. Using fake names, using initials, not showing faces, et cetera. We talk about those options before the session, too.
For example, type in “Miss F” on your search engine of choice. How many hits came up? I got 17.8 million on mine. That’s how search engines work. They go off the words used in these entries. If all they have to go on is an honorific and an initial, there is no chance that anyone searching your real name will see those images.
Is she a miss? Mrs? Ms? Is “F” even part of her real name? Hmmm.
By the way – This is why you see some familiar faces creep up again and again on this page over time. I want to show that I’m still active, trying new looks, exploring new ways of doing things, et cetera. If all I work with are people that don’t want their work published on-line then my social media platforms die a quick death. And then so would my business.
I am truly blessed with people that allow me the honor of publishing the images we create for you to see. Like Miss F here. She’s an amazing, hard working woman holding down multiple jobs as she carves out a place for herself in this world. Whenever we get a chance to work together I want to make sure we create images that are worthy of the time she set aside for me.
Not to mention she’s amazingly beautiful and funny as all hell. Bit of a nerd, too, which is icing on the proverbial cake in my opinion.
So, if you are thinking about doing a boudoir session but are concerned about your privacy, let me assure you that we will take every precaution needed to ensure your comfort, confidentiality and identity.
Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community. Contact him today at email@example.com to book your session or to purchase a gift certificate for your significant other/friend.