Everything You Need for the Perfect Boudoir Photography Studio Setup
It’s true that you don’t need the world’s best equipment or the fanciest camera to be successful. But one thing you can’t afford to compromise on? Your photography studio setup!
This can really make or break your business! Because if you have a setup that’s hard to work with, you may spend hours during each editing session thanks to bad lighting and paint colors that don’t photograph well.
When I moved into my studio…it actually had green walls. Can you imagine how long the color correcting on that would take? That’s what I don’t want for you.
So in this video, I’m taking you behind the scenes to see what makes for a good setup, and how you can create one too, so you can avoid all the unnecessary work!
Studio Setup Tip #1: Get a Space With Good Lighting
Yes, I know you can easily make up for a lack of light with lighting equipment. But nothing looks as good as natural light does. At least, not in my opinion.
This is actually why I chose the studio that I’m in now. Sure, sometimes I need to add a little bit of light, but overall, everything is very natural and pretty. And what’s more — I have two shooting rooms that have very different types of light.
One is more dark and moody, and the other is more light and airy. This means options that can fit a range of “vibes” that a client could be looking for. But because mostly everything is natural, it all ends up looking effortless.
Studio Setup Tip #2: Create Different Sets (if You Can)
Going back to the two rooms in my studio setup…I firmly believe that having options with your sets will really enhance what you can deliver to your clients.
I have two bed sets, with their own set of sheets, one to match each room. One has black silk, the other has white.
I also have a gray wall I shoot against for really clean, classy, Calvin Klein-style photos.
And, of course, my cream chaise lounge and white fur rug!
I shoot in each space for every session because gives plenty of variety. Which means that my clients want more of their images! It’s a great selling point.
Studio Setup Tip #3: Add Contrasting Wall Colors
In my studio, I have one grey wall with three white walls.
When I’m shooting on my gray wall, I’m using the white walls to bounce light, like a reflector. When I’m shooting on the white sheets set (which has the white walls as a background), I’m using the gray wall to absorb light so I have some shadows and contrast on my client.
Because the colors and layout were chosen with intention, I have to do minimal color correcting, making my job SO MUCH easier, and it still gets clients beautiful photos they’ll fall in love with.
Studio Setup Tip #4: Have an IPS Sales Space
Note that sales space doesn’t have to mean a physical space. In fact, all of my in-person sales sessions (IPS) are actually held over Zoom!
BUT if you want to do these in person, or haven’t quite reached the point of shifting everything online, then I 100% recommend having a waiting room or designated area to conduct those IPS sessions.
It just keeps things more professional than discussing the deliverables in the same place the photo was taken. Plus, you can keep physical copies as examples when trying to sell things like prints or albums, and show them to the client.
At one point, my studio had a 13-foot wall that held some of my absolute best work. It had my logo in the center and a spotlight on the photos. It was awesome because it really showcased what I could give my clients and got them excited about getting their deliverables!
But if I had this area on set, it would kind of kill the vibe, ya know?
Take Your Photography Studio Setup Up a Level
Now that you know what a boudoir studio can look like, you’re probably wondering what you need to put inside of it, right?
Over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about what furniture, props, and accessories work best for my clients. And which ones can, like good lighting and wall color, elevate your photos.
In episode 75 of the Sustainable Freedom With Boudoir Photography Podcast, I give you a recap of everything I have inside my studio — from my furniture to the sheets I use, and yes, even supporting lights — to keep my clients falling in love with their pictures.
If you want to take your studio setup to the next level, you can check it out below!