Excited to announced that Bedhead Boudoir Photography has been featured in Voyage Chicago Magazine!
Read the interview here:
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
5+ years ago I was working as a software engineer. Leaving my house around 5:30 and getting home about 12 hours later. I had started a few years before this to dabble in children, family & baby photography. I really enjoyed the photography part not the crying babies and unruly children. I had an old friend who did a boudoir shoot with a Groupon. When I saw her book it looked ok but even she said you can totally do this and WAAAAAY better! So I had a best friend in town and she had an amazing suite at the Fairmont. I brought a few props, some lighting and of course bubbly! We practiced and it felt so natural. I loved showing my friends their images, they were shocked at how beautiful they really are, inside & out. Then Bedhead was born! I converted a lot of space in a 1926 classic vintage home to studio space including, hair & makeup suite, dressing room and bedrooms. Truly love making women of all ages, shapes and sizes feel empowered and confident.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My challenge has been time management and editing. I take privacy very seriously so I don’t outsource editing. I’m happy to say I have an assistant that helps with everything, every step of the way.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Bedhead Boudoir Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
We ARE the boudoir experts! We get to know our clients personally before their photoshoot. We like to give our clients personal attention. After booking with us we send out our Essential Boudoir Guide and Hair & Makeup Prep Guide. We have had fantastic feedback about how helpful the guides are when packing and prepping weeks ahead of time. We also have a no hidden fees approach. We send out our pricing so our clients know what they would be getting specifically and the price. When our clients arrive we will go through all their outfits, show them our prop closet which they have full access to during their shoot. Our prop closet includes: jewelry, high heels, jackets, robes, sweaters, t-shirts, glasses, books, coffee mugs and sports jerseys. We get started with a glass of champagne and take a look at all the other products we offer, our newest is a video of you! After our client is finished in the hair & makeup suite we can get started looking at any inspiration images they brought. Each client has a different vision of what they are looking for in their boudoir session, we like to ensure it’s accomplished. The emails we receive from a new mom or a woman who just celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary, is really heartwarming.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck? Hummm… I know you have heard it before but luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. I have been open to meeting many people along the journey. When someone has an idea or advice I’m open to it. If there is a better way to do something I’d love to hear about it. A couple years ago, Paula, owner of City Lights Makeup Artistry, was able to set up WGN TV to come out one morning from 6-10am for their Around Town segment. Its one morning I will never forget. It was lucky that she was able to make that happen!
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