Last year was insane…
The pace of business was insane.
Life as a business owner and mom of 3 boys was definitely insane.
So I said bye-bye to mini boudoir photography shoots…
At some point, I figured getting rid of mini shoots would make things much more manageable. And at the end of 2015 I announced minis would be discontinued.
BUT I’ve gotten so many inquiries about minis since. Some people were really upset that I discontinued them…so I sat down and thought hard about it.
Why had minis become stressful? Why did I really discontinue the mini boudoir shoot days?
Last year, my thinking was…
I wanted clients to enjoy the full experience. Although there’s really only a 250 dollar difference between the mini and the full shoots (with both options you choose what you wish to own only after you see the images), they provide VASTLY different experiences.
I felt I was cheating people out of the full experience with minis and several mini boudoir shoot clients had even said outright “If I knew the shoot experience would be like THIS I would have done the full shoot!”
But now I’m thinking…
Wait a minute. I pride myself on offering options that will meet my clients where THEY are in their life. For so many people boudoir is still such a new thing. A daring, bold and maybe even scary thing. Minis somehow feel better I guess – like dipping your toe into the pond.
So I’ve been thinking long and hard about how I might make minis work in a way that better aligns with our studio’s philosophy and purpose around what we offer. And I think I’ve figured it out.
New Solutions for Old Mini Boudoir Shoot Problems…
Old Mini Problem #1: Because women were only asked to put down 250 to book a slot on a mini shoot day, there were lots of last minute cancellations. And even though women knew the booking fee was nonrefundable, it meant a big mess on the day of the shoot when our tightly scheduled day all of a sudden had huge holes in it. New Mini Solution: Booking will now require a nonrefundable 450 fee BUT include a voucher for 200 towards photography prints, files and/or albums. So those who honor their commitment will still only be paying the 250 mini shoot fee.
Old Mini Problem #2: Because I am one person and I would be on the go all day long– from 8am til 6pm or later without a break–I found mini shoots physically and mentally exhausting. New Mini Solution: I will be limiting each mini day to 4 clients and extending the shoot time from 45 minutes to 1 hour so that I get to spend a little more time with each client and can work in a midday oppty to recharge.
Old Mini Problem #3: In some ways this was a good thing, not a bad thing, but still, while I initially designed minis for those who only wanted a handful of images (e.g. 3-5) most women were buying albums anyway while lacking the variety a full shoot gives. New Mini Solution: And this one I’m super excited about! Mini shoots will now have a second shooter working alongside me who will assist during the shoot, simultaneously capturing additional detail shots, and helping to facilitate the flow of the day.
Old Mini Problem #4: Because minis were only offered during the workweek, I’d get request after request for weekend shoots. I get it. Why take a day off of work for something that’s only going to take about 2 hours of your time? New Mini Solution: In addition to the weekday mini shoot each month, we are going to also be offering one mini shoot per month on a pre-determined weekend day. As per usual, this will be a date determined and announced by our studio. The Bring-Along-A-Friend Boudoir Shoot offered by Long Island Boudoir Photography option will still allow friends to gather together in groups of 2 or 3 on a date of their own choosing.
Old Mini Problem #5: Well, this wasn’t actually a problem with the old boudoir mini shoot, but I’ve decided to offer this New Mini Solution: While full shoot options are a la carte, I’ll be offering 3 mini shoot packages designed just for the mini-shoot attendee.
2016 Mini Boudoir Shoots will begin in May!!
Stay tuned for dates and more info!
Chime in…let me know your thoughts….
If you are a past mini shoot attendee, or you’re a possible future mini shoot attendee, I’d love to hear from you. What would you like to see on mini boudoir shoot days at our studio?
Happy Spring Everybody!!!
Illuminating the Power of the Feminine(R)
Susan Eckert owns and operates Long Island’s Leading Boudoir Photography Studio and is author of Body & Soul, a meaningful approach to boudoir photography which is now available on Amazon.com and as a boudoir photography resource on Barnes & Noble