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Body and Soul
Lucrative and Life-Changing Boudoir Photography

ISBN 9781138856998
Published January 22, 2016 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Body and Soul presents a unique and emotionally intelligent approach to building a sustainable boudoir photography business. The higher-level strategies within these pages will enable photographers to move beyond the task of simply making pretty pictures to greater goals, such as understanding the emotional journey of the boudoir process, building meaningful, long-term relationships with clients, and creating a referral engine to sustain your business. Susan Eckert combines her professional experience as an internationally published photographer with her advanced degree in Psychology to deconstruct the boudoir experience. Each chapter is complemented by interviews with her clients, and illustrates how photographers can partner with their clients throughout the boudoir process in the development of meaningful work.

Highlights of this book include:

  • Self-assessment questionnaires to help you develop your brand and identify your market
  • Best practices for developing positive client relationships before, during, and after the photoshoot
  • Helpful advice for how to work with the sensitive aspects of boudoir photography, such as body image
  • Succinct and thorough guidance for behind-the-camera techniques that will bring your client’s emotional story to life
  • Personal interviews with clients who openly discuss their photoshoot goals, comfort levels, and boudoir photography journeys
  • An interview with a clinical psychologist on the role and value of the emotionally-intelligent boudoir photographer

Table of Contents


Part I: Working from the Inside Out: Your Transformation into a Professional Boudoir Photographer

Chapter One: Looking Within: The Importance of Self-Assessment

Chapter Two: Values, Ideas, Morals

Chapter Three: Taking Inventory

Chapter Four: Looking Outward

Chapter Five: Putting It All Together

Part II: Engaging Your Client Body & Soul Throughout the Boudoir Process

Chapter Six: Grabbing the Reins from First Contact

Chapter Seven: Now That You’ve Earned Her Business

Chapter Eight: The Sensitive Stuff

Chapter Nine: The Shoot: The Beginning of Her Transformation

Chapter Ten: The Shoot: Preparing to Address Your Client’s Emotional Needs During the Shoot

Chapter Eleven: Evolution of a Shoot

Chapter Twelve: The Shoot: The Final Phase

Chapter Thirteen: The Wrap: Celebrate Her Accomplishment

Chapter Fourteen: Marrying the Emotional with the Technical

Part III: After the Shoot: Opening the Door to a Long-Term Relationship

Chapter Fifteen: Preparing for the Review and Selection Session

Chapter Sixteen: Showtime!

Chapter Seventeen: Keep Her in the Loop

Chapter Eighteen: The Importance of Maintaining the Connection Even After All is Said and Done

Chapter Nineteen: Concluding Thoughts

Part IV: Resources for the Boudoir Photographer

Chapter Twenty: Interview with a Clinical Psychologist and Specialist on Body Image

Chapter Twenty-One: Additional Client Interviews


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Susan Eckert is an internationally published photographer, a career-long member of PPA, and a member of WPPI and AIBP. Prior to becoming a boudoir photographer, Susan earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University.