140: What is Ethical Boudoir? With Tayanna Nelson

January 27, 2021

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Ethical Boudoir

After scaling back a career in weddings, Tayonna Nelson has built a new photography career path for herself in boudoir!  Ethical boudoir is her approach, and she’s making the majority of her income through her boudoir clients from Kansas City and beyond.  Ethical boudoir is the act of making sure your experience is about your client.  Thinking about consent, stepping outside of the room when your client is changing, asking before you touch your client, and making sure that you’re stepping away from the male gaze and making it about your client rather than yourself.

  • Obviously you should unfollow people who don’t make you feel good, but also remember to follow lots of people who DO make you feel good!  Whether that’s body positivity, other boudoir photographers, make sure you’re setting yourself up to feel positive when scrolling social media.
  • Don’t be afraid to attract clients who you actually like.  You don’t have to shoot a certain way or sell your soul to run a business.
  • The reason you aren’t getting clients who share your beliefs is because you aren’t putting your beliefs out there.
  • If you don’t want to support something, don’t give those people your money.
  • You really can’t and shouldn’t be all things to all people.  You have to figure out some things that are just for you.
  • Don’t do boudoir for your partner!  Do it for yourself.  You don’t have to be selfish in order to do something for yourself.
  • You can’t be perfect, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be intentional.



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