In this article I’m going to talk about how you can find a photographer who shoots boudoir photography in Hampton Roads, Virginia by using your favorite search engine. I’m also going to show you some other ways you can find the same thing without using a computer or the internet at all, but more on that a bit later.
Okay, let’s get started. First, pick your favorite search engine. In all likelihood it will be either Google, YouTube, Yahoo, or Bing.
Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “YouTube?”
YouTube is actually the second largest search engine in the world and is owned by Google… the largest search engine in the world.
Okay, let’s first take a look at Google.
Use Google To Search
Go to Google and type in “boudoir photography hampton roads VA”.
You can also type in “Hampton Roads, VA boudoir photographer” or any variation on that phrase.
There are three main sections we’re going to look at on the search results page once one of those phrases has been typed in.
— Paid ads
— Map search results
— Organic search results
The very first listings you’ll see will be paid advertisements from boudoir photographers or studios in the area. These look exactly like the organic search results further down the page but have the word “AD” inside a little box next to them.
These ads are most often from photographers who are ranked lower in the search results but who are willing to pay to have their businesses appear at the top of the page.
These photographers want your attention and your business and are willing to pay to get that prime spot at the very top of the page.
Feel free to click on any of these ads and check out their work. You may find someone right there you’d like to shoot with.
The Pros and Cons of Choosing a Photographer From the Paid Ad Section
One pro of these paid ads is that they are usually from photographers who are hungry for business and may be willing to negotiate on their prices… maybe.
One con of these ads is that some of them may be fairly new at boudoir and may not have the experience or quality of images you’re looking for.
Make sure you do your homework and check out several photographers before making any decisions.
Using the Map Search Results
Below the paid ads you’ll see a map, and below the map will be the top three search results for boudoir photographers in Hampton Roads or in areas closet to it.
If you click on “More Places” the map will expand revealing all boudoir photographers in the surrounding locale.
If you’re specifically trying to find someone in Hampton Roads then this is where you want to look because you’ll be able to see exactly where all these photographers are located with big red balloon pins sticking out of the map.
Click on any one of these red pins and a window will slide up giving you all the pertinent information on that photographer such as address, website, phone number, hours of operation, etc.
You can also expand this map even further by clicking on the “+” sign in the lower right-hand corner if the results you’re getting are not quite enough.
Using the Organic Search Results
The organic search results are listed just below the map listings, approximately ten per page. These are the photographers Google has deemed to be trusted authorities in the field of boudoir photography because of the time they’ve put into their businesses.
In a sense, they’ve earned those top rankings through hard work, experience, and longevity.
If a photographer is ranked in the top three, you can be assured they’ve been around long enough to have some real experience in the genre and you should check out what they have to offer.
Below this list of ten organic listings will be more paid ads, currently three (although Google has a tendency to keep changing things up). Feel free to check out these as well if you’re not finding someone you like from those listed in the map results or from the organic search results.
Using Popular Social Media Apps
Another way to find a boudoir photographer in Hampton Roads is to use Instagram and Pinterest.
If you’re not on Instagram already you may want to consider opening an account. It’s free, just like Facebook (in fact, Facebook owns Instagram) and it’s rapidly becoming even more popular than Facebook.
The language of Instagram is pictures. Lots and lots of pictures… and also videos, but mostly pictures.
Another way to search is to do a # search on the ‘gram (that’s what all the cool kids call it).
On your smartphone just tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen and type in #boudoirHamptonRoads or #HamptonRoadsBoudoir.
Hit Search then tap on one of the results.
Boudoir photographers in the area will hashtag their posts with either one or both of those local-centric hashtags to attract new clients just like you.
Once some results pop up, tap on some images you like to find the photographer who’s credited. They’re usually tagged on the image or hashtagged (#) in the caption below. Tap their name to get to their Instagram page if it’s not their page already.
Just like with Instagram, Pinterest is picture based as well and it too has a search function. Type in the same phrases as above to find boudoir images posted by boudoir photographers in Hampton Roads. There will usually be a link you can tap on to get to the photographer’s website within their Pinterest account or listed beneath their images where you can check out their work and contact them if you want to get more information on their services and pricing.
As mentioned above, YouTube is the second largest search engine, second only to Google, and it’s another great way to find a boudoir photographer in Hampton Roads, VA, or in any city for that matter.
Jump onto YouTube and type “Hampton Roads, VA boudoir”, “boudoir photographer Hampton Roads”, or some variation of those words.
Many photographers make BTS videos (behind the scenes), instructional videos, helpful tips videos, and slide shows to showcase their work and promote their businesses. Check in the description below their video to find a link to their website.
Google, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube are all resources you can use if you have a computer or smartphone, but what if you don’t have either or even know how to use a smartphone or the internet?
Find A Boudoir Photographer in Hampton Roads Without Using a Computer or Smartphone
If you don’t have a computer or are not computer or internet savvy you can still find a boudoir photographer in Hampton Roads by visiting some local lingerie or intimate apparel shops and asking the clerk if they know of any local photographers who shoot boudoir.
A lot of times boudoir photographers will advertise in these stores with a business card or flyer or have some type of arrangement with stores for referrals. It works something like this, a boudoir photographer might name a particular store as a good place to shop for lingerie on their own website or social media in exchange for the shop recommending them when someone inquires about a shoot.
Don’t Forget About Local Wedding Photographers When Searching For A Boudoir Photographer
Yet another way to find a boudoir photographer is to call up and ask wedding photographers in the area if they shoot boudoir. Some do even though they don’t advertise it.
Beware, however, boudoir is its own unique specialty with its own approach and techniques just like any other genre of photography. Just because someone is a good wedding photographer (or photographer in general) does not mean they’ll be good at shooting boudoir.
To find a boudoir photographer in Hampton Roads, VA just type in the words “Hampton Roads VA boudoir” (or some variation of that) into Google and check out the:
— Paid Ads listing
— Map listing
— Organic search listing
Do a search on Instagram or Pinterest by typing in #HamptonRoadsboudoir or #boudoirHamptonRoads.
Use YouTube and search using those same words.
Visit local lingerie and intimate apparel shops in and around the area and ask if they know of or can recommend a good boudoir photographer.
And last but not least, don’t forget about your local wedding photographers. Just because they don’t advertise boudoir doesn’t mean they don’t shoot it.
If you found this article helpful be sure to pass it on to someone who might find it useful as well, and if you’re interested in a boudoir shoot in the Hampton Roads or southern Virginia area you can contact me through my website at…
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