***PLEASE NOTE: For 2014, The Boudoir Divas are not hosting any beginning boudoir workshops… however, they WILL be hosting an intensive Boudoir Retreat for 4 days & 5 nights, April 7-11, 2014. Please CLICK HERE to see more info on the Retreat.
In the past 6 years, the Boudoir Divas have taught over 20 workshops, to over 150 photographers. Marissa & Kimberlee truly love teaching and helping photographers launch their boudoir businesses. The San Diego Beginning Boudoir Workshop is held at the Boudoir Divas’ 4500 square-foot studio. This is an awesome workshop that will motivate you, inspire you, challenge you… AND provide you with the tools you need to take your boudoir business to the next level.
Day one covers shooting style, lighting, posing, a demo shoot, and hands-on practice using our equipment and 2 of our favorite sets! You will be able to shoot “models” to build your boudoir portfolio (we like using past clients to act as your “models” – this way, YOU still have to practice coaching your client – rather than working with a professional model who will do all that work for you!). Some 1-on-1 shooting with models as well as small group shoot settings.
Then on Day Two, you will learn all about marketing, pricing/packages, post-processing, and more – just about everything you’d want to know about running a boudoir photography business! You’ll also get 1-on-1 time (ten minutes) with either Marissa or Kimberlee to identify the next steps to implement with your business. As an optional add-on, you can choose to come to “The Basics” course on the morning of Day One (before the boudoir workshop officially begins).
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT OPEN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS.
*10am – Official start of the workshop Day 2 (yes, we will have Starbucks coffee for you!)
*The Supermodel Experience
*Set Design Suggestions
*Figuring out YOUR pricing
*Our favorite products
*Booking the client
*Workflow & Organization
*Marketing & Advertising
*Sales & Same-Day Viewings
*1-on-1s with K or M
*The workshop will end with wine & appetizers together at the Divas’ studio that evening.
Nearby Hotels: If you would like to stay near the beach, these are the closest beaches to our studio: La Jolla, Del Mar, & Solana Beach (keep in mind you are responsible for travel to & from the studio each day of the workshop).
If you would like to stay closer to the studio, here are the hotels that are the closest to us:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Diego-Sorrento Valley
Address: 5925 Lusk Blvd San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (877) 863-4780
Country Inn and Suites
Address: 5975 Lusk Boulevard San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 558-1818
Residence Inn San Diego Sorrento Mesa/Sorrento Valley
Address: 5995 Pacific Mesa Court San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 552-9100
Courtyard by Marriott Sorrento Valley/La Jolla
Address: 9650 Scranton Road San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 558-9600
Roommates/Carpooling: During past workshops, some workshop attendees like to connect with each other before the workshop, and make arrangments to room together to cut down on costs, or to carpool to/from the workshop together. Once you have registered for the workshop, you will be invited to our private Boudoir Divas Facebook page for your workshop… that way, you can connect with other attendees before the workshop begins.
OPTIONAL ADD-ON: “The Basics” breakfast: $75
Going over the basics of exposure on DAY ONE, from 7:30-9:30am
“It was worth every penny; it gave me a great starting point & it gave me a portfolio. I have so much knowlege.”
“I think this is one of the BEST investments you can make for your business.”
“They’re not holding anything back… it’s just an amazing experience & totally worth every penny that you put into it. So you’re thinking about doing it, just do it – it’s an amazing experience.”
Q: What level is this course intended for?
A: This is a workshop that was designed specifically to those those new to boudoir photography.
Q: What if I have never shot a boudoir session before?
A: That is totally fine! We have had beginners come to this workshop in the past with no boudoir experience. The Boudoir Workshop is intended to give you the experience and knowledge that you need to immediately go home and start implementing action steps for your business.
Q: Can I use the images I take at the workshop on my website?
A: Absolutely; that’s the point of the shooting day! We want you to leave with a solid portfolio of images that you can use to promote your boudoir business in your city! The Boudoir Divas Inc will retain the model release, however, we will give you permission to use the images on your website, blog, and for studio samples.
Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At The Boudoir Divas’ studio in San Diego. You will receive the address once you have officially registered for the workshop. The studio is located approximately 20 minutes north of the San Diego International Airport.
Q: What do I need to do to be registered?
A: Once you have paid your retainer fee, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to a questionnaire. Please fill out the questionnaire as soon as possible, and once it has been submitted, you will be officially registered for that workshop.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: The retainer fee is non-refundable. If you need to reschedule (and plan to come to a future boudoir workshop), you may do so once – as long as you notify us at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the workshop date.
Q: What should I bring to the workshop?
A: We ask that you bring an SLR camera with a lens that can open to a 2.8 aperture (we recommend a 24-70mm 2.8, or a 50mm 1.2/1.4 lens). We also recommend that you bring a laptop (not necessary, just a suggestion, in case you would like to download and work on your images at the workshop). Other than that, just come with an open mind and a willingness to have fun, learn, and meet some other wonderful people!
Read what other photographers have said about The Boudoir Divas’ workshop:
“It’s truly amazing that they’re willing to share their secrets, because I know as photographers sometimes we want to hold on to them and not tell anyone… I think it’s just amazing that they would do that.” -Courtney Dellafiora (The Boudoir Vixen)
”I just really wanted to send you a long overdue message of thanks. You guys really gave me so much. You gave me the confidence to be me. I have so much more to learn – but you really taught me not to be held back by what the photography society says is “correct”. It’s been almost a year and my business has grown in amazing ways. I’m just finishing my busiest season ever – and I’ve already booked a bunch of work for next year! Anyway – I just really wanted to say thanks.” xo, Jennifer Rozenbaum (Jenerations Boudoir)
“What a wonderful workshop – best I’ve ever attended! I am sitting here at home with endless possibilities going through my head of where I can finally take my business. AND you gave us so much practical information to get me there! Thank you so very much for all of that and for your amazing hospitality ♥”
– Crystal Murray Sevigny
“It was overflowing with information from the night before right up until the time we left. I’ve been reviewing my notes and am amazed at how much information I came away with” – Brenda
“Had a blast, learned so much, worth every penny & then some. :)” – Anonymous
“After being a hobbyist photographer for a few years, I became interested in boudoir photography and shot a few boudoir sessions for fun but suddenly I began getting calls from perfect strangers asking about my boudoir services. People were wanting to PAY me to do a photo session with them! I panicked a little and needed a few pointers FAST. That’s when the Boudoir Divas came to the rescue! It just so happened that you were in Vegas right before my first real, professional boudoir gig and I was lucky enough to be able to take your workshop! I left there feeling incredibly inspired and confident.” Sincerely, Stacie Frazier (Haute Shots)
“My Husband bought me a seat to The Boudoir Divas Jan. 2012 workshop and I cried like a baby out of excited. I really did not know what to expect and how the whole workshop would play out. On day one I was excited, nervous and determined. Right away Kimberlee and Marissa were warm and welcoming. I opted in for the basic breakfast and even though I have a pretty good understanding of the basics I found it completely useful and it warmed me up to the Divas and the space. As the rest of the group arrived we jumped right in posing, lighting, equipment, the ladies didn’t hold anything back. They showed us how they work with the models opening themselves up to everyone in room and allowing us to capture what they set up so we could learn. The rest of day one was fast paced shooting. From group set ups to one on ones with models. There was someone there to coach us yet allow us to experiment. I never felt awkward asking questions. On day two we were greeted with the same warm welcome by Divas and their staff. Kimberlee and Marissa truly opened up about their personal journeys to success. While emotions are part of the passion that comes with photography, I found myself willing to open up and ask questions about anything that came to mind. From Marketing do’s and don’ts to products – the Divas shared it all. I was on the edge of my seat all day. My favorite part of day two was my one on one session with Marissa. I was able to spend some private time with Marissa to open up about business and life. The two days spent with both ladies left me with a deep connection to them and the world of Boudoir. Since coming home I have drawn up so many new plans and ideas to peruse my passion in Boudoir photography. I can’t thank Kimberlee and Marissa enough and I would totally recommend this workshop to anyone.” -Robyn Buyskes
“I love how laid back everything was yet so informative. The lighting deminstration was great and I was really greatful to learn the marketing and advertising strategy that the Divas use.” – Anonymous
“It was amazing!! They gave me a flame on top of my fire to start shooting boudoir with their unique, tasteful and creative way. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to learn what I did from these ladies.” xoxo~ Rachelle Renee (Elle Boudoir)
“I loved everything about the workshop! The photo shoot and the post processing is what gave me the confidence to know that I can do this! I was really worried I would spend forever post processing but I loved how your streamlined your everything!” – Tracy
“I just think that no one should miss this once in a life time opportunity. Not only that you`ll be learning from the best, but you`ll meet photographers from all around the world, make new friends etc. I don`t think there is any other way I could`ve learned that much about boudoir photography. And it doesn`t just come down to photography. If you need help starting a business, coaching a customer, setting up prices… you`ll get it all here.”-Ivana Bencic (Ipanema Boudoir)
“Thank you so much for having me I had an AMAZING time, I will never forget this experience, I loved every minute of it, I have learned soooo much and have benefited immensely, so many great ideas and advice, there were moments I was so excited and overwhelmed with joy I could have cried! Thank you for being so open with everything, you truly are an amazing team! All the best! You will be seeing me in Paris!” -Kaitlyn Greene
“I loved getting to ask any question I wanted!” – Anonymous
“I just want to tell you ladies (all the ladies of the studio) that you helped me so much. I left with so much confidence in myself and my shooting. I have been working so hard trying to get my business rolling and I booked 5 boudoir sessions today alone!!! I tell everyone about your workshop. Thank you for being such great motivators and teachers!” -Sara Bradshaw
“I have been meaning to write to you guys and thank you so much for EVERYTHING you taught at the workshop. I went from saying absolutely no to doing boudoir photos to focusing wholly on boudoir now. Ever since the workshop I have have been slowly putting together props and a studio in my basement. On April 25 and 26 I held my first boudoir marathon in a downtown hotel room. I had 6 girls over the two days and it went fabulous, girls and I were thrilled with how the photos turned out.I have been having so much fun with this and owe it all to you guys for giving me the information to develop a fun fabulous business. I totally believe that when you leave yourself open to the universe great things can happen and life can be a fabulous adventure. I am living my passion and very happy which is good for everyone! Thank you both for being an agent in my happiness and the world’s!” – Michele
Being part of the Boudoir workshop was very inspirational. The Diva team greeted us with opened arms. Kim and Marisa shared every detail with us from marketing to exposures. There inspiration has brought my Boudoir business to a whole new level. I bonded with several of the ladies in our group and we all share our Boudoir diaries daily on Facebook, our Sisterhood will live on forever… and that is why going to the Boudoir Diva’s workshop is so valuable. Hugs, Shelly Rose
The Diva’s aren’t just bringing Boudoir back… They’ve Brought it back with class & style. This was my first Boudoir workshop and I must say, it completely opened my eyes to a type of photography I never knew existed. I had an absolute blast!! The models were stunning, Ashely made everyone feel welcome and super excited to attend. Marissa and Kimberlee are truly Diva’s in there field, the education they provide and the workshop they put on is truly one of the better and more organized ones I’ve attended. – Matthew Cotter
“I didn’t care much about shooting the models…I knew how to do that, I really just wanted to learn the business side of things, but to my surprise the shooting day reignited the fire I had for boudoir in the first place, it showed me how to get more drama from my images, something I wasn’t getting before. I got to see first hand what a “real” studio should look like, the sets, lighting, offices. The business day really made me self evaluate, the type of studio I was, and were I wanted to be, and how I should price myself. I came home with a vision, a plan. I put my husband to work quickly sectioning our studio into sets. I instantly saw a difference in my images and was confident that I would double my business and I DID! I now have a staff photographer working at the studio, I love having my Saturday’s back, and we are still growing strong. It was definitely the best education I could have invested in. I can’t wait to come back and see the Diva’s again!” -Lacy R. Hammack (AdoraLee Photography)
“I simply can’t say enough great things about the team at The Divas, the experience I had and how HIGHLY I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in photographing women. Over the last year I have attended many workshops, each time hoping this would be the workshop that empowered me, provided me with useful and meaningful information that would help me become my personal best, to provide my clients with an incredible experience and product and to run a successful business. Ok, so I suppose that may have been asking a little much for one workshop BUT Marrisa and Kimmberlee (the Divas )totally DELIVERED! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Marissa and Kimberlee (The Divas) were so genuine and honest in sharing their experience in the industry, what has worked for them and more importantly what has not and why. I must say, their willingness to open up and share the good, the bad and sometime the not so pretty was invaluable for me! It seems it is just what I had been looking for….. This willingness to share their experiences and answer, very thoughtfully, the questions I came up with led me to allot of introspection and in my opinion introspection is the true hallmark of any great learning experience! I left the Divas workshop more carefully considering my business plan, where I want my business to be in five years and what I am prepared to do to get there….. During our workshop we covered topics including, posing, lighting, equipment, sales, marketing, workflow, pricing, best business practice and to top it all off we were able to shoot in groups as well as one on one with four gorgeous models (they were amazing, huge round of applause for these gals!) Thank you again Marissa and Kimberlee for the incredible opportunity and experience, I feel so secure in the knowledge that this is where I want to be, where I should be and where I am going….. And so this journey continues…empowering woman kind, one cheeky girl at a time!” -Denise Birdsong (Sweet Cheeks Boudoir)
“The Divas Workshop completely changed my frame of mind when it came to my business. It was worth every single penny and then some. The shooting advice, time saving ideas, how to create an experience and how to be profitable – ALL invaluable information. It brought my business to the next level, and it was FUN. Just being in their awe-inspiring studio had my mind buzzing with ideas. Hands down, the best workshop I’ve ever attended!” -Hillary Frost
“I am SO glad I attend the boudoir workshop as I not only had a great time and took some phenomenal pictures for my portfolio, but I learned so much about how to launch a boudoir photography business. As a new boudoir photographer, it was priceless to learn the tips, tricks, secrets, and basics of launching my business the right way from the original Divas! I told my husband everything we did and he nailed it – “you went to school!” I don’t remember school being this fun! If I did, I would have paid more attention! Thanks Diva Team!” -Anita Lubke
“I had the best time! Definitely worth the investment. I also really appreciated the small group we had which enabled us more quality time with the Divas and the models.” – Anonymous
“This workshop is absolutely worth every penny! If for no other reason than the killer portfolio you will leave with. But there are so many more reasons this workshop ROCKS! The Divas don’t hold back; they tell you all their secrets, everything they’ve learned, everything you need to know to shoot Boudoir. This workshop is great for people just starting out or those who already have a photography business and want to add Boudoir. I left there with the know how and ability to start a Boudoir Photography business. This is the best money you will spend if you want to learn this awesome niche market.” -Kate Kelava
“I absolutely LOVED this workshop!! Worth every penny and I would totally do it again. All the Divas were SO great! I learned so much and bumped up my portfolio!! They went in depth about lighting, you get one on one time with models and they even go over every bit of their business plan. They are not afraid to share anything as they want you to succeed! I went to school for two years for photography and learned more in just these two days!! So it doesn’t matter if you are just starting or have been doing it for years, I promise you will love it! Thank you Divas! YOU ROCK!!” -Jamie Sperry
“Thank you all for EVERYTHING! You are all sweethearts! I enjoyed every aspect of the workshop. And especially for me, being a new photographer, it was an enormous and extremely useful volume of information! Thank you for your professionalism, care and warm hearts!” Olga Wilson, Dott Photography
“Marissa and Kimberlee were so wonderfully willing to share their advice! And clearly invested in everyone’s success. They did a great job of addressing the needs of both advanced and more novice photographers. And Weston is a great teacher as well!” – Paige
“I had a wonderful time. The divas and their staff were amazing and I learned something from each person I came into contact with!” – Anonymous
The Boudoir Divas Inc, is boudoir photography studio in San Diego that was founded in 2006 by Marissa Boucher and Kimberlee West. The Boudoir Divas have "brought boudoir back" and since 2007 they have traveled around the world teaching boudoir photography seminars and workshops, leading boudoir platform programs, and sharing their photo knowledge with professional photographers. With their inspiration boudoir photo posing guides, and their boudoir pictures workshop book, they are educating and inspiring photographers to become successful boudoir business owners.