Good, accurate photos are your insurance policy to success. Geisha Diaries Author & Publisher, Meeshee
In the world of escorting, how well you visually represent yourself is critical to your financial bottom line. If you take your career lightly, chances are your photos reflect this relaxed attitude and you will probably stop reading after this sentence. But if you strive to improve your quality of life, follow my advice and you’ll be well on your way.
Is that really her in those photos?
Is what a lot of hobbyists are asking these days. When meeting a new client, if you are anything less than confident that your photos look sincere, it’s time to revamp your portfolio.
Perhaps your pictures represent a polished version without any natural looking photos to balance out the persona you seek to represent. Have you changed your hair color? Tacked on a few pounds? Lost some weight? Enlarged or reduced your breasts? Photos older than 6 months? If your looks have changed, your website is outdated.
If any of your photos are unfocused or your proportions distorted, I suggest removing them from your website. Don’t tell me you’re one of those girls with silly objects in your pictures such as electric cords, open toilet seats in the background (ugh) or an overall messy environment all of which steal attention from the subject. Or maybe you didn’t realize that today’s [successful] escort must plan her strategy just like any other small business owner. The escort industry has become totally saturated with girls looking to make a quick buck. Stay ahead of the curve by planning your persona and making sure that your photos are the best that they can be.
If your situation meets any of the above criteria and you want to survive as a provider in this business, it's time to seriously reconsider how you represent yourself in today’s tricky world of escorting
Men want to see how you look before they meet you in person. Imagine purchasing a dress online. When it arrives, in excitement and anticipation, you rip open the package only to find that the material is of a lesser quality than what was represented, the proportions are ill fitting and the overall dress just isn't flattering when you try it on. With no backup outfit, you had planned to wear it out that night. Instead, you’ve become a victim of false advertising. Chances are slim that you'll be shopping at that online boutique again and will probably advise your friends to do the same.
An escort's time is nonrefundable. A hobbyist, disgruntled by the experience of booking a companion who looks less attractive in person than in her photos presents a recipe for disaster. There's a chance he will chat about you, possibly even write bad reviews about you and if he’s a real jerk might even exploit you. The damage of one experience alone is priceless compared to the small sum spent on a good set of photos. Think ahead.
As an escort photographer, I can tell you that variety in photos is what men want to see. Escort images should reinforce, not shatter the persona that you seek to portray (assuming you've done your homework and taken the time to plan and design your persona). The smoky, boudoir look is all the rage these days. But this shadowy mystery can be just as misleading as do-it-yourself photos that are out of focus, taken in one's bedroom with a disposable camera. Boudoir imagery, heavy on contrast, lighting and makeup, amplify beauty. Self-snapped shots can extort awkward imperfections which often go unnoticed because the subject lacks the trained eye that comes with being a professional photographer.
The secret is to round out your portfolio by complimenting the boudoir and DIY shots with a few organic shots
Here’s the formula for a well balanced portfolio:
- Photos shot with minimal makeup playing up any naturally attractive feature (eyes, lips, skin, navel, feet, hands, hair, derrier, curvy hips, etc.);
- Fresh, lifestyle, outdoor photos shot in natural light;
- A random activity such as reading a magazine, getting dressed, cooking, pouring a beverage, playing with your dog or cat;
- Candid evening photos showing a simple, sexy dress that doesn't try too hard or compete with you (avoid busy patterns); and
- Provocative, sexually suggestive, yet tasteful photos (get explicit only if it compliments your style).
The concept behind organic shots is to allow the many candid sides of your personality and figure shine through with minimal help from makeup and lighting. I don’t mean to mislead the reader into thinking that because these shots are ‘au natural’ that they are simple to achieve. This style can be one of the most difficult as the trick lies in capturing and optimizing your best angles relying more upon talent than makeup and studio lighting. Moreover, you might not even be aware that these sides of you exist because you don't see yourself through the eye of an artist who understands this style of photography.
Good, DIY photos require patience and effort. Get honest feedback from a friend before you post any DIY’s on your website and be prepared to re-shoot yourself if the results don't measure up. I recommend consulting with a professional photographer for a set of organic and boudoir images. Only a pro knows what it takes to draw forth the best in you.
A blend of boudoir, DIY and organic photos instills confidence in clients that your portfolio truly portrays a balanced depiction of a woman who looks real and approachable. All at once, you will become the winning combination of fresh and natural, candid and sexy, irresistible and delicious.
Stay tuned for Geisha Diaries’ upcoming E-books, "DIY Photos" and "Planning a Six Figure Persona"
Written by Meeshee, Publisher for Geisha Diaries & Owner of Meeshee Photography