I’ve been thinking a lot lately how popular the boudoir business is getting in the wedding industry. Then I had a revelation. Why not start one for teen girl portraits? That would totally set me apart, dontcha think?
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Ron. That’s terrible. That’s offensive. How can you even suggest such a thing?” I can understand your concern. But seriously, come on people! It’s 2011 for crying out loud. Lighten up! We have shows like Skins on the air. A boudoir photography business for teen girls is nothing compared to that. And let’s be honest, have you SEEN some of the senior portrait photos of teen girls nowadays? I could easily link you to half a dozen REAL teen girl portraits that are just as racy, if not more so, than many wedding boudoir photos I’ve seen. I’m just going to call a spade a spade.
I have a lot of things going for me in this business.
- I’m the pro: you may think teen girls would be timid or shy about showing their bodies. In truth, many may be. But, I’m the pro. They’ll trust me and do what I tell them to do.
- Parents Are Clueless: you may also think that parents would be against such a thing. Maybe. But first, go back to #1, I’m the pro. They’ll listen to me and besides, I’m a very good talker. Second, parents nowadays are clueless as to the real effects such photos have on how their girls will be viewed by teen boys, and grown men for that matter (and we all know what boys will be thinking, come on). Many have no idea what their kids watch or listen to, so chances are, I bet I could get a lot of teen girls to come to my studio without their parents even knowing. (Heck, if you can get an abortion without parents knowing, taking a few racy photos without their knowledge should be easy-peasy).
- Facebook: Facebook is an awesome tool for word of mouth. Once my clients start posting their pics online, I guarantee you they’ll get like a gajillion comments, from boys and girls alike. Word of mouth will spread like wildfire. (And frankly, many girls are already posting bikini shots and other similar pics on their profiles and parents either don’t know or don’t care. So my professional pics will totally stand out. Score!)
- Media Role Models: I can get tons and tons of great posing ideas from magazines like GQ, Maxim, and even Marc Jacob ads in Teen Vogue (all of which teen girls have seen and know are popular ways for girls to pose). Also, Ambercrombie & Fitch and Hollister have some great posing ideas in their floor-to-wall posters that hang out in the front of all their stores. I can also point to such role models as Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus to show teen girls that this is the way they should be dressing every day anyway.
- Victoria’s Secret Pink: the multi-billion dollar lingerie maker has a Pink brand that is marketed to middle and high schoolers. This gives my idea huge credibility. I’ll get them to sponsor the studio.
Bottomline, I have everything going for me to prove that this will be a huge, huge business. Now all I need is a name.
What do you think I should call my business? I’m considering “The Provocative Princess”?
P.S. I hope it is clear that this was satire. If you want to know what I really think about this topic, visit TeenIdentity.net.
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