How Your Boudoir Business Is Like A Mosaic

Starting a boudoir photography business is like building a mosaic that attracts your ideal client right to you.

I’m going to use the metaphor of a mosaic to illustrate my point here, and that is you build a business one small piece at a time. Much like a large mosaic that when viewed from afar makes up a bigger image, so too will your business.

Mosaics are comprised of thousands upon thousands of small individual tiles that, by themselves, don’t really hold much value, but when put together into a larger whole, become an invaluable part of that overall image.

Building a business can be hard and challenging. It takes dedication, passion, hard work, imagination, and ingenuity to eventually have a successful enterprise. 

Think of each part of your business as a major section of your mosaic — posing, lighting, marketing, camera settings, style, messaging, pricing, post processing, and on and on.

Thousands of decisions need to be made for each section to start coming into focus and looking like something, much like a sculptor chipping away with thousands of strikes until the final concept is fully realized.

Working on your business day after day, week after week, year after year, and laying down all these tiny tiles to form something you’re happy with and that attract clients is a never-ending process. 

It’s what running a business is really all about.

Some of you who are just starting out are putting together your very first “mosaic” and fumbling with each tiny piece and trying to figure out how everything fits together.

For others, you’re ripping up a part of your “mosaic” and replacing tiles to form something new.

And for others still, you’re constantly doing maintenance on different parts of your “mosaic” to fine tune things and make little improvements where needed.

The good news is that once you’ve “finished” your current version of your mosaic, if it was built with authenticity and from your truth, will be a beacon that draws your ideal client straight to you. 

That big mosaic that forms a beautiful image, when given a closer look, is made up of thousands upon thousands of smaller tiles that were placed one at a time by hand over time.

We’re taking weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

Think of each time you work on your business as one small tile being chosen, polished, and then set into your overall mosaic that helps form your big picture.

People won’t be drawn to what you’re creating until they start to see the image that slowly emerges and comes into focus… and that speaks to them.

Be patient, there are a lot of tiles to be laid down.

I work on my business every day, and when I say every day, I mean every single day. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t work on my business… because I’m passionate about it and it’s how I like to spend my time.

That may change in the future, but for now, it’s where I’m at. 

I once spent weeks converting both of my websites, Bella Mitri Boudoir and Lounge Boudoir, from one particular page-builder (Elementor) to a theme (Generate Press) that acts like a page-builder, just to improve the load times of both websites.

I rebuilt both sites page by page, paragraph by paragraph, image by image, so those “tiles” in my mosaic were as shiny as possible. 

I am currently “rebuilding” the part of my mosaic that deals with marketing, and working on a project that will take me all year to complete. 

The good news is that if you are constantly working on your mosaic, the easier and faster it gets. You’re able to make changes much quicker and more efficient than when you were first learning how to put your first few tiles together. 

Going back to my sculptor example, the first piece of marble one attempts to sculpt probably won’t turn out that great, but over time, when you get to your 100th sculpture, will probably start to look like a work of art that attracts people’s attention. 

Keep chipping away and keep laying down those tiles.

I know you can do it.

Thanks for your time,

Charles Mitri

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Charles Mitri

Charles Mitri is an award-winning boudoir photographer and also founder and writer of, an educational blog and resource website for boudoir photographers worldwide. He lives in Yorktown, Virginia.

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