There is a fine line between boudoir poses that are sassy, sultry and seductive and boudoir poses that are seedy and slutty, and getting the balance right isn’t easy. I suppose at the end of the day you take the boudoir shots the way in which the client wants, after all they are paying you for it.
Letting the client take charge in boudoir shots and boudoir poses is fine if they know what they want, however there are many models out there who don’t really know the best way to pose for boudoir portraits, and this is where you (as the boudoir photographer) needs to step in.
When it comes to boudoir portraits and boudoir poses less is more, and by this I don’t mean less clothing. The best boudoir portraits are those that show little of the model to keep the viewing guessing and wanting to see more, and getting the viewer to think about the model and want to see more is the key to great boudoir portraits.
Boudoir poses that show too much flesh and display everything are something a viewer will look at for a second either think “that’s an okay shot” or “there’s no need to show all that” and then move on. Boudoir poses that show too much are not really a nice shot, unless the model is looking for something as a keepsake for their significant other of course.
Boudoir poses that partially show the model and keep some parts in the shadows tend to be the shots that will make the viewers stop and really look at the photo. These type of boudoir shots spark the imagination and senses, and these are the type of boudoir shots you should aim to get.
Boudoir poses are no different to other types of portraits it’s just that the models are wearing slightly less clothing (although this is not always the case) and the setting is aimed more toward the adult market. Boudoir poses are meant to be provocative and suggestive but not seedy, and once again there is a fine line here. Open leg crotch shots, either bending over, crouching down, laying down or standing up are not boudoir poses and they have no place in boudoir photography.
Classy and sophisticated boudoir poses include things like:-
It is worth remembering that the actual pose is just one element of great boudoir portraits, and nailing the pose may not necessarily result in an awesome boudoir photo. Other elements to consider when taking boudoir shots include props and lighting, both of which are very important.
If you want to success in boudoir photography you need to find some seductive and sensual boudoir poses that are tasteful and will leave the viewer wanting more without actually getting it. Do some research, invest in some boudoir posing books or devise some boudoir poses yourself – whatever you do can only help.
Other Boudoir photography links
If you found this article useful and are thirsty for even more boudoir photography tips and tricks the following links (all open in a new window) may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look and check them out.
“Can you capitalise on boudoir photography?” The demand for boudoir photography services is ever increasing. Is this something you can take advantage of, jump on the bandwagon (before it’s too late) and earn some money?
“So you want to be a boudoir photographer” You have decided that boudoir photography is a service you want to provide. Here’s an article listing some things you need to think about.
“Capturing awesome colour boudoir photos” Capturing colour boudoir photos is a challenge however with these tips and tricks you will avoid the pitfalls and common mistakes and capture classy and seductive full colour boudoir photos.
“Black and white boudoir portraits” Black and white boudoir photos look sassy and sexy but still classy and elegant. For some tips and tricks on capturing awesome black and white boudoir photos this article is something you have to read.
“Boudoir photography lighting” Lighting is important with all types of photography and boudoir photography is no different. You have to master the light to capture flattering boudoir portrait shots, and whilst this may seem daunting with these tips and tricks it isn’t as difficult as it first appears.
“Props for boudoir photography” If you want to make a boudoir shot totally unique and personal using a prop or two is a great way to achieve this. Use the right prop and you will get awesome boudoir shots. This article is dedicated to boudoir photography props and provides some tips on what to use for boudoir shoots.
“Mobile boudoir photography services” The good thing about boudoir photography is you don’t need your own studio. In fact, there are times when being mobile has advantages in winning work, as explained in this article.
“Equipment for mobile boudoir photography” To be a successful mobile boudoir photographer you need the right tools of the trade, and all the essential bits and pieces are explored in this article.
“Bridal boudoir photography” Boudoir photography services is something all wedding photographers and bridal photographers should offer. A shot or two of the bride in her bridal lingerie is a photo many happy couples want just as much as the more traditional wedding shots. If you don’t offer bridal boudoir photography services “why not?” Take a look at this for more details.
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