Learn OWN Boudoir’s top-selling boudoir poses and create an amazing boudoir photography portfolio of your own. Your clients will look and feel incredible!
Boudoir photography tips for posing like a pro
It doesn’t matter if you’re a portrait photographer, a wedding photographer, a commercial photographer, or even a school photographer. “If you haven’t been asked for boudoir pictures, then it’s only a matter of time,” says Sarah Witherington, founder and lead photographer at OWN Boudoir.
In this post, we’ll explore OWN’s most popular boudoir poses—the poses that have made her brand a worldwide success!
Tried and true tips for top-tier boudoir photography
“I’ve learned each of these boudoir photo tips through years of experience,” explains Sarah, “from providing custom service, to enduring long nights editing in Photoshop, to paying attention to which images and boudoir poses my clients spend money on.”
Prep Tip #1: Get to know each client before her boudoir shoot
Sarah and her team get to know each client via a questionnaire series that they email in the weeks leading up to the boudoir session.
“We have questionnaires that cover their hair and makeup ideas, the music they want to listen to, where the like to shop, the reason they are having a boudoir session, etc.” Sarah reveals.
An alternative to email communication? Get your client on a Zoom call or invite them into your studio for a relaxed face-to-face before their shoot.
Ask these five questions to help you better understand your client:
- What images inspire you the most?
- Are there any insecurities or “trouble spots” that you’d like to avoid in your boudoir photos?
- Do you have any physical limitations that may prevent you from accomplishing certain boudoir poses?
- What do you LOVE about yourself and your appearance?
- Describe the ideal image of yourself that we could create in photographs?
Prep Tip #2: Practice explaining each pose
Describe each pose clearly—and don’t be afraid to demonstrate it yourself!
Sarah says, “Talking to your client throughout the posing process will help put them at ease. Make sure you also cheer your client on, too, so that they know they are doing a great job!”
Sarah Says: How to get a defined jawline
“Some of my best-understood boudoir posing instructions will incite a little laughter from my clients,” says Sarah. “One of my favorite examples is when I’m wanting a client to make their jaw more defined (eliminating a double chin) I’ll say something like: “Stick your chin out like a turtle!” That will always get a little giggle!
Prep Tip #3: Change your perspective
When a pose isn’t quite coming together the way you imagined it, Sarah recommend that you change your perspective. “I’ll adjust my angle or the height from which I’m shooting,” Sarah explains. “Changing your perspective in the middle of a boudoir pose will ensure that you don’t skip over the best angle for your client!”
Prep Tip #4: Check the details
“Before your shutter clicks, take one last glance through your viewfinder for any minor adjustments that you could make in order to perfect the pose and please your client,” advises Sarah. “If you were able to talk with your client pre-shoot about any hesitations or insecurities they may have, then you’ll know exactly what to look for!”
Sarah’s top-selling boudoir photography poses
OWN Boudoir’s top-selling boudoir poses are the poses they know their clients will always select as part of their album or digital collection (or both!)
“It’s helpful to have a set of three to five boudoir poses that you know will work well with most clients,” Sarah suggests. “Having a set of go-to boudoir photo poses will help you to never get stuck without ideas during a session.”
Top-selling pose #1: From behind
“When I ask a client for inspiration images for their boudoir shoot,” Sarah tells us, “my clients always send a boudoir photo from behind along with the comment: Just make my butt look like this!”
“Angle your camera from behind the client in order to get the best shot,” Sarah recommends. “If you position yourself too far forward, your client will mostly be photographed from the side, and you won’t be able to see the rear enough for a flattering image.”
Top-selling pose #2: Lying on her back
In OWN’s experience, poses on the back are the most flattering to the full body.
“When executing this pose, I like to position myself at the client’s head and shoot down the body,” describes Sarah. “In this pose, the chin must be raised toward the camera. This defines the client’s face a bit more and also prevents the chin from disappearing into the neck.”
Top-selling pose #3: Chest portrait
“I love a great ‘portrait’ that features the face AND the chest,” raves Sarah. “Try putting your client in an off-the-shoulder sweater for a more casual vibe. If your client is on the edgier side then add a choker style necklace to this look—or even a harness.”
Sarah also recommends this pose if you’re shooting implied nudity. Have your client cover their chest with a sheet or a blanket for a great ‘nude’ photo that doesn’t reveal too much!
BONUS: Sarah’s favorite tools for finished products
- Miller’s Lab for all things printed (Miller’s is partnered with ShootProof – yay!)
- Imagenomic Portraiture for skin editing
- Backblaze for file backup (this is the most important thing!)
- Spotify’s Soundscapes for Gaming playlist while I work
Written by ANNE SIMONE | Featuring SARAH WITHERINGTON from OWN Boudoir