When asking photographers during 1 on 1's, and clients during a session, what's most difficult for them during a photoshoot, posing tops the list. Staying true to your personality while wanting to achieve the same look you've seen in another photoshoot can seem hard to achieve. I'm here to tell you it is not! To be honest, once you've broken the ice and have started to transition into the shoot, it is quite easy to combine guided editorial posing with your natural flair. Today I'm going to share my top posing tips for a beautiful, natural, magazine-like boudoir experience.
I love posing so much and it is something that comes very natural to me. I love to observe women. How they move, talk, laugh, tilt their head and tuck that little strand of hair behind their ear unobtrusively. For me, posing is all about the natural beauty of a woman.
Here are three of my favorite boudoir poses (perfect for portraits as well) that will ease you into a photoshoot.
1. Even though the word itself means "a woman's bedroom or private room", boudoir photography does not always need to include a bed. Starting with some photos standing outside or in a different room, will ease you into the photoshoot and offers so many photo varieties. No matter if you are going for a full body shot or only a portrait, having your feet crossed while putting your weight on one leg will guarantee a feminine and elegant posture. Tilting your head slowly to the side and having your arms just hang there is all you need for a beautiful photo. A little tip, make sure to have your hands in an elegant form, meaning do not move your full back of your hand or palm towards the camera. Rather show the elegant and delicate side of your hand.
2. Having the pose from above as your starting pose, will produce beautiful variations. As a photographer, you can move in closer and focus on a beautiful portrait. One of my favorite photos is the "looking down, feeling your hair on your bare skin and breathing in and out slowly" photo. Just move your head to one side, look down to your hand (that is still hanging there) relax your face, and allow your photographer to do their magic. You can change that pose by looking down straight to your feet, without moving your head to the side, or by looking directly into the camera. Let the wind play with your hair and beautiful photos are a guarantee.
3. Details! As a photographer, you can relax your subject easily by focusing on some pretty details and moving the camera away from their face. Letting them know that you are photographing their hand or any other detail, with their face not being in the frame, will calm them down and lets you observe calmly. Again, use the first pose as your starting point, just move one hand to your other arm, caress your arm slowly up and down and don't forget to pay attention to an elegant hand position.
And there you have it! With these three posing tips, you will be able to fill an entire photoshoot with naturally elegant and feminine photos. What are your tips to start off a boudoir session? Let us know in the comment section!
Love, Jeanie Social Media: @jeaniemicheel