Professional Photographers Guide to Boudoir and Glamour posing in the Photo Studio - Boudoir and Glamour Portrait Poses
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Studio Posing Guide and Ideas for Boudoir and Glamour Photography

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If you are not a professional model, you are likely to feel a little nervous about posing for boudoir or glamour pictures in unfamiliar surroundings in front of people you have never met before. This is a guide to help you relax, have fun, and learn the creative posing techniques that professional models use. At the start of the photo shoot.

  • Do not directly look into the camera
  • Use props that you can learn on eg Chair or a Stool
  • Save your more revealing outfits for later

If you are nervous at the start of the shoot, looking directly into the camera might make you look like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a car. You need time to relax and absorb the atmosphere of the studio in order to feel comfortable with what you are doing. You can look to the side of the camera lens, close your eyes for some poses, and also turn away from the camera for some shots.

Initially sitting or leaning on a prop such as a stool, chaise longue, chair or box, will also help you relax - for a beginner there is nothing more difficult than being asked to stand in front of a blank studio background without props and being asked to strike creative poses.

Begin the photo shoot by wearing you less revealing clothing - once you get into the swing of things bring out the more provocative outfits.

Boudoir and Glamour - General Posing Tips

The most common fault of all in any type of photography posing is allowing your shoulders to slouch forwards and your back to curve. This is never a good look in a photo and most people are unaware that they are doing it. It is absolutely essential that you straighten your back and shoulders when having your glamour and boudoir photos done - take a look in the mirror to see what a difference it can make.

We suggest that before you come onto the studio you do your own research and find glamour and boudoir poses that you can see yourself doing. Practice these poses at home in front of a mirror. Keep the poses simple. Remember, vary the pose slightly in each shot. This can be done by tilting your head slightly, moving your shoulders, rotating your hips and varying your hand positions. Not every shot is going to work but the more variation there is within a pose, the more likely it is that a truly stunning photo of you will be produced.

Posing Technical Tips

A classic technique when standing is to shift your weight on to your back leg. This will then allow you lift the heel on your front leg while keeping your toes on the ground. practice this technique in front of a full length mirror, varying the pose by bending the front knee slightly and rotating it left and right.

Another general technique is to use Asymmetric Posing. This has a complicated name bit is an extremely easy posing concept. Stand in front of a mirror, feet together and hands by your sides. What you see would make a very boring photo. Now place one hand on the back of your neck, the other on you hip, shift your body weight to your back leg and lift you front heel slightly while keeping your toes on the ground. Now the pose should look more interesting.

The pose can be further varied by bending slightly at hips and rotating your shoulders back and forth. Asymmetric posing is the art of varying the length of your arms and legs in a photo, combined with creating body angles involving the hips, shoulders and head.

Try sitting on the floor with both legs in front of you - not a very interesting pose. Now bend one knee and angle the leg across the other one. Put a hand on the floor and shift you weight onto it. The pose becomes a lot more interesting and is another example of asymmetric posing.

Boudoir and Glamour Posing - Clothing and Accessories

The most important point is to avoid patterned clothing unless there is a good reason to wear it. Patterns distract from the over all impact of a glamour or boudoir photo. The exception can be classic animal prints such as zebra or leopard skin which can look fabulous and quite raunchy in pictures.

Make sure that your lingerie and swim wear outfits are fitted in such a way to bring out the best in your body shape. You will need to make sure that your nails are in good shape - both hands and feet. Shoes are important, Bring along high heels, stilettos, and thigh length boots if you have them.

By following this boudoir and glamour posing guide, you will relax, feel more in control, and start having fun in front of the camera. See our Glamour and Boudoir portfolios for examples.

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