Boudoir Poses - dkmackinnon

Boudoir Poses


Boudoir photography offers the illusion of looking behind the scenes into private space, combined with the fantasy of what that place has to offer. It comes from the historical concept of a woman's private bathing or dressing area, called a boudoir. 

The images are typically sensual and sexually suggestive, but less so that erotic photography. The key different between erotic and boudoir photography is the focus of the image: the style is not quite as sexually blatant as erotic photography, avoiding pose like the "spread leg" shots more typical of erotic imagery, but may include implied arousal of the model if done tastefully. In the erotic photography, the focus is on creating a sexually arousing image while in boudoir photography the aesthetics of the image are more important.

The clothing warn by the models, if any, consists primarily of lingerie, but may also involve creative use of fabrics and props. Boudoir images typically involve revealing clothing and fabrics in situations with implied or full nudity. Boudoir photography does not require real or implied nudity, but the nature of the subject still tends to render it NSFW.

For an example of boudoir poses, feel free to use my Boudoir Poses Pinterest board for reference.

How to Create a Boudoir Pose
This article assumes that you have already covered the basic posing instructions for glamour images. Here, we expand upon the basic glamour poses to create poses that are specific to boudoir. We use classic public-domain pinup images, which typically feature boudoir themes, as examples of the pose.

I have arranged the poses in an order that should facilitate progressing through them in sequence. If you start with the first pose left, the proceed left-to-right down through the poses, each should require only a small adjustment in the pose.

The clothing shown is simply the choice of the original artist (indicated below the picture if you want to find more of their work for reference). Feel free to use your own choice of wardrobe and props. What I recommend you use for a typical practice session is:
- high heels
- stocking
- garters
- underwear that the model would be comfortable being seen wearing in a publicly-available boudoir-themed image
- bra with the same proviso
- wrap-around skirt that can be easily put on an taken off. Side-tie skirts can also double as a prop.
- button-up shirt, warn tied in front. Can also double as a prop.
- Chair with a back, preferably solid but light.

Explanations are provided for each set of images so that the model and photographer can work through the key elements and try variations. I have attempted to highlight possible problem areas associated with some poses and suggest possible solutions. Bear in mind that every body is different so some poses will work for some models but not others. Try them, note the ones that work as well as the ones that don't: the model can use this information when building their repertoire of poses.

Standing Poses
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Alberto Vargas
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Fritz Willis
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Andre Aseri
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Arthur Sarnoff
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Louis Royo
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Kneeling Poses
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Seated Poses
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Alberto Vargas
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Raffi
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Zoe Mozert
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Alberto Vargas
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Fritz Willis
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Alberto Vargas
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Portraits
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Raffi
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Floor Poses
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Edward Reed
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Rolf Armstrong
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Mel Ramos
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Raffi
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Hajime Sorayama
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Alberto Vargas
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A Note on Image Copyright
As much as possible I have tried to use only images that are in the public domain. If you know that one of the images shown here are still covered by copyright then please let me know so that I can remove it.
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