Updated: Mar 27
Greetings, and welcome to the next decade of boudoir! If boudoir is anything, it is forever changing. Poses ebb and flow in popularity, and every year seems to introduce something new!
Boudoir shots that used to be "edgy" have become more commonplace, and the boundaries keep being pushed further and further. It's a fun time to be a boudoir client! Although there are still many sessions that rely on simple pretty poses, there's a whole gang of women coming in who want to push the boundaries and inject a bit of sexuality into their sessions... and why not!
Boudoir is about having a bit of fun, and pairing up with a skilled boudoir photographer can help you feel and see yourself like never before. Imagine having an entire album of beautiful images of you, like the ones you see on this post.
There is no need to go into a boudoir session in a position where you feel you need to pose in a manner that is beyond your "comfort zone," but boudoir is about having a safe environment to express yourself without judgement or criticism.
There are many factors that go into making a boudoir album, and having great poses may just be the foundation to building an incredible collection. Boudoir poses run the range from being super simple, to a bit more complex. It's important to discuss with your photographer what poses will best fit your age and body style so that you look your best.
Below are some of what I feel will be the most popular boudoir poses for 2020. Looking for some fresh new poses for your upcoming session, take a peek below.
Let's jump in and look at some of the "Must-Do" boudoir poses of 2020.
The "Booty Pop"
The "Booty Pop" is a newer shot that I invented just a few years ago that looks great-- and if we aren't in the era of "booty-tastic"-- then where are we?! Everyone loves cute booty shots in their boudoir albums, and this one is no exception. This shot has a low level of client difficulty, and everyone loves it! I tend to do this shot in jeans, but there are plenty of other options. This pose is suitable for most, and the higher the booty pops...the better it looks! This pose is definitely all about the curves.
There are a few variations of this pose, and you can alter the hand position to be reaching back, but overall this is a simple and straight forward.
The "Hangover" is definitely under-done. I want to see more of this pose from everybody! This pose has been around since the beginning of boudoir, and for good reason. When done properly its super dramatic! --And everyone wants some drama in their session, right?
The Hangover is suitable for all body types and is very easy to do. Simply position yourself near the edge of a bed so that your head hangs just a bit over-- not too much though we dont want that floppy neck look. If you are looking straight into the camera lens...you've gone too far. Eyes rolling back over the top of your head isn't a cute look. 🙅♂️ Keep your shoulders and hips flat... and the rest is simple.
You can vary your arm and leg positions. Hands can be place on the head, toughing the chest, or legs.
The results are great. This pose is a bit of a change up for your album...because no other people really looks like this. It's one of my favorites.
Lock it up! Handcuffs and restraints have been a part of boudoir... well, as probably as long as boudoir has been around. Although slapping the cuffs on is not everyone's cup of tea, in our "edgier" boudoir times, it has become a fairly mainstream pose. The key here is to keep it fresh.
Put aside the old police-style handcuffs, and try something, well, cuter! You can find bejeweled and gold plaited restraints, that will make you saw "awww!"
Restraints can be used standing, laying down, or essentially in any boudoir position. Use your imagination. One of my recent faves is the behind the back shot, as pictured above. This pose has a very easy degree of difficulty and is suitable for anyone. Better yet, this particular pose is a bit of a two-fer -- cute handcuffs and booty shot in one!
Variations of this shot include doing this same pose, but kneeling with hand restrained behind your back.
We're really cutting right to the chase with the name of this one, huh. The "Buzzy" has really been an underground hit in my boudoir studio, and now I want to share this fav with everyone. Clients have been seeing this in my sample books for a while, and I receive more and more requests for this sexy shot. This pose may be a bit provocative-- but that's exactly why women love it. If you are looking to turn up the sexuality in your session, this may be for you.
Vibrators are so popular I keep several on hand. The iconic shape of this toy certainly delivers a message. What we tend to do with this prop is more "implied," rather than actual masturbation-- the subtle suggestion is exactly enough to make this a sizzler.
It took me a while to get a few angles on this shot. I wanted to get the message across, but not take it too far. And to be honest, it's still a work in progress. This pose is suitable for for most body types, and has a low difficulty. There isn't just one way to shoot this, I tend to do this a little more "free form" to make it seem like an "actual" session-- rather than it come out too "posed." I tend to have women lay down on their backs and shoot this from a side, often with their heads comfortably propped up on a pillow. Make sure your shoulders and hips are in-line. Variations on this pose include bringing your arm up on your head, hand placement on your chest, or twisting your hips a bit to the side.
--I've developed a few super-sexy versions of this pose that are down-right sizzlers.
The "Cross Body"
The "Cross Body" is still my favorite pose, and has been for a few years. It's still going strong. This is one of my personal favorites...and for good reason. There aren't any tricky posing gymnastics, there are tons of variations, and the results are always super-cute and clients favorites. If it were up to me... I could do an entire album with variations on this pose!
The greatest thing about this lying down position is that it is so super adaptable to all body types and styles. Everyone needs this pose in their album. To get this right you simply need to recline on the bed... Variations of this pose are numerous and include pulling up on the undies (as pictured), using your hands on your chest, putting a hand on your head, or a hand on the thigh. When done properly, it's a simple pose with a big impact.
With a good photographer, the sky is the limit here, and you can make this pose anywhere from cute and smiley, to super sexy with a few simple changes.
The Classic "Heels Up"
Another classic boudoir pose! If you have a cute booty (AND cute shoes) this is the classic boudoir pose... that when done right makes an awesome and timeless impact. Simply lay across the bed, give a bit of a push and kick up your legs and... instant classic.
This is a pose that is super easy to do with a low degree of posing difficulty. This pose can be done simply in bra and undies, or for an added flair put on some fishnets and go bare!
Be sure to keep your shoulders and hips flat-- don't twist your body! Also, make certain to keep your feet a bit apart and the rest will take care of itself.
I think you'll love it so much you can even print it large and pop it up on a wall. Nice! (And no one has to know it's you!)
Well, that was a great collection of shots... and plenty of good ideas to help get your gears turning for your upcoming boudoir shoot. If you are looking for further boudoir inspiration take a look at my boudoir galleries for other posing ideas.
Have fun with your session!